Philosophy meets the internet!
Our online courses are brilliant! It doesn’t matter whether you are an at-home mother, a serving soldier or a bored banker. It doesn’t matter whether you are in Russia, Taiwan, Greece or Australia. Wherever you are, whatever you do, you can do these online courses.
Each course is ten weeks long. You will be guided through appropriate reading and engage in individual and group activities with your fellow students. One of my panel of brilliant tutors will be on hand to help you throughout.
Philosophy pioneered the online courses at OUDCE. There are currently ten philosophy courses. I wrote four of them, and commissioned the rest from other philosophers.
A short description of each of our online courses follows, together with a link to its author (unless the author is me), and a link to the OUDCE booking form. I do hope you’ll come and join us (and then get back to me here and tell me all about it).
Introduction to Philosophy (written by Dr. Annamaria Carusi): We think we know, but do we? We think we are free, but are we? We think our actions are moral, but are they? What is this reality we take ourselves to live in? The oldest questions meet the newest technology in this online introduction to philosophy.
Introduction to Political Philosophy (Written by Professor Jonathan Wolff) Political philosophy contains some of the greatest writings in the western intellectual tradition. This online course introduces the student to the central questions concerning the state by means of classical and contemporary texts.
Introduction to The Philosophy of Science (Written by Professor James Ladyman): This course introduces key issues in the philosophy of science, including debates about the nature of the scientific method, theories of confirmation, the demarcation of science from non-science, the rationality of theory change, and scientific realism.
Introduction to Philosophy of Mind (written by me) The philosophy of mind is concerned with questions about the nature of mind and the relation between our minds and the physical world. This course provides is an introduction to the mind-body problem, one of the most intractable problems in philosophy. This course is based on my podcast series A Romp Through the Philosophy of Mind.
Introduction to Ethics (written by me)): In this introduction to ethics, the philosophy of morality, we shall examine four important ethical theories (virtue ethics, deontologiy, expressivism and utilitarianism), applying them to two practical questions: the rights of animals and euthanasia. There will be plenty of opportunity to engage in debate and test your own thinking. This course is based on my podcast series A Romp Through Ethics for Complete Beginners.
Introduction to Philosophy of Religion (written by Dr. Tim Mawson): The course looks at what, if anything, it is that Jews, Christians, and Muslims are agreeing about when they claim that there is a God; and we shall look at what, if any, prospects there are for rationally defending or attacking this claim Please note this course is not a course in comparative religion: it deals only with the God of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
Introduction to The Theory of Knowledge (written by Professor Duncan Pritchard): The theory of knowledge is one of the most central areas of philosophy. In this online course students will cover the key issues in epistemology while also learning to think for themselves and develop their own answers to the core questions in this area.
Reality, Being and Existence (written by Professor Tim Crane): An introduction to metaphysics, the most general investigation of reality. It has been at the centre of philosophy since the beginning of the western tradition in ancient Greece, and many of its concerns are the same as those of Plato and Aristotle.
Bioethics for Beginners (written by me): Do you think reproductive cloning is morally permissible? Do you check food labels to exclude any with GM ingredients? Would you worry if the government introduced compulsory depositing of DNA in the national DNA bank? This course resulted in my book Bioethics: An Introduction. You might also enjoy some short podcasts on bioethics that I did for the book.
Critical Reasoning: A Romp Through the Foothills of Logic for Complete Beginners (written by me): Reasoning enables us to acquire knowledge, to persuade others, and to evaluate their arguments. But only if we reason well. We shall be learning how to recognise, evaluate, construct and analyse arguments, and how to recognise common fallacies. This course is based on my critical reasoning podcasts, and the course textbook is my e-book of the same name as the course.