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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 Felipe B

Mar 27, 2016

Excelentes contenidos

By Hussain A S

Jun 7, 2021

Unbelievable course.

By Xurshida B

Sep 14, 2020

Thank you, very much

By Mallampalli A R

Aug 10, 2020

Great and thank full

By Sudip c

Jul 10, 2020

Thank you very much.

By Bhanuprakash R

Sep 11, 2017

Good course overall.

By Rodrigo D

Aug 3, 2017

me quede pensando...

By Maria d l N A M

May 26, 2017

Gracias! Ejemplares!

By Karen J T S

Dec 16, 2016

i learned so much <3

By Fadi F

Aug 19, 2015

Could've been harder

By Roberto R

Aug 14, 2015

everybody must do it

By Aman V

Dec 18, 2021

This is good course

By Fernando J R P

Jun 20, 2021

Excellent lectures!

By Md S A

Aug 9, 2020

Very helpful course

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May 10, 2020

Highly informative.

By Francisco d A d S C

Jul 2, 2019

I love this course.

By Theo L

May 16, 2018

Very insightful and

By Yahya A B

Sep 10, 2017

an excellent course

By Luciana S W

Jan 12, 2016

Love this course :)

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Jan 24, 2021

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Nov 21, 2020

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By Javier A R R

Oct 13, 2020

Excelente curso!!!

By Tabitha E S

Oct 6, 2020

Interesting course