Philosophy & Religious Studies


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

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 & Religious Studies

Schopenhauer: World as Will and Representation

In this course, Professor Chris Janaway (University of Southampton) explores the philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer, focusing in particular on his World as Will and Representation. After a brief introduction to Schopenhauer’s philosophy in general...

5 lectures

0:41:13

Prof. Chris Janaway

Southampton University

Philosophy & Religious Studies

Philosophy of Religion: The Existence of God

In this course, Professor John Cottingham (University of Reading) explores some of the classic arguments for the existence of God – and their criticisms. In the first module, we think about some of the Classical antecedents to later Christian...

4 lectures

0:50:32

Prof. John Cottingham

Reading University

Philosophy & Religious Studies

Mind-Body Dualism

In this course, Dr Cressida Gaukroger (University College, London) explores the philosophical theory of mind-body dualism—the theory that mind and body are distinct kinds of substances. The course begins by considering how dualism differs from...

6 lectures

1:09:05

Dr Cressida Gaukroger

UCL

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

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 & 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

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

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 & 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

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