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About the Course

This course will introduce you to some of the main areas of research in contemporary philosophy. Each module a different philosopher will talk you through some of the most important questions and issues in their area of expertise. We’ll begin by trying to understand what philosophy is – what are its characteristic aims and methods, and how does it differ from other subjects? Then we’ll spend the rest of the course gaining an introductory overview of several different areas of philosophy. Topics you’ll learn about will include: Epistemology, where we’ll consider what our knowledge of the world and ourselves consists in, and how we come to have it; Philosophy of science, where we’ll investigate foundational conceptual issues in scientific research and practice; Philosophy of Mind, where we’ll ask questions about what it means for something to have a mind, and how minds should be understood and explained; Political Philosophy, where we'll investigate whether we have an obligation to obey the law; Moral Philosophy, where we’ll attempt to understand the nature of our moral judgements and reactions – whether they aim at some objective moral truth, or are mere personal or cultural preferences, and; Metaphysics, where we’ll think through some fundamental conceptual questions about free will and the nature of reality. The development of this MOOC has been led by the University of Edinburgh's Eidyn research centre. To accompany 'Introduction to Philosophy', we are pleased to announce a tie-in book from Routledge entitled 'Philosophy for Everyone'. This course companion to the 'Introduction to Philosophy' course was written by the Edinburgh Philosophy team expressly with the needs of MOOC students in mind. 'Philosophy for Everyone' contains clear and user-friendly chapters, chapter summaries, glossary, study questions, suggestions for further reading and guides to online resources. Please click "Start Here" and navigate to the "Optional Reading" page for more information....

Top reviews

Jun 27, 2020

It is an excellent course for anyone who is interested in knowing more about philosophy and philosophical questions. The lectures are short and very informative! I would highly recommend this course.

Sep 1, 2015

I thoroughly enjoyed this course and find that it encouragingly sets some directions, and of course, raises my excitement for further study into some of the different fields of philosophy. Thank you.

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By Georgina M M

Jun 19, 2017

Excellent class....wonderful lectures and I thoroughly enjoyed taking this course. Thank you.

By José C d O

Jan 1, 2016

Simply outstanding course, even for students who do not have English as their native language.

By Diogo C d R

Aug 7, 2015

very interesting view of conteporany philosophy, specially the topics about philosophy of mind

By Kexin G

Jun 30, 2020

Compact, well-structured, and thought-provoking. My first course at coursera, great beginning

By Judith R

May 14, 2020

I liked the sequence of each discussion and grasped the ideas being discussed on each topics.

By Aleksandro d S S

Feb 23, 2020

An easy and very pleasant way of learning and understanding the basic concepts of philosophy.

By Shinae T

Jan 1, 2020

Great introduction to some of the most thought-provoking philosophical questions of our time.

By Nicola P

Aug 19, 2019

Very informative and thoroughly enjoyable! Thank you to all involved in compiling the course.

By Beatrice R

Mar 4, 2017

I really loved this course, very interesting and pleasant! Many thanks to all the professors!

By Frank C T

May 20, 2016

Excelente!!!!!. Muy adecuado para quienes nos estamos iniciando en ésta área del pensamiento.

By Raphael M O

Mar 20, 2016

Loved it. The lecturers are very informative and the concepts are passed in a very easy tone.

By Keith N

Mar 18, 2021

Great introduction to an interesting topic which I wish I had experienced earlier in life :)

By Nisha K

Feb 11, 2021

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to learn about Philosophy. It was very insightful!

By Matheus L D

Jul 29, 2020

A great opportunity to learn about major issues concerning modern philosophy. Thank you all!

By James C

Aug 3, 2017

A great overview. There were topics I wanted to study in depth but it was a great overview.

By Euclides J L V

Dec 22, 2015

Curso bem difícil, são necessárias muitas horas de dedicação, mas que valem a pena no final.

By Martin L Y

Dec 29, 2020

Great for beginners who want to get a glimpse of philosophy and its many possible branches.

By Fathima S

Jul 6, 2020

This course is vary useful to me.

I really very proud of the couse.

It increases my knowledge

By Aadam b

Nov 18, 2019

I learn about philosophy clear and perfectly.I thank to coursera website and then teachers.

By Juan P O

Feb 20, 2019

Thanks for this great course! all the teachers excellent and the topics very interesting.

By Amanda M

Sep 22, 2016

Es un curso que tiene mucha profundidad y requiere volver a leerlo para entender. Muy bueno


Jun 27, 2016

Me gusta mucho, siento que es más interesante de lo que me imaginaba y aprenderé demasiado.

By leopoldo m

Oct 10, 2015

This course give us a basic and broad perspective about the current philosophical problems.

By Карпенко У

Mar 24, 2021

Such an interesting and exiting couse! I really like the covered topics and the lecturers.

By Shum C H

Sep 9, 2020

I've learnt a lot about philosophy. The topics are interesting and the video are detailed.