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Intro to Philosophy

  • Earn 3 transferable credits
  • 100% online and Zoom-free
  • Includes everything you need

Course cost $597

Original price: $1332

Monthly payment option available



  • Fun + Flexible

  • Affordable

  • Course

    Are you living a good life? Who are your real friends? Are you a bad person? When do we eat? When investigating life’s mysteries, the answers you find are only as good as the questions you ask.

    Outlier’s groundbreaking Intro to Philosophy course gives you the tools to ask—and answer—life’s most important questions.

    From personal identity and political philosophy to free will and applied ethics, this course will prepare you to live “the examined life.”

  • Brilliant

    Outlier’s Philosophy faculty is a hand-picked dream team of 7 instructors, including luminaries from institutions like University of Pittsburgh, Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, and Yale.

  • How It

    Enroll in a cohort that fits your schedule, starting every two weeks.

    Enjoy cinematic video lessons (our CEO co-founded MasterClass).

    Enhance your learning with gorgeous interactive textbooks based on evidence-based active learning principles.

    When it is time for exams, open windows are designed to fit around your schedule.

  • Dedicated

    Hit a snag on the site? Have a burning question? We’ve got you covered.

    Our dedicated Student Success team is available to assist you—and push you—to help you pass with flying colors.

    And, if you do all the work but do not pass, we will offer a full refund*.

Transferable credits from a top 50 school

Most schools accept credits transferred from University of Pittsburgh

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Full refund if you do the work and don't pass

If you’ve put in the time and effort to do all the work for a course but do not receive a passing grade, that’s on us and you will receive a full refund. You may also exit the course before the drop deadline to receive a full refund (14 days from start for 14-week courses).

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Traditional course Outlier Intro to Philosophy

Cost Per Course

$1332 on average

Cost Per Course

$597 with monthly payment option


Usually 3-4 credits from your school


3 transferrable credits from the University of Pittsburgh


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Full refund if you do the work and don't pass


In-person or Zoom


Interactive and 100% online (Zoom-free)


1 per course


7 inspiring instructors


Specific time and place


On-demand anywhere


Specific hour


Flexible window

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What you’ll learn

This course covers all the basic philosophy principles and topics you’ll need for college credit (and then some).

  • How to resist echo chambers and other forms of ignorance

  • How to endure an existential crisis

  • How to stress test your moral beliefs with extreme thought experiments

  • Why Socrates willingly drank that fatal cup of hemlock

  • How to do a close reading of the world’s best philosophical literature

Hear from our alumni

  • Daniel J.

    Daniel J.

    “I did not know an online course could be so intense and captivating as though it were a physical class. Kudos to the entire team!!!”

  • Connor H.

    Connor H.

    “I really loved Outlier because the instructors were passionate about what they taught, you had a great community, you had support wherever you needed it. The whole experience was so convenient and flexible.”

  • Taija L.

    Taija L.

    “When a course is this interesting, it doesn’t feel like work. It just feels like another activity that you’re excited to do.”

Frequently asked questions

  • We recommend students have earned at least a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent. You must be 13 or older and willing to commit yourself academically to enroll in our courses. Students attempting Outlier courses should be ready for the academic rigor of college-level coursework.

    In addition, you'll need Wi-Fi and a laptop or desktop computer. (You can stream lectures in our iPhone app, but you'll need a computer to complete the rest of your courses.)

  • When you Audit an Outlier course, it simply means you’re taking the course without the expectation of earning credits or impacting your college transcript. You will not receive a grade, a transcript, nor credits, and will not be participating in exams.

    Audit Path is ideal for:

    -High school students who are looking to add sparkle to their college applications, or learn more about a subject, but wish to avoid the burden of impacting their permanent records.

    -Lifelong learners who want to take a serious course but aren’t interested in receiving grades or college credits.

    Audit Path includes:

    -Lifetime access. Your course will never expire.

    -Access to all course materials (except midterms and final exams).

    -Access to our Student Success team to ensure you’re still reaching your learning goals.

    Audit Path makes you exempt from the following:

    -Quizzes (though Auditing students can still participate)

    -Midterm finals/grade

    -Final exams/grade

    If Auditing sounds right for you, after registering for your course, simply email us at success@outlier.org and let us know you’d like to go the Audit path. Note: You must contact us with this request before the drop deadline for your course.

  • Tutoring sessions will be scheduled to maximize compatibility with students’ schedules and availability. Exams and writing assignments (when applicable) are each open to take for a set window of time (usually several days); however, all other course materials are available to you from the time the course opens through the end of the final exam window.

  • If you have a request for reasonable disability accommodations, contact support@outlier.org. Please include specifics regarding the accommodation you are seeking. Additionally, if you have a disability accommodations letter from a school you are currently attending, you may send that to us as well.

    Outlier is committed to ensuring that learners with accessibility needs have equal opportunity to succeed in our courses.

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