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)
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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
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/
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/
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/
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/
This podcast serves as an okay introduction to philosophy, but it becomes rather bland fairly fast. A lot of what the professor speaks on begins with profound questions and quickly winds its way into sophist territory. That is, she’s good at presenting words in a manner than sounds much more complex than they really are and often only jumbles up a conversation about already confusing topics.
Made me think, but I’ve gotten more from this podcast from taking the topics and discussing them with others than I do from their own discussion of topics.
For the casual consumer
Perfect introduction to philosophy’
*If you have questions the professor will respond to you on twitter*
If you think you might be into philosophy give it a whirl. If you think philosophy is for pretentious nerds (you’re mostly correct) but you should also give this a whirl. It’s delightful, thought provoking, and she’s British what’s not to love?!
That said, if you’re looking to use this more as a class go ahead and watch her video recordings of these same lectures (on oxfords website and youtube) take notes, and make a list of terms, cause other wise oof. Marianne goes fast, this was never meant to be a podcast to teach philosophy it is an old lecture recording Oxford was cool enough to publish.
I appreciate the professor’s knowledge and enthusiasm. I also appreciate the fact that she’s trying to make the course interesting and not pedantic. However, in the process she jumps around from idea to idea so much that it’s difficult to take away a coherent lesson in philosophy. The professor encourages the students to engage from an intuitive perspective, but since they have no training in philosophy, their comments are usually misguided and of no consequence for the listener. This is surely a fun course in person, but it does not work as a podcast.
The worst thing about the lectures is that
I CAN’T HEAR THE STUDENTS, SO THE PROFESSOR’S TALK BECOMES FRAGMENTED AND LOSES MEANING SINCE YOU ONLY HEAR HALF THE CONVERSATION. A discussion section does not work as a podcast. Since you can’t give all participants a professional microphone, only lectures make good podcasts.