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  • Review: Building and Dwelling - Ethics for the City

    By John Tomaney

    In Building and Dwelling: Ethics for the City, Richard Sennett approaches the question of how we should live in the...

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    18 Apr 2018

  • Review: Building and Dwelling - Ethics for the City

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Apr 2018
    In Building and Dwelling: Ethics for the City, Richard Sennett approaches the question of how we should live in the city. Drawing upon two aspects of the...
  • Is it ever morally acceptable to visit a mass murder site?

    By Professor Derek Matravers

    Why are ‘Jack the Ripper’ tours or visiting sites of genocide in Auschwitz or Cambodia deemed acceptable but the more...

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    10 Apr 2018

  • Is it ever morally acceptable to visit a mass murder site?

    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 10 Apr 2018
    Why are ‘Jack the Ripper’ tours or visiting sites of genocide in Auschwitz or Cambodia deemed acceptable but the more recent ‘Yorkshire Ripper’ tours seen as...
  • Could Brexit allow the UK to drop the ban on cloning?

    By Hugh McLachlan

    Human cloning is currently banned under EU law. Brexit should allow the UK to dump this rule, believes Hugh McLachlan.

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    22 Feb 2018

  • Could Brexit allow the UK to drop the ban on cloning?

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Feb 2018
    Human cloning is currently banned under EU law. Brexit should allow the UK to dump this rule, believes Hugh McLachlan.
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    The Global Philosopher

    The BBC in partnership with The Open University invites you to join the Global Philosophy Club.

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    06 Feb 2018

  • The Global Philosopher

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    The BBC in partnership with The Open University invites you to join the Global Philosophy Club.
  • To restore or not to restore?

    By Professor Derek Matravers

    What philosophical issues arise during the restoration of historical sites? Professor Derek Matravers considers...

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    01 Feb 2018

  • To restore or not to restore?

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Feb 2018
    What philosophical issues arise during the restoration of historical sites? Professor Derek Matravers considers the arguments for and against...
  • ‘Irrational emotions’ and their cognitive impenetrability

    By Raamy Majeed

    Raamy Majeed considers ‘irrational’ and ‘recalcitrant’ emotions and the various theories attached to these...

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    30 Jan 2018

  • ‘Irrational emotions’ and their cognitive impenetrability

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Jan 2018
    Raamy Majeed considers ‘irrational’ and ‘recalcitrant’ emotions and the various theories attached to these cognitive and emotional responses.
  • Heritage in war

    By Professor Derek Matravers

    Professor Derek Matravers considers the treatment of cultural heritage in war and the philosophical questions...

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    29 Jan 2018

  • Heritage in war

    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 29 Jan 2018
    Professor Derek Matravers considers the treatment of cultural heritage in war and the philosophical questions that need to be asked to protect cultural...
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    Freedom of speech

    By Professor Derek Matravers

    Should there be limits to freedom of speech? Professor of Philosophy, Derek Matravers, explores this idea.

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    26 Jan 2018

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    Should there be limits to freedom of speech? Professor of Philosophy, Derek Matravers, explores this idea.
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    Under the covers: The emerging critical sleep studies

    By Jennifer J* Moos

    Jennifer J* Moos responds to Michael Greaney's thoughts on how the science of sleep is portrayed in modern literature.

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    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    22 Dec 2017

  • Under the covers: The emerging critical sleep studies

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    Jennifer J* Moos responds to Michael Greaney's thoughts on how the science of sleep is portrayed in modern literature.
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    Choose your own philosophy adventure

    'Castle, Forest, Island, Sea' is a choose-your-own-adventure story that explores key questions in philosophy. Where...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    05 Dec 2017

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    'Castle, Forest, Island, Sea' is a choose-your-own-adventure story that explores key questions in philosophy. Where will your chosen path lead you?

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    Exploring philosophy: faking nature

    Commercial exploitation of nature, such as mining, fracking, or generating hydro-electric power, often damages the way the natural environment...

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    Commercial exploitation of nature, such as mining, fracking, or generating hydro...
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    Introducing philosophy

    Ever wondered what it would be like to study philosophy? This free course, Introducing philosophy, will introduce you to the teaching methods...

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    05 Feb 2018

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    Ever wondered what it would be like to study philosophy? This free course,...
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    Philosophy: The nature of persons

    What is a person? This free course, Philosophy: The nature of persons, examines this philosophical question concerning the nature of personhood....

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    What is a person? This free course, Philosophy: The nature of persons, examines...
  • The moral equality of combatants

    This free course introduces and explores the idea of the moral equality of combatants and discusses the question of the basis of liability to...

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    This free course introduces and explores the idea of the moral equality of...
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    Minds and mental phenomena: An introduction

    This free course, Minds and mental phenomena: An introduction, examines the philosophical questions surrounding the mind. You will examine how...

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    27 Jan 2016

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    This free course, Minds and mental phenomena: An introduction, examines the...
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    Emotion: An introductory picture

    What is emotion? This free course, Emotion: An introductory picture, takes a philosophical approach to this question in an attempt to understand...

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    What is emotion? This free course, Emotion: An introductory picture, takes a...
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    Introducing consciousness

    What is consciousness? How does the brain generate consciousness and how can a science of the mind describe and explain it adequately? This free...

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    What is consciousness? How does the brain generate consciousness and how can a...
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    Imagination: The missing mystery of philosophy

    What is imagination and can philosophy define it in any meaningful way? This free course, Imagination: The missing mystery of philosophy, will...

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    What is imagination and can philosophy define it in any meaningful way? This free...
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    Language and thought: Introducing representation

    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,...

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    How does what you say come to mean something? Does what you say inherently...
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    Two concepts of freedom

    What defines individual freedom in a civilised society? Philosophers have argued over such questions for centuries. This free course, Two concepts...

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    What defines individual freedom in a civilised society? Philosophers have argued...

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    If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this...

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    This degree in humanities offers a broad-based grounding in the study and...

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