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A Romp Through Philosophy for Complete Beginners

In this series of podcasts Marianne Talbot uses some famous arguments in the history of philosophy to examine philosophy as a discipline. By harnessing participants’ intuitions on both sides of the various arguments she encourages her audience actually to do philosophy. In listening to these podcasts you can yourself learn how to do philosophy, not by listening to someone else do it, but by starting to do it for yourself.

# Episode Title Description People Date
5 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
4 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
3 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
2 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
1 Questions and Answers Session Marianne answers questions from the audience about the four talks in this series. Marianne Talbot 11 Nov 2014