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Knowledge and Belief

In this course, Dr Barney Walker (University of Warwick) considers three aspects of knowledge and belief. In the first three modules, we explore the idea of knowledge as justified true belief, focusing in particular on the concept of analysing...

5 lectures

0:59:44

Dr Barney Walker

Warwick University

Philosophy & Religious Studies

Classics & Ancient History

Plato: Apology

In this course, Professor Angie Hobbs (University of Sheffield) explores Plato's Apology, his account of Socrates' trial for 'corrupting the youth' and 'not believing in the gods the state believes in' in Athens in 399 BC. The course begins by...

8 lectures

0:36:44

Professor Angie Hobbs

Sheffield University

Philosophy & Religious Studies

Classics & Ancient History

Plato: Republic

In this course, Nakul Krishna (University of Oxford) considers some of the key philosophical problems in Plato's Republic. In the first module, he examines the fundamental question that the Republic is trying to answer: "Why should we be just?"....

5 lectures

1:01:24

Dr Nakul Krishna

Cambridge University

English Literature

Philosophy & Religious Studies

The Philosophy of Literature

In this course, Professor Peter Lamarque (University of York) provides a broad introduction to the philosophy of literature. In the first module, we think about what philosophy actually is. What kinds of questions does the philosopher of...

5 lectures

0:53:20

Prof. Peter Lamarque

York University

Philosophy & Religious Studies

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

Philosophy & Religious Studies

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...

6 lectures

0:49:18

Prof. Anthony Price

Birkbeck College, London

Philosophy & Religious Studies

Classics & Ancient History

Plato: Phaedo

In this course, Professor David Sedley (University of Cambridge) explores Plato's Phaedo, in which several arguments are made for the immortality of the soul. We begin by providing a broad introduction to the dialogue, focusing in particular on...

6 lectures

0:39:39

Prof. David Sedley

Cambridge University

Philosophy & Religious Studies

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

Philosophy & Religious Studies

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 & Religious Studies

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

Philosophy & Religious Studies

Berkeley: Principles of Human Knowledge

In this course, Professor Tom Stoneham (University of York) explores the philosophy of George Berkeley, focusing in particular on his ‘Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge’ (1710) as well as his ‘Three Dialogues Between Hylas and...

6 lectures

0:53:58

Prof. Tom Stoneham

York University

Philosophy & Religious Studies

Hume: An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

In this course, Professor Helen Beebee (University of Manchester) explores one of the most foundational texts of modern philosophy, David Hume's An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding. The course begins by exploring Hume's explanation of how we...

5 lectures

0:51:53

Prof. Helen Beebee

Manchester University

Philosophy & Religious Studies

Classics & Ancient History

Plato: Euthyphro and Meno

This course examines the life of Socrates, before looking at his famous philosophical method and asking, why was Socrates so interested in defining what things mean? After this, we look more closely at two early dialogues of Plato which feature...

4 lectures

0:41:59

Dr Nakul Krishna

Cambridge University

Philosophy & Religious Studies

Aquinas on Natural Law

In this course Dr Daniel De Haan (University of Oxford) examines Aquinas’ ethics of natural law. In the first module, we situate Aquinas’ account of natural law within his overarching theological worldview. Then, we look at Aquinas’ four kinds of...

6 lectures

1:08:10

Dr Daniel De Haan

Oxford University

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