Introduction to Philosophy by The University of Edinburgh
Do you want to have some ideas in mind on philosophy? This course will provide you what philosophy is – what are its characteristic aims and methods, and how does it differ from other subjects. You may touch on basic areas of philosophy.
Study materials: Video, reading sheets.
What are those areas?
Epistemology, where we’ll consider what our knowledge of the world and ourselves consists in, and how we come to have it;
Philosophy of science, where we’ll investigate foundational conceptual issues in scientific research and practice;
Philosophy of Mind, where we’ll ask questions about what it means for something to have a mind, and how minds should be understood and explained;
Moral Philosophy, where we’ll attempt to understand the nature of our moral judgements and reactions – whether they aim at some objective moral truth, or are mere personal or cultural preferences, and;
Metaphysics, where we’ll think through some fundamental conceptual questions about the nature of reality.
Before getting involved in the course, you can go through course syllabus below:
WEEK 1: What is Philosophy?
WEEK 2: What is Knowledge? And Do We Have Any?
WEEK 3: Minds, Brains and Computers
WEEK 4: Morality: Objective, Relative or Emotive?
WEEK 5: Should You Believe What You Hear?
WEEK 6: Are Scientific Theories True?
WEEK 7: Time Travel and Philosophy