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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,...

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...

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Buddhism's four Noble Truths

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OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Buddhism's four Noble Truths Copyrighted image Credit: The BBC
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Apr 2015
Naomi Appleton, Chancellor's fellow in Religious Studies at the University of Edinburgh, explores the Buddha's Four Noble Truths.

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Max Weber and the Protestant Ethic

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Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Mar 2015
The founder of sociology, Max Weber drilled in the value of hard work into our everyday ethic. 

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Aristotle on flourishing

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OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Aristotle on flourishing Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Mar 2015
In this episode of A History of Ideas, philosopher Jules Evans wants to prove there's been a revival of Aristotle's ideas about flourishing and how...

How has technology changed us?

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How has technology changed us? Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Intermediate level Duration 30 mins Updated 18 Mar 2015
Technology and how it has changed us as human beings is outlined in these short animations.

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Archaeologist Matt Pope on tools and human evolution

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OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Archaeologist Matt Pope on tools and human evolution Copyrighted image Credit: The BBC
Intermediate level Duration 15 mins Updated 28 Jan 2015
Our animation unpacks the antikythera mechanism, while on radio, Matt Pope claims our ability to create tools is the key to our evolutionary...

What makes us human?

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What makes us human? Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 26 Jan 2015
Four thinkers explore what makes us human with these animations. 

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Historian Justin Champion on Francis Bacon

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OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Historian Justin Champion on Francis Bacon Copyrighted image Credit: The BBC
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Jan 2015
Discover the Fourth Revolution with our animation,while on the radio it's historian Justin Champion on Francis Bacon's anxieties about the...