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Have you ever considered what being conscious actually means? By choosing to live in a particular state are you consenting to be subject to all its laws? For some there’s an assumption that philosophy might not be relevant to modern life but Dr. Nigel Warburton, senior lecturer in Philosophy at The Open University argues that many of us today are faced with philosophical questions such as these as we live our lives in the twenty first century. In this collection we ask academics to discuss these questions in addition to other important philosophical issues and concepts such as the morality of abortions and the reconciling a world with evil and a good God.

This material forms part of The Open University course A222 Exploring philosophy.

By: The OpenLearn team (The Open University,)

  • Duration 2 hours 15 mins
  • Updated Monday 13th June 2011
  • Posted under Philosophy
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Track 1: Philosophy in the real world

Nigel Warburton applies philosophical questions to every day life.

© The Open University 2011

Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Philosophy in the real world    Nigel Warburton applies philosophical questions to every day life. Play now Philosophy in the real world
2 Thought experiments    Thought experiments use hypothetical questions to create philosophical dilemmas. Play now Thought experiments
3 Personal identity    Nigel Warburton and Professor Anthony Grayling discuss what defines personal identity. Play now Personal identity
4 Faith and Reason    Is religious belief based on blind faith or evidence? Play now Faith and Reason
5 The problem of evil    How can a world created by an all powerfull all good God contain so much evil? Play now The problem of evil
6 Philosophers on abortion    A discussion about morality of abortion and the rights of the foetus and the mother. Play now Philosophers on abortion
7 The problem of consciousness    What is consciousness? And what is the best way to understand self awareness. Play now The problem of consciousness
8 Two theories of political obligation    A debate over wether citizens consent to political obligation by living within that state. Play now Two theories of political obligation
9 Courage to refuse    Can citizens decide which laws to follow for moral reasons? Play now Courage to refuse
10 Descartes, doubt and knowledge    A discussion about how Descartes used doubt as a means to clarifying his understanding of the world. Play now Descartes, doubt and knowledge
11 Cartesian dualism    Dualism suggests that human beings are made of two independent substances, the mind and the body. Play now Cartesian dualism




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