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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.

Apr 10, 2021

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 Catherine C

May 10, 2021

Excellent introduction with engaging instructors. I’ve learned so much.

By Jonathan C

Nov 10, 2019

Great course! Nice informative lectures! Well done. Very interesting.

By Felipe D

Sep 14, 2019

very well achived. great materials. great professors. thank you for all

By Daniel I R S

Oct 16, 2017

Excelente curso. Ayuda a comprender diferentes tópicos de la filosofia.

By Anne C

Apr 27, 2017

Nice easy course to break yourself into philosophy and the study of it.

By Robert S

Nov 6, 2020

Very engaging, good survey of topic, excellent and varied instructors.

By Animesh D

May 16, 2020

It is undoubtedly one of the best courses on Philosophy for Beginners.

By Sean C

Apr 7, 2018

Great introduction to some of the current big questions in philosophy.

By Jaeel X R S

Nov 30, 2016

I loved it, everything made absolute sense and was explained perfectly

By Hadeel N

Feb 21, 2016

So far it is brilliant. Loved Dr Pritchard's lecture on Gettier Cases.

By Lucas R P

Aug 30, 2015

Really informative and interesting course, learnt a lot and enjoyed it

By Pinaki S

May 10, 2021

I am overwhelmed to get an opportunity to learn so much of philosophy

By Leon B

Jul 4, 2020

This course is good for everyone to understand more about philosophy.

By Moomal M

Jun 12, 2020

i am definitely going to think more. i greatly recommend this course.

By Joel R A H

Apr 29, 2020

The course is wonderful, I am very grateful for everything I learned.

By Alejandra G

Apr 17, 2020

I learned so much! The topics were very interesting and mind opening.

By Olga I

Feb 24, 2019

Awesome course, lots of interesting information. Thank you very much!

By Holly L

Sep 12, 2017

It's an informative and engaging course for anyone new to Philosophy.

By Felipe T

Dec 3, 2015

Great introduction to the way of doing philosphy. Highly recommended!

By Claudia Y F E

Aug 21, 2020

Wonderful teachers, a wonderful space for reflection and speculation

By Ricardo M

Jun 3, 2020

It is an excellent introductory course to improve critical thinking.

By amin s

May 6, 2020

One of the most beautiful and challenging course I have come across.

By Nicola S

Apr 13, 2020

Amazing course. I really learnt a lot. Thanks Coursera and the team,

By Eliane S

Feb 18, 2017

wonderful course. very interesting and thought provoking, thank you!

By Corey C

Sep 27, 2015

Excellent instructors and interesting materials make this a delight!