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Author Nigel Warburton reads from his book Philosophy: The Classics which is an introduction to 27 key works in the history of Philosophy

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Author Nigel Warburton reads from his book Philosophy: The Classics which is an introduction to 27 key works in the history of Philosophy

    Soren Kierkegaard - Either/Or

    Soren Kierkegaard - Either/Or

    Soren Kierkegaard's Either/Or is an oblique but brilliant contribution to philosophy. In this episode of Philosophy: The Classics  author Nigel Warburton summarises the book and considers several interpretations of it.

    • 16 min
    John Stuart Mill - Utilitarianism

    John Stuart Mill - Utilitarianism

    Is it better to be a happy pig or a sad Socrates? John Stuart Mill's Utilitarianism is the topic of this episode of Philosophy: The Classics.

    • 13 min
    John Stuart Mill On Liberty

    John Stuart Mill On Liberty

    Published in 1859, the same year as Darwin's Origin of Species, John Stuart Mill's On Liberty remains the classic statement of individual freedom. Here I summarise some of its main themes and outline some criticisms that have been made of it.

    • 17 min
    Schopenhauer - The World as Will and Idea

    Schopenhauer - The World as Will and Idea

    What is the nature of reality? Why can music be so profound? Are we doomed to suffer or is extended happiness possible? Should we choose a life of asceticism? These are some of the questions that Arthur Schopenhauer addressed in The World as Will and Idea. In this episode of Philosophy: The Classics Nigel Warburton outlines and criticizes Schopenhauer's great book.

    • 12 min
    Kant - Groundwork of Metaphysic of Morals

    Kant - Groundwork of Metaphysic of Morals

    Immanuel Kant's ethical stance is uncompromising: you must do your moral duty whatever the consequences. In this reading from his book Philosophy: The Classics, Nigel Warburton outlines the main features of Kant's approach and sketches some criticisms of it.

    • 14 min
    Kant - Critique of Pure Reason

    Kant - Critique of Pure Reason

    What is our relation to reality? Are some features of our experience conditions of our having any experience at all? In this reading from his book Philosophy: The Classics Nigel Warburton attempts to summarise Immanuel Kant's Critique of Pure Reason, a notoriously difficult yet important book.

    • 13 min

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