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John Nash (1928 - 2015)

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Jun 2015
Introducing John Nash, inventor of The Prisoner's Dilemma and game theory.

Is democracy a good thing?

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Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Apr 2015
Is democracy the best way to select who runs our country? Is it unequivocally a good thing? Professor Derek Matravers discusses Plato's argument...

What does it mean to be me?

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Intermediate level Duration 30 mins Updated 17 Apr 2015
Watch these short and snappy animations on the subject of me: the individual, memory, 'self' and existential ideas.

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Descartes Cogito Ergo Sum

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Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Apr 2015
Stephen Fry explains Rene Descartes argument 'Cogito Ergo Sum' - 'I think, therefore I am'. 

What is justice?

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What is justice? Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Intermediate level Duration 30 mins Updated 10 Apr 2015
This series of animations explores the question: What is justice?

The purpose of war

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Apr 2015
War! What is it good for! Actually, Ian Morris suggests that it might make life generally less violent. He explained how to Laurie Taylor.

Key Questions in Philosophy with The Open University

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Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 09 Apr 2015
Our broad-ranging module 'Key Questions in Philosophy' investigates five different topics in philosophy: truth in fiction, the justice of war,...

How do I live a good life?

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Intermediate level Duration 30 mins Updated 07 Apr 2015
The philosophy regarding how we live a good life is discussed in these animations. 

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - The veil of ignorance

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OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - The veil of ignorance Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Apr 2015
Angie Hobbs, Leif Wenar and David Runciman debate one of the most searching ideas of legal thought: John Rawls' assertion of the value of a veil of...

Exploring Philosophy with The Open University

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Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 01 Apr 2015
Our course 'Exploring Philosophy' considers fundamental questions from six core areas: the self; philosophy of religion; ethics; knowledge and...

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The moral equality of combatants

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The moral equality of combatants
Advanced level Duration 16 hours Updated 03 Dec 2014
The unit introduces and explores the idea of the moral equality of combatants and discusses the question of the basis of liability to killing in...

Two concepts of freedom

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Two concepts of freedom Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 14 Nov 2013
What defines individual freedom in a civilised society? Philosophers have argued over such questions for centuries. This unit looks at various...

Introducing philosophy

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
Ever wondered what it would be like to study philosophy? This unit will introduce you to the teaching methods employed and the types of activities...

Minds and mental phenomena: An introduction

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Minds and mental phenomena: An introduction Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 11 May 2012
This unit examines the philosophical questions surrounding the mind. You will examine how beliefs have changed over the centuries and be able to...

Introducing consciousness

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Introducing consciousness Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 19 Oct 2011
What is consciousness? How does the brain generate consciousness and how can a science of the mind describe and explain it adequately? This unit...

Imagination: The missing mystery of philosophy

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Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 23 Jun 2011
What is imagination and can philosophy define it in any meaningful way? This unit will introduce you to some of the possible answers to these...

Language and thought: Introducing representation

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Language and thought: Introducing representation Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 23 Jun 2011
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,...

Emotion: An introductory picture

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Emotion: An introductory picture Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 23 Jun 2011
What is emotion? This unit takes a philosophical approach to this question in an attempt to understand why people respond to events in a certain...

Philosophy: The nature of persons

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Masters level Duration 15 hours Updated 22 Jun 2011
What is a person? This unit examines this philosophical question concerning the nature of personhood. You will examine whether a ‘person’ is the...

The Arts Past and Present: Ireland

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The Arts Past and Present: Ireland Copyrighted image Credit: 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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Duration 1200 hours Updated 04 Jul 2015
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 Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 04 Jul 2015
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 Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 04 Jul 2015
Why study the arts? Apart from sheer enjoyment, these subjects give you an enormous breadth of cultural literacy while training you to think and...

BA (Honours) Humanities

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BA (Honours) Humanities Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 04 Jul 2015
This degree in humanities offers a broad-based grounding in the study and enjoyment of the arts and humanities – covering a fascinating variety of...

Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 04 Jul 2015
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 Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 04 Jul 2015
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 Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 04 Jul 2015
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) Politics, Philosophy and Economics

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BA (Honours) Politics, Philosophy and Economics Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 04 Jul 2015
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...

Postgraduate foundation module in philosophy

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Postgraduate foundation module in philosophy Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Masters level Duration 600 hours Updated 04 Jul 2015 Register by 11 Dec 2015
Gain postgraduate-level skills in research, analysis and presentation of an argument, and explore some of the contemporary debates in philosophy on...

Issues in contemporary social and political philosophy

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Issues in contemporary social and political philosophy Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Masters level Duration 600 hours Updated 04 Jul 2015 Register by 18 Dec 2015
Building on the philosophy foundation course, explore issues going beyond simply academic philosophy – citizenship, nationalism, democracy and more...