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Marianne Talbot

Marianne Talbot was thrown out of school at 15. She came back to education at 26 when she took an Open University Foundation course during which she discovered philosophy. Transferring to London University Marianne took First Class Honours then went to Oxford University to do graduate work. She taught for Pembroke College, Oxford from 1987 - 1990, for Brasenose College, Oxford from 1990-2000, and has, since 2001, been director of studies in philosophy at Oxford University's Department for Continuing Education. Two of Marianne's podcasts (A Romp Through the History of Philosophy, and The Nature of Arguments) have been global number one on iTunes U. Her podcasts have received over 3 million downloads.

Series featuring Marianne Talbot

  • Bioethics: An Introduction
  • A Romp Through Ethics for Complete Beginners
  • Philosophy for Beginners
  • Critical Reasoning: A Romp Through the Foothills of Logic
  • Alumni Weekend
  • Department for Continuing Education Open Day 2013
  • Cultural Connections: exchanging knowledge and widening participation in the Humanities
  • Rewley House Research Seminars
  • A Romp Through the Philosophy of Mind
  • Critical Reasoning for Beginners
  • Department for Continuing Education Open Day 2012
  • A Romp Through Philosophy for Complete Beginners
# Episode Title Description People Date
1 Creative Commons Time and Causation Both time and causation seems to have the same 'direction’ . Can we explain this? Marianne Talbot 09 Jun 2016
2 Creative Commons Mental Causation We do what we do because we believe what we believe. Or do we? How does mental causation work? Marianne Talbot 09 Jun 2016
3 Creative Commons The necessary connection analysis of causation The idea that there are real metaphysical necessities relating cause and effect. Marianne Talbot 09 Jun 2016
4 Creative Commons The singularist theory of causation The idea that causation is a relation science will one day discover. Marianne Talbot 09 Jun 2016
5 Creative Commons The regularity theory of causation Hume's famously influential account of causation Marianne Talbot 09 Jun 2016
6 Creative Commons The counterfactual theory of causation The idea that event c causes event e if and only if had c not had occurred e would not have occurred either. Marianne Talbot 09 Jun 2016
7 Creative Commons Engaging with the community Marianne Talbot, author and philospher, gives a talk for the Oxford Conference on Psychiatry and Ageing. Marianne Talbot 09 Oct 2015
8 Creative Commons What is Openness? ‘Openness’ is a far-reaching concept--find out what it is about and why it is becoming increasingly important to academics, researchers, students and the general public! Marianne Talbot, Simon Benjamin 06 Jul 2015
9 Questions and Answers Session Marianne answers questions from the audience about the four talks in this series. Marianne Talbot 11 Nov 2014
10 The Philosophy of Science In the fourth and final lecture, we examine the notion of ‘objective fact’ on which scientific theories are built; what sort of fact is such that we can build a scientific theory on it? Marianne Talbot 11 Nov 2014
11 Epistemology and Metaphysics In the third lecture we examine first the so-called “Gettier Problems” for the traditional account of knowledge, the arguments for saying that possible worlds exist and finally we ask whether there really are unactualised possibles. Marianne Talbot 11 Nov 2014
12 Moral and Political Philosophy In the second lecture we examine first the famous ‘Wilt Chamberlain’ thought experiment that demonstrates a retention between freedom and equality, then arguments for and against two famous moral theories; deontology and utilitarianism. Marianne Talbot 11 Nov 2014
13 Logic and Argument: the Methodology of Philosophy In this first lecture, using Descartes famous argument for the claim “I think therefore I am’, we examine how to identify and evaluate arguments. Marianne Talbot 11 Nov 2014
14 Creative Commons Answers to Questions Answers to Questions posed in lectures 1 to 6 of Marianne Talbot's lecture series on critical reasoning for beginners. Marianne Talbot 20 Mar 2014
15 Creative Commons Fallacies: Understanding where Arguments go Wrong Lecture 6 of 6 in Marianne Talbot's series on critical reasoning for beginners. Marianne Talbot 20 Mar 2014
16 Creative Commons Inductive Strength: Evaluating Inductive Arguments Lecture 5 of 6 in Marianne Talbot's series on critical reasoning for beginners. Marianne Talbot 20 Mar 2014
17 Creative Commons Deductive Validity: Evaluating Deductive Arguments Lecture 4 of 6 in Marianne Talbot's series on critical reasoning for beginners. Marianne Talbot 20 Mar 2014
18 Creative Commons Deduction and Induction: Classifying Arguments Lecture 3 of 6 in Marianne Talbot's series on critical reasoning for beginners. Marianne Talbot 20 Mar 2014
19 Creative Commons Analysing Arguments: How to Identify Premises and Conclusions Lecture 2 of 6 in Marianne Talbot's series on critical reasoning for beginners. Marianne Talbot 20 Mar 2014
