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English
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

2 hours to complete

What is Philosophy?

2 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 47 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
4 videos
Philosophy: Difficult, Important and Everywhere11m
Philosophy: How Do We Do It?17m
Is There A 'Right Way' To Think About Things?6m
3 readings
About this Course10m
Module: What is Philosophy?10m
Optional Reading10m
2 practice exercises
Practice: What is Philosophy?8m
What is Philosophy?10m
Week
2

Week 2

1 hour to complete

Morality: Objective, Relative or Emotive?

1 hour to complete
4 videos (Total 44 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
4 videos
Objectivism, Relativism and Emotivism13m
Objections to Objectivism, Relativism and Emotivism11m
Further Discussion7m
2 readings
Module: Morality: Objective, Emotive or Relative?10m
Related work by Philosophy staff at the University of Edinburgh10m
1 practice exercise
Practice: Morality: Objective, Relative or Emotive?12m
1 hour to complete

What is Knowledge? And Do We Have Any?

1 hour to complete
5 videos (Total 56 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
5 videos
The Classical Account of Knowledge and the Gettier Problem18m
Do We Have Any Knowledge?10m
Further Discussion 110m
Further Discussion 23m
2 readings
Module: What is Knowledge? And Do We Have Any?10m
Related work by Philosophy staff at the University of Edinburgh10m
1 practice exercise
Practice: What is Knowledge? And Do We Have Any?12m
1 hour to complete

Week 2 review: Lesson Choices

1 hour to complete
2 practice exercises
Morality: Objective, Relative or Emotive?20m
What is Knowledge? And Do We Have Any?24m
Week
3

Week 3

1 hour to complete

Do We Have an Obligation to Obey the Law?

1 hour to complete
7 videos (Total 27 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
The Grounds of Political Obligation2m
Gratitude and Benefit4m
Consent8m
Fairness3m
What if the Problem Can't Be Solved?1m
Summary1m
2 readings
Module: Do We Have an Obligation to Obey the Law?10m
Related work by Philosophy staff at the University of Edinburgh10m
1 practice exercise
Practice: Do We Have an Obligation to Obey the Law?20m
1 hour to complete

Should You Believe What You Hear?

1 hour to complete
5 videos (Total 25 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
5 videos
Reid's Challenge to Hume2m
Reid's Argument5m
Kant, the Enlightenment and Intellectual Autonomy4m
The Value of Intellectual Autonomy3m
2 readings
Module: Should You Believe What You Hear?10m
Related work by Philosophy staff at the University of Edinburgh10m
1 practice exercise
Practice: Should You Believe What You Hear?8m
1 hour to complete

Week 3 review: Lesson Choices

1 hour to complete
2 practice exercises
Do We Have an Obligation to Obey the Law?20m
Should You Believe What You Hear?20m
Week
4

Week 4

2 hours to complete

Minds, Brains and Computers

2 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 57 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
Physicalism: Identity Theory and Functionalism13m
Functionalism and What Mental States Do8m
Functionalism and Functional Complexity4m
Minds vs. Machines: The Turing Test and the Chinese Room11m
Minds vs. Machines: Problems for the Computational View of the Mind4m
Further Discussion4m
2 readings
Module: Mind, Brains and Computers10m
Related work by Philosophy staff at the University of Edinburgh10m
1 practice exercise
Practice: Minds, Brains and Computers24m
1 hour to complete

Are Scientific Theories True?

1 hour to complete
7 videos (Total 29 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
Saving the Phenomena? Ptolemeic Astronomy5m
Truth? Galileo and Copernican Astronomy2m
Scientific Realism and the No Miracles Argument3m
Scientific Anti-Realism: Constructive Empiricism7m
Realist Rejoinders: Inference to the Best Explanation5m
Concluding Summary2m
2 readings
Module: Are Scientific Theories True?10m
Related work by Philosophy staff at the University of Edinburgh10m
1 practice exercise
Practice: Are Scientific Theories True?16m
1 hour to complete

Week 4 review: Lesson Choices

1 hour to complete
2 practice exercises
Minds, Brains and Computers20m
Are Scientific Theories True?20m

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