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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.


Feb 21, 2023

I already had a Bachelor's in Philosophy degree. But, this course has the potential to comprehensively elaborate on the aspects that were lacking and that I was unable to comprehend in a unique way.

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By Tony S

Jun 22, 2017

It was great way to introduce myself to the world of Philosophy.

By Charlotte P

Aug 18, 2015

Enjoyed the class very much. Just the right amount of challenge!

By Vadym N

Apr 21, 2020

As a non-humanities specialized person, I liked it pretty much.

By Antonio J T D

Aug 13, 2019

It is a brief introduction to some basic aspects of philosophy.

By Lisa B

Mar 9, 2019

Very helpful way to introduce the basics in a not-so-basic way.

By Conroy F

Sep 22, 2017

Great course to improve critical thinking and analytical skills

By Ujjaini K

Jun 17, 2017

This is definitely one of the best courses I have taken so far.

By Jose G

Dec 4, 2016

Excellent course! Very interesting topics. Very well explained.

By Tiago O

Nov 7, 2020

Brilliant! Very well organised, excellent themes and lectures.

By Andrea G M

Jul 14, 2020

introduces you to a good array of topics two get you thinking.

By shima e

May 20, 2020

I very much enjoyed the topics and learned so much. Thank you!

By Ahmed M

May 11, 2020

I'm very thankful and grateful for the information i received.

By Nadya T

Oct 4, 2017

Amazing and easy to follow, paced nicely and very interesting!

By Zully N F M

Sep 12, 2017

es excelente, tuve conocimientos de algunas temas que ignoraba

By Francisco J A M

Sep 5, 2016

El contenido esta adecuadamente resumido, es integral y claro.

By Darleen M

Jun 6, 2016

Great course for someone who has never had a Philosophy course

By Dilara A

Feb 14, 2021

I really enjoyed the every seconds of the course! Thank you !

By Juan F

Oct 30, 2020

It made me think that's for sure! Pleasure to take the class.

By Khanh

Jun 30, 2020

This course gave me a new way to look at the world around us.


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By James A H

Apr 15, 2020

Really interesting and just about to sign up for another one!

By joshua z

Aug 16, 2019

It was very simple and nice in terms of the teaching Methodes

By Joshua W

Jan 4, 2016

Easy to follow along and explains Philosophy in simple terms.

By T.Sai N B

Nov 11, 2015

the course content was very much good and it was very useful.

By Azhan S

Feb 22, 2022

A very good and informative course about ethics to be learn.