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    Genius of the Ancient World

    Historian Bettany Hughes travels to India, Greece and China on the trail of three giants of ancient philosophy 

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    14 May 2020

  • Genius of the Ancient World

    Updated 14 May 2020
    Historian Bettany Hughes travels to India, Greece and China on the trail of three giants of ancient philosophy 
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    14 May 2020

  • Buddhism's four Noble Truths

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    This animation explores the Buddha's Four Noble Truths.
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    Why is destroying cultural sites for military purposes a war crime?

    By Professor Derek Matravers

    After the assassination of General Soleimani, President Trump threatened to destroy cultural sites if Iran retaliated. Professor Derek Matravers explains why this is a war crime.

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    14 Jan 2020

  • Why is destroying cultural sites for military purposes a war crime?

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    After the assassination of General Soleimani, President Trump threatened to destroy cultural sites if Iran retaliated. Professor Derek Matravers explains why...
  • Is democracy a good thing?

    By Professor Derek Matravers

    Is democracy the best way to select who runs our country? Is it unequivocally a good thing? Professor Derek Matravers discusses Plato's argument against democracy.

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    26 Nov 2019

  • Is democracy a good thing?

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    Is democracy the best way to select who runs our country? Is it unequivocally a good thing? Professor Derek Matravers discusses Plato's argument against...
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  • What is the difference between distributive and commutative justice: A one minute guide

    Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Aug 2019
    What are distributive and commutative justice? What do the terms mean, and how are they different? We've got a really simple guide...
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    What is emotive language and why is it used?

    By Nigel Warburton

    Nigel Warburton helps us grapple with the nuts and bolts of thinking clearly, with the aim of presenting good, clear, logical arguments - in order to achieve your desired effects.

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    30 Aug 2019

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    Nigel Warburton helps us grapple with the nuts and bolts of thinking clearly, with the aim of presenting good, clear, logical arguments - in order to achieve...
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    Legacy of the Romantics

    By Dr Stephanie Forward

    Who were the Romantics and what did they stand for? Stephanie Forward explains.

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    30 Aug 2019

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    Who were the Romantics and what did they stand for? Stephanie Forward explains.
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    What is The Social Contract?

    By Jon Pike

    The unwritten 'social contract' keeps society functioning, as Jon Pike explains

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    30 Aug 2019

  • What is The Social Contract?

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    The unwritten 'social contract' keeps society functioning, as Jon Pike explains
  • Life After Death

    By Suzanne Newcombe

    Suzanne Newcombe discusses 'what happens to you after you die?'

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    24 Jul 2019

  • Life After Death

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    Suzanne Newcombe discusses 'what happens to you after you die?'
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    Exploring immortality

    By Suzanne Newcombe, Carolyn Price

    To mark the new BA (Hons) qualification in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics (R45), Suzanne Newcombe and Carolyn Price discuss how researchers in Religious Studies and Philosophy investigate immortality.

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    01 Jul 2019

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    To mark the new BA (Hons) qualification in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics (R45), Suzanne Newcombe and Carolyn Price discuss how researchers in Religious...

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    The ethics of cultural heritage

    This free course The ethics of cultural heritage provides the basic theory behind the protection of cultural property in war zones and is presented in three parts the protection of cultural property the legal basis for that protection and accounts of proportionality that is on deciding whether or not there is a feasible alternative to damaging cultural property

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    This free course, The ethics of cultural heritage, provides the basic theory...
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    Exploring philosophy: faking nature

    Commercial exploitation of nature such as mining fracking or generating hydroelectric power often damages the way the natural environment looks What if the environment could be restored to exactly how it looked before Would that mean that no damage had been done that the natural environment was as valuable as it had been before the commercial exploitation This free course Exploring philosophy faking nature examines the restoration thesis and provides an insight into philosophical study at postgraduate level

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    Commercial exploitation of nature, such as mining, fracking, or generating hydro...
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    Introducing philosophy

    Ever wondered what it would be like to study philosophy This free course Introducing philosophy will introduce you to the teaching methods employed and the types of activities and assignments you would be asked to undertake should you wish to study philosophy and the human situation

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    Ever wondered what it would be like to study philosophy? This free course,...
  • The moral equality of combatants

    This free course introduces and explores the idea of the moral equality of combatants and discusses the question of the basis of liability to killing in war It invites students to understand and assess the epistemological argument for the moral equality of combatants and other arguments for and against this idea

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    24 Jun 2019

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    This free course introduces and explores the idea of the moral equality of...
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    Imagination: The missing mystery of philosophy

    What is imagination and can philosophy define it in any meaningful way This free course Imagination The missing mystery of philosophy will introduce you to some of the possible answers to these questions and will examine why philosophy has sometimes found it difficult to approach imagination It will then go on to examine the relationship that imagination has to imagery and supposition charting where these concepts overlap with imagination and where they diverge

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    What is imagination and can philosophy define it in any meaningful way? This free...
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    Philosophy: The nature of persons

    What is a person This free course Philosophy The nature of persons examines this philosophical question concerning the nature of personhood You will examine whether a person is the same as a human being and look at whether it is our free will that in the end defines us as a person

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    What is a person? This free course, Philosophy: The nature of persons, examines...
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    The science of evolution

    This free course The science of evolution debates the issues surrounding the science of evolution and religion

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    This free course, The science of evolution, debates the issues surrounding the...
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    Minds and mental phenomena: An introduction

    This free course Minds and mental phenomena An introduction examines the philosophical questions surrounding the mind You will examine how beliefs have changed over the centuries and be able to contrast the views of Descartes with more modern ideas

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    27 Jan 2016

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    This free course, Minds and mental phenomena: An introduction, examines the...
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    Emotion: An introductory picture

    What is emotion This free course Emotion An introductory picture takes a philosophical approach to this question in an attempt to understand why people respond to events in a certain way Is there a difference between an emotion and a bodily feeling or is one a consequence of the other

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    What is emotion? This free course, Emotion: An introductory picture, takes a...
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    Introducing consciousness

    What is consciousness How does the brain generate consciousness and how can a science of the mind describe and explain it adequately This free course Introducing consciousness will introduce you to the slippery phenomenon that is consciousness as well as some of the difficulties consciousness presents to science and philosophy

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    What is consciousness? How does the brain generate consciousness and how can a...

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    This diploma of higher education encompasses a wide range of fascinating...

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