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Intro to Philosophy – Week 7 – Time Travel

this module focused on the paradoxes of time travel and some ways to defend the logical possibility of backwards time travel (mostly from a David Lewis paper) time travel involves: external time = “time as it is registered by the world … Continue reading

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Intro to Philosophy – Week 5 – Should You Believe What You Hear?

This week we are talking about “whether and in what circumstances you can believe what other people tell you” will talk about the Enlightenment (1700-1800) – where reason, science, and liberal democracy were on the rise and religion and monarchy … Continue reading

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Intro to Philosophy – Week 4 – Morality

the first lecture explored the “status of morality” – not “is this moral statement correct?” but rather “what is it that we are doing when we make moral statements? are moral statements objective facts? or are they relative to cultural/personal? … Continue reading

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Intro to Philosophy – Week 3 – Philosophy of the Mind

Cartesian dualism: the body is made of material stuff (i.e., stuff that has “extension” (i.e., takes up space)) and the mind is made of immaterial stuff (i.e., does not have extension) Princess Elizabeth of Bohemia was a student of Decartes … Continue reading

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Intro to Philosophy – Week 2 – Epistemology

Epistemology studying and theorising about our knowledge of the world. we have lots of information, but how do we tell good information from bad information? “propositional knowledge” = knowledge that a certain proposition is the case “proposition” = what is … Continue reading

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Intro to Philosophy – Week 1 – What is Philosophy

As I’ve been doing so much reading on things like theory, complexity science, and research methodology, I’ve been reading more and more papers with words like epistemology and ontology, and it’s prompted me to do a bit of a refresher … Continue reading

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