Philosophy for Beginners
The first philosophers, working before the 5th century BC, looked for natural rather than supernatural explanations. Eschewing appeal to God they asked questions such as ‘what is existence?’, ‘what is truth?’, ‘what is justice?, ‘how should we live our lives’? Modern day philosophers still ask such questions, although the modern debate would seem very strange to one of the ancient philosophers. Philosophers conduct experiments, but these are thought experiments, constrained not by the laws of nature but the laws of logic. During these lectures we shall be looking at the history of philosophy, at the methodology used by modern day philosophers and at why philosophy is still needed in the context of the success of science. No prior experience of philosophy will be assumed.
SATURDAY 23 NOVEMBER 2019
9.15am Course Registration
9.30am In the beginning
10.30am Tea / coffee
11.00am The sub-disciplines of philosophy
12.30pm Break / bar open
2.00pm Philosophy and science
3.15pm Coffee / tea
3.45pm Philosophy in the modern world
4.45pm Question and answer
5.15pm Course disperses
ALL LECTURES WILL GE GIVEN BY MARIANNE TALBOT
Gibson, Peter: Philosophy, Degree in a Book Arcturus, 2018
A Romp Through Philosophy for Complete Beginners, by Marianne Talbot, University of Oxford podcasts: https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/series/romp-through-philosophy-complete-beginners (prospective participants shouldn’t worry that the lectures will repeat these podcasts – if you like the style of the podcasts these lectures are for you).
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Tuition (includes tea/coffee): £70.00
Hot Lunch: £14.00
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Course Tutor & Director of Studies
Marianne Talbot took her first degree at London University, then her B.Phil at Oxford (Corpus Christi College). She has taught for the colleges of Oxford University for 30 years (1987 – 1990 at Pembroke College, 1991 – 2000 at Brasenose College). She has been Director of Studies in Philosophy at OUDCE since 2001. She is the author of Bioethics: An Introduction, and Critical Reasoning: A Romp Through the Foothills of Logic. Marianne’s podcasts have been hugely popular. Two of them have been global number one on iTunesU. One of these (The Nature of Arguments) has been downloaded 7 million times.
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