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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 Binaya R

Aug 27, 2017

Great course. Very informative and interesting lectures.

By Marie A C

Jul 31, 2016

Very nice! Understood a lot about Philosophy. Thank you!

By Şeyma T

Aug 19, 2020

This is an amazing course to start learning philosophy.

By amrutha k

Aug 7, 2020

Introduction to philosophy is a best course in Coursera

By Fernando P

Mar 20, 2019

Muito informativo e organizado de maneira bem didática.

By Stephen S

Feb 24, 2019

Great Overview of Philosophy :) Would highly recommend!

By Ruben M

May 5, 2018

The topics are very well explained. Highly recommended.


Feb 20, 2017

A fair chance to broaden. Thank you all for the travel.

By Anish K S

Oct 1, 2021

It was well organized course, and I could learn a lot.

By Axel N A V

Nov 15, 2020

Great content, amazing teachers and good explanations.

By Andrés S

Nov 10, 2020

A nice and short introduction to philosohpy, good job.

By Siqi Y

Jul 14, 2020

it's a interesting course and I learned a lot from it!

By Arun S

May 26, 2020

The best course first step in a course one could get.


May 6, 2018

Enjoyed learning about the introduction of philosophy.

By Tianyuan C

Feb 18, 2016

Very useful and helpful for a beginner. Learned a lot.

By 20-IT-044Harsh V

Apr 13, 2021

it give me change to learn philosophy is great for me

By Haya O S

Jan 20, 2021

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By Ismael F

Dec 30, 2020

It helped me a lot...i used it in a philosophy paper.

By Gayathri S S

Oct 17, 2020

The course was extremely informative and interesting.


Oct 12, 2020

It was a wonderful experience. Really loved learning.

By Deleted A

Sep 13, 2020

This a great course Thanks to instructor and Coursera

By Koushik D

Sep 4, 2020

It's a very good course and I learn with to much fun.

By Кіракосян А А

Apr 13, 2020

Thanks for the interesting course! It was informative

By Clarissa G

Feb 3, 2018

It was a great introduction to philosophy! Thank you!

By María C E S

May 21, 2020

I learn a lot, I hope to study in edinburgh someday!