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Philosophy for Beginners

Philosophy has been studied for thousands of years. It involves the use of reason and argument to search for the truth about reality - about the nature of things, ethics, aesthetics, language, the mind, God and everything else. This series of five introductory lectures, aimed at students new to philosophy, presented by Marianne Talbot, Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford, will test you on some famous thought experiments and introduce you to some central philosophical issues and to the thoughts of some key philosophers.

# Episode Title Description People Date
1 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
2 Creative Commons The philosophical method - logic and argument Logic and Argument: the joys of symbolic and philosophical logic. Marianne Talbot 09 Jan 2009
3 Creative Commons Ethics and politics Moral and Political Philosophy: how should we live? What constitutes a just state? Marianne Talbot 09 Jan 2009
4 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
5 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
6 Creative Commons Reading List Reading list for the Philosophy for Beginners series of podcasts. Marianne Talbot 16 Apr 2012
7 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