Philosophy & Religious Studies


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


Dr Anna Plassart

Open 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


Prof. John Marenbon

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


Prof. John Cottingham

Reading 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


Prof. Tom Stoneham

York 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


Prof. Susan James

Birkbeck College, London

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


Prof. Helen Beebee

Manchester 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


Prof. Anthony Price

Birkbeck College, London

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


Prof. Robert Stern

Sheffield 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


Prof. Adrian Moore

Oxford University

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