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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 Luis E S

Aug 2, 2016

muy interesante, me gusta como ha sido estructurado... felictaciones....

By Emmanuel

Jun 18, 2020

This course is awesome indeed, albeit it's kind of abstract at the end.

By Shubhangi S

May 15, 2020

A course which provides knowledge and has importance in day to day life

By Jared E

Jun 16, 2018

I think it's a bit basic, but on the other hand it is an introduction.

By Fernando C A

Aug 16, 2015

Tiene una buena estructura de temas. Los profesores explican muy bien.

By Amruth B

Jun 29, 2020

A real amazing journey into philosophy. A very well structured course

By Rafael S T V

Sep 23, 2015

The certificate is paid. It should offer a free version of some kind.

By Cornelius B

Aug 30, 2020

Great course to get the hang on a number of philosophical questions.

By Chirag L

Sep 14, 2015

This is course is actually informational and interesting...Thnak you

By Dan C

Jul 10, 2020

I enjoyed the variety of people presenting lectures in this series.

By Ottzen

Feb 3, 2017

My English and thought process was challenged, and I enjoyed it :-)

By Rakheeb T

Aug 3, 2020

THE COURSE WAS VERY USEFUL TO MAKE SOME CLARITY ABOUT THE BASICS

By Raj T

May 11, 2020

Philosophy is the master of all things , we just have to think

By Saeid M

Jan 22, 2016

Useful and simple. All things that a philosophy student needs.

By Allegra B

Aug 31, 2015

I thought it was very good and the instructors were excellent.

By Justin T T W

Oct 6, 2020

Very interesting introduction to basic concepts of Philosophy

By Muhammad H M A

Mar 18, 2020

It well satisfied me as introductory course to Philosophy.

By Manish P S

Dec 24, 2015

Brilliant course to get you a head start on 'Philosophy.'

By Thiago S

Jun 4, 2020

Nice content. Good to start on the world of philosophy.

By Suyogya M B

Apr 19, 2020

Comprehensive Philosophy journey of my life. Thank you.

By Abhinaya K

Jul 25, 2020

Student friendly and gives a new perspective of things

By Anthony O

May 19, 2020

Really Informative course. Loved the various lecturers

By Caio P R

May 1, 2018

Very interesting introduction to philosophical issues

By Chris L

Apr 27, 2016

very nice introductory course looking at questions of

By Edgar a

Mar 5, 2016

is a very good course to start in the world of think,