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English

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Dr. Dave Ward 

Lecturer in Philosophy
University of Edinburgh
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2 Courses
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University of Edinburgh
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Full Professor
Philosophy
353,235 Learners
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University of Edinburgh
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Dr. Matthew Chrisman 

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Philosophy
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Dr. Allan Hazlett 

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Guy Fletcher 

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309,478 Learners
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Elinor Mason 

Senior Lecturer
Philosophy
309,478 Learners
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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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By LTSep 2nd 2015

I thoroughly enjoyed this course and find that it encouragingly sets some directions, and of course, raises my excitement for further study into some of the different fields of philosophy. Thank you.

By CCOct 8th 2015

Great explanations that is broken down with examples for understanding. Quizzes test for your understanding of the topic rather than just the textbook explanations. Challenging and thought revoking.

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