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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....

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Sep 02, 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 08, 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 Clifton L

Aug 16, 2015

Excellent course.

By Dr. R E M

Sep 20, 2020

Very good course

By Aaron S

Jul 15, 2020

Very interesting

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Apr 09, 2020

Very insightful!

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By Rafael A L

Dec 29, 2018

very nice course

By Jean D B D

Sep 13, 2016

Very interesting

By Brenda M A

Jun 23, 2016

Excelente curso.

By Isaac Y

Feb 05, 2016

Very interesting

By sirhajwan i

Jan 22, 2016

Best course ever

By Renato S

Jan 20, 2016

Excelent course!

By danielle m

Aug 28, 2015

love the course.

By omar e s r

Oct 24, 2020

excelent course


Jun 30, 2020

its very useful

By Tahmin A

Jun 24, 2020

It was great !

By Sridam D A L

Jun 11, 2020

Muy buen curso.

By Danial S

May 30, 2020

A great course!

By Aldemar O V

Jan 24, 2018

Really amazing.


Sep 28, 2017

Excelente curso

By David Z

Feb 17, 2017

Amazing course.

By Joseph C I

Dec 05, 2016

Great Course !!

By Daniel H J

Jan 30, 2016

Awesome Course!

By Xin Y

Jan 27, 2016

Very intuitive.

By Leon S M

Jan 19, 2016

Excelente Curso