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About the Course

What is the origin of our universe? What are dark matter and dark energy? This is the first part of the course 'Philosophy and the Sciences', dedicated to Philosophy of the Physical Sciences. Scientific research across the physical 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 physical 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. We’ll consider questions about the origin and evolution of our universe, the nature of dark energy and dark matter and the role of anthropic reasoning in the explanation of our universe. 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 natural sciences. Develop critical skills to evaluate and assess these problems. Suggested Reading 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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Jun 1, 2021

The course was really fun and enjoyable. The course offered a lot of information in a very simple way. All the instructors were very fluent with their explanation and I thoroughly enjoyed this course!


Jan 28, 2017

Un curso muy completo y fácil de digerir sobre la cosmología y el principio antrópico, muy recomendable para la comprensión que se tiene sobre el universo actualmente y la razón de nuestra existencia.

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By Claudia M

Dec 14, 2020

Very rich course, though not long. It has the right mix between challenging and easier parts. I loved it.

By Johnson L

Jun 11, 2017

Definitely helpful for understanding the philosophy under the context of physical sciences for starters.

By Ruth A C

Jan 10, 2021

Instructors are passionate, enthusiastic, non-dogmatic, knowledgeable and current. The course was fun.

By Diego B

Dec 1, 2016

Excellent course on cosmology and philosophy. Great course material and additional for further reading.

By María D D C

Aug 16, 2020

Very interesting I learned many things I didn’t know about cosmology and the relation with philosophy

By Juan C R N

Jul 31, 2020

Excelente curso introductorio para los amantes de las ciencias naturales y el pensamiento filosófico.

By Ahmed H

Mar 18, 2017

Thought provocative, challenging and entertaining journey through time, space and mind.

By Burak Ç

Oct 6, 2018

very useful for course to understand modern cosmology and its philosophical background

By Clare H

Jan 12, 2018

I thought this was a great overview: well-produced, engaging, and thought-provoking.

By Attense C

Mar 4, 2021

Very interesting, and for some reason my recall sticks even months after taking it.

By Francisco O

Jun 15, 2019

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By Alex R

Mar 1, 2021

I found this course rather interesting, although at times it is a bit confusing.

By D.Scott V

Sep 3, 2017

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

By Theo P

May 5, 2022

v informative and interesting . very well presented by all.

thank you

By Saleem R

Aug 2, 2017

Really made me think! It pushed me beyond my conceptual threshold.

By Antonio A

Aug 19, 2021

Good staff and very good material to continue studying the cosmos

By Arantza P

Jul 11, 2020

Helps you expand your way of seeing the universe and life itself

By Nilgen V

Dec 13, 2020

Fantastic! Well explained both in theory and mathematically.

By Muskan A

Sep 17, 2020

Get the knowledge on my own field and wonderful explanation.

By Proinsias R

Jan 8, 2020

Really enjoyed this opportunity to learn. Highly recommend!

By Jekaterina T

Mar 30, 2017

Excellent course for a beginner or just science enthusiast!

By Anzhelika K

May 1, 2022

A very interesting and dynamic introduction to cosmology.


Jun 1, 2020

An amazing journey I have learned a lot from this course!

By Hylke

May 24, 2018

Very interesting, easy to follow and challenging content.

By Daniel C

Dec 29, 2020

Excellent course material at the right level of details.