Philosophy

Philosophy from the Pre-Socratics to the present day, via Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Kant, and others.

Philosophy

Metaethics: Moral Anti-Realism

In this course, Dr Luke Elson (University of Reading) explores what it means to be a moral anti-realist. We begin in the first module by thinking about what moral anti-realism actually is. After that, in the second module, we outline four reasons...

8 lectures

0:52:58

Dr Luke Elson

Reading University

Philosophy

Utilitarianism

In this course, Dr Iain Law (University of Birmingham) thinks about utilitarianism, one of the three major normative ethical theories alongside Kantian deontological ethics and virtue ethics. In the first module, we introduce the concept of a...

7 lectures

1:12:12

Dr Iain Law

Birmingham University

Philosophy

Kantian Deontological Ethics

In this course, Dr Iain Law (University of Birmingham) thinks about Kantian deontological ethics, one of the three main normative ethical theories alongside utilitarianism and virtue ethics. We begin in the first module by introducing the ...

6 lectures

1:04:28

Dr Iain Law

Birmingham University

Philosophy

Metaethics: Do Moral Reasons Exist?

In this course, Professor James Lenman (University of Sheffield) explores one of the key questions in meta-ethics: do objective moral reasons exist? After a brief discussion of what we mean when we talk about reasons, we spend the bulk of ...

5 lectures

0:58:25

Prof. James Lenman

Sheffield University

Philosophy

Virtue Ethics

In this course, Dr Iain Law (University of Birmingham) thinks about virtue ethics, one of the three major normative ethical theories alongside utilitarianism and Kantian deontological ethics. We begin in the first module by providing a broad...

7 lectures

1:10:22

Dr Iain Law

Birmingham University

Philosophy

Classics & Ancient History

Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics

In this course, Professor Anthony Price (Birkbeck College, London) explores Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics. In the first module, we explore the central concept of eudaimonia, or happiness, in Aristotle's ethics, before turning in the second module...

12 lectures

1:38:36

Prof. Anthony Price

Birkbeck College, London

Philosophy

Kant: Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals

In this course, Professor Adrian Moore (University of Oxford) explores Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals through eight key questions. In particular, we think about the fundamental difference between the three main strands of moral...

8 lectures

0:57:32

Prof. Adrian Moore

Oxford 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

Philosophy

Utilitarianism

Utilitarianism is the belief that the right action is the one that maximises happiness. The philosophy theory has its origins in the hedonism of Aristippus and Epicurus, though reached its most well-known form in the writings of Jeremy Bentham and...

5 lectures

0:47:58

Dr Claire Benn

Van Leer Jerusalem Institute

Philosophy

Nietzsche: On the Genealogy of Morality

Published in 1887, the Genealogy of Morality is the locus classicus of Nietzsche's criticism of contemporary morality and religion. The book is divided into three essays: the first deals with the origins of Christian and contemporary secular...

4 lectures

0:40:42

Mr Ben Martin

Oxford University

Philosophy

The Ethics of War

War has always been a feature of human history. It is reviled as one of the great evils of which we are capable as a species, but often also commemorated and recounted as honourable and just. War raises many difficult...

5 lectures

1:00:18

Dr Michael Gibb

Oxford University