Philosophy & Religious Studies


Philosophy & Religious Studies

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

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 & Religious Studies

Philosophy of Religion: The Nature of God

In this course, Professor Yujin Nagasawa (University of Birmingham) discusses the concept and nature of God, focusing in particular on God’s ‘omni-attributes’: omniscience, omnipotence, and omnibenevolence. In the first module, we outline ...

5 lectures

0:34:09

Prof. Yujin Nagasawa

Birmingham University

Philosophy & Religious Studies

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 & Religious Studies

The Philosophy of Kierkegaard

In this course, Professor Genia Schönbaumsfeld (University of Southampton) explores the philosophy of the 19th-century Danish philosophy, Søren Kierkegaard. In the first module, we provide a brief introduction to Kierkegaard himself, before...

7 lectures

1:15:18

Prof. Genia Schönbaumsfeld

Southampton 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

History

Philosophy & Religious Studies

The Scottish Enlightenment

In this course, Dr Anna Plassart (Open University) explores the Scottish Enlightenment. In the first module, we think about the Enlightenment as a whole—why it happened when it did, its principle goals and central doctrines—before moving on in the...

6 lectures

0:51:58

Dr Anna Plassart

Open 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

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 & Religious Studies

Medieval Philosophy

In this course, Professor John Marenbon (University of Cambridge) explores Medieval Philosophy through seven key thinkers. In the first module, we explore the philosophy of Avicenna, thinking in particular about his proof of existence of God and...

7 lectures

1:17:32

Prof. John Marenbon

Cambridge University

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

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

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