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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 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.

CC

Oct 08, 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 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

By Abhishek S

Aug 29, 2018

Great course. Knowledgeable tutors.

By Marie

Nov 14, 2016

I enjoy all the information. thanks

By Vipin B

May 01, 2016

excellent quality of study material

By Alejandra G

Feb 03, 2016

Excelente curso, lo disfrute mucho.

By HEMACHANDRAN K

May 03, 2020

clearly understanding the concepts

By Adriana P C Z

Aug 09, 2017

Successful!!

Thanks for everything!

By Bernie Y

Feb 20, 2017

Good course, enjoyed the lectures.

By etherzhu

Oct 30, 2016

课程非常有趣,老师各有特色,也并不是艰深难懂,毫无哲学基础也能学下来

By Jorge L y L

Oct 29, 2015

es muy buena y compleja me encanto

By Kesava M

Oct 12, 2020

good explanation and graphic work

By Ronei M F

Oct 05, 2020

Excelent content and course flow!

By Zhuang M

Sep 12, 2020

Thought-provoking and challenging

By Santiago R R

Aug 29, 2020

Excelente curso, deseo hacer mas.

By Prantik P

Aug 28, 2020

It's really very important to us.

By Muhammad S b B

Jun 06, 2020

Deeply meaningful life discovery!