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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 Miguel R D

May 3, 2020

Excellent course with challenging questions and very interesting questions.


May 1, 2020

I really enjoy it. this is good platform to learn introducion to philoshopy

By david c c

Aug 14, 2017

Excelente curso. Me abrio mi horizonte desde un punto de vista mas critico.

By Karanveer S

Jul 1, 2017

A very concise yet comprehensive introduction to the subject of Philosophy.

By Dinesh C

Mar 19, 2017

it is good to know real knowledge not just biased and religious or cultural

By Gustavo B R B

Nov 10, 2015

Very good course, the classes were very elusive and the teacher is amazing.

By lynn c

Jun 26, 2021

This course opened doors to places in my mind that I didnt realise existed

By Keziah E

Jan 31, 2021

The course was immensely insightful and challenged my thinking very often!

By Vitalian C L N

Jul 8, 2020

The course made me realized my misconceptions in many philosophical topics

By Abigail W

May 6, 2020

Really interesting and has a wide variety of relevant philosophical ideas.


Nov 24, 2018

Clear explanations, thought provoking, lots of introductory ground covered

By Rin T

May 17, 2018

An awesome course that covers lots of areas and basic ideas of philosophy!


Jun 6, 2021

Course materials are thought-provoking, thanks for giving the opportunity

By shahad a

Mar 12, 2021

its nice courses thank you

but I want a certificate, where can I find it?

By Arjav P

Jul 25, 2020

Very Extra Ordinary and Excellent course. I have enjoyed it.

Thanks team!!

By Isaiah C R

May 21, 2020

This is very relatable and interesting for me. Thank you for this course.

By Kamil E C

Apr 24, 2020

This course is useful for me and I learn new something about Philosophy .


Feb 22, 2018

Great Introduction to Philosophy.

- 1star for SUPER bad chinese subtitles.

By Kedar P

Apr 30, 2017

A year after this course, I am pursuing my masters in Philosophy now. :-)

By Lionel S

May 12, 2016

It is a deeply interesting course. I really enjoied. Thank you very much!

By Chelsea S

Nov 20, 2015

This Course really thought me how to expand my perspective on everything.

By Mobashwer S

Jul 19, 2020

Very interesting Course with lots of critical and life changing question

By Jannio E H

Jun 17, 2020

Thank you Coursera and The Edinburgh University for such a great course!

By Mónica B F

Apr 8, 2018

Fantastic! Now I'm more interested in philosophy than I have never been.

By Macarena J A

Feb 14, 2016

hasta el momento me ha gustado mucho lo que visto, good job teachers....