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Philosophy has been studied for thousands of years. It involves the use of reason and argument to search for the truth about reality - about the nature of things, ethics, aesthetics, language, the mind, God and everything else. This series of five introductory lectures, aimed at students new to philosophy, presented by Marianne Talbot, Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford, will test you on some famous thought experiments and introduce you to some central philosophical issues and to the thoughts of some key philosophers.
5 Episodes
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Language and Mind: What is rationality? What is consciousness? How do we manage to express our thoughts and experiences in language?
Metaphysics and Epistemology

Metaphysics and Epistemology

2009-01-0901:30:1114

Metaphysics and Epistemology: what exists, what is its nature and how can we acquire knowledge of it?
Ethics and politics

Ethics and politics

2009-01-0901:30:5610

Moral and Political Philosophy: how should we live? What constitutes a just state?
Logic and Argument: the joys of symbolic and philosophical logic.
A romp through the history of philosophy from the Pre-Socratics to the present day.
Comments (14)

Alex Moore

i love the idea of this series; id love to be able to learn about philosophy and especially the development of philosophical ideas. Please record these outside of lectures where people can ask questions. While questions can help you to learn and understand there are always people who ask too many questions and dont allow the lecturer to complete her presentation. The audio isnt adequate to pick up the questions which means they have to be guessed from the answer. Questions cause constant interuption and sidetrack away from the point of the lecture; with complex theories in philosophy these tangents make it confusing to follow. Often individuals who disagree with a theory will ask 'questions' which are really a form of argument and will pick away and disagree with the lecturer; this is much better left to essays or self exploration outside the lecture where the individual can research and criticise for themselves and let everyone else learn.

Oct 20th
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Great advice for success. great mam💕

Aug 21st
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happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim is to listen heart for meaning

Aug 21st
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I believe you are confused in trust and belief. Example people trust on god and I believe in myself that's means god created science

Aug 21st
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law of polarity define duality of everything so it's depending on our mindset

Aug 21st
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Arramis _

A little confused by what she means by an "atom" of water? does she mean the atoms of water? or did she simply mean to say a molecule of water? She is also implying C02 is a smaller component of water, however they are both molecules and if anything C02 is bigger. This was really annoying lol.

Dec 15th
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Michael King

Morality, in my mind, is the avoidance of actions, intentions, or indeed omissions, which cause a net harm to our species. This is an opposition to the discussions which ever seem to search for a perfect description for morality as doing something "right" or "good".

Oct 16th
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Clau Schwa

this should be available in video. many things are referred to that are not clearly named and the listener is left guessing.

Oct 13th
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Nick

I love this. The first episode is great..!😂

Sep 11th
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Margaret Nuttall

Speech is broadcast too fast. It’s as though the speaker is in a hurry. It’s the same with other podcasts I’ve listened to. Could you slow the broadcast speed down a bit?

Aug 19th
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