Philosophy

Descartes: Meditations on First Philosophy

In this course, Professor Cottingham (University of Reading) explores René Descartes' Meditations on First Philosophy. In the first module, we provide a brief introduction to Descartes himself and his philosophical system, as described in his...

6 lectures

0:49:57

Prof. John Cottingham

Reading University

History

France in the Reign of Henry IV, 1589-1610

In this course, Dr Tom Hamilton (University of Cambridge) explores the life and reign of Henry IV of France, the king celebrated for his role in ending the Wars of Religion. The first lecture considers Henry's early life in the...

5 lectures

1:00:32

Dr Tom Hamilton

Cambridge University

Philosophy

The Philosophy of Free Will

In this course, Professor Thomas Pink (King's College, London) explores the philosophical problem of free will. The course begins by thinking about what free will actually is, before going on to ask why free will is actually a problem for...

5 lectures

0:56:01

Prof. Thomas Pink

King's College, London

History

Napoleon, 1795-1815

In this course, Professor Michael Broers (University of Oxford) thinks about one of the most influential figures in European history: Napoleon Bonaparte. In the first module, we explore Napoleon's rise to power between 1795-99, before moving on in...

4 lectures

0:37:42

Prof. Michael Broers

Oxford University

Philosophy

Hegel: Phenomenology of Spirit

In this course, Professor Robert Stern (University of Sheffield) explores Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit. The course begins with a discussion of Hegel's life and times and the political and philosophical context in which he lived, before...

10 lectures

1:24:36

Prof. Robert Stern

Sheffield University

Philosophy

Spinoza: Ethics

In this course, Professor Susan James (Birkbeck, University of London) discusses Spinoza's Ethics, widely considered to be his magnum opus. In the first module, we think about Spinoza's ontological framework, including his remarkable claim that...

5 lectures

0:49:37

Prof. Susan James

Birkbeck College, London

History

The Rise of Islam, c. 650-750

In this course, Dr Amira Bennison (University of Cambridge) explores the rise and spread of Islam. The course begins by considering the situation in the Arabian Peninsula before the rise of Islam—focusing in particular on the extent to which the...

8 lectures

0:55:17

Dr Amira Bennison

Cambridge University

History

World War I: Causes and Origins, 1815-1914

In this course, Dr Sascha Auerbach (University of Nottingham) explores the causes and origins of the First World War. The course begins with a broad overview of Europe in the nineteenth century, as Europe moved from co-operation in the first...

6 lectures

0:47:12

Dr Sascha Auerbach

Nottingham University

History

The US Civil Rights Movement, c. 1945-70

In this course, Dr Tom Davies (University of Sussex) focuses on the struggle for civil rights in the United States from the late 1940s to the 1960s. The course begins with an introduction to race relations in the United States,...

6 lectures

1:02:30

Dr Tom Davies

Sussex University

English Literature

Shakespeare: Henry IV, Part I

In this course, Professor John Roe (University of York) explores Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part I. The course begins by introducing the tetralogy as a whole (Richard II—Henry IV, Part I—Henry IV, Part II—Henry V), before focusing on the play’s four...

6 lectures

1:04:29

Prof. John Roe

York University

Philosophy

Nietzsche and the Death of God

In this course, Professor Ken Gemes (Birkbeck, University of London) explores the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. The course begins with the famous ‘death of God’ speech from ‘The Gay Science’, and focuses on what Nietzsche meant when he spoke...

5 lectures

0:47:28

Prof. Ken Gemes

Birkbeck College, London

Philosophy

Sartre: Being and Nothingness

In this course, Ms Kate Kirkpatrick (University of Oxford) explores Jean-Paul Sartre’s ‘Being and Nothingness’, a text regarded by many as one of the greatest works of 20th-century philosophy. Having introduced Sartre himself and the historical...

8 lectures

1:08:02

Dr Kate Kirkpatrick

Oxford University