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Best Online Courses in Philosophy 2019

Students who have completed secondary school can enroll in online courses. Courses can last from a few months to two years, and can act as a valuable cornerstone in the process of completing a degree or starting a new career. Perhaps one of the most convenient aspects of online courses is that students can study at their own pace in the comfort of their homes.

What is an online course in philosophy? Philosophy is the study of the fundamental questions concerning existence, knowledge, values, language, reason and mind. Students learn about methods of arguing and rationalizing to stimulate critical thinking, problem solving and a nuanced interpretation of the world. Philosophy courses might include an overview of major philosophers and ways of thinking. Students will most likely complete reading and writing assignments, and participate in online discussions.

Studying philosophy can have many benefits, including increased communication skills that can lead to satisfying, high-paying positions. Learning how to express points of view is essential for good team work and collaboration.

Every institution has different tuition costs for online courses. To learn more about the costs involved, contact the institutions you’re interested in.

Once completed, philosophy courses can lead to successful careers. Many graduates become journalists, marketing writers, science writers or art reporters, utilizing their strong questioning, communication and writing skills to produce thought-provoking work. Others choose to become educators, teaching students of all ages about the humanities. Some graduates use their philosophy training as an important supplement to medical, law, business or government careers so they can make strong consulting, policy or problem solving decisions.

You can decide to take online courses on a part-time or full-time basis. No matter your background, you can enroll in a program that fits your schedule. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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FutureLearn

Explore the fascinating work of philosopher Ramon Llull and its impact with this free online course ... [+]

Ramon Llull, born in Majorca in the 13th Century, was an influential philosopher, writer, and pioneering thinker. This controversial man was admired and scorned alike by some of the most enlightened minds in European culture. He was also one of the leading lights in the intellectual circles of the late 13th century, in which Arab, Jewish and Christian philosophers and scientists participated.

Today he has acquired a new importance in the debate on the ways knowledge is shared with others. In this course, we’ll explore his work and how it’s influenced the arts, literature, science, and technology.

What topics will you cover?

Ramon Llull’s biography

Work and inventions of Ramon Llull... [-]

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January 2019
Part-time
2 weeks
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FutureLearn

Explore the most pertinent scientific and philosophical concepts for understanding our own minds with this free online course ... [+]

This free online course will bring together learners and practitioners interested in how the mind works. It aims to build bridges between traditionally antagonistic approaches to understanding the mind.

What is a mind?

This question has perplexed philosophers, scientists, historians and ordinary people across time and cultures.

While advances in the medical understanding of how the brain functions can shed light on neurological functions and disorders, the essential question of what the mind is speaks to a different problem.

This problem cannot be answered by a purely scientific understanding of the brain, nor by a purely philosophical or psychological approach. Many disciplines have attempted to address the question’, resulting in multiple and sometimes antithetical answers.... [-]

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January 2019
Full-time
Part-time
6 weeks
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FutureLearn

Improve your logical and critical thinking skills in this free online course. Identify common obstacles to effective thinking. ... [+]

We are constantly being given reasons to do and believe things: to believe that we should buy a product, support a cause, accept a job, judge someone innocent or guilty, that fairness requires us to do some household chore, and so on. Assessing the reasons we are given to do or believe these things calls upon us to think critically and logically.

Improve your logical and critical thinking skills

Even though we’re called upon to use our critical and logical thinking skills all the time, most of us are not that good at it. This free online course aims to help you develop and improve these skills.

You’ll learn how to:

identify and avoid common thinking mistakes that lead to the formation of bad beliefs; recognise, reconstruct and evaluate arguments; use basic logical tools to analyse arguments; and apply those tools in areas including science, moral theories and law. Associate Professor Tim Dare and Dr Patrick Girard from the University of Auckland take us on an informative and engaging eight-week journey through the worlds of logical and critical thinking helping us to avoid these common obstacles and fallacies and improve our logical and critical thinking skills. ... [-]
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Open Enrollment
Part-time
8 weeks
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