20 Creative Commons The Nature Of Argument: How to Recognise Arguments Lecture 1 of 6 in Marianne Talbot's series on critical reasoning for beginners. Marianne Talbot 20 Mar 2014
21 Biotechnology: For better or worse? Marianne Talbot talks about the uses and dangers of the relatively new discipline of synthetic biology. Marianne Talbot 08 Oct 2013
22 Creative Commons Philosophy in 45 minutes! Philosophy deals with the BIG questions of life: does God exist? How should we live? What is truth? What are numbers and do we need them? Does space come to an end or is it infinite? NO SOUND FOR FIRST 3 MINUTES. Marianne Talbot 07 Oct 2013
23 Creative Commons 20.Spreading the Word. Cultural Connections talk by Marianne Talbot. Part of the Digital Humanities @ Oxford Summer School 2013. Marianne Talbot 07 Aug 2013
24 Creative Commons Philosophy in 45 minutes! Marianne Talbot takes participants on a romp through the nature of philosophy for complete beginners discussing some of the BIG questions of life: does God exist? How should we live? What is truth? Does space come to an end or is it infinite? Marianne Talbot 19 Dec 2012
25 Creative Commons Ethics Ethical decisions, and often dilemma, lie at the heart of all research methodologies and practice. Marianne Talbot, course director in Philosophy, chaired three presentations from across the disciplines. Marianne Talbot, Abi Sriharan, Kate Blackmon, David Griffiths 20 Jun 2012
26 Creative Commons Reading List for Bioethics: An Introduction Reading List to accompany the Bioethics: An Introduction podcast series. Marianne Talbot 30 May 2012
27 Creative Commons Common moral arguments: 'morality? It's all a matter of opinion' Final of nine short introductory podcasts on Bioethics by Marianne Talbot. Marianne Talbot 29 May 2012
28 Creative Commons Common moral arguments: 'it's too risky' (the Precautionary Principle) Eighth of nine short introductory podcasts on Bioethics by Marianne Talbot. Marianne Talbot 29 May 2012
29 Creative Commons Common moral arguments: 'it's not natural' and 'it's disgusting' Seventh of nine short introductory podcasts on Bioethics by Marianne Talbot. Marianne Talbot 29 May 2012
30 Creative Commons Induction Sixth of nine short introductory podcasts on Bioethics by Marianne Talbot. Marianne Talbot 29 May 2012
31 Creative Commons Deduction Fifth of nine short introductory podcasts on Bioethics by Marianne Talbot. Marianne Talbot 29 May 2012
32 Creative Commons Arguments Fourth of nine short introductory podcasts on Bioethics by Marianne Talbot. Marianne Talbot 29 May 2012
33 Creative Commons Utilitarianism Third of nine short introductory podcasts on Bioethics by Marianne Talbot. Marianne Talbot 29 May 2012
34 Creative Commons Deontology Second of nine short introductory podcasts on Bioethics by Marianne Talbot. Marianne Talbot 29 May 2012
35 Creative Commons Virtue Ethics First of nine short introductory podcasts on Bioethics by Marianne Talbot. Marianne Talbot 29 May 2012
36 Creative Commons Further reading and more... So you've finished this series of podcasts. Find out where to go from here... Marianne Talbot 16 Apr 2012
37 Creative Commons Reading List Reading list for the Philosophy for Beginners series of podcasts. Marianne Talbot 16 Apr 2012
38 Creative Commons Further reading and more... So you've finished this series of podcasts. Find out where to go from here... Marianne Talbot 16 Apr 2012
39 Creative Commons Further reading and more... So you've finished this series of podcasts. Find out where to go from here... Marianne Talbot 16 Apr 2012
40 Creative Commons Further reading and more... So you've finished this series of podcasts. Find out where to go from here... Marianne Talbot 16 Apr 2012
41 Creative Commons Part 5: Questions and Answers Marianne Talbot presents the last of five episodes of the Romp through the Philosophy of Mind, engaging in a questions and answers discussion with the audience. Marianne Talbot 10 Apr 2012
42 Creative Commons Part 4: Are We Asking the Wrong Questions? Marianne Talbot presents the fourth of five episodes of the Romp through the Philosophy of Mind, wondering if we are asking the wrong questions? Marianne Talbot 07 Feb 2012
43 Creative Commons Part 3: If Physicalism Won't Work, What is the Alternative? Marianne Talbot presents the third of five episodes of the Romp through the Philosophy of Mind, on alternatives to Physicalism. Marianne Talbot 07 Feb 2012
44 Creative Commons Part 2: Non-Reductive Physicalisms and the Problems they Face Slides to accompany Marianne Talbot's second of five episodes of the Romp through the Philosophy of Mind, on Non-Reductive Physicalisms and the problems they face. Marianne Talbot 07 Feb 2012
45 Creative Commons Part 1: Identity Theory and Why it Won't Work Marianne Talbot presents the first of five episodes of the Romp through the Philosophy of Mind, on Identity Theory and why it won't work. Marianne Talbot 07 Feb 2012
46 Creative Commons Making Up Your Mind Part 7 of 7 in Marianne Talbot's "A Romp Through Ethics for Complete Beginners". This final episode is a time to take stock and bring together all the strands we've considered. Marianne Talbot 08 Aug 2011
