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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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Sep 02, 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.


Jun 28, 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.

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Jun 25, 2020

Muchas gracias me gustó mucho el curso

By Paul m

Jun 19, 2020

Excellent. Informative and challenging

By Hassan J

May 18, 2020

Generally, a very enlightening course!

By Ransfield S M

Feb 29, 2020

Great way to acquire knowledge! AAA+++

By Leonardo A

Jul 28, 2017

Un curso muy completo y bien diseñado.

By Gustavo A G A

Jun 01, 2017

it' a great course with good teachers.

By Leonardo J S

Jan 15, 2016

Super interesante, muy bien explicado.

By Enzo B

Dec 24, 2015

Really clear and functional so far. A+

By Lwazi

Aug 22, 2020

Great experience. Keep up the Quality

By Asdrubal A

Jan 27, 2020

Excellent, direct and well exposed !!

By Osvaldo A F

May 28, 2019

Congratulations for this nice course.

By Carolina B V

Jan 31, 2019

Me encantó, muy didáctico y completo.

By Andrew J

Mar 04, 2018

Solid overview; great place to start.

By denisse g k

Jan 05, 2018

excelent and very interesting course.

By Jonathan C

Jun 29, 2016

Interesting and well prepared course.

By Li W Y

May 16, 2016

easy to understand and interesting!!!

By Don D

Aug 12, 2020

Wonderful!!!!! Great Instructors!!!!

By Payman S

May 13, 2020

One of the great course that I have!

By Christine A

Jun 08, 2016

Excellent course. Really enjoyed it.

By Elke R

Nov 10, 2015

I learnt a lot and it was really fun

By Aayush R

Aug 11, 2020

One of the best course on this site

By Nitika D

Jul 20, 2020

week 5 was awesome...amazing course

By Alexa B

May 22, 2020

Very interesting and easy to learn!

By Levi777

Dec 11, 2019

Helps newly interested philosophers

By Stacey B

Jan 03, 2019

good course liked it alot thank you