Philosophy

Philosophy from the Pre-Socratics to the present day, via Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Kant, and others.

Philosophy

Spinoza: Ethics

Spinoza: Ethics

In this course, Professor Susan James (Birkbeck, University of London) discusses Spinoza's Ethics, widely considered to be his magnum opus. In the first module, we think about Spinoza's ontological framework, including his remarkable claim that there is only one substance,...

Prof. Susan James

Birkbeck College, London

Philosophy

Utilitarianism

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...

Dr Claire Benn

Van Leer Jerusalem Institute

Philosophy

Nietzsche: On the Genealogy of Morality

Nietzsche: On the Genealogy of Morality

Published in 1887, the Genealogy of Morality is the locus classicus of Nietzsche's criticism of contemporary morality and religion. The book is divided into three essays: the first deals with the origins of Christian and contemporary secular morality; the second...

Mr Ben Martin

Oxford University

Philosophy

The Ethics of War

The Ethics of War

War has always been a feature of human history. It is reviled as one of the great evils of which we are capable as a species, but often also commemorated and recounted as honourable and just. War raises many difficult...

Dr Michael Gibb

Oxford University