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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 Olga I

Feb 24, 2019

Awesome course, lots of interesting information. Thank you very much!

By Holly L

Sep 12, 2017

It's an informative and engaging course for anyone new to Philosophy.

By Felipe T

Dec 3, 2015

Great introduction to the way of doing philosphy. Highly recommended!

By Claudia Y F E

Aug 21, 2020

Wonderful teachers, a wonderful space for reflection and speculation

By Ricardo M

Jun 3, 2020

It is an excellent introductory course to improve critical thinking.

By amin s

May 6, 2020

One of the most beautiful and challenging course I have come across.

By Nicola S

Apr 13, 2020

Amazing course. I really learnt a lot. Thanks Coursera and the team,

By Eliane S

Feb 18, 2017

wonderful course. very interesting and thought provoking, thank you!

By Corey C

Sep 27, 2015

Excellent instructors and interesting materials make this a delight!

By Norberto M F

Aug 15, 2015

Excelent group of teachers that makes things very, very interesting!

By Ralitsa P

Dec 18, 2020

Really interesting and very challenging introduction to philosophy!

By Omar U C

Apr 22, 2020

excellent information and excellent teachers. thanks for everything

By Ashraf E

Apr 16, 2020

Very enlightening. Opened my eyes to a whole new world of thinking.

By Ana

Apr 10, 2019

A really good introduction to Philosophy. I enjoyed a lot learning!

By Mili F

Apr 12, 2021

He aprendido mucho desde que estoy en el curso es muy interesante.

By Chyavan M C

Jul 15, 2020

Introduced me to a lot of new perspectives! Perfect for a beginner

By Chota

Apr 15, 2020

I personal love philosophy on that the certificate is a non-credit

By Fion S

Aug 3, 2016

Awesome experience for me, awesome handouts and awesome lecturers!

By Camilo l v

Apr 23, 2021

muy bien ordenado y explicado cada item del curso, lo recomiendo.

By giorasa

May 2, 2020

fascinating. very good introduction to philoosphcal questions.

By Shivam J

Jun 26, 2018


By Carlos M

May 29, 2021

A very good introduction to Philosophy with excellent professors


Feb 5, 2021

Cuando lo terminas quieres aprender más¡

Es corto y muy digerible

By Baharuddin Y A R

Jul 4, 2020

it's good and provide all major issue in philosophy for beginner

By Bi Y C N

May 22, 2020

I love this course, I have learn the basic theory of philosophy.