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Coursera: Philosophy and the Sciences: Introduction to the Philosophy of Cognitive Sciences

 with  Andy Clark, Dr. Alasdair Richmond, Dr. Suilin Lavelle, Kenny Smith, John Peacock, Professor Michela Massimi, Peggy Series, David Carmel, Mark Sprevak, Professor Duncan Pritchard and Barbara Webb
Course Description

What is our role in the universe as human agents capable of knowledge? What makes us intelligent cognitive agents seemingly endowed with consciousness?

This is the second part of the course 'Philosophy and the Sciences', dedicated to Philosophy of the Cognitive Sciences. Scientific research across the cognitive sciences has raised pressing questions for philosophers. The goal of this course is to introduce you to some of the main areas and topics at the key juncture between philosophy and the cognitive sciences.
Each week we will introduce you to some of these important questions at the forefront of scientific research. We will explain the science behind each topic in a simple, non-technical way, while also addressing the philosophical and conceptual questions arising from it. Areas you’ll learn about will include:

Philosophy of psychology, among whose issues we will cover the evolution of the human mind and the nature of consciousness.

Philosophy of neurosciences, where we’ll consider the nature of human cognition and the relation between mind, machines, and the environment.


Learning objectives

Gain a fairly well-rounded view on selected areas and topics at the intersection of philosophy and the sciences

Understand some key questions, and conceptual problems arising in the cognitive sciences.

Develop critical skills to evaluate and assess these problems.


Suggested Readings

To accompany 'Philosophy and the Sciences', we are pleased to announce a tie-in book from Routledge entitled 'Philosophy and the Sciences for Everyone'. This course companion to the 'Philosophy and the Sciences' course was written by the Edinburgh Philosophy and the Sciences team expressly with the needs of MOOC students in mind. 'Philosophy and the Sciences for Everyone' contains clear and user-friendly chapters, chapter summaries, glossary, study questions, suggestions for further reading and guides to online resources.

Please note, this companion book is optional - all the resources needed to complete the course are available freely and listed on the course site.

Syllabus

Philosophy and the Sciences Part 1
This course is the second part of the joint course 'Philosophy and the Sciences'. If you want to go to the first part of the course, 'Philosophy and the Physical Sciences' follow the link below

Stone-age minds in modern skulls: evolutionary theory and the philosophy of mind (Suilin Lavelle and Kenny Smith)
Scientists agree that our brains are a product of natural selection. How did human brains and human cognitive structures evolve ?

What is consciousness? (Mark Sprevak and David Carmel)
Why do creatures with brains like ours have consciousness? What makes certain bits of our mental life conscious and others not?

Intelligent machines and the human brain (Mark Sprevak and Peggy Series)
How does one make a clever adaptive machine that can recognise speech, control an aircraft, and detect credit card fraud?

Embodied cognition (Andy Clark and Barbara Webb)
Embodied cognition is all about the huge difference that having an active body and being situated in a structured environment make to the kind of tasks that the brain has to perform in order to support adaptive success.

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Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
Pace Upcoming
Subject Philosophy
Provider Coursera
Language English
Certificates Paid Certificate Available
Calendar 4 weeks long
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