Free Online Introductory and General Philosophy Courses from Top Universities

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Introductory and general philosophy courses are offered for free by top universities, including MIT (Massachusetts Institution of Technology) and Yale University. Course options are listed below and examine topics such as death, metaphysics, and the relationship of quantum mechanics to philosophy.
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Free Introductory and General Philosophy Courses

Free introductory and general philosophy courses are available online for free. These courses listed below are available on each school's website.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT hosts various courses through its OpenCourseWare platform. Students can choose from topics like problems of philosophy, philosophy of quantum mechanics, relativism, and more.

Yale University

Students of this course from Yale University will explore issues surrounding death. The course asks students to reflect on their own mortality.

Free Online Introductory and General Philosophy Courses

Course & School Program Level Format Assignments Quizzes & Exams Downloadable
Proseminar in Philosophy I course from MIT Graduate Texts Yes No Yes
Problems of Philosophy course from MIT Undergraduate Text/lecture notes Yes Yes Yes
Minds and Machines course from MIT Undergraduate Texts/lecture notes/study materials Yes Yes Yes
Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics course from MIT Undergraduate Texts/lecture notes Yes No Yes
Philosophy of Love in the Western World course from MIT Undergraduate Texts/video lectures Yes No Yes
Other Minds course from MIT Undergraduate Texts/study materials Yes No Yes
Relativism, Reason and Reality course from MIT Undergraduate Texts/lecture notes Yes Yes Yes
Paradox and Infinity course from MIT Undergraduate Textbook/lecture slides Yes No Yes
Decisions, Games, and Rational Choices course from MIT Undergraduate Texts Yes Yes Yes
Feeling and Imagination in Art, Science and Technology course from MIT Undergraduate Texts/video lectures Yes Yes Yes
Metaphysics course from MIT Undergraduate Texts Yes No Yes
Death course from Yale University Undergraduate Audio/video lectures Yes Yes Yes

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    1. Johns Hopkins University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Liberal Arts
      • Master of Arts in Museum Studies
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    2. Keiser University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • B.A. - Political Science
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    3. Southern New Hampshire University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MA in History
      • MA in History: American History
      • MA in History: Public History
      • MA in History: Military History
    Bachelor's
      • BA in Sociology
      • BA in History - American History
      • BA General Studies
      • BA in History
      • BA in History - European History
      • BA in History - Military History
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    4. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • Penn Foster High School with Early College Courses
      • HS Diploma
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    5. Excelsior College

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MA in Liberal Studies
    Bachelor's
      • BA / BS in Liberal Arts [Without Concentration]
      • BA in Humanities (Fine Arts)
      • BA in Humanities (Literature)
      • BA in Humanities [Without Concentration]
      • BS in Liberal Arts (Professional and Technical Writing)
      • BA / BS in History
    Associate's
      • AS in Arts in Liberal Arts
      • AS in Science in Liberal Arts
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    University of Pennsylvania

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    Duke University

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    University of Notre Dame

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    Vanderbilt University

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The schools and programs listed below are popular educational options, and tuition varies based on program and location

Johns Hopkins University

  • Master of Liberal Arts
  • Master of Arts in Museum Studies

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Keiser University

  • B.A. - Political Science

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Southern New Hampshire University

  • MA in History
  • MA in History: American History
  • BA in Sociology
  • BA in History - American History

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Penn Foster High School

  • Penn Foster High School with Early College Courses
  • HS Diploma

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Excelsior College

  • MA in Liberal Studies
  • BA / BS in Liberal Arts [Without Concentration]
  • AS in Arts in Liberal Arts

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