Introduction to Philosophy: God, Knowledge and Consciousness

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Introduction to Philosophy: God, Knowledge and Consciousness

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This philosophy course has two goals. The first goal is to introduce you to the things that philosophers think about. We will look at some perennial philosophical problems:

  • Is there a God?
  • What is knowledge, and how do we get it?
  • What is the place of our consciousness in the physical world?
  • Do we have free will?
  • How do we persist over time, as our bodily and psychological traits change?

The second goal is to get you thinking philosophically yourself. This will help you develop your critical reasoning and argumentative skills more generally. Along the way we will draw from late, great classical authors and influential contemporary figures.

To help enhance your learning experience, this course offers instructor grading. If you choose to pursue a verified certificate, a professional philosopher will carefully read, grade and comment upon your work. Though all residential philosophy courses at MIT, and other major u...

This philosophy course has two goals. The first goal is to introduce you to the things that philosophers think about. We will look at some perennial philosophical problems:

  • Is there a God?
  • What is knowledge, and how do we get it?
  • What is the place of our consciousness in the physical world?
  • Do we have free will?
  • How do we persist over time, as our bodily and psychological traits change?

The second goal is to get you thinking philosophically yourself. This will help you develop your critical reasoning and argumentative skills more generally. Along the way we will draw from late, great classical authors and influential contemporary figures.

To help enhance your learning experience, this course offers instructor grading. If you choose to pursue a verified certificate, a professional philosopher will carefully read, grade and comment upon your work. Though all residential philosophy courses at MIT, and other major universities, offer instructor grading, this is an innovation in the world of MOOCs. Students will test their ideas against, and receive individual advice from, professional philosophers. We believe that this is the best way to learn philosophy.

Verified learners will be eligible for the MITx Philosophy Award and (for students presently in high school) the MITx High School Philosophy Award. The awards will be given for outstanding written work by the MIT Philosophy Department. In addition, award winners will be profiled on the MIT Philosophy website.

NOTE: Enrollment for instructor grading will be capped.

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Okwor Victor

10/10 starsTaking Now
1 year, 3 months ago
The course is good but I don't see more ideas on God like there is for Philosophy. The instructors are more on philosophy but at least there have been a theology instructor too
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Paul Scheeler

9/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 2 months ago
I took this class as a junior in high school. It sparked my interest in metaphysics and the philosophy of mind and provided an excellent framework for deeper study. Casper Hare is an endearing instructor and clearly loves his subject. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested on touching up on or learning for the first time about the issues of God and identity.
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Anujin Enkhtuya

10/10 starsTaking Now
2 years, 7 months ago
i have genuine interest in philosophy . i read about what is philosophy,in general. but i dont know nothing, still. thus, for me, this course is great opportunity to augment my means about it.
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Eduardo Quiroz

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years ago
Great course. The topics are engaging and professor Hare is cretive in the way he teaches things. I have taken some topics and ideas from this course when I give my lectures and students feel very happy about thinking about things that normally we don´t.
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Aaron Feldman

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 3 months ago
This class was terrific! Professor Hare communicates especially well - plain spoken and profound at the same time. Can't recommend this enough!
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years ago
Excellent learning experience. I took the course when it first came out about a year earlier. This time I took it verified. Submitting essays this time around was challenging, but I feel that it was a great concept for learning. It was a new feature but seemed to work well over-all.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years ago
The professor is interesting and engaging. The TA's are also very knowledgeable and helpful. The discussion boards provide and excellent avenue for digging deeper into the topics
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