Sep 02, 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.
Oct 08, 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.
교육 기관: Eugen M•
Oct 22, 2016
Great teachers, very interesting subjects!
I've learned a lot from this course!
교육 기관: Jose M G•
Dec 09, 2016
Una excelente introducción al pensamiento filosófico, desde una visión bastante práctica. Me ha sorprendido especialmente el último tema sobre viajes en el tiempo, que en principio parece no cuadrar con el resto de "topics", pero resulta muy interesante y divertido.
교육 기관: Fernando S L•
Dec 05, 2016
Wonderful introduction to philosophy! Even Schopenhauer would be happy with it!
교육 기관: Alberto H G E•
Apr 17, 2018
Excelente curso, me ha dado una nueva perspectiva de las cosas, desde lo superficial hasta lo específico.
교육 기관: Xuzhe L•
Feb 23, 2018
Nice introduction for Philosophy.
교육 기관: Dr A P S J•
Apr 10, 2017
Very good and informative course. I enjoyed being forced to think outside the box :)
교육 기관: Darleen M•
Jun 06, 2016
Great course for someone who has never had a Philosophy course
교육 기관: Vicente G W•
Oct 23, 2016
Tem sido muito instrutivo para mim, apesar de ser um conhecimento já estudado em sala de aula no ensino médio, é um excelente compilamento e instrução para novas pessoas no assunto.
교육 기관: etherzhu•
Oct 30, 2016
교육 기관: Fegie P M•
Nov 12, 2016
Our mission for this module is to try and understand a little bit about what philosophy, as a subject, actually is. What makes it different from other subjects? What are its distinctive aims and methods? We'll think about two claims that are often made about philosophy: that it deals with questions that are, in some sense, fundamental; and that it deals with questions that are of some special importance. We'll also look at how philosophy is actually practiced by exploring some of the criteria philosophers bring to bear when assessing the success of philosophical arguments. Finally, we'll finish by briefly thinking about how two very influential philosophers - David Hume (1711-1776) and Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) - attempted to answer the question of how we can know whether, in any given case, there really is a right way of looking at things.
A handout for this module is here.
A large format handout for this module is here.
In addition to the in-video quizzes, there is a short review quiz for this module's material. Also, why not take some time to introduce yourself to your coursemates on the discussion forums, and chat about the lectures from this module. Did anything not make sense? Was there anything you found especially interesting? How would you answer some of the questions raised in the lecture?
There is an interesting selection of philosophers attempting to give their own definitions of philosophy at Philosophy Bites, here.
For a detailed historical survey of different conceptions of philosophy have a look at this article from the Internet Encyclopaedia of Philosophy.
Both of these are excellent resources, and well worth browsing for material relevant to the rest of the course.
If you'd like to think more about the argument concerning free will, then this Internet Encyclopaedia of Philosophy article is a good place to start.
If you would like to read more about Hume and his work have a look at this article from the Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy, as well as this article from the Internet Encyclopaedia of Philosophy. Moreover, If you fancy having a go at reading some of Hume's works you can find selected texts at this page, part of Jonathan Bennett's fantastic project Early Modern Texts.
If you would like to read more about Kant and his work have a look at this article from the Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy. Selected works of Kant can also be found at Early Modern Texts. Be warned, however, they can be pretty heavy going!
For a slightly more irreverent view on Hume, Kant, and the question 'Why do philosophy?' have a listen to the linked podcasts from The Partially Examined Life. Warning: contains occasional strong language!
교육 기관: Li-Yun,Lin•
Jun 10, 2017
교육 기관: Elysa F N M M•
May 29, 2017
A very interesting class!
교육 기관: Victoria L•
Jun 24, 2017
Este curso es muy bueno.
교육 기관: Sophia A•
Nov 09, 2017
Lead me to the beginning of doing philosophy and bring me with how to work out the right way of thinking about things. Share with me the big questions in contemporary philosophy.
I start to love Philosophy after this course! Thank you so much for your efforts!
교육 기관: agustin E•
Nov 15, 2017
Excelente! Muy recomendable entretenido y audaz. Algunos videos no tienen traduccion pero con un poco de audacia se puede resolver.
교육 기관: Sophie H•
Feb 03, 2018
This course is divided into several topics of philosophy based on the expertise area of each teacher. Very enlightening :)
교육 기관: Muaz J•
May 14, 2017
Fantastic introductory course on Philosophy, with lot of resources and links. I loved it and the instructors are really lucid in their exposition. I hope Edinburgh comes up with more courses, especially Philosophy of Social Science/Economics
교육 기관: Christopher B•
Jul 03, 2017
I thoroughly enjoyed this course. I would recommend it to anyone who wanted to get an overview of major trends in philosophical thinking. Well presented resources.
교육 기관: Azrul Z•
Dec 12, 2017
This course is a great start to induce thinking about things around us. It is very mind provoking course that opens wide room of discussion concerning something we might simply take for granted in life. It also challenges the very essence of dogmatic belief or even scientific 'fact' that seems at first glance satisfies our senses but not an inquisitive mind. A highly recommended and intellectually enjoyable course.
교육 기관: Shiri R•
Dec 14, 2017
This is a very clear and easy to understand.
교육 기관: Lesley H•
May 04, 2017
The course is both interesting and well-presented. The handouts given by some lecturers are useful for revising the concepts introduced. The lecturers are all good at presenting their material although some use visual aids such as on-screen summaries better than others. The in-lesson quizzes (where used) are useful to point up areas of uncertainty and the practice quizzes and review assignments are well-written and thought-provoking. I like that the answers are explained, rather than just indicating which answer was correct. The choice of modules was very good and I felt that my choices linked together coherently, to give me a good overview of and introduction to key philosophical concepts. As an Edinburgh graduate, I knew that I could trust the quality of the course and I have no hesitation in awarding it five stars.
교육 기관: Reward E•
Oct 29, 2017
it's quite concise and simple to understand as philosophy can be simple. Now I see myself learning and expanding in a number of areas I have always wanted
교육 기관: Luis X V•
Sep 18, 2017
Me pareció la mas precisa introducción a la filosofía, para desde estos temas ampliar la investigación, y el pensamiento.
교육 기관: Nahun p•
Aug 28, 2017
I'm enjoying this course. Great knowlegment
교육 기관: Zully N F M•
Sep 12, 2017
es excelente, tuve conocimientos de algunas temas que ignoraba