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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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Jul 7, 2020

Learned a lot. Great Course. Thank you so much.

By Christian D H S

Jun 21, 2020

Amazing course, time travel topic was the best!

By Dharshini

Jun 2, 2020

It's very useful to me to know about philosophy

By sushree p

Jun 9, 2018

Really thought provoking and interesting course

By Verónica H C

Aug 29, 2017

I´m willing to take more courses like this one.

By Emma S J

Aug 24, 2021

extremely interesting topics and very engaging

By sedat k

Jun 5, 2021

I benefited a lot from this course. Thank you.

By Hakan A

Jan 21, 2021

It was a great journey. Thanks for everything.

By Selvin P

Jan 17, 2021

It's very interesting course. I'll recommended

By Alejandro R

Oct 4, 2020

I've learned a lot of wisdom from this course.

By Adirek B

Jun 6, 2020

I really loved the Introduction of Philosophy.

By Dennis G M

May 27, 2020

Well explained topics. A lot of good readings.

By Daniel L B M

Mar 4, 2018

Excellent course as introduction to Philosophy

By Shreya B

Jan 16, 2018

It was very informative and a great experience

By Paulo

May 14, 2017

Excellent course, one of the best I ever took!

By George W

Aug 7, 2015

Fantastic. Thank you. Funny tennis ball story.

By Sophie K

Apr 9, 2021

Wonderful and engaging course. Learned a lot.


Aug 4, 2020

I learned a lot from the teachers, thank you!


May 26, 2020

Thank you so much coursera! Happy learning <3

By Naresh B

Apr 29, 2020

Thank you so much for this great opportunity.

By Ingmar H

Nov 18, 2017

Great way to expand your horizon of knowledge


Aug 16, 2017

Interesting and fun course. Thanks so much!

By Rodrigo Z G

May 12, 2016

Me parece muy claro lo expuesto y estimulante

By Gustavo L

Apr 3, 2016

Very interesting course. I am learning a lot.

By Scott S H

Jul 8, 2020

A very good basic introduction to the topic.