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Right to die: what about other circumstances?

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Updated 29 Jan 2016
Reasons for individuals chosing to end their life vary - is there one straightforward answer to the question 'do we have the right to die?' or is...

How to Die: Simon's Choice - Discussion Hub

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Updated 29 Jan 2016
Have your say, learn more about the issues and discuss the key themes covered by 'How to Die: Simon's Choice'. 

Do we have a right to die?

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Updated 27 Jan 2016
Do we have a right to die? What are the moral and ethical implications of assisted suicide?

Tolstoy and the search for the meaning of life

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Intermediate level Duration 15 mins Updated 22 Jan 2016
Works such as War and Peace indicate Tolstoy struggled with the meaning of life. This piece explores his pondering of life and death...

OpenLearn Live: 22nd January 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Jan 2016
The philosopher who liked Berlin so much, it was virtually the only place he visited. Then more free learning through the day.

OpenLearn Live: 13th January 2016

OpenLearn Live: 13th January 2016 Copyright free image Copyright free: The National Library of Israel collections
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Jan 2016
The godfather of emoji, pictograms and data visualisation; All of JS Bach; Bowie's lyric app; IM privacy and then more free learning through...

Sylvia Pankhurst: The Expert View

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 10 Nov 2015
Professor Mary Davis explores the life and achievements of Sylvia Pankhurst.

OpenLearn Live: 6th November 2015

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Nov 2015
The dog whose death led to a libel trial - and riots; tshirt ethics; whale suicides. Then more free learning through the day.

We've gone Back to the Future

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Oct 2015
If Marty McFly travelled to our 2015, what would he think? Is time travel even possible?

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Emotion: An introductory picture

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Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 18 Jan 2016
What is emotion? This free course, Emotion: An introductory picture, takes a philosophical approach to this question in an attempt to understand...

Imagination: The missing mystery of philosophy

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Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 15 Jan 2016
What is imagination and can philosophy define it in any meaningful way? This free course, Imagination: The missing mystery of philosophy, will...

Language and thought: Introducing representation

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Language and thought: Introducing representation Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 15 Jan 2016
How does what you say come to mean something? Does what you say inherently represent what you, the speaker, think it means, whatever that might be,...

Philosophy: The nature of persons

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Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 16 Nov 2015
What is a person? This free course, Philosophy: The nature of persons, examines this philosophical question concerning the nature of personhood....

The moral equality of combatants

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The moral equality of combatants
Advanced level Duration 16 hours Updated 09 Feb 2015
This free course introduces and explores the idea of the moral equality of combatants and discusses the question of the basis of liability to...

Introducing philosophy

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 18 Aug 2014
Ever wondered what it would be like to study philosophy? This free course, Introducing philosophy, will introduce you to the teaching methods...

Introducing consciousness

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Introducing consciousness Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 20 Feb 2014
What is consciousness? How does the brain generate consciousness and how can a science of the mind describe and explain it adequately? This free...

Minds and mental phenomena: An introduction

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Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 20 Feb 2014
This free course, Minds and mental phenomena: An introduction, examines the philosophical questions surrounding the mind. You will examine how...

Two concepts of freedom

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Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 04 Jul 2013
What defines individual freedom in a civilised society? Philosophers have argued over such questions for centuries. This free course, Two concepts...

The Arts Past and Present: Ireland

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The Arts Past and Present: Ireland Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University 2008
Introductory level Duration 50 mins Updated 09 Feb 2010
Do we use our buildings to declare who we are? How far does our heritage influence our collective identity? This insightful album reveals Ireland's...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 11 Feb 2016
If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this certificate course is ideal. It’s part of our unique Open...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 11 Feb 2016
Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a statistic we’re proud of – the BA/BSc Open is one of the most...

Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities

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Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 11 Feb 2016
Why study the arts? Apart from sheer enjoyment, these subjects give you an enormous breadth of cultural literacy while training you to think and...

Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 11 Feb 2016
The Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities will help you refine your skills of debate and analysis while developing your cultural literacy. It...

BA (Honours) Philosophy and Psychological Studies

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BA (Honours) Philosophy and Psychological Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 11 Feb 2016
Philosophy and psychology seek to answer profound questions about us, our minds, our behaviour, and our place in the social and physical universe....

Diploma of Higher Education Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 11 Feb 2016
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

BA (Honours) Humanities

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BA (Honours) Humanities Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 11 Feb 2016
This degree in humanities offers a broad-based grounding in the study and enjoyment of the arts and humanities – covering a fascinating variety of...

BA (Honours) Politics, Philosophy and Economics

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BA (Honours) Politics, Philosophy and Economics Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 11 Feb 2016
Where do social order (and disorder) come from? How can we make ourselves richer, and does society always gain? What does justice mean, how do we...

Key questions in philosophy

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Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 11 Feb 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
This broad-ranging module investigates five different topics in philosophy: truth in fiction, the justice of war, reason and action, life and death...

Issues in contemporary social and political philosophy

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Issues in contemporary social and political philosophy Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 11 Feb 2016 Register by 16 Dec 2016
Building on the philosophy foundation course, explore issues going beyond simply academic philosophy – citizenship, nationalism, democracy and more...