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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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    • 3.8 • 273 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

3.8 out of 5
273 Ratings

273 Ratings

SockMonkOfDoom ,

Okay Philosohy

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.

Crowbar Man ,

Disorganized

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.

9789&&! ,

Lecturer needs to repeat questions from the audience

Because the lecturer doesn’t repeat the audience questions a great deal of the lecture is missed. Also she doesn’t describe what is being pointed to or drawn by her on the board. Probably stimulating in person but these technical issues impact the quality.

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