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Is democracy a good thing?

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Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Apr 2015
Is democracy the best way to select who runs our country? Is it unequivocally a good thing? Professor Derek Matravers discusses Plato's argument...

How can I know anything at all?

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Intermediate level Duration 20 mins Updated 17 Apr 2015
These short animations explore how we can know anything at all. 

Rene Descartes - “I think, therefore I am”

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Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Apr 2015
Stephen Fry explains Rene Descartes argument 'Cogito Ergo Sum' - 'I think, therefore I am'. 

Erving Goffman and The Performed Self

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Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Apr 2015
Do you have a fixed character? Or do you play many roles based on the situation? Stephen Fry explains Erving Goffman's theory of the Performed Self...

Know Thyself

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Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Apr 2015
This animation explores how we can be sure we're the same person as we were yesterday and looks at John Locke's ideas on this. 

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,...

The veil of ignorance

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Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Apr 2015
This animation debates one of the most searching ideas of legal thought: John Rawls' assertion of the value of a veil of ignorance.

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. 

Exploring Philosophy with The Open University

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Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 01 Apr 2015
Our course 'Exploring Philosophy' considers fundamental questions from six core areas: the self; philosophy of religion; ethics; knowledge and...

Ayn Rand and selfishness

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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.