47 Creative Commons Utilitarianism: Mill and the utility calculus Part 6 of 7 in Marianne Talbot's "A Romp Through Ethics for Complete Beginners". A reflection on Mill's account of morality, and the greatest happiness of the greatest number. Marianne Talbot 27 Jun 2011
48 Creative Commons Deontology: Kant, duty and the moral law Part 5 of 7 in Marianne Talbot's "A Romp Through Ethics for Complete Beginners". In this episode we reflect on Kant's account of morality, including the categorical imperative. Marianne Talbot 03 Jun 2011
49 Creative Commons Humean Ethics: Non-Cognitivism, the passions and moral motivation Part 4 of 7 in Marianne Talbot's "A Romp Through Ethics for Complete Beginners". In this episode we reflect on Hume's account of morality and his rejection of reason as the source of morality. Marianne Talbot 02 Jun 2011
50 Creative Commons Virtue Ethics: virtue, values and character Part 3 of 7 in Marianne Talbot's "A Romp Through Ethics for Complete Beginners". In this episode we will reflect on Aristotle's account of morality and the centrality of the virtues in this account. Marianne Talbot 24 May 2011
51 Creative Commons Freedom, knowledge and society: the preconditions of ethical reasoning Part 2 of 7 in Marianne Talbot's "A Romp Through Ethics for Complete Beginners". In this episode we examine the preconditions of ethical reasoning and make a comparison between the law of the land and the moral law. Marianne Talbot 20 May 2011
52 Creative Commons Rules, truths and theories: an introduction to ethical reasoning Part 1 of 7 in Marianne Talbot's "A Romp Through Ethics for Complete Beginners". In this episode we examine moral dilemmas, moral truth and moral knowledge, freewill and determinism. Marianne Talbot 19 May 2011
53 Creative Commons The God Delusion: Questions and Answers Stephen Law and Marianne Talbot take part in a panel discussion with Tom Fisher, chairman of the Oxford Philosophical Society, chairing. They answer questions form the audience about The God Delusion and discuss the philosophical issues surrounding it. Marianne Talbot, Stephen Law, Tom Fisher 20 May 2010
54 Creative Commons Has Dawkins shown that God is Redundant? Marianne Talbot presents the third talk on Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion as part of The God Delusion Weekend. Marianne Talbot 20 May 2010
55 Creative Commons A Scientific Hypothesis? Marianne Talbot gives the first talk on Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion as part of The God Delusion Weekend. Marianne Talbot 20 May 2010
56 Creative Commons Evaluating Arguments Part Two Part six of a six-part series on critical reasoning. In this final lecture we will look at fallacies. These are bad arguments that can easily be mistaken for good arguments. Marianne Talbot 18 Mar 2010
57 Creative Commons Evaluating Arguments Part One Part five of a six-part series on critical reasoning. In this lecture we will continue with the evaluation of arguments - this time deductive arguments - focusing in particular on the notion of validity. Marianne Talbot 15 Mar 2010
58 Creative Commons What is a Good Argument? Validity and Truth Part four of a six-part series on critical reasoning. In this lecture we will learn how to evaluate arguments and how to tell whether an argument is good or bad, focusing specifically on inductive arguments. Marianne Talbot 11 Mar 2010
59 Creative Commons Setting out Arguments Logic Book Style Part three of a six-part series on critical reasoning. In this lecture we will focus on how to identify and analyse arguments, and how to set arguments out logic book-style to make them easier to evaluate. Marianne Talbot 10 Mar 2010
60 Creative Commons Different Types of Arguments The second of six lectures dealing with critical reasoning. In this lecture you will learn about the different types of arguments, in particular deductive and inductive arguments. Marianne Talbot 29 Jan 2010
61 Creative Commons The Nature of Arguments The first of six lectures dealing with critical reasoning. In this lecture you will learn how to recognise arguments and what the nature of an argument is. Marianne Talbot 29 Jan 2010
62 Creative Commons Philosophy of language and mind Language and Mind: What is rationality? What is consciousness? How do we manage to express our thoughts and experiences in language? Marianne Talbot 09 Jan 2009
63 Creative Commons Metaphysics and Epistemology Metaphysics and Epistemology: what exists, what is its nature and how can we acquire knowledge of it? Marianne Talbot 09 Jan 2009
64 Creative Commons Ethics and politics Moral and Political Philosophy: how should we live? What constitutes a just state? Marianne Talbot 09 Jan 2009
65 Creative Commons The philosophical method - logic and argument Logic and Argument: the joys of symbolic and philosophical logic. Marianne Talbot 09 Jan 2009
66 Creative Commons A romp through the history of philosophy from the Pre-Socratics to the present day. A romp through the history of philosophy from the Pre-Socratics to the present day. Marianne Talbot 13 Nov 2008