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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....

Top reviews


Feb 10, 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 24, 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 Liliana

May 13, 2019

I loved! Too bad there were only 2-3 videos per week - could have been more!

By Vikash M

Jul 8, 2020

A great overview of the twinning between cognitive sciences and philosophy.

By Josip C

Sep 4, 2017

Excellent course, concentrated presentations, easy to follow, fun learning.

By D.Scott V

Sep 3, 2017

Very informative and enjoyable. Thanks to all who taught and participated.

By J-Man

Sep 14, 2018

An insightful and intriguing course with great further reading material.

By Katherine M K

Jul 6, 2021

Truly interesting, I was engaged throughout the entirety of the course.

By Sasidharan M

Nov 4, 2020

The course helped me to have an outline of what is cognitive science.


May 25, 2020

A fantastic way to venture into cognitive science and its philosophy!

By Diego A P

Mar 26, 2022

Excelente para conocer el panorama actual de las ciencias cognitivas

By mariana w c

Dec 2, 2017

very intersesting course, made easily understandable for everybody.

By William L

Jan 7, 2022

Very good introduction to this topic. Presenters were excellent.

By Andrew E D

Sep 19, 2017

I LOVED this course, I learned so much about cognitive Science!

By Ruoyu L

Feb 26, 2019

Very insight lecutures! Rich examples and easy to understand.

By Galit A

Aug 29, 2018

Super informative, fascinating content and engaging examples.

By D S

Jun 14, 2017

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

By Patrick C

Apr 5, 2020

Great intro to the subject matter. Lecturers were excellent.

By Murat E

Dec 13, 2020

I got a lot of information. Thank you to all my teachers.

By Malhar B

May 14, 2017

Amazing experience and learned a lot about mind and body.

By Sanjog S

Nov 19, 2016

Good resource to learn Philosohpy of Cognitive Sciences

By Antonio F d A C

Nov 8, 2020

Great good introduction to a very interesting subject.

By Eliesse D

Aug 10, 2020

very interesting course!it opens doors of knowledge!!

By 조우성(공과대학 화

Feb 9, 2021

This course make me think about a lot of things

By Markus M

May 19, 2022

Nicely done. Very interesting and informative.

By mahta m

Feb 22, 2022

this course was wonderful I enjoy it so much.

By Sedrero T

May 9, 2020

amazing course, congratulations Ed university