Second Year of Great Success for the "Introduction to Philosophy" MOOC!

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.

This 7-weeks course, which runs every January and October, introduces some of the most important areas of research in contemporary philosophy. Each week a different philosopher talks you through some of the most important questions and issues in their area of expertise.

The research areas covered by our “Introduction to Philosophy” MOOC are the followings:

  • Epistemology module explores what our knowledge of the world and ourselves consists in, and how we come to have it
  • Philosophy of science module investigates foundational conceptual issues in scientific research and practice
  • Philosophy of Mind module asks questions about what it means for something to have a mind, and how minds should be understood and explained
  • Moral Philosophy module attempts to understand the nature of our moral judgements and reactions – whether they aim at some objective moral truth, or are mere personal or cultural preferences
  • Metaphysics module helps us think through some fundamental conceptual questions about the nature of reality.

Eidyn launched its first “Introduction to Philosophy” MOOC in January 2013. The course was such a huge success (over 100,000 enrolments from people from all four corners of the world, and from lots of different age groups) that this October 2013 Eidyn launched its second and updated MOOC accompanied by the textbook “Philosophy for Everyone”.