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Timeline: Marx, Nietzsche and Freud

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Timeline: Marx, Nietzsche and Freud
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 24 May 2016
Explore the lives and works of Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche and Sigmund Freud with our interactive timeline.

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.

I love my mum (but not like that...)

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I love my mum (but not like that...) Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Jul 2015
This short animation, narrated by Aidan Turner, looks at the Oedipus and Electra complexes and how Edvard Westermarck saw these ...

Sartre: Love is a hazardous, painful struggle

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Sartre: Love is a hazardous, painful struggle Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Jul 2015
This short animation, narrated by Aidan Turner, shows the conflict and danger of love from Jean-Paul Sartre's perspective. 

Love? What’s in it for me?

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Love? What’s in it for me? Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Jul 2015
This short animation, narrated by Aidan Turner, looks at how love is a selfish act that people only do so that they can feel good about themselves....

How two halves make a whole

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How two halves make a whole Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Jul 2015
This short animation, narrated by Aidan Turner, explores Aristophane's story about humans searching for their other half.

Confucian Ancestor Worship

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Confucian Ancestor Worship Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Jul 2015
This short animation, narrated by Aidan Turner, looks at Confucian ideals surrounding family and worshipping ancestors. 

Plato's Philosopher Kings

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Plato's Philosopher Kings Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Jul 2015
This short animation, narrated by Aidan Turner, digs deeper into democracy and proposes philosophers would be great leaders. 

Does an invisible hand guide the economy?

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Does an invisible hand guide the economy? Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Jul 2015
This short animation, narrated by Aidan Turner, looks at the metaphor of the 'invisible hand' engineers the economy. 

John Locke on Toleration

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John Locke on Toleration Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Jul 2015
This short animation, narrated by Aidan Turner, explores persuading people to change their beliefs by force. 

Socrates - Teacher, Paragon or Chatterbox?

Socrates - Teacher, Paragon or Chatterbox?
Introductory level Updated 03 Jul 2015
Dr Carolyn Price discusses the legacy of Socrates, the father of moral philosophy.

John Nash (1928 - 2015)

John Nash (1928 - 2015) Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Jun 2015
Introducing John Nash, inventor of The Prisoner's Dilemma and game theory.

Rene Descartes - “I think, therefore I am”

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Rene Descartes - “I think, therefore I am” Copyrighted image Copyright: The BBC
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Apr 2015
Stephen Fry explains Rene Descartes argument 'Cogito Ergo Sum' - 'I think, therefore I am'. 

Jean-Paul Sartre and Existential Choice

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Jean-Paul Sartre and Existential Choice Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Apr 2015
This animation looks at existentialist ideas about the individual created by Jean Paul Sartre.  

Key Questions in Philosophy with The Open University

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Key Questions in Philosophy with The Open University Copyrighted image Copyright: Magentis08 | Dreamstime.com
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,...

Ayn Rand and selfishness

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Ayn Rand and selfishness Copyrighted image Copyright: The BBC
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Apr 2015
Morality and selfishness sound like opposites - but not according to the Russian-American novelist of the 1950s, Ayn Rand.