MITx Classes

We have five online philosophy courses, each of which is offered once a year. We give certificates and awards for high performance in these courses. The courses are hosted by MITx Online, MIT’s online learning destination and MOOC provider.

Learn how to ask and answer big questions. Pursue a verified certificate to have your work graded and commented upon by professional philosophers.

A rigorous introduction to ethics. We’ll think about well-being, objectivity, key historical figures and approaches, what we owe to others, and more.

An introduction to philosophy of mind, exploring consciousness, reality, AI, and more. The most in-depth philosophy course available online.


An introduction to highlights from the technical side of philosophy–from the higher infinite to Gödel’s Theorem.


A tour through the big questions of philosophy. Does God exist? Do we have free will? Is morality objective? What is knowledge? What is the meaning of life? 

MITx Philosophy Awards

Students displaying exceptional performance on MITx’s philosophy MOOCs are eligible for the MITx Philosophy Award. High-School students are eligible for both the MITx Philosophy Award and the MITx High School Philosophy Award. See below for profiles of current and past winners.