Launches 23rd January 2017
How should we think about the relation between science and religion? This course, created by the University of Edinburgh's Philosophy and Divinity Departments, surveys several topics within the contemporary science-religion field, with a special focus on philosophical approaches. The aim is to introduce learners to the many subtleties of engaging science with religion and to some of the biggest questions facing humankind: Is scientific knowledge the absolute truth? Is evolutionary biology more scientific than creationism? What makes us religious, according to neuroscience? Could science and religion be compatible in the way they perceive the origin of the Universe? What are the ethical dimensions of the science-religion debate?
The course will be released in three self-contained parts:
|Science and Philosophy||
The nature and limits of scientific knowledge
Implications of scientific knowledge for philosophy and religion
|Philosophy and Religion||
The nature of religious disagreement
Comparing religious and scientific fundamentalism
|Religion and Science||
Can eastern religions can give insight into the study of minds?
Social and political consequences of the public debate between science and religion
The course is open to all, and no formal qualifications are required to enrol and complete the course.
The course is delivered online through Coursera, so students can progress through the course at their own pace.
A textbook accompanying the course is forthcoming.
Upon successful completion of this course, learners will:
A new online masters programme in Philosophy, Science and Religion launches September 2017.