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Philosophy for Beginners

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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.


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3.8 out of 5 stars from 964 ratings
  • Intriguing

    I officially love philosophy 📚📖🤔💭

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    Wutushci Crynth
    Canadaa year ago
  • Not the right format and poor recording

    Interesting topic areas and I’m sure the lecturer has amazing knows to impart but a lecture relying on slides and hard to hear audience participation is not an ideal format for podcasts - especially of this length - reminding me why I no longer want to go to uni to learn things - there are more efficient ways

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdoma year ago
  • A difficult listen

    The professor is great. The information is well set out. Might be paced a little fast. Not as much unpacking for some things. more

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdoma year ago
  • Shame about the audience

    Great lecturer but this appears to be an outreach programme rather than an undergraduate course. Too many questions from boomers (you can just tell) who seem to have been dropped on their head at birth and don’t know when to shut up and let the lecturer carry on.

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom2 years ago
  • Fragmented, awkward, frustrating

    The format of the first ‘romp through’ episode is really off putting. The lecturer interacts with her live audience but we can’t hear their responses and her ability to smoothly integrate their points into a coherent presentation of the material is limited and so the overall effect is fragmented, awkward and frustrating. This format may well be effective pedagogy for the people there but I am not there. Maybe the format changes later on but I gave up after 20 minutes.

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    Ireland2 years ago

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