Philosophy is your chance to engage in intellectually exciting pursuits as you address issues that have preoccupied great minds for millennia. This series of courses teach you why it is indispensable to think critically and reason from valid principle.
Probe what are perhaps its most fundamental question in history with three fundamental courses that introduce you to how thinking is at the heart of our everyday lives.
- The Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition
Explore the entire western philosophical tradition in this comprehensive introduction to the topic taught by a member of the philosophy department at Oxford.
- Modern Intellectual Tradition: From Descartes to Derrida
Get an introduction to the contemporary Western approaches to the philosophies of both reality and knowledge, led by an author and award-winning professor, as you explore the ideas behind modern philosophy's most important movements.
- The Philosopher's Toolkit: How to Be the Most Rational Person in Any Room
Learn how to sharpen your problem-solving skills and make better decisions and arguments in this dynamic course that helps you put philosophy’s most practical tools into action.
Delve into practical, accessible, and common uses of philosophy by selecting three courses that will help you be more creative, logical, inventive, realistic, and rational in all aspects of your daily life.
- Mind-Body Philosophy
Explore how the brain creates your experience of reality with an award-winning Professor of Philosophy.
- Passions: Philosophy and the Intelligence of Emotions
A distinguished philosopher and author takes you on a tour of his more than three-decade-long intellectual struggle to reach an understanding of emotions: "the key to the meaning of life.”
- An Introduction to Formal Logic
Logic is the key to philosophy, mathematics, and science. Learn logic from an award-winning professor of philosophy.
- Meaning of Life: Perspectives from the World's Great Intellectual Traditions
Guided by a passionate and thorough professor, this intellectually gripping course offers a rigorous and wide-ranging exploration of what various spiritual, religious, and philosophical traditions from both the East and the West have contributed t…
- The Modern Political Tradition: Hobbes to Habermas
Deepen your understanding of politics in this course that reveals the remarkable evolution, impact, and legacy of modern political philosophy.
- The Big Questions of Philosophy
Learn to think clearly, shun fallacies, and reach your own conclusions as you confront the questions that have puzzled generations of philosophers.
- Argumentation: The Study of Effective Reasoning
Learn the fundamentals of argumentation and build a foundation for communication and reasoning that will benefit you in every area of your life.
- Redefining Reality: The Intellectual Implications of Modern Science
Get a grip on reality in 36 enthralling lectures about the changing view of what’s real—in space, in matter, in society, and in your brain.
Dive deeply into morality and ethics by picking three courses that probe the history and evolution of the most complex and nuanced questions and topics in philosophy.
- Great Minds of the Medieval World
Go beyond the typical philosophy course and explore the most fascinating minds of the Middle Ages, including great philosophers, prolific writers, and cultural movers.
- Privacy, Property, and Free Speech: Law and the Constitution
Courts have struggled to balance the interests of individuals, businesses, and law enforcement. Educate yourself about the current state of the law and the risks posed by our own inventions with guidance from an award-winning legal scholar, professor,…
- Death, Dying, and the Afterlife: Lessons from World Cultures
Explore how great faiths, philosophies, and cultures all over the world perceive death (and life), guided by a religion scholar and award-winning professor.
- Science Wars: What Scientists Know and How They Know It
Explore the history of competing conceptions of scientific knowledge with a noted professor from Lehigh University.
- Why Evil Exists
An award-winning professor offers a richly provocative and revealing encounter into Western civilization's greatest thinking and insight on the critical subject of evil.
- Books That Matter: The Analects of Confucius
Join a renowned educator on an adventurous exploration of one of the world’s most important philosophical texts.
- Books That Matter: The City of God
Travel chapter by chapter through Augustine’s masterpiece, as an award-winning professor introduces you to the book’s key arguments, as well as the historical context necessary to comprehend The City of God’s true power.
- Books That Matter: The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Join a Harvard professor to examine the meaning and impact of Edward Gibbon’s masterpiece.