Download 100 Free Philosophy Courses and Start Living the Examined Life

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The Philosophy section of our big Free Online Courses collection just went through another update, and it now features 100 courses. Enough to give you a soup-to-nuts introduction to a timeless discipline. You can start with one of several introductory courses.

Then, once you’ve found your footing, you can head off in some amazing directions. As we mentioned many moons ago, you can access courses and lectures by modern day legends – Michel FoucaultBertrand RussellJohn SearleWalter KaufmannLeo StraussHubert Dreyfus and Michael Sandel. Then you can sit back and let them introduce you to the thinking of Aristotle, Socrates, Plato, Hobbes, Hegel, Heidegger, Kierkegaard, Kant, Nietzsche, Sartre and the rest of the gang. The courses listed here are generally available via YouTube, iTunes, or the web.

Explore our collection of 800 Free Courses Online to find topics in many other disciplines — History, Literature, Physics, Computer Science and beyond. As we like to say, it’s the most valuable single page on the web.

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  1. Brentopolus says . . . | December 21, 2013 / 1:53 pm

    Thanks for all your hard work, Mr. Colman et al. Can’t wait to diminish my vast reservoir of ignorance!

  2. Open Culture says . . . | December 22, 2013 / 1:36 pm

    You’re most welcome!

  3. Andrew says . . . | December 22, 2013 / 9:46 pm

    This is fantastic! Being a student with a minor in philosophy and a huge interest in the field, I have to say this material is amazing. Thank you for all the work you put into these!

  4. Dbakeca Italia says . . . | December 23, 2013 / 12:55 am

    nice:)

  5. Zoe Butler says . . . | December 23, 2013 / 3:19 am

    You might have to satisfy yourself with increasing your ignorance: the older I get, the less certain I am. I used to think I knew a lot, but it’s amazing how much vaster the universe has become! :)

  6. Pat Gorg says . . . | January 6, 2014 / 5:07 am

    This sounds interesting

  7. Sonny Conteh says . . . | April 13, 2014 / 2:35 pm

    Hard work with focus makes you reach your goal.

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