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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

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.

Oct 7, 2015

Great explanations that is broken down with examples for understanding. Quizzes test for your understanding of the topic rather than just the textbook explanations. Challenging and thought revoking.

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By emmanuel d

May 7, 2019

This course provides a better overview on philosophy and in turn helps you to think about things.

By Jhonathan S D C

Oct 8, 2016

es un excelente curso con muy buenos profesores. La forma de enseñar es muy didáctica y creativa.

By john c

Nov 30, 2015

Thank you for a thoughtful and extremely well presented and absorbing introduction to philosophy.

By Bárbara M V

Sep 27, 2015

I loved it. It blew up my mind more than once; plus, the teacher of the last week is really cool.

By Al B P

May 4, 2020

very good and interactive course. recommended as a starter for those who interest in philosophy.

By Dr. M N K

Feb 16, 2016

It is really a good place to start orienting oneself with the scholarly tradition of philosophy.

By Haashim h

Jul 28, 2020

The most intriguing and beneficial course I have had so far in my life. Thanks to the teachers.

By Rodolfo G P

Jul 21, 2020

Excelente curso. Muy buenos profesores, explican con claridad y buenos ejemplos.

Muchas gracias.

By Fabian I T

Apr 16, 2019

muy dinámico, fue una de las experiencias de las mejores como para introducirme en esta ciencia

By Yuping Y

Jul 1, 2017

This course is very informative and each lesson discuss a totally different topic, with trying!

By Joseluis P G

Jun 1, 2017

Great professor and delightful way to make appear easy, difficult issues and matters. Thanks !

By Alba Z

May 29, 2017

very interesting and all the professors explained the theories to a quite understandable level!

By Antonio D J B Q

Nov 22, 2015

Was a great experience, I learned more about Philosophy and I developed more knowledge, Thanks!

By Catherine S M

Sep 28, 2020

i learn alot and its just and introduction, involves you alot and made you want to learn more.


Aug 3, 2020

It was really good and very much informative within this short time limit.Thank You very much!

By Robert A H

Jul 24, 2020

Good introductory subjects, well presented videos and further reading lists to continue study.

By vincent i

Apr 2, 2019

I really enjoyed learning very much. Very good lecture indeed. 5 star you deserve. Thank you.

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.