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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 Ahmet T K

Nov 20, 2020

I like this course and it changes my view to phylilosophy

By Abdumalikov G

Aug 16, 2020

As i am a fan of Philosophy, i am very enjoyed the course

By Juan d D L S

Jul 27, 2020

I love it, was very interesting and a lot of information.

By Ahmet S

May 9, 2020

As a lawyer, I can say that this course was useful to me.

By Guy R

Jun 14, 2019

Very informative, clear, well produced and comprehensive.

By Moon T C

Oct 28, 2015

Time of my life, thanks for the experience and everything


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By Olabode E E

Dec 22, 2022

Love this course, it expands my knowledge of philosophy.

By Pang Y F

Oct 25, 2020

An interesting course and a little bit difficult for me.

By Shah M A R

Jul 24, 2020

So much thing to learn 👍

Really enjoy the whole course ❤

By Victor C

Jul 23, 2020

Excellent course. An eye opener for a lay person like me

By narendra b

Jun 27, 2020

very nicely designed. Some more topics can also be added

By 田文豪

Jan 31, 2019

A worth try for people who want to experience philosophy

By Antonio P

Aug 22, 2018

Excellent introduction to the main topics of Philosophy.

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 Sarah G A

Aug 19, 2022

good for my brain. can help me to solve the time travel

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 Paulo P

Sep 7, 2022

Lovely introduction to what philosophy essentially is!

By Anish K S

Oct 1, 2021

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