Eidyn is delighted to announce that the College of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Edinburgh will fund the Eidyn's "Philosophy in the Playground" project! The College, which received 23 applications but could fund only 15 of the projects, decided to provide funding in full for our project!!! This is great news!
Professor Gunnar Björnsson will give a Public Lecture on Thursday 24th of October 2013 in Lecture Theatre 270 (Old College) on "Shared responsibility: Climate change, structural injustice, and the many hands problem".
This Lecture is part of the 2013/2014 Northern Scholar Lecture series.
The Guardian has recently highlighted Eidyn's "Introduction to Philosophy" and "Philosophy and the Sciences" MOOCs in "Study a Mooc with one of the world's top universities":
"We already run 50 online master's degrees, so this was a logical expansion," says Professor Jeff Haywood, Edinburgh's vice-principal. "It's an investment in pedagogic research. How am I going to teach introductory philosophy to 100,000 people? That's what I call educational R&D.
On the 27th of November 2013 from 4-6pm in Lecture Room (University of Oxford), Professor Duncan Pritchard will be giving a public lecture about Wittgenstein on faith and reason. Here is the abstract:
The last few months have seen a flurry of new faculty hirings in support of Eidyn. Unless otherwise indicated, all of these faculty are now on the ground and active within Eidyn.
Professorial Fellows (0.2 FTE)
Prof Sanford Goldberg
Prof Robert Rupert
Prof Geoff Sayre-McCord
Dr Guy Fletcher
Dr Mikkel Gerken
Dr Alistair Isaac
On Monday 28 October 2013 (5.30-6.30pm, Playfair Library, Old College) Baroness Onora O'Neill gives a Gifford Lecture in memory of Susan Manning (1953-2013): 'From Toleration to Freedom of Expression'.
From the 4th to the 14th of November 2013 (5.30-6.30pm, Assembly Hall) Lord Williams of Oystermouth gives a series of Gifford lectures on 'Making representations: religious faith and the habits of language'.
Curious about the best way to insult a philosopher?
Then come along to this extremely fascinating talk!
Our own Professor Mike Ridge will tell us that one of the best ways to insult and irritate a philosopher.
Melvyn Bragg and his guests begin a new series of the programme with a discussion of the French polymath Blaise Pascal. With Michela Massimi, David Wootton and Michael Moriarty.
Further information can be found clicking on Pascal BBC 4 programme announcement.
In January 2013 we launched our first 'Massive Open On-Line Course' ( 'MOOC') in Philosophy, entitled 'Introduction to Philosophy'. The course was a tremendous success, attracting 100,000 enrolments from people from all four corners of the world, and from lots of different age groups. Since then we've been revising the content of the course and producing an accompanying textbook, Philosophy for Everyone.
A 17 years old US teenager with severe autism enrolled in our own Introduction to Philosophy MOOC says it was a genuine life-changing experience! The ongoing contact with professors and with other students really made the difference!