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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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Jun 27, 2020

It is an excellent course for anyone who is interested in knowing more about philosophy and philosophical questions. The lectures are short and very informative! I would highly recommend this course.

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.

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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 23, 2018

Really amazing.


Sep 28, 2017

Excelente curso

By David Z

Feb 17, 2017

Amazing course.

By Joseph C I

Dec 5, 2016

Great Course !!

By Daniel H J

Jan 29, 2016

Awesome Course!

By Xin Y

Jan 26, 2016

Very intuitive.

By Leon S M

Jan 19, 2016

Excelente Curso

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By shubham u

Jun 21, 2020

Great Learning

By Alicia C

Jun 10, 2020

A great course


May 18, 2020

Amazing course

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May 12, 2020

Best knowledge

By Fatima P

May 7, 2020

Great course!!

By Sambhav

Mar 22, 2020

Amazing Course

By Eric H

May 4, 2019

Made me think!

By Abdalla A

Aug 1, 2017

nice course :)

By Mariana B O

Nov 23, 2020

Great, great!

By Karamjeet S

Aug 14, 2020

its very good

By Leandro N

Jul 29, 2020

Great course!


Jul 15, 2020

Excellent !!!

By Steven A

Jun 11, 2019

Great course.

By Sandra E C Z

Aug 17, 2018

I loved it!!!