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A series of lectures delivered by Peter Millican to first-year philosophy students at the University of Oxford. The lectures comprise of the 8-week General Philosophy course, delivered to first year undergraduates. These lectures aim to provide a thorough introduction to many philosophical topics and to get students and others interested in thinking about key areas of philosophy. Taking a chronological view of the history of philosophy, each lecture is split into 3 or 4 sections which outline a particular philosophical problem and how different philosophers have attempted to resolve the issue. Individuals interested in the 'big' questions about life such as how we perceive the world, who we are in the world and whether we are free to act will find this series informative, comprehensive and accessible.

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A series of lectures delivered by Peter Millican to first-year philosophy students at the University of Oxford. The lectures comprise of the 8-week General Philosophy course, delivered to first year undergraduates. These lectures aim to provide a thorough introduction to many philosophical topics and to get students and others interested in thinking about key areas of philosophy. Taking a chronological view of the history of philosophy, each lecture is split into 3 or 4 sections which outline a particular philosophical problem and how different philosophers have attempted to resolve the issue. Individuals interested in the 'big' questions about life such as how we perceive the world, who we are in the world and whether we are free to act will find this series informative, comprehensive and accessible.

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    1.1 An Introduction to General Philosophy

    1.1 An Introduction to General Philosophy

    Part 1.1. Outlines the General Philosophy course, the various topics that will be discussed, and also, more importantly, the philosophical method that this course introduces to students. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

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    1.2 The Background of Early Modern Philosophy

    1.2 The Background of Early Modern Philosophy

    Part 1.2. Gives a very brief history of philosophy from the 'birth of philosophy' in Ancient Greece through the rise of Christianity in Europe in the Middle Ages through to the Renaissance, the Reformation and the birth of the Modern Period. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

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    1.3 Science from Aristotle to Galileo

    1.3 Science from Aristotle to Galileo

    Part 1.3. Describes briefly the Aristotelian view of the universe; the basis for natural science in Europe until the 15th century and its conflict Galileo's theories. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

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    1.4 From Galileo to Descartes

    1.4 From Galileo to Descartes

    Part 1.4. Outlines Galileo's revolutionary theories of astronomy and mechanical science and introduces Descartes' (the father of modern philosophy) ideas of philosophical scepticism. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    • 10 min
    General Philosophy Lecture 1 (Slides)

    General Philosophy Lecture 1 (Slides)

    PDF slides from Peter Millican's General Philosophy lecture 1. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

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    2.1 Recap of General Philosophy Lecture 1

    2.1 Recap of General Philosophy Lecture 1

    Part 2.1. A brief recap on the first lecture describing how Aristotle's view of the universe, dominant throughout the middle ages in Europe, came to be gradually phased out by a modern, mechanistic view of the universe. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

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58 Ratings

58 Ratings

Holyghost7 ,

A GENUINE THANKS

With appreciation for a moment to ponder the notion whether "matter has the ability to 'think'........"
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OlyDuffy ,

Very clear

Very neat survey. Nice stage setting for additional study. Not exactly dynamic or entertaining, but holds one's attention. Clean delivery, engaging.

Brady J. Frey ,

Wonderful!

I'm sitting in my San Francisco Apartment, feeding these videos through my Apple TV, from my iPad. While watching, I switch to iBooks and follow along with the PDF slides. Brilliant.

The wonder of technology aside, this is an insightful and well put together sprint through philosophy. Highly recommended for beginners and experts alike!

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