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The Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition

Explore the entire western philosophical tradition in this comprehensive introduction to the topic taught by a member of the philosophy department at Oxford.

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60 Lectures

1
Image of From the Upanishads to Homer
From the Upanishads to Homer
0 of 31 min
2
Image of Philosophy—Did the Greeks Invent It?
Philosophy—Did the Greeks Invent It?
0 of 30 min
3
Image of Pythagoras and the Divinity of Number
Pythagoras and the Divinity of Number
0 of 29 min
4
Image of What Is There?
What Is There?
0 of 30 min
5
Image of The Greek Tragedians on Man’s Fate
The Greek Tragedians on Man’s Fate
0 of 29 min
6
Image of Herodotus and the Lamp of History
Herodotus and the Lamp of History
0 of 29 min
7
Image of Socrates on the Examined Life
Socrates on the Examined Life
0 of 31 min
8
Image of Plato's Search For Truth
Plato's Search For Truth
0 of 31 min
9
Image of Can Virtue Be Taught?
Can Virtue Be Taught?
0 of 31 min
10
Image of Plato's Republic—Man Writ Large
Plato's Republic—Man Writ Large
0 of 30 min
11
Image of Hippocrates and the Science of Life
Hippocrates and the Science of Life
0 of 29 min
12
Image of Aristotle on the Knowable
Aristotle on the Knowable
0 of 31 min
13
Image of Aristotle on Friendship
Aristotle on Friendship
0 of 30 min
14
Image of Aristotle on the Perfect Life
Aristotle on the Perfect Life
0 of 30 min
15
Image of Rome, the Stoics, and the Rule of Law
Rome, the Stoics, and the Rule of Law
0 of 30 min
16
Image of The Stoic Bridge to Christianity
The Stoic Bridge to Christianity
0 of 29 min
17
Image of Roman Law—Making a City of the Once-Wide World
Roman Law—Making a City of the Once-Wide World
0 of 29 min
18
Image of The Light Within—Augustine on Human Nature
The Light Within—Augustine on Human Nature
0 of 30 min
19
Image of Islam
Islam
0 of 30 min
20
Image of Secular Knowledge—The Idea of University
Secular Knowledge—The Idea of University
0 of 31 min
21
Image of The Reappearance of Experimental Science
The Reappearance of Experimental Science
0 of 29 min
22
Image of Scholasticism and the Theory of Natural Law
Scholasticism and the Theory of Natural Law
0 of 29 min
23
Image of The Renaissance—Was There One?
The Renaissance—Was There One?
0 of 30 min
24
Image of Let Us Burn the Witches to Save Them
Let Us Burn the Witches to Save Them
0 of 31 min
25
Image of Francis Bacon and the Authority of Experience
Francis Bacon and the Authority of Experience
0 of 30 min
26
Image of Descartes and the Authority of Reason
Descartes and the Authority of Reason
0 of 29 min
27
Image of Newton—The Saint of Science
Newton—The Saint of Science
0 of 29 min
28
Image of Hobbes and the Social Machine
Hobbes and the Social Machine
0 of 30 min
29
Image of Locke’s Newtonian Science of the Mind
Locke’s Newtonian Science of the Mind
0 of 30 min
30
Image of No matter? The Challenge of Materialism
No matter? The Challenge of Materialism
0 of 29 min
31
Image of Hume and the Pursuit of Happiness
Hume and the Pursuit of Happiness
0 of 30 min
32
Image of Thomas Reid and the Scottish School
Thomas Reid and the Scottish School
0 of 30 min
33
Image of France and the Philosophes
France and the Philosophes
0 of 30 min
34
Image of The Federalist Papers and the Great Experiment
The Federalist Papers and the Great Experiment
0 of 29 min
35
Image of What Is Enlightenment? Kant on Freedom
What Is Enlightenment? Kant on Freedom
0 of 30 min
36
Image of Moral Science and the Natural World
Moral Science and the Natural World
0 of 30 min
37
Image of Phrenology—A Science of the Mind
Phrenology—A Science of the Mind
0 of 30 min
38
Image of The Idea of Freedom
The Idea of Freedom
0 of 31 min
39
Image of The Hegelians and History
The Hegelians and History
0 of 30 min
40
Image of The Aesthetic Movement—Genius
The Aesthetic Movement—Genius
0 of 30 min
41
Image of Nietzsche at the Twilight
Nietzsche at the Twilight
0 of 29 min
42
Image of The Liberal Tradition—J. S. Mill
The Liberal Tradition—J. S. Mill
0 of 30 min
43
Image of Darwin and Nature’s “Purposes”
Darwin and Nature’s “Purposes”
0 of 30 min
44
Image of Marxism—Dead But Not Forgotten
Marxism—Dead But Not Forgotten
0 of 30 min
45
Image of The Freudian World
The Freudian World
0 of 30 min
46
Image of The Radical William James
The Radical William James
0 of 29 min
47
Image of William James's Pragmatism
William James's Pragmatism
0 of 30 min
48
Image of Wittgenstein and the Discursive Turn
Wittgenstein and the Discursive Turn
0 of 29 min
49
Image of Alan Turing in the Forest of Wisdom
Alan Turing in the Forest of Wisdom
0 of 31 min
50
Image of Four Theories of the Good Life
Four Theories of the Good Life
0 of 32 min
51
Image of Ontology—What There
Ontology—What There "Really" Is
0 of 27 min
52
Image of Philosophy of Science—The Last Word?
Philosophy of Science—The Last Word?
0 of 30 min
53
Image of Philosophy of Psychology and Related Confusions
Philosophy of Psychology and Related Confusions
0 of 30 min
54
Image of Philosophy of Mind, If There Is One
Philosophy of Mind, If There Is One
0 of 28 min
55
Image of What makes a Problem
What makes a Problem "Moral"
0 of 29 min
56
Image of Medicine and the Value of Life
Medicine and the Value of Life
0 of 29 min
57
Image of On the Nature of Law
On the Nature of Law
0 of 30 min
58
Image of Justice and Just Wars
Justice and Just Wars
0 of 29 min
59
Image of Aesthetics—Beauty Without Observers
Aesthetics—Beauty Without Observers
0 of 30 min
60
Image of God—Really?
God—Really?
0 of 29 min

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c********m
March 8, 2019
Theistic and intellectually dishonest.. A course in defence of atheism is sorely needed.

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k********m
September 9, 2018

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k********m
August 24, 2018
A massive 60-lecture course. Sometimes a little more biographical than rigorous. Still a very enjoyable course.

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