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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 Qosimova M E q

Nov 8, 2020

Very interesting and important


Apr 26, 2020

great course. well programmed.

By Ложкина А Д

Jan 30, 2017

Very good course and lecturers

By Tanner E

Nov 6, 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed the course!

By Rajini D

Nov 6, 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed the course!

By Florence V

Aug 17, 2015

It is interesting. Thank you !

By Robert T R

Oct 23, 2020

Great Course but study a lot.

By GonzaleX R

Sep 12, 2020

Muy interesante y productivo!

By Jaime A

May 3, 2020

Excellente curso. Maravilloso

By Angela B

Nov 28, 2017


By Gerardo T

Jul 7, 2017

its Excellent, so interesting

By Yuri K V R d S L

Oct 27, 2015

Estou gostando muito do curso

By Gulchexra J

Dec 3, 2020

Я могла найти мой сертификат

By Laura M P

Nov 28, 2020

So interesting and complete!

By Nilsu T

Nov 24, 2020

It was an interesting course

By Jacquelyn C M

Oct 19, 2020

So very interesting! Thanks!

By Kris B

Aug 10, 2020

This is an excellent course.

By Patricio v C

Aug 1, 2020

excelent course , thanks....

By Nisha S

Jun 10, 2020

Wonderful course.....enjoyed

By Daniel A M A

May 27, 2020

Excelente curso, interesante

By Eric

Jun 12, 2019

It's a great course. Thanks!

By Martin R S

Feb 15, 2019

Loving it so far, brilliant.

By Georgia C

Oct 31, 2017

Thank you! Very interesting!

By Monica N

May 5, 2016

Wonderful and challenging...

By 苏津岳

Sep 13, 2015

a nice start for philosophy!