"Why does the world exist?' (from iai.tv)
Asking the biggest and most general of all questions? There's a clearly articulated debate here that is relevant for both the Philosophy of Science and the Philosophy of Religion. Just click on this image to go to relevant page on The Institute of Arts and Ideas website.
And, if you have not yet discovered it, click here to take a look at what The Institute of Arts and Ideas has to offer.
Getting personal in philosophy....
Every great philosophy is a confession of its founder, a kind of secret and involuntary set of personal memoirs. - Nietzsche
Does your philosophy reflect your personal quest and values?
Fed up with pushing overweight men off bridges?
For a few sceptical comments, click on the image...
Chaired by Melvyn Bragg and with an impressive list of contributors, these podcasts cover a wide range of thinkers, including Socrates, Popper and Wittgenstein and topics including EmpiricismHappiness, Virtue and Freedom.
Just click on the image to go to the website page. and select podcasts to download.
If you're into Bertrand Russell, you really should take a look at his Facebook page...
There are plenty of quotes and topics on which you can comment - and, being controversial and outspoken on so many issues, Russell invites just that - along with biographical information. You can scroll down through the page and explore topics. See it here.
Classic Texts in Philosophy...
If you want to read original texts, you can buy them ridiculously cheaply in paperback these days. Stick them on your shelves and impress your friends!
On the other hand, if you just need to look something up, or search for a phrase or idea within a text, here is the secret: http://philosophy.eserver.org/texts.htm Clicking on this link takes you to the classic texts section of Philosophy on the EServer, a website that gives you copyright-free texts, links to other websites, humour and much more.
An introduction to Nietzsche...
Follow this link for a useful introduction to Nietzsche in the form of a Minerva Podcast. It is given by Dr Daniel Came, Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Hull.
And Nietzsche features on the cover of Philosophers Behaving Badly; not that he actually behaved particularly badly - sadly, more like - but his controversial ideas are certainly capable of being misused by those who intend to behave badly.
By exploring the lives and thought of six philosophers, this book shows that the life of reason does not necessarily lead to a reasonable life!
Click on the cover to find out more.
Lecture notes on Philosophy from Dr William Large...
Interested in Kant, Spinoza, Plato's Republic, Philosophy as a Way of Life? These and other subjects are covered in a series of lecture notes provided by William Large, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Gloucestershire. Click here for his website.
Nigel Warburton's podcasts
These podcasts give extremely useful bite-size introductions to many aspects of philosophy and a chance to hear some of the greatest living philosophers enthuse about what most interests them. The podcasts have now been organised by theme, so you can scroll down his list and find what interests you. Just click here for the link.
If you live in the London area and are interested in taking courses in philosophy and ethics, take a look at the new prospectus from the London School of Philosophy.
'Whereof one cannot speak, thereon one must remain silent.'
... the ending of Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889 - 1951)
The Open University...
The Open University offers a good range of free podcasts. To see their new series, called 'Exploring Philosophy' follow this link:
Nigel's A Little History of Philosophy is an easy introduction of some of the great philosophers, and he makes it more interesting by not taking the most obvious aspects of each thinker. Click on the title to buy or for further information.
The history of philosophy podcasts...
Professor Peter Adamson of King's College London, has launched a series of podcasts which will eventually cover the whole history of philosophy. He's starting with Ancient Philosophy, so go on line now to hear him speak on Plato. If the first podcasts are anything to go by, this will be a fascinating resource, both for students and those who have a general interest in philosophy. Each podcast lasts 20 minutes, and he's issuing them each week.
Try them on www.historyofphilosophy.net
'New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common.'
An Essay Concerning Human Understanding John Locke (1632-1704)
Interested in David Hume?
The Open University’s iTunes U channel is offering the following free podcasts: Hume: 19th Century Philosopher ( 300 years of David Hume)
Following on from the huge success of their Philosophy Bites podcasts, Nigel Warburton and David Edmonds produced a book featuring some of their most interesting and relevant interviews. They make philosophy accessible to those who might not have tried it before. There is no need for more information about this book here because, if you click on the Amazon link, you will be able to 'look inside' and see the contents for yourself. (And for those of you in the USA, click here to go to Amazon.com.)
This is philosophy at its most engaged and enthusiastic! It provides a good, jargon-free introduction to some of the best philosophers working today and the issues with which they are concerned.
Some introductory texts, particularly suitable for those doing A level: