Philosophy doesn’t have to be daunting. Thanks to the Continuing Education program at Oxford University, you can now ease into philosophical thinking by listening to five lectures collectively called Philosophy for Beginners. (The video above is admittedly grainy, so you could always explore the audio options available on iTunes or this Oxford website.) Taught by Marianne Talbot, Lecture 1 starts with a “Romp Through the History of Philosophy” and moves in a brief hour from Ancient Greece to the present. Subsequent lectures (usually running about 90 minutes) cover the following topics: logic, ethics, politics, metaphysics, epistemology, and language.
Lecture Two: The Philosophical Method: Logic and Argument
Lecture Three: Ethics and Politics
Lecture Four: Metaphysics and Epistemology
Lecture Five: Philosophy of Language and Mind
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