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  • The People on the Notes: Adam Smith Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Bank of England

    The People on the Notes: Adam Smith

    By Dr Anna Plassart

    Adam Smith, author of Wealth of Nations, has been the face of the £20 note since 2007. But have we got the wrong...

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    17 Oct 2017

  • The People on the Notes: Adam Smith

    The People on the Notes: Adam Smith Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Bank of England Updated content
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 17 Oct 2017
    Adam Smith, author of Wealth of Nations, has been the face of the £20 note since 2007. But have we got the wrong idea about his impact on the history of...
  • Hope for UK nationals living abroad after Brexit Creative commons image Icon "Open Generation London - #opengen" by Migrants' Rights Network under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license
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    07 Aug 2017

  • Hope for UK nationals living abroad after Brexit

    Hope for UK nationals living abroad after Brexit Creative commons image Icon "Open Generation London - #opengen" by Migrants' Rights Network under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Aug 2017
    How might ending free movement - or not - affect the British with lives and homes overseas?
  • Why Study Philosophers? Creative commons image Icon Bernd Schwabe in Hannover under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Why Study Philosophers?

    By Professor Derek Matravers

    Derek Matravers considers what makes someone a philosopher and what makes a philosopher representative.

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    27 Jul 2017

  • Why Study Philosophers?

    Why Study Philosophers? Creative commons image Icon Bernd Schwabe in Hannover under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Jul 2017
    Derek Matravers considers what makes someone a philosopher and what makes a philosopher representative.
  • Climate activism in a new era: why climate justice is worth the fight Creative commons image Icon "Dead Canaries Block the Road" by Kevin Mason under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license
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    14 Jun 2017

  • Climate activism in a new era: why climate justice is worth the fight

    Climate activism in a new era: why climate justice is worth the fight Creative commons image Icon "Dead Canaries Block the Road" by Kevin Mason under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Jun 2017
    Fighting for climate justice is becoming increasingly difficult, as shown by the conviction of five protesters in Wales. Yet, even it seems like an...
  • Labour to the marrow: Exploring the party's ethos Creative commons image Icon Chris Beckett under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license

    Labour to the marrow: Exploring the party's ethos

    By Karl Pike

    Particular perspectives influence how individuals think about politics. But how do members and supporters of a single...

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    10 May 2017

  • Labour to the marrow: Exploring the party's ethos

    Labour to the marrow: Exploring the party's ethos Creative commons image Icon Chris Beckett under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 May 2017
    Particular perspectives influence how individuals think about politics. But how do members and supporters of a single party create a collective perception of...
  • Genius of the Modern World Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The BBC

    Genius of the Modern World

    Bettany Hughes explores the life and works of Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche and Sigmund Freud in the three part series from the OU...

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    01 May 2017

  • Genius of the Modern World

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    Genius of the Modern World Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The BBC
    Introductory level Updated 01 May 2017
    Bettany Hughes explores the life and works of Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche and Sigmund Freud in the three part series from the OU and the BBC.
  • Why isn't Doctor Who a vegan? Creative commons image Icon Pat Cuadros under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license

    Why isn't Doctor Who a vegan?

    By Kate Stewart, Matthew Cole

    The Doctor exhibits compassion to all creatures, across space and across history. Except the delicious ones, it seems...

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    13 Apr 2017

  • Why isn't Doctor Who a vegan?

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    Why isn't Doctor Who a vegan? Creative commons image Icon Pat Cuadros under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Apr 2017
    The Doctor exhibits compassion to all creatures, across space and across history. Except the delicious ones, it seems. Kate Stewart and Matthew Cole wonder...
  • Timeline: Marx, Nietzsche and Freud

    By Dr Gerry Mooney, Dr Manuel Dries, Professor Paul Stenner

    Explore the lives and works of Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche and Sigmund Freud with our interactive timeline.

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    04 Apr 2017

  • Timeline: Marx, Nietzsche and Freud

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    Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 04 Apr 2017
    Explore the lives and works of Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche and Sigmund Freud with our interactive timeline.
  • Political deliberation under conditions of deception: the case of Brexit Creative commons image Icon 'No Dunkirk Spirit Can Save Britain From Brexit Defeat' by Tiocfaidh ár lá 1916, via Flickr under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license
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    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    03 Apr 2017

  • Political deliberation under conditions of deception: the case of Brexit

    Political deliberation under conditions of deception: the case of Brexit Creative commons image Icon 'No Dunkirk Spirit Can Save Britain From Brexit Defeat' by Tiocfaidh ár lá 1916, via Flickr under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license
    Intermediate level Duration 20 mins Updated 03 Apr 2017
    Setting out a philosophical analysis of Brexit
  • Methods in Motion: Remaking experimental philosophy Creative commons image Icon flikr under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Methods in Motion: Remaking experimental philosophy

    By Dr Claire Hewson

    The emerging experimental philosophy movement, borrowing approaches from psychology, is interesting - but it can and...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    14 Mar 2017

  • Methods in Motion: Remaking experimental philosophy

    Methods in Motion: Remaking experimental philosophy Creative commons image Icon flikr under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Mar 2017
    The emerging experimental philosophy movement, borrowing approaches from psychology, is interesting - but it can and should go further, believes Claire Hewson

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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...
  • 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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    20 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    27 Jan 2016

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    Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 27 Jan 2016
    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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    20 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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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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    20 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    15 Jan 2016

  • Imagination: The missing mystery of philosophy

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    Imagination: The missing mystery of philosophy Creative commons image Icon Kate Ter Haar under Creative-Commons license
    Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 15 Jan 2016
    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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    20 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    15 Jan 2016

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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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    20 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    12 Jan 2016

  • Two concepts of freedom

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

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

    Certificate of Higher Education Open

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    Duration 1200 hours Updated 23 Oct 2017
    If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this...

    Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities

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    Duration 1200 hours Updated 23 Oct 2017
    Why study the arts? Apart from sheer enjoyment, these subjects give you an...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities

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    Duration 2400 hours Updated 23 Oct 2017
    The Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities will help you refine your skills of...

    Diploma of Higher Education Open

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    Duration 2400 hours Updated 23 Oct 2017
    Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a...

    BA (Honours) Philosophy and Psychological Studies

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    Duration 3600 hours Updated 23 Oct 2017
    Philosophy and psychology seek to answer profound questions about us, our minds,...

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    Duration 3600 hours Updated 23 Oct 2017
    This degree in humanities offers a broad-based grounding in the study and...

    BA (Honours) Politics, Philosophy and Economics

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    Duration 3600 hours Updated 23 Oct 2017
    Where do social order (and disorder) come from? How can we make ourselves richer,...