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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.


Feb 21, 2023

I already had a Bachelor's in Philosophy degree. But, this course has the potential to comprehensively elaborate on the aspects that were lacking and that I was unable to comprehend in a unique way.

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By Justin T

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.'


Feb 26, 2023

Muy interesante como se aborda la Filosofia del Derecho.

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,

By Siqi G

May 17, 2020

Overall, love it!! Really good introduction classes.

By Shubham V

Feb 18, 2017

good course, just needs to be a little more thorough

By Anton G

Jun 22, 2016

There are many more interesting themes in philosophy

By rina p

Sep 3, 2020

I got to learn many new perspectives of philosophy

By Irvin M L

Jul 11, 2019

Es una buena introducción al mundo de la filosofía

By José L

Sep 3, 2017

bastante interesante, explicado de manera sencilla

By Branko P

Feb 19, 2017

Nice introduction in basic philosophical concepts.

By Lauren H

Aug 21, 2015

Well created and gives plenty of food for thought!

By Yiyang L

Aug 22, 2019

little repetitive.. But overall great material!!

By Paweł J Z

Mar 13, 2016

Good course, very arbitrary chosen topics though

By Jawaad a

Aug 26, 2020

how will i get my certificate??? i didnt get it

By Kalyaneswar J

Jun 23, 2020

Excellent course with well-structured contents.

By Luis A

May 22, 2016

great, perhaps the tests doesn't work very well

By Binoy P

Apr 14, 2021

Great experience.

Thank you so much coursera .