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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 Laís L

Feb 13, 2017

Excellent!!!

By Thomas K L

Jan 29, 2017

Great course

By Yhona L N

Nov 25, 2016

absorbing :)

By Georje N P R

Nov 7, 2016

Very good :)

By Karina C

Oct 3, 2016

Excelente!!!

By German D S G

Jul 5, 2016

Excellent!!!

By Omar A

Feb 1, 2016

Good course.

By sec

Jan 25, 2016

cornhub mmm.

By Lizao L

Jan 4, 2016

Great course

By 谢睿

Aug 18, 2015

很有趣的课程,强烈推荐!

By Mahanthe A D l

Oct 12, 2020

interesting

By Kumar S

Aug 7, 2020

Nice course

By Aniketh D

Jun 15, 2020

best course

By Bijuli R

Jun 7, 2020

nice course

By priyanshu s

May 1, 2020

learn a lot

By Robert-Nicolae S

Apr 11, 2020

Loved it <3

By Abderrazzak B

Feb 13, 2019

Bon cours !

By Marcus V V d A C

Jul 30, 2017

Excellent!!

By Oscar G

Nov 23, 2016

Fantástico.

By Dilip S

Feb 1, 2016

good course

By Bartolome C P

Jul 4, 2020

Buenísimo!

By Patricia A M L

Jun 30, 2020

Wonderful.

By Turukina M N

May 24, 2020

Thank you!

By Vladislav V

Apr 7, 2020

Wonderful!

By 刘洋(Yang L

Apr 5, 2019

very good!