27. Introduction to Philosophy

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Coursera - Edinburgh - Introduction to Philosophy - 2014 - December

What is Philosophy?

  • What is Philosophy?
  • Difficult, Important and Everywhere
  • How Do We Do It?
  • Is There A ‘Right Way’ To Think about Things?

What is Knowledge? And Do We Have Any?

  • The Basic Constituents of Knowledge
  • The Classical Account of Knowledge and the Gettier Problem
  • Do We Have Any Knowledge?

Minds, Brains and Computers

  • Descartes’ Substance Dualism Theory of the Mind
  • Physicalism: Identity Theory and Functionalism
  • Functionalism and What Mental States Do
  • Functionalism and Functional Complexity
  • The Turing Test and The Chinese Room
  • Problems for the Computational View of Mind

Objective, Relative or Emotive?

  • The Status of Morality
  • Objectivism, Relativism and Emotivism
  • Objections to Objectivism, Relativism and Emotivism

Should You Believe What You Hear?

  • Hume on Testimony and Miracles
  • Reid’s Challange to Hume
  • Reid’s Argument
  • Kant, the Enlightment and Intellectual Autonomy
  • The Value of Intellectual Autonomy

Are Scientific Theories True?

  • Saving the Phenomena vs. Truth
  • Saving the Phenomena? Ptolemeic Astronomy
  • Truth? Galileo and Copernican Astronomy
  • Scientific Realism and the No Miracles Argument
  • Scientific Anti-Realism
  • Realist Rejoinders

Time Travel and Philosophy

  • What Might Time Travel Be Anyway
  • Grandfather Paradoxes
  • Two Senses of Change
  • Causal Loops
  • Where Next?

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