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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

LT
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.

CC
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 Prasun S

Jul 25, 2020

Superbly insightful. It's a vision of life.

By Diego R

Jul 6, 2020

Very good course, definitely recommend this

By Dr. T V C

Jul 1, 2020

Wonderful travel. Happy joining the course.

By Deleted A

Jun 9, 2020

The rise of my mind starts from this course

By Jan S K

Apr 13, 2020

There has been a great learning experience.

By Jian M L

May 1, 2018

It really is an introduction to philosophy.

By Graham F

Apr 25, 2018

Very interesting Had a lot of fun with it.

By Nahun p

Aug 28, 2017

I'm enjoying this course. Great knowlegment

By Irma K

Oct 21, 2020

Great course, enjoyed every minute. Thanks

By Parthiv P S

Sep 17, 2020

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By 魏胜昆

Mar 18, 2020

内容对启发人开始哲学性的思考很有帮助,题目有的有一些难度但是多做多思考还是能做对的。

By Lucas A S

Jan 9, 2019

Very Good, Very Informative! Thanks a Lot!

By N H

Aug 5, 2017

Good start for the beginers to Philosophy.

By Ben P

Jul 2, 2017

Very nice introduction to the subject area

By musa

Nov 7, 2015

Spas dikim mamoste ji bo ked û xebat a te.

By Ove J

Aug 22, 2015

Exellent intro. I would welcome a followup

By Michael O

Jul 25, 2020

Highly thought provoking and stimulating!

By SumaiyaAkter

Jun 23, 2020

It's totally helpful and nice opportunity

By Mujalin P

May 2, 2020

This course is really fantastic and fun!!

By Marcos J N

Jun 13, 2019

Uno de los mejores cursos que he probado.

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Oct 20, 2018

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By Deleted A

Dec 3, 2015

amazingly concise and well picked topics!

By Jose A S

Oct 27, 2020

The lectures were very much informative!

By Fariha A

Aug 20, 2020

I just love this course awesome love it.

By Daniel S G

Jan 10, 2020

Very introductional but still meaningful