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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 Bernie Y

Feb 20, 2017

Good course, enjoyed the lectures.

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By Jorge L y L

Oct 28, 2015

es muy buena y compleja me encanto

By Rahul S

May 10, 2021

I am very happy to do this course

By Maria V A B

Oct 28, 2020

aprendí muchisimo, muchas gracias

By Kesava m

Oct 12, 2020

good explanation and graphic work

By Ronei F

Oct 5, 2020

Excelent content and course flow!

By Zhuang M

Sep 12, 2020

Thought-provoking and challenging

By Santiago R R

Aug 29, 2020

Excelente curso, deseo hacer mas.

By Prantik P

Aug 28, 2020

It's really very important to us.

By Shafiq B

Jun 6, 2020

Deeply meaningful life discovery!

By Teng

Nov 24, 2019

I learned a lot from this course.

By Xuzhe L

Feb 23, 2018

Nice introduction for Philosophy.

By Yugasen N

Sep 6, 2016

Was excellent. Content and layout

By 54-Mohammed S A

Jul 24, 2021

It was a spectacular experience.

By (22) M O

Oct 13, 2020

It was a really good experience!

By Samuel G G

Sep 7, 2020

Very Good and Enjoyable to Study

By David M

Jul 28, 2020

Really nice! Learned the basics.

By Welinton V

Jun 17, 2020

motivated me to study philosophy

By Rana M

May 27, 2020

Help to know philosophical view.

By Alexander D C

Jun 13, 2017

Great Basic COurse on Philosophy


Sep 16, 2015

So clear and objective. Love it.

By Nawarat T

Jun 23, 2020

rally informative. thanks a lot

By Juan D V C

May 12, 2020

excelente curso, gran contenido

By Stanisław S

May 17, 2017

Just great. That's all from me.