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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 lilly f

Oct 23, 2020

I loved all of the teachers, they are easy to understand and the material they set out is on point.

By Zeeshan A

Jun 1, 2020

The most thing I like in this course is we are not bond of time. On assignment is very great to do.

By Ryosuke M

Nov 25, 2015

Great introduction to a wide range of ideas and intellectual endeavours in the field of philosophy.

By Molnár D

May 25, 2020

Thank you very much for all the instructors, all the topics were very informative and interesting!

By Andréa G P

Sep 24, 2015

very well explained.... I regret to haven't follow philosophy course in high school in france now!

By Gean B Q

Dec 20, 2020

O curso possui elevada categoria de informações e vai além de uma simples introdução aos estudos.

By Liszi K M M

Sep 14, 2020

Entendible, a pesar de ser compleja la materia, los profesores explican a detalle... me encanto!!

By Richard D V

Jul 16, 2020

It is a great course on philosophy. Kinda bulky for lectures and discussion but worth it. Thanks.

By Riad K

Jul 10, 2020

Very nice, straightforward course that gives a good introduction to several philosophical topics.

By Rodrigo V

Jun 10, 2020

Excellent course, I learned new things about philosophy and new doctrines about morality, freedom


Apr 9, 2020

truly being -minded involves some tricky mental work (all theories in this course open my mind !)

By Lily R

Oct 25, 2019

I really enjoyed this course. It was really interesting - and not too time consuming!!

Thank You!!

By Emmanuel M D

May 7, 2019

This course provides a better overview on philosophy and in turn helps you to think about things.

By Jhonathan S D C

Oct 8, 2016

es un excelente curso con muy buenos profesores. La forma de enseñar es muy didáctica y creativa.

By john c

Nov 30, 2015

Thank you for a thoughtful and extremely well presented and absorbing introduction to philosophy.

By Bárbara M V

Sep 27, 2015

I loved it. It blew up my mind more than once; plus, the teacher of the last week is really cool.

By Al B P

May 4, 2020

very good and interactive course. recommended as a starter for those who interest in philosophy.

By Dr. M N K

Feb 16, 2016

It is really a good place to start orienting oneself with the scholarly tradition of philosophy.

By Haashim h

Jul 28, 2020

The most intriguing and beneficial course I have had so far in my life. Thanks to the teachers.

By Rodolfo G P

Jul 21, 2020

Excelente curso. Muy buenos profesores, explican con claridad y buenos ejemplos.

Muchas gracias.

By Fabian I T

Apr 16, 2019

muy dinámico, fue una de las experiencias de las mejores como para introducirme en esta ciencia

By Yuping Y

Jul 1, 2017

This course is very informative and each lesson discuss a totally different topic, with trying!

By Joseluis P G

Jun 1, 2017

Great professor and delightful way to make appear easy, difficult issues and matters. Thanks !

By Alba Z

May 29, 2017

very interesting and all the professors explained the theories to a quite understandable level!

By Antonio D J B Q

Nov 22, 2015

Was a great experience, I learned more about Philosophy and I developed more knowledge, Thanks!