Introduction to Philosophy: A Free Online Course from the University of Edinburgh

Created by the University of Edinburgh, the online course Introduction to Philosophy introduces students to “some of the main areas of research in contemporary philosophy. In each module, a different philosopher will talk [students] through some of the most important questions and issues in their area of expertise.” The course begins by asking “what philosophy is – what are its characteristic aims and methods, and how does it differ from other subjects?” Then the online course (offered on the Coursera platform) provides an overview of several different areas of philosophy, including: Epistemology, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Mind, Political Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, and Metaphysics.

You can take Introduction to Philosophy for free by selecting the audit option when you enroll. If you want to take the course for a certificate, you will need to pay a fee.

Introduction to Philosophy will be added to our list of Free Philosophy Courses, a subset of our collection, 1,700 Free Online Courses from Top Universities.

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  • Ahmad Wali Raisi says:


    I am a UN employee in Afghanistan and have completed my masters in Political Science. I see a deep connection between my background and Philosophy that makes me interested in the subject.

    Please accept my application for the online free course.

    Kind regards,


  • Busari Sulyman Oladipo says:

    I want to take the course Introduction to Philosophy

  • Santhi U says:

    I am interested to learn Introduction to Philosophy.Kindly accept my application for free course.

  • Malak Aldakhilallah says:

    I am interested to learn Introduction to Philosophy.Kindly accept my application for free course.

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