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Philosophy for Beginners by Marianne Talbot

Philosophy for Beginners

by Marianne Talbot

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Oxford’s Marianne Talbot hosts a brief introduction to the major philosophers, and their contribution to the Western philosophical tradition in this series of lectures. Right off the bat, philosophy is described in scientific terms, with the Greeks being one of the first on record to look for explanations that were earth-bound and based in reality. The course is structured in a way that allows students to focus more on the ideas of the great thinkers, with entire lectures devoted to logic, ethics, metaphysics, linguistic analysis, and more. Talbot’s enthusiasm for philosophy in infectious, with a breezy delivery that touches on deep ideas that may be difficult to grasp were it not for her ability to break it down for the listener. Download these podcasts on audio or video from the Oxford podcast website.

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  • A romp through the history of philosophy from the Pre-Socratics to the present day.
    Thu, Nov 13, 2008

    A romp through the history of philosophy from the Pre-Socratics to the present day.

  • The philosophical method - logic and argument
    Fri, Jan 09, 2009

    Logic and Argument: the joys of symbolic and philosophical logic.

  • Ethics and politics
    Fri, Jan 09, 2009

    Moral and Political Philosophy: how should we live? What constitutes a just state?

  • Metaphysics and Epistemology
    Fri, Jan 09, 2009

    Metaphysics and Epistemology: what exists, what is its nature and how can we acquire knowledge of it?

  • Philosophy of language and mind
    Fri, Jan 09, 2009

    Language and Mind: What is rationality? What is consciousness? How do we manage to express our thoughts and experiences in language?

  • Reading List (Slides)
    Mon, Apr 16, 2012

    Reading list for the Philosophy for Beginners series of podcasts.

  • Further reading and more... (Slides)
    Mon, Apr 16, 2012

    So you've finished this series of podcasts. Find out where to go from here...

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