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About the Course

Course Description What is our role in the universe as human agents capable of knowledge? What makes us intelligent cognitive agents seemingly endowed with consciousness? This is the second part of the course 'Philosophy and the Sciences', dedicated to Philosophy of the Cognitive Sciences. Scientific research across the cognitive sciences has raised pressing questions for philosophers. The goal of this course is to introduce you to some of the main areas and topics at the key juncture between philosophy and the cognitive sciences. Each week we will introduce you to some of these important questions at the forefront of scientific research. We will explain the science behind each topic in a simple, non-technical way, while also addressing the philosophical and conceptual questions arising from it. Areas you’ll learn about will include: Philosophy of psychology, among whose issues we will cover the evolution of the human mind and the nature of consciousness. Philosophy of neurosciences, where we’ll consider the nature of human cognition and the relation between mind, machines, and the environment. Learning objectives Gain a fairly well-rounded view on selected areas and topics at the intersection of philosophy and the sciences Understand some key questions, and conceptual problems arising in the cognitive sciences. Develop critical skills to evaluate and assess these problems. Suggested Readings To accompany 'Philosophy and the Sciences', we are pleased to announce a tie-in book from Routledge entitled 'Philosophy and the Sciences for Everyone'. This course companion to the 'Philosophy and the Sciences' course was written by the Edinburgh Philosophy and the Sciences team expressly with the needs of MOOC students in mind. 'Philosophy and the Sciences for Everyone' contains clear and user-friendly chapters, chapter summaries, glossary, study questions, suggestions for further reading and guides to online resources. Please note, this companion book is optional - all the resources needed to complete the course are available freely and listed on the course site....

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Feb 11, 2020

this course was very broad and incredibly interesting. I highly recommend it as introduction to the philosophy of science, but I have to warn you: Once you have started, your journey won't stop here!


Jun 25, 2020

this is the great course for the people who are pursuing their carer in philosophy, philosophy of mind to be more precise and also for the people who are thinking of doing psychology later anytime.

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By Ruoyu L

Feb 26, 2019

Very insight lecutures! Rich examples and easy to understand.

By Galit A

Aug 30, 2018

Super informative, fascinating content and engaging examples.

By Daniel S

Jun 14, 2017

SUper course, well worth the time to invest in this learning.

By Patrick C

Apr 05, 2020

Great intro to the subject matter. Lecturers were excellent.

By Malhar B

May 14, 2017

Amazing experience and learned a lot about mind and body.

By Sanjog S

Nov 20, 2016

Good resource to learn Philosohpy of Cognitive Sciences

By Eliesse D

Aug 10, 2020

very interesting course!it opens doors of knowledge!!

By Sedrero T

May 09, 2020

amazing course, congratulations Ed university

By Raid A

Jul 02, 2018

Great intro to philosophy of cognition world!

By Juhi S

Feb 24, 2017

Changed the way I think about the human mind.

By Louise M

Aug 17, 2020

Fascinating introduction to our own mind !

By Mardohar B B S

Jun 24, 2020

Wow, this course really is an eye opener!

By Bart S

Aug 10, 2017

great survey class, please repeat it!

By Wajdee C

Aug 24, 2017

<3 <3 ..

Enough to have a third eye !

By Mahanthe A D l

Sep 05, 2020

Love this course.. so clearly done.

By Antonio B

Apr 30, 2020

Excellent! Informative and relevant

By Lexy C M

Nov 26, 2016

Excelente plataforma para aprender.

By Robert C C

May 21, 2019

I found this course to be a challe

By Pranali R

Aug 10, 2019

Such a great learning experience!

By Tyler S

Dec 25, 2016

Clear, easy to understandoverview

By Danny G

Jan 17, 2017

Simply yet informing and concise

By Cos F

Dec 29, 2018

well done. great introductions.

By Connie W

Jun 22, 2020

i really enjoyed this course.

By Héctor A L F

Jun 05, 2018

Very well articulated course.

By Vaibhav S

May 12, 2020

A very informative course.