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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

    • Education
    • 3.7 • 196 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.

    Further reading and more... (Slides)

    Further reading and more... (Slides)

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    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/

    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
    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
    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
    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

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5
196 Ratings

196 Ratings

srf1985 ,

Shame about the audience

Great lecturer but this appears to be an outreach programme rather than an undergraduate course. Too many questions from boomers (you can just tell) who seem to have been dropped on their head at birth and don’t know when to shut up and let the lecturer carry on.

TheHH06 ,

Not the right format and poor recording

Interesting topic areas and I’m sure the lecturer has amazing knows to impart but a lecture relying on slides and hard to hear audience participation is not an ideal format for podcasts - especially of this length - reminding me why I no longer want to go to uni to learn things - there are more efficient ways

Benollier ,

A difficult listen

The professor is great. The information is well set out. Might be paced a little fast. Not as much unpacking for some things.

The problem is the sound. The background buzz, audience members coughing close to the microphone, the difficulty in hearing the audience, and the occasional feedback. Don’t listen to this with headphones. You’ll do yourself some damage.

Such a shame because the actual content is great.

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