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.

  • Matheus Ndungo Hamukwaya says:

    Hi. I am a teacher by pro­fes­sion. I am inter­est­ed in doing intro­duc­tion to phi­los­o­phy. Please do accept my appli­ca­tion for free course.

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