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Lehrplan - Was Sie in diesem Kurs lernen werden

Woche
1
2 Stunden zum Abschließen

What is Philosophy?

(Dr. Dave Ward) We’ll start the course by thinking about what Philosophy actually is: what makes it different from other subjects? What are its distinctive aims and methods? We'll also think about why the questions that philosophers attempt to answer are often thought to be both fundamental and important, and have a look at how philosophy is actually practiced. Finally, we'll briefly touch upon two very influential philosophers' answers to the question of how we can know whether, in any given case, there really is a right way of thinking about things.

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4 Videos (Gesamt 47 min), 3 Lektüren, 2 Quiz
3 Lektüren
About this Course10m
Module: What is Philosophy?10m
Optional Reading10m
2 praktische Übungen
Practice: What is Philosophy?8m
What is Philosophy?10m
Woche
2
1 Stunde zum Abschließen

Morality: Objective, Relative or Emotive?

(Dr. Matthew Chrisman) We all live with some sense of what is good or bad, some feelings about which ways of conducting ourselves are better or worse. But what is the status of these moral beliefs, senses, or feelings? Should we think of them as reflecting hard, objective facts about our world, of the sort that scientists could uncover and study? Or should we think of moral judgements as mere expressions of personal or cultural preferences? In this module we’ll survey some of the different options that are available when we’re thinking about these issues, and the problems and prospects for each.

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4 Videos (Gesamt 44 min), 2 Lektüren, 1 Quiz
2 Lektüren
Module: Morality: Objective, Emotive or Relative?10m
Related work by Philosophy staff at the University of Edinburgh10m
1 praktische Übung
Practice: Morality: Objective, Relative or Emotive?12m
1 Stunde zum Abschließen

What is Knowledge? And Do We Have Any?

(Professor Duncan Pritchard) We know a lot of things – or, at least, we think we do. Epistemology is the branch of philosophy that studies knowledge; what it is, and the ways we can come to have it. In this module, we’ll take a tour through some of the issues that arise in this branch of philosophy. In particular, we’ll think about what radical scepticism means for our claims to knowledge. How can we know something is the case if we’re unable to rule out possibilities that are clearly incompatible with it?

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5 Videos (Gesamt 56 min), 2 Lektüren, 1 Quiz
2 Lektüren
Module: What is Knowledge? And Do We Have Any?10m
Related work by Philosophy staff at the University of Edinburgh10m
1 praktische Übung
Practice: What is Knowledge? And Do We Have Any?12m
1 Stunde zum Abschließen

Week 2 review: Lesson Choices

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2 Quiz
2 praktische Übungen
Morality: Objective, Relative or Emotive?20m
What is Knowledge? And Do We Have Any?24m
Woche
3
1 Stunde zum Abschließen

Do We Have an Obligation to Obey the Law?

(Dr. Guy Fletcher) The laws of a state govern what we can and cannot do within that state. But do we have an obligation to obey those laws? In this module, we'll discuss this question, together with some of the main positions that philosophers have developed in response to it. We'll start off by examining what obeying the law means exactly. Then we'll look at three factors that might form the basis of an obligation to follow the law. Finally, we'll discuss what the consequences might be if the problem can't be solved.

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7 Videos (Gesamt 27 min), 2 Lektüren, 1 Quiz
7 Videos
Consent8m
Fairness3m
What if the Problem Can't Be Solved?1m
Summary1m
2 Lektüren
Module: Do We Have an Obligation to Obey the Law?10m
Related work by Philosophy staff at the University of Edinburgh10m
1 praktische Übung
Practice: Do We Have an Obligation to Obey the Law?20m
1 Stunde zum Abschließen

Should You Believe What You Hear?

(Dr. Allan Hazlett) Much of what we think about the world we believe on the basis of what other people say. But is this trust in other people's testimony justified? In this module, we’ll investigate how this question was addressed by two great philosophers of the Scottish Enlightenment, David Hume (1711 - 1776) and Thomas Reid (1710 - 1796). Hume and Reid's dispute about testimony represents a clash between two worldviews that would continue to clash for centuries: a skeptical and often secular worldview, eager to question everything (represented by Hume), and a conservative and often religious worldview, keen to defend common sense (represented by Reid).

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5 Videos (Gesamt 25 min), 2 Lektüren, 1 Quiz
5 Videos
Kant, the Enlightenment and Intellectual Autonomy4m
The Value of Intellectual Autonomy3m
2 Lektüren
Module: Should You Believe What You Hear?10m
Related work by Philosophy staff at the University of Edinburgh10m
1 praktische Übung
Practice: Should You Believe What You Hear?8m
1 Stunde zum Abschließen

Week 3 review: Lesson Choices

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2 Quiz
2 praktische Übungen
Do We Have an Obligation to Obey the Law?20m
Should You Believe What You Hear?20m
Woche
4
2 Stunden zum Abschließen

Minds, Brains and Computers

(Dr. Suilin Lavelle) If you’re reading this, then you’ve got a mind. But what is a mind, and what does it take to have one? Should we understand minds as sets of dispositions to behave in certain ways, as patterns of neural activation, or as akin to programmes that are run on the computational hardware of our brains? In this module, we’ll look at how and why recent philosophy of mind and psychology has embraced each of these options in turn, and think about the problems and prospects for each.

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7 Videos (Gesamt 57 min), 2 Lektüren, 1 Quiz
7 Videos
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 Lektüren
Module: Mind, Brains and Computers10m
Related work by Philosophy staff at the University of Edinburgh10m
1 praktische Übung
Practice: Minds, Brains and Computers24m
1 Stunde zum Abschließen

Are Scientific Theories True?

(Professor Michela Massimi) In this module we will explore a central and ongoing debate in contemporary philosophy of science: whether or not scientific theories are true. Or better, whether a scientific theory needs to be 'true' to be good at all. The answer to this question comes in two main varieties. Scientific realists believe that theories ought to be true in order to be good. We will analyse their main argument for this claim (which goes under the name of 'no miracles argument'), and some prominent objections to it. Scientific antirealists, on the other hand, defend the view that there is nothing special about 'truth' and that scientific theories and scientific progress can be understood without appeal to it. The aim of this session is to present both views, their main arguments, and prospects.

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7 Videos (Gesamt 29 min), 2 Lektüren, 1 Quiz
7 Videos
Scientific Realism and the No Miracles Argument3m
Scientific Anti-Realism: Constructive Empiricism7m
Realist Rejoinders: Inference to the Best Explanation5m
Concluding Summary2m
2 Lektüren
Module: Are Scientific Theories True?10m
Related work by Philosophy staff at the University of Edinburgh10m
1 praktische Übung
Practice: Are Scientific Theories True?16m
1 Stunde zum Abschließen

Week 4 review: Lesson Choices

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2 Quiz
2 praktische Übungen
Minds, Brains and Computers20m
Are Scientific Theories True?20m
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von 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.

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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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Dr. Dave Ward

Lecturer in Philosophy
University of Edinburgh
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Professor Duncan Pritchard

Professor of Philosophy
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Professor Michela Massimi

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Dr. Suilin Lavelle

Lecturer in Philosophy
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Dr. Matthew Chrisman

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Guy Fletcher

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Elinor Mason

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