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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.

Philosophy for Beginners Oxford University

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    • 3.7 • 172 Ratings

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.

    A romp through the history of philosophy from the Pre-Socratics to the present day.

    A romp through the history of philosophy from the Pre-Socratics to the present day.

    A romp through the history of philosophy from the Pre-Socratics to the present day. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    • 1 hr 32 min
    The philosophical method - logic and argument

    The philosophical method - logic and argument

    Logic and Argument: the joys of symbolic and philosophical logic. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Ethics and politics

    Ethics and politics

    Moral and Political Philosophy: how should we live? What constitutes a just state? Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    • 1 hr 32 min
    Metaphysics and Epistemology

    Metaphysics and Epistemology

    Metaphysics and Epistemology: what exists, what is its nature and how can we acquire knowledge of it? Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Philosophy of language and mind

    Philosophy of language and mind

    Language and Mind: What is rationality? What is consciousness? How do we manage to express our thoughts and experiences in language? Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Reading List (Slides)

    Reading List (Slides)

    Reading list for the Philosophy for Beginners series of podcasts. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5
172 Ratings

172 Ratings

paulwbmarsden ,

Thought provoking and lucid

Great intro into some basic philosophic theories. Sound isn’t too bad but given at times there are interactions with the audience which are not picked up well by the microphone. For a university, professional sound recordings should be a given but the lecture is still well worth listening to.

mira921809 ,

Nice lecture not so nice audio

Only listened to one episode so far, but definitely will go through all after digesting all the info. Great for covering the basics

Zillynutter ,

Great intro to the subject.

There are those that believe sound quality is important. However, good quality sound is no guarantee of good quality content. You may or may not believe the content is good quality. But most of us probably think we believe that the quality of the content is far more important than the quality of the sound. It’s possible you believe that those people who are concerned so much about sound are in the wrong lecture. But for those exploring philosophy in the early stages, they won’t notice the sound quality because it’s such a good lecture.

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