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Thinking Allowed

Thinking Allowed Copyrighted image Credit: BBC New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Jun 2015
Thinking Allowed puts the focus on the latest thinking about how society works. Read exclusive academic insights every week as each show airs.

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Deterrence

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OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Deterrence Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Apr 2015
Barrister Harry Potter, analyses the ideas of the philosopher Kant and asks whether deterrent prison sentences are just.

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - What is justice?

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - What is justice? Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Apr 2015
Melvyn Bragg discusses the big question "What is justice?" along with four guests. 

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

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OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Max Weber and the Protestant Ethic Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
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 - How do I live a good life?

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - How do I live a good life? Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Mar 2015
Melvyn Bragg and his four guests delve deeper into the philosophy of how we live a good life. 

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...

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...

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - How has technology changed us?

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - How has technology changed us? Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Jan 2015
How has technology changed us? Melvyn Bragg and four guests discuss this question.