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Tolstoy and the search for the meaning of life

Tolstoy and the search for the meaning of life Copyright free image Copyright free: Public Domain
Intermediate level Duration 15 mins Updated 22 Jan 2016
Works such as War and Peace indicate Tolstoy struggled with the meaning of life. This piece explores his pondering of life and death...

OpenLearn Live: 22nd January 2016

OpenLearn Live: 22nd January 2016 Copyright free image Copyright free: Royal Library of Denmark - Kierkegaard Manuscripts
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Jan 2016
The philosopher who liked Berlin so much, it was virtually the only place he visited. Then more free learning through the day.

OpenLearn Live: 13th January 2016

OpenLearn Live: 13th January 2016 Copyright free image Copyright free: The National Library of Israel collections
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Jan 2016
The godfather of emoji, pictograms and data visualisation; All of JS Bach; Bowie's lyric app; IM privacy and then more free learning through...

Sylvia Pankhurst: The Expert View

Sylvia Pankhurst: The Expert View Copyright free image Copyright free: Public domain image
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 10 Nov 2015
Professor Mary Davis explores the life and achievements of Sylvia Pankhurst.

The Death of Socrates

The Death of Socrates
Introductory level Updated 24 Jul 2015
Why was Socrates killed? Learn the reasons for his death.

The Life of Socrates

The Life of Socrates
Introductory level Updated 24 Jul 2015
Who was Socrates? Find out what we know about his life.

Wittgenstein’s Beetle in the Box Analogy

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Wittgenstein’s Beetle in the Box Analogy Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Jul 2015
This animation looks at Wittgenstein's thinking that problems were caused by a 'bewitchment of language'. 

If a tree falls in a forest and nobody is there to hear it, does it make a sound?

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If a tree falls in a forest and nobody is there to hear it, does it make a sound? Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Jul 2015
This animation explores Bishop George Berkeley who though the only things that truly exists are minds and ideas. 

Science is based on fact. Cold, unchanging, unarguable facts. Or perhaps not.

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Science is based on fact. Cold, unchanging, unarguable facts. Or perhaps not. Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Jul 2015
Can scientific theories only really be called 'scientific' if they can be proven false? Karl Popper thought so...

Can you believe in miracles?

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Can you believe in miracles? Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Jul 2015
This animation, narrated by Aidan Turner, explores David Hume's thinking behind miracles versus extraordinary events.