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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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Jun 16, 2020

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Jun 16, 2020

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By Eric J O

May 21, 2020

Thanks to great Professors

By Jaime D R V

Apr 30, 2020

The best, congratulations.

By Luis E C R

Jun 23, 2019

IT is perfect introduction

By Güneş E

Sep 21, 2017

I really liked the topics.

By Jan R C

Sep 24, 2016

It really helped me a lot.

By Rafael S

Oct 5, 2015

Great course. Thanks a lot

By Kahsolt

Aug 14, 2015

Very clear and good start.

By Atul A

Jul 2, 2021

excellent way of teaching

By Pavan S

Apr 18, 2021

This course is the best!!

By Yuda P A S

Dec 22, 2020

This course is verry good

By ratnesh p

Dec 6, 2020

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Aug 26, 2020

Good and nicely explained

By Bobby V

Apr 26, 2020

Loved every minute of it!

By Nicolás A I

Mar 15, 2019

Muy completo y didáctico!

By Tamer G B

Dec 22, 2017

Excellent & useful course

By Elysa F N

May 29, 2017

A very interesting class!

By Salvador L F

Apr 10, 2016

A very good introduction.

By Calum B

Mar 29, 2016

Informative and engaging!


Jun 2, 2022

Was a great experience!

By Ekta D

Mar 25, 2022

very knowledgeful course

By Debarati G

Dec 13, 2021

very interesting course.

By Arpita B

Aug 25, 2021

It was very informative.

By Rubén G G

Dec 5, 2020

Great course ¡Thank you!