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The Teleological Argument

In this course, Professor John Cottingham (University of Reading) explores the teleological argument. In the first module, we introduce Aquinas’ teleological argument from regularity in the universe. In the second module, we examine various...

7 lectures

0:51:45

Prof. John Cottingham

Reading University

Philosophy & Religious Studies

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 & Religious Studies

The Ethics of Art

In this course, Dr Sacha Golob (King’s College, London) explores the relationship between ethics and aesthetics. Must a work of art be morally good in order to qualify as ‘great’? Can morally bad works of art ever be considered great?...

8 lectures

0:42:27

Dr Sacha Golob

King's College London

Philosophy & Religious Studies

Theodicies and the Problem of Evil

In this course Dr Bethany Sollereder (University of Oxford) takes us on a theological journey into theodicies: attempts to justify God’s existence in light of the problems of evil and suffering. We begin by asking the question: what is theodicy?...

5 lectures

0:36:32

Dr Bethany Sollereder

Oxford University

Philosophy & Religious Studies

Death and the Afterlife

In this course Dr Chris Deacy (University of Kent) explores death and the afterlife. In the first module, we think about some questions raised by the fact of death and the prospect of an afterlife. After that, we look at the role of Heaven,...

6 lectures

0:51:16

Dr Chris Deacy

Kent University

Philosophy & Religious Studies

Christian Moral Action – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

In this course Dr Stephen Plant (University of Cambridge) explores the life and work of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. In the first module, we look at the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and the historical context in which his theology emerged. In the second...

6 lectures

0:55:31

Dr Stephen Plant

Cambridge University

Philosophy & Religious Studies

Wittgenstein's Language Games

In this course Dr Rupert Read (University of East Anglia) explores Wittgenstein’s language games, with special reference to religious language and belief. In the first module, we introduce language games in the context of Wittgenstein’s...

6 lectures

0:49:42

Dr Rupert Read

University of East Anglia

Philosophy & Religious Studies

William James - The Varieties of Religious Experience

In this course Jeremy Carrette (University of Kent) explores William James and religious experience. In the first module we introduce William James, and his classic 1902 text ‘The Varieties of Religious Experience’. After that, we explore some of...

6 lectures

1:05:28

Prof. Jeremy Carrette

Kent University

Philosophy & Religious Studies

Religious Language – Negative, Analogical and Symbolic

In this course, Professor Simon Oliver (University of Durham) explores negative, positive, analogical and symbolic religious language. In the first module, we consider the problem of talking about an infinite God as finite creatures. In the...

6 lectures

0:56:53

Professor Simon Oliver

Durham 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

The Philosophy of Equality

At least since the French Revolution, equality has served as one of the leading ideals of the body politic, and today remains one of the key tenets in modern Western democracies. But is equality always a good thing? Is it...

5 lectures

1:06:53

Dr Nikolas Kirby

Oxford University

Philosophy & Religious Studies

Religious Pluralism

In this course Professor Gavin D’Costa (University of Bristol) explores religious pluralism in Christian thought. In the first module, we examine John Hick’s arguments for religious pluralism. After that, in the second module, we look at the...

4 lectures

0:39:51

Professor Gavin D'Costa

Bristol University

Philosophy & Religious Studies

The Limits of Knowledge (Scepticism)

In this course, Dr Ema Sullivan-Bissett (University of Birmingham) explores the limits of knowledge (scepticism). In the first module, we contrast normal incredulity to philosophical scepticism, and examine various ways to remove grounds for...

7 lectures

1:10:24

Dr Ema Sullivan-Bissett

Birmingham University

Philosophy & Religious Studies

The Cosmological Argument

In this course, Professor John Cottingham (University of Reading) explores the cosmological argument. In the first module, we introduce the a posteriori and inductive methods involved in cosmological arguments for God’s existence, and outline...

5 lectures

0:55:38

Prof. John Cottingham

Reading University

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