This course will introduce you to some of the most important areas of research in contemporary philosophy. Each week a different philosopher will talk you through some of the most important questions and issues in their area of expertise.This course will introduce you to some of the main areas of research in contemporary philosophy. Each week a different philosopher will talk you through some of the most important questions and issues in their area of expertise. We’ll begin by trying to understand what philosophy is – what are its characteristic aims and methods, and how does it differ from other subjects? Then we’ll spend the rest of the course gaining an introductory overview of several different areas of philosophy. Topics you’ll learn about will include:
The development of this MOOC has been led by the University of Edinburgh's Eidyn research centre.
For some weeks of the course, you’ll be asked to complete some background reading in advance of watching the videos for that week. Look out for details of these once the course begins. Each week the presenter will suggest some further readings that you might wish to consult if you’d like to investigate that week’s topic further.
To accompany 'Introduction to Philosophy', we are pleased to announce a tie-in book from Routledge entitled 'Philosophy for Everyone'. This course companion to the 'Introduction to Philosophy' course was written by the Edinburgh Philosophy team expressly with the needs of MOOC students in mind. 'Philosophy for Everyone' contains clear and user-friendly chapters, chapter summaries, glossary, study questions, suggestions for further reading and guides to online resources.
More details are available here.Please note, this companion book is optional - all the resources needed to complete the course are available freely and listed on the course site.
Yes. Students who complete the class will be offered a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructors.
No. The Statement of Accomplishment is not part of a formal qualification from the University. However, it may be useful to demonstrate prior learning and interest in your subject to a higher education institution or potential employer.
No resources needed.
You’ll learn about the questions that have occupied some of the greatest minds in history, and how to go about answering them!
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