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Philosophy, Science and Religion: Philosophy and Religion

University of Edinburgh via Coursera

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  • Language English
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  • Duration 6 weeks long

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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. In order to gain some clarity here, we’ll be investigating what some of the current leading thinkers in philosophy, science and religion are actually doing.

This course, entitled ‘Philosophy and Religion’, is the second of three related courses in our Philosophy, Science and Religion Online series, and in this course we will ask important questions about the age-old debate between science and religion, such as:

• What kind of conflicts are there between religion and science?
• Does current cognitive science of religion effectively explain away God?
• If there is a God who has made us so that we can know him, why do some people not believe?
• Is belief in science also a kind of fundamentalism?
• What makes us good at getting, giving, or sharing, knowledge? Is this different when it is religious knowledge?

The first course in the Philosophy, Science and Religion series, 'Science and Philosophy' was launched early in 2017 and you can sign up to it at any time. The third course —‘Religion and Science’—will be launched early in 2018. Completing all three courses will give you a broader understanding of this fascinating topic. Look for:

• Philosophy, Science and Religion I: Science and Philosophy https://www.coursera.org/learn/philosophy-science-religion-1/
• Philosophy, Science and Religion III: Religion and Science

Upon successful completion of all three courses, students will:

(1) Understand the main parameters at stake in the current debate between science and religion.
(2) Have some familiarity with the relevant areas of science that feature in the debate—including cosmology, evolution, and the neurosciences—and will have begun to engage with them conceptually.
(3) Have encountered key philosophical approaches to the interface between science and religion, and will have had the opportunity to engage them in practice.
(4) Have embarked constructively in cross-disciplinary conversations.
(5) Have demonstrated an openness to personal growth through a commitment to dialogue across intellectual and spiritual boundaries.

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Taught by

Dr J Adam Carter, Dr Orestis Palermos, Dr Mark Harris, Dr Mog Stapleton and Professor Duncan Pritchard

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4.4 Based on 22 reviews

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John Q
5.0 5 months ago
by John completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
I felt that the course integrated the concepts of philosophy, science and religion in an interesting and heretofore new, at least to me, way. I had fun and learned a lot. What else can I ask for?
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Anonymous
1.0 2 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This course is sponsored by the Templeton Foundation and is thoroughly infected with the Foundation's ideology exemplified by the 'philosophical' views of Alvin Plantinga who presents a 'strawman' science in order to show Christians that they no longer need to "cower when atheists swing the heavy club of science". The course is presented as an objective overview of what it claims is the extremely important debate about the resolution of the conflict between science and religion. Even if it is the case that this debate actually exists in the real world, the course is clearly not an overview but a partial argument. However, the only religion mentioned is Christianity and the only place this debate seems to be taking place, as far as I can see, is within the Christian world. Take the course, enjoy taking part in the conversations but don't assume that what you're hearing is academically respectable.
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Anonymous
2.0 a month ago
Anonymous audited this course.
The material felt suffering from "false balance" bias, trying to give equal weight to unequal views, by creating weird arguments, that were non-philosophical.

As if the conclusion was decided, and _then_ the arguments tailored to support said conclusion.

See 'sophistry'.
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Krishna M
4.0 2 months ago
by Krishna completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
THIS COURSE WAS VERY GOOD ONLY PROBLEM WAS THAT IT TOOK ONLY WESTERN PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION IN ACCOUNT. iN FUTURE YOU SHOULD GIVE A GOOD GLANCE ALSO ON ORIENTAL HERITAGE WHILE MAKING SUCH INTERDISCIPLINARY COURSE. i OFFER TO HELP YOU IN THIS.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Science, religion, and philosophy seek answers to intriguing questions that have occupied the human mind for many centuries. The Course Philosophy, Science and Religion: Philosophy and Religion present important insights for the main debates in this branch of knowledge. So, It is a great course, with professors prepared to offer a comprehensive overview of science, philosophy and religion. Hence, they help us think critically about the key issues in this area. For sure, many questions remain unanswered. In the meantime, the course will help us think adequately about key issues in this area of knowledge.
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Hamid S
5.0 2 months ago
by Hamid is taking this course right now.
great philosophers of the past and present have categorised knowledge into 3 major disciplines; Religion, Philosophy and Science

from the earliest education to lifelong learning process, all our knowledge can be categorised into these 3 disciplines

they are historical development of human intellect and to be a balanced human being they should be a complimentary intellectual repertoire
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Anonymous
5.0 2 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Excellent variety of instructors and topics covered. The teachers specialize in the sections they present, providing students with the foremost research in each field. The overall course is organized to provide an excellent overview of the interactions between Science, Religion, and Philosophy.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I found both the first two courses in philosophy, science and religion fascinating and look forward to completing the third module later this year! Philosophy is a new area of study for me and I appreciated the interesting content and the clarity with which it was presented.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Usually I use the MOOCs as online recources along with books, YouTubes and others. That is, I seldom engage myself in class discussions. Regarding this specific course it have been a pleasure listning to openminded view on philosophy and religion
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Anonymous
4.0 2 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I appreciated the breadth of topics covered in this course. Students not having a background in the physical sciences may find it useful to acquire a grounding in 'philosophy of science' in order to better engage with topics such as 'pseudoscience.'
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Leonidas L
5.0 2 months ago
by Leonidas completed this course.
One of the most interesting and we'll educated course from Coursera. I learn a lot from this open and we'll construction course. Many things from the material I knew it, but this course gave me a new perspective and vision. It worth your time.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I found the course balanced trying to show in an open way the perspectives and challenges of philosophy, Science and religion. The use of philosophical questions helps to review intersections and conflicts of both views. I recommend the course
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Anonymous
5.0 2 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
It was a pleasure to take the course. By now i have bought the book Philosophy Science and Religion. The advised readings in the book is very interesting too, Secondly, the oneline course is very well organized. Thank you!
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Anonymous
5.0 2 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
The pitfalls of religion and science and their correlation were tastefully taken care of, and the addition of different topics of philosophies used to teach the same was definitely an amazing way to approach it.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
The course was extremely excellent. It gives an overview of the major concepts in philosophy and religion with a bit in depth discussion. It also links to the modern science and technology.
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Tyler J
5.0 2 months ago
by Tyler completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This course was very interesting. The lectures were great, easy to understand, yet deep enough to provoke good thought. The forum discussions were fun to engage and enlightening.
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Anonymous
2.0 2 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
It gave the impression that it was objective and impartial but that was merely a facade

Very disappointing

I expected a more ballanced look into the various issues
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Stanislav S
5.0 2 months ago
by Stanislav completed this course.
This is a good course. It gave me a stimulus for deeply reconsidering interesting philosophical questions, connections with sciences and religion.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
It was an amazing course dealing with controversiol ideas with a great way. Teachers were amazing offerring great information with sources.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Excellent course, great teachers and content. The classes are well taught and the presentation is made very carefully for the learning.
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