MOOCS and Online Courses

What people say about our MOOCs...

"Excellent course in Philosophy"

"Fantastic...I shall be looking out for more"

"Instructive, challenging and, at times, exhilarating"

Intellectual humility is important. Often when faced with difficult questions people are prone to dismiss and marginalize dissent. Political and moral disagreements can be incredibly polarizing, and sometimes even dangerous. And whether it’s Christian fundamentalism, Islamic extremism, or militant atheism, religious dialogue remains tinted by a terrifying and dehumanizing arrogance, dogma, and ignorance. But what is intellectual humility, anyway? And how do we develop such a virtue? And why do people seem so drawn toward intellectual arrogance? These are big, important questions!

Philosophy, Science and Religion mark three of the most fundamental modes of thinking about the world and our place in it. Are these modes incompatible? Put another way: is the intellectually responsible thing to do to ‘pick sides’ and identify with one of these approaches at the exclusion of others? Or, are they complementary or mutually supportive? As is typical of questions of such magnitude, the devil is in the details. For example, it is important to work out what is really distinctive about each of these ways of inquiring about the world.

Eidyn Free “Massive Open On-Line Course” (MOOC) in Philosophy, entitled "Introduction to Philosophy", has modules in Epistemology, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Mind, Ethics, and Metaphysics. Several faculty members who run Eidyn research projects are involved, such as Dr Matthew Chrisman, Dr Allan Hazlett, Dr Suilin Lavelle, Dr Michela Massimi, and Prof Duncan Pritchard.

Following the success of the Philosophy MOOC Eidynhas been awarded over £500K of funding to establish a new on-line taught MSc/Diploma/PG Certificate programme in Epistemology, Ethics and Mind. As the title suggests, this programme specialises in the research areas where Edinburgh has particular strengths: epistemology, ethics, philosophy of mind and cognitive science, and philosophy of science.

Eidyn is delighted to announce its new MOOC entitled “Philosophy and the Sciences”. It will cover a range of topics in the Philosophy of the Physical Sciences and in the Philosophy of the Cognitive Sciences in collaboration with scientists in the relevant units. We have a team of 11 people, from Psychology, Linguistics, Astronomy, Robotics and Informatics, as well as some of our very own Philosophers.

The research areas covered by "Philosophy and the Sciences" MOOC include: