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  • If a pig gives you a new liver, do you give the pig rights? Creative commons image Icon Liquid emulsion under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license

    If a pig gives you a new liver, do you give the pig rights?

    By Joshua Shepherd

    Science is pushing ahead developing human-animal chimera creatures. Ethicists need to keep up to be ready for them,...

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    If a pig gives you a new liver, do you give the pig rights? Creative commons image Icon Liquid emulsion under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license New content
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    Science is pushing ahead developing human-animal chimera creatures. Ethicists need to keep up to be ready for them, says Joshua Shepherd.
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    Jonathan Rée introduces the philosophy of Hannah Arendt.

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    Jonathan Rée introduces the philosophy of Hannah Arendt.
  • Genius of the Ancient World

    Historian Bettany Hughes travels to India, Greece and China on the trail of three giants of ancient philosophy: The Buddha, Socrates and Confucius.

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  • Genius of the Ancient World

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    Historian Bettany Hughes travels to India, Greece and China on the trail of three giants of ancient philosophy: The Buddha, Socrates and Confucius.
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    OpenLearn Live: 7th December 2016

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    Straddling our relaunch, learning and research across the day - including remembering Mary Hesse and how Romans kept...

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    Straddling our relaunch, learning and research across the day - including remembering Mary Hesse and how Romans kept warm.
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    OpenLearn Live: 3rd November 2016

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    Did a Russian scientist create a zombie dog? No. Learning and research across the day.

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  • OpenLearn Live: 3rd November 2016

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    Did a Russian scientist create a zombie dog? No. Learning and research across the day.
  • Rio 2016: A Caster Semenya reading list Creative commons image Icon Citizen59 under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Rio 2016: A Caster Semenya reading list

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    Caster Semenya's 800 metres victory at Rio hasn't been met with universal acclaim, as it reopens the debate...

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    Caster Semenya's 800 metres victory at Rio hasn't been met with universal acclaim, as it reopens the debate over hyperadrogenic atheletes.
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    Rio 2016: Green pools, drug cheats, sexism and nationality - A short reading list

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    Why has the diving pool gone green? What does 'your team' mean in 2016? Will hosting the games make people happier?...

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    10 Aug 2016

  • Rio 2016: Green pools, drug cheats, sexism and nationality - A short reading list

    Rio 2016: Green pools, drug cheats, sexism and nationality - A short reading list Creative commons image Icon Fernando Frazão/Agência Brasi under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
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    Why has the diving pool gone green? What does 'your team' mean in 2016? Will hosting the games make people happier? How sexist are the Olympics? A round up...
  • 12 famous Confucius quotes on education and learning Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: MorgueFile

    12 famous Confucius quotes on education and learning

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    What's your favourite Confucius quote on education and learning? Look at these examples and let us know what you...

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    07 Jul 2016

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    What's your favourite Confucius quote on education and learning? Look at these examples and let us know what you think by voting in our poll. 
  • OpenLearn Live: 23rd June 2016

    By The OpenLearn team

    Did Harold Wilson get 'arold and Albert shifted to win an election? How did Britain become an island? Can you trust...

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  • OpenLearn Live: 23rd June 2016

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    Did Harold Wilson get 'arold and Albert shifted to win an election? How did Britain become an island? Can you trust an ethicist? Free learning from across...
  • What is emotive language and why is it used? Creative commons image Icon Les Cunliffe | Dreamstime.com under Creative-Commons license

    What is emotive language and why is it used?

    By Nigel Warburton

    Nigel Warburton helps us grapple with the nuts and bolts of thinking clearly, with the aim of presenting good, clear,...

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  • What is emotive language and why is it used?

    What is emotive language and why is it used? Creative commons image Icon Les Cunliffe | Dreamstime.com under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Jun 2016
    Nigel Warburton helps us grapple with the nuts and bolts of thinking clearly, with the aim of presenting good, clear, logical arguments - in order to achieve...

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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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    This free course introduces and explores the idea of the moral equality of...
  • 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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    Ever wondered what it would be like to study philosophy? This free course,...
  • 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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    This free course, Minds and mental phenomena: An introduction, examines the...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • The Arts Past and Present: Ireland

    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 shifting...

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    Do we use our buildings to declare who we are? How far does our heritage influence...

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    Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a...

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    BA (Honours) Philosophy and Psychological Studies

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    Philosophy and psychology seek to answer profound questions about us, our minds,...

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

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    Where do social order (and disorder) come from? How can we make ourselves richer,...

    Key questions in philosophy

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    This broad-ranging module investigates five different topics in philosophy: truth...

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    This module uses the concepts of voices, texts and material culture to extend your...