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University of Queensland

Philosophy and Critical Thinking

University of Queensland via edX


What can we learn through philosophical inquiry that will help us to think with clarity, rigour and humour about things that matter?

This course introduces principles of philosophical inquiry and critical thinking that will help us answer this question. Learn how we can use philosophical ideas to think about ourselves and the world around us.

Taught by

Peter Ellerton and Deborah Brown


4.2 rating, based on 5 Class Central reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    The course opens up the mind, particularly in the field of epistemology. It successfully made us wonder if knowledge can ever be defined. And, to delve further, it made us think whether there is any 'foundational' knowledge that does not have to be justified. But, since knowledge can be seen as a 'justified' belief, it makes us wonder whether those 'foundational' knowledge really is knowledge, or are the axioms in mathematics are just 'beliefs'.

    Are the letters that form words just 'beliefs'? Quite absurd to call it a belief but does not match the definition of a 'knowledge' either.
  • Magnus Melin

    Magnus Melin completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.

    Short videos sometimes with accompanying text to delve into it.
    If you like to tackle some strange issues like what is a self? Some of it useful like critical thinking with logical fallacies and with biases.

    But most of it not useful, but I find it delighting and amusing to ponder, ergo maximum stars.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    One of the best ways to understand how thinking and philosophy go together. Really effective presentation but still deals with some difficult stuff. Good job on the part of whoever put it together.
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    Samantha Bishop

    Samantha Bishop completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very hard.

    I was under the belief that Philosophy was a means of opening the mind and broadening ones knowledge. After taking this course, I am now under the belief that it is teaching closed mindedness and stupidity. Few examples: You can't expect the sun to rise...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    It's good fun but also has a lot of really good content. You can kind of take it as you want and still feel like you've done a good course. Some kind of odd videos but they fit nicely.

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