Topical Introduction to Philosophy

Online Introduction to Philosophy Class Dr Daniel Fincke

My Topical Introduction To Philosophy catches up newcomers to philosophy by each week overviewing a major subfield of philosophy. Over the course of any given 16 week run of sessions we will overview  Philosophy of Mind, Moral Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Language, Epistemology, Metaphysics, Personal Identity, Social Philosophy (Gender, Race, etc.), Logic, Philosophy of Religion, Aesthetics, Free Will and Determinism, Philosophy of Human Nature, Philosophy of Emotion, and Self-Interest. For every topic, we explore the major questions, their practical relevance, and the major competing contemporary positions that philosophers hold. Then we engage in freewheeling, open-ended philosophical discussions of the topics for ourselves. As you work out your own thoughts on the week’s topic, I inform you of the ways that philosophers have developed arguments along similar lines or raised challenges to your views. Then I help you work out strategies for either overcoming objections or modifying your views to account for them. While inevitably some of the great philosophers throughout history will be discussed, this class is contemporary in its focus. It is meant to look at the current state of philosophical questions, rather than tell the story of how we got here. It is meant to complement, rather than significantly overlap with, my History of Philosophy class, which tells the story of philosophy from the ancients up through the 20th Century. While the History of Philosophy can serve as an introductory class that is more lecture oriented than any of my other classes, the Topical Introduction to Philosophy puts a greater accent on students working out their own take on the issues. There is no university credit for taking this course.

These are the times for the Topical Introduction to Philosophy classes:

Topical Introduction to Philosophy: Sundays 8pm-10:30pm Eastern Time
Topical Introduction to Philosophy: Tuesdays 11pm-1:30am Eastern Time
Topical Introduction to Philosophy: Wednesdays 5:30pm-8pm Eastern Time
Topical Introduction to Philosophy: Saturdays 9am-11:30am Eastern Time

All it takes to sign up is to click on the link for the section of class that you want to take, then select and purchase a pass for it. The chart below explains the price options. Your time in a class lasts 8, 16, or more weeks depending on which pass you buy (see chart below) and how long you want to stay in that class before trying another. If you don’t see a time that fits your needs or if you have any more questions feel free to e-mail me at For more details on how my classes work in general, please see the FAQ. For more about me, see this page. If you would like to schedule a 1-on-1 class session with me (or regular ones), e-mail me and we can make an appointment and you can purchase a Bronze Pass.


*There is no university credit for taking these classes.

After a short trial period (1 session for a Silver Pass or 2 sessions for a Platinum or Gold Pass) you can withdraw from my classes and receive a refund of your unused balance minus a service fee. After the trial period there are no refunds.

For more details on how my classes work in general, please see the FAQ or e-mail me at For more about me, see this page.

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