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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.

Oct 7, 2015

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 Tricia N C G

Nov 9, 2020

It was a great learning experience!!! Thank you so much for the opportunity :>

By Toluwanimi I D

Jun 30, 2020

This course is truly amazing. It is very advanced course for a beginner level.

By Hugo D

Jun 10, 2020

Was a succesfully experiencie. I recomend this course. Thanks for your effort.

By Hazal D

May 11, 2020

Really well done, a good overview of some interesting philosophical questions.

By Eugen M

Oct 22, 2016

Great teachers, very interesting subjects!

I've learned a lot from this course!

By Paul B

Nov 23, 2015

Excellent course for begginers in philosophy. Enjoyed all the lecturers a lot.

By Meliza M

Jan 24, 2021

Ótimo. Fiz o curso em momento de pandemia e inglês para treinar a compressão.

By Akash R

Jun 15, 2020

This course is very helpful in understanding the basics of Philosophy deeply.

By Sachin P

May 3, 2020

With the help of this course,I acquired knowledge in the fields of philosophy

By Muhammed N R S

Apr 17, 2020

إنه لأمر رائع حقًا ، أنا ممتن جدًا لك لإعطائي فرصة للتعلم كثيرًا .. شكرًا لك.

By Hasnain A

Aug 15, 2019

Just an Amazing experience. Feeling blessed. I wish I had found this earlier.

By Gaurav P

Jun 22, 2018

This is a brilliant course in terms of core and deep knowledge of philosophy.

By Deleted A

Feb 11, 2018

Thank you for an interesting reading list and well delivered set of lectures.

By Eoin G

Oct 14, 2017

Lovely. The choice of two tracks is really nice. All topics were fascinating.

By Moaz H

Jan 27, 2017

This course is an excellent introduction to philosophy. It is short but ripe.

By christina

Nov 5, 2016

It'd be a lot more fun, if you also present a sequel of the current course !!

By claire r

Mar 29, 2016

fantastic and thorough introduction to some fascinating aspects of philosophy

By Israel I H Z

Mar 27, 2016

Maravilloso curso, la filosofía es como bien dijo Aristóteles, la más divina.

By Everlinda A

Jan 27, 2021

This is really a great course. I love philosophy courses. Thank you so much!

By Leonardo C

May 9, 2018

Very interesting course! I've learned a lot... and it changed the way I thin

By Ilya R

Jun 19, 2017

This was amazing course introducted me into Phylosophy. I want to review it!


Mar 30, 2021

Muy entretenido, bien explicado. Me siento muy feliz de haber participado!!

By William R T

Mar 22, 2021

Excellent survey of some of the wide range of topics covered in philosophy.

By SYasmeen

Aug 20, 2020

I have learned a lot about philosophy. And it has been helpful for me a lot

By Miguel R D

May 3, 2020

Excellent course with challenging questions and very interesting questions.