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Why are things beautiful?

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Why are things beautiful? Copyrighted image Credit: BBC New content
Intermediate level Duration 30 mins Updated 21 Nov 2014
The concept of beauty is explored in these short animations. 

What does it mean to be free?

What does it mean to be free? Copyrighted image Credit: BBC New content
Intermediate level Duration 30 mins Updated 14 Nov 2014
These series of animations explore the question: what does it mean to be free? 

Hold the hurrahs; let's have a viva: Testing Russell Brand's ideas

Hold the hurrahs; let's have a viva: Testing Russell Brand's ideas Creative commons image Credit: Eva Rindali under CC-BY-SA licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Oct 2014
Giving Russell Brand a platform for his vague ideas is worrying if we don't treat them with due rigour, argues Robert Herian

The ancient conflict

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Introductory level Updated 02 May 2013
Enjoy a philosophical exploration of the ancient conflict that simmers between Star Trek's Spock and  McCoy

The problem of progress

The problem of progress Copyrighted image Credit: Jupiter Images
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Jul 2012
Geoff Andrews argues that to understand political philosopher John Gray's view on immortality theories, we need to look at the development of his...

Great Thinkers: Making the connections

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Great Thinkers: Making the connections Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Aug 2011
Who were the great thinkers that shaped the way we live today? What connects Nelson Mandela with the feminist-philosopher Simone de Beauvoir? Play...

Let's hear it for Aristotle

Let's hear it for Aristotle Copyrighted image Credit: Tilemahos Efthimiadis under CC-BY-SA licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Jul 2011
Is there any reason to study the thoughts of a long-dead Greek? Geoff Andrews find inspiration in the work of Martha Nussbaum.

Would Ruskin YouTube? Crafting and communities

Would Ruskin YouTube? Crafting and communities Copyright free image Credit: Public domain
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 05 May 2011
Would John Ruskin see YouTube as a modern version of a cathedral gargoyle? Laurie Taylor and guests discuss craft and community.

Sandel on a world without philosophers

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Sandel on a world without philosophers Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Jan 2011
Michael Sandel considers what life would be like without the great philosophical thinkers

Sandel on Kant and the capacity for reason

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Sandel on Kant and the capacity for reason Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Jan 2011
Michael Sandel looks at how Kant's emphasis on our capacity to reason has a place for beings who lack much in the way of reasoning ability or...