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Kantian Deontological Ethics

In this course, Dr Iain Law (University of Birmingham) thinks about Kantian deontological ethics, one of the three main normative ethical theories alongside utilitarianism and virtue ethics. We begin in the first module by introducing the ...

6 lectures

1:04:28

Dr Iain Law

Birmingham University

Philosophy & Religious Studies

Utilitarianism

In this course, Dr Iain Law (University of Birmingham) thinks about utilitarianism, one of the three major normative ethical theories alongside Kantian deontological ethics and virtue ethics. In the first module, we introduce the concept of a...

7 lectures

1:12:12

Dr Iain Law

Birmingham University

Philosophy & Religious Studies

Philosophy of Religion: The Existence of God

In this course, Professor John Cottingham (University of Reading) explores some of the classic arguments for the existence of God – and their criticisms. In the first module, we think about some of the Classical antecedents to later Christian...

4 lectures

0:50:32

Prof. John Cottingham

Reading University

Philosophy & Religious Studies

Philosophy of Religion: The Nature of God

In this course, Professor Yujin Nagasawa (University of Birmingham) discusses the concept and nature of God, focusing in particular on God’s ‘omni-attributes’: omniscience, omnipotence, and omnibenevolence. In the first module, we outline ...

5 lectures

0:34:09

Prof. Yujin Nagasawa

Birmingham University

Philosophy & Religious Studies

Metaethics

In this course, Dr Iain Law (University of Birmingham) provides a comprehensive introduction to the field of philosophy known as metaethics. In the first module, we provide an introduction to metaethics itself, including the difference between...

7 lectures

1:04:44

Dr Iain Law

Birmingham University

Philosophy & Religious Studies

Virtue Ethics

In this course, Dr Iain Law (University of Birmingham) thinks about virtue ethics, one of the three major normative ethical theories alongside utilitarianism and Kantian deontological ethics. We begin in the first module by providing a broad...

7 lectures

1:10:22

Dr Iain Law

Birmingham University

Philosophy & Religious Studies

Philosophy of Religion: The Problem of Evil

In this course, Professor John Cottingham (University of Reading) explores of the key issues in the philosophy of religion: the problem of evil. We begin by thinking about the attributes of god and the logical problem of evil. Is it...

5 lectures

0:42:47

Prof. John Cottingham

Reading University

Philosophy & Religious Studies

Metaethics: Moral Anti-Realism

In this course, Dr Luke Elson (University of Reading) explores what it means to be a moral anti-realist. We begin in the first module by thinking about what moral anti-realism actually is. After that, in the second module, we outline four reasons...

8 lectures

0:52:58

Dr Luke Elson

Reading University

Philosophy & Religious Studies

Mind-Body Dualism

In this course, Dr Cressida Gaukroger (University College, London) explores the philosophical theory of mind-body dualism—the theory that mind and body are distinct kinds of substances. The course begins by considering how dualism differs from...

6 lectures

1:09:05

Dr Cressida Gaukroger

UCL

Philosophy & Religious Studies

The Philosophy of John Locke

In this course, Dr Barnaby Walker (University of Warwick) explores the work of the seventeenth-century philosopher John Locke. We begin with a general overview of Locke’s Essay Concerning Human Understanding and its key themes, before ...

7 lectures

1:25:52

Dr Barney Walker

Warwick University

Philosophy & Religious Studies

Descartes: Meditations on First Philosophy

In this course, Professor Cottingham (University of Reading) explores René Descartes' Meditations on First Philosophy. In the first module, we provide a brief introduction to Descartes himself and his philosophical system, as described in his...

6 lectures

0:49:57

Prof. John Cottingham

Reading University

Philosophy & Religious Studies

What is Knowledge?

In this course, Dr Arif Ahmed (University of Cambridge) explores the question ‘What is knowledge?’. In the first module, we introduce the idea of ‘analysing’ knowledge and arrive at the classical, tripartite definition of knowledge as justified...

5 lectures

0:55:23

Dr Arif Ahmed

Cambridge University

Philosophy & Religious Studies

Direct Realism

In this course, Dr Laura Gow explores the theory of perception known as direct realism. In the first module, we think about why perception is so important to us, before contrasting direct realism with another popular theory of perception: indirect...

7 lectures

0:59:52

Dr Laura Gow

Liverpool University

Philosophy & Religious Studies

Utilitarianism

Utilitarianism is the belief that the right action is the one that maximises happiness. The philosophy theory has its origins in the hedonism of Aristippus and Epicurus, though reached its most well-known form in the writings of Jeremy Bentham and...

5 lectures

0:47:58

Dr Claire Benn

Van Leer Jerusalem Institute

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