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Podcast Profile: General Philosophy

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41 episodes
2010
Median: 12 minutes
Collection: Philosophy


Description (podcaster-provided):

A series of lectures delivered by Peter Millican to first-year philosophy students at the University of Oxford. The lectures comprise of the 8-week General Philosophy course, delivered to first year undergraduates. These lectures aim to provide a thorough introduction to many philosophical topics and to get students and others interested in thinking about key areas of philosophy. Taking a chronological view of the history of philosophy, each lecture is split into 3 or 4 sections which outline a particular philosophical problem and how different philosophers have attempted to resolve the issue. Individuals interested in the 'big' questions about life such as how we perceive the world, who we are in the world and whether we are free to act will find this series informative, comprehensive and accessible.


Themes and summary (AI-generated based on podcaster-provided show and episode descriptions):

➤ History of Philosophy • Key Philosophical Problems • Philosophers' Solutions • Scepticism • Knowledge and Perception • Free Will and Determinism • Personal Identity

This podcast, titled "General Philosophy," offers a comprehensive introduction to various philosophical topics through a series of lectures by Peter Millican, aimed primarily at first-year philosophy students at the University of Oxford. The lectures trace the chronological development of philosophical thought, beginning with the foundations laid in Ancient Greece and moving through significant periods like the Renaissance, the Reformation, and into the Modern Period. Key themes include understanding the nature of the universe, the development of scientific thought, and the evolution of philosophical ideas concerning knowledge, reality, and the self.

Listeners can expect to explore the impact of early philosophers such as Aristotle and Galileo on our understanding of the natural world and the subsequent philosophical skepticism introduced by Descartes. The podcast delves into the contributions of notable figures like Hobbes, Boyle, Newton, Locke, Malebranche, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant, each offering distinct perspectives on topics like empiricism, determinism, idealism, and the nature of human knowledge.

A recurring theme is the challenge of skepticism, particularly regarding the external world and knowledge. The episodes address various responses to this skepticism, including modern scientific perspectives and philosophical debates about perception and reality. The series also explores Cartesian Dualism and its modern critiques, investigating the enduring mind-body problem and the nature of personal identity.

Themes of free will and moral responsibility are examined through the lens of historical and contemporary philosophical arguments, highlighting the concepts of freedom and determinism and their implications for human agency. The exploration of personal identity considers historical viewpoints, notably those of John Locke, and critiques his theories, posing questions about memory, consciousness, and the self.

Overall, this podcast provides an in-depth survey of fundamental philosophical questions and the various methods and theories philosophers have developed to address these issues, making it informative for anyone interested in the history and development of philosophical thought.


Episodes:
1.1 An Introduction to General Philosophy
2010-Feb-19
5 minutes
1.2 The Background of Early Modern Philosophy
2010-Feb-19
15 minutes
1.3 Science from Aristotle to Galileo
2010-Feb-19
18 minutes
1.4 From Galileo to Descartes
2010-Feb-19
10 minutes
General Philosophy Lecture 1 (Slides)
2010-Feb-19

2.1 Recap of General Philosophy Lecture 1
2010-Mar-16
5 minutes
2.2 Thomas Hobbes: The Monster of Malmesbury
2010-Mar-16
11 minutes
2.3 Robert Boyle and Isaac Newton
2010-Mar-16
13 minutes
2.4 John Locke
2010-Mar-16
12 minutes
2.5 Nicolas Malebranche and George Berkeley
2010-Mar-16
9 minutes
2.6 David Hume
2010-Mar-16
12 minutes
2.7 Overview: Kant and Modern Science
2010-Apr-08
17 minutes
General Philosophy Lecture 2 (Slides)
2010-Apr-08

3.1 Hume's Argument Concerning Induction
2010-Apr-08
12 minutes
3.2 Responses to Hume's Famous Argument
2010-Apr-08
9 minutes
General Philosophy Lecture 3 (Slides)
2010-Apr-08

4.1 Scepticism about the External World
2010-Apr-08
9 minutes
4.2 Possible Answers to External World Scepticism
2010-Apr-08
9 minutes
4.3 Cartesian Dualism
2010-Apr-08
14 minutes
4.4 The Mind-Body Problem
2010-Apr-08
18 minutes
General Philosophy Lecture 4 (Slides)
2010-Apr-08

5.1 Introduction to Knowledge
2010-Nov-29
10 minutes
5.2 The Traditional Analysis of Knowledge
2010-Nov-29
16 minutes
5.3 Gettier and Other Complications
2010-Nov-29
14 minutes
5.4 Scepticism, Externalism and the Ethics of Belief
2010-Nov-29
12 minutes
General Philosophy Lecture 5 (Slides)
2010-Nov-29

6.1 Introduction to Primary and Secondary Qualities
2010-Nov-30
14 minutes
6.2 Problems with Resemblance
2010-Nov-30
10 minutes
6.3 Abstraction and Idealism
2010-Nov-30
10 minutes
6.4 Making Sense of Perception
2010-Nov-30
16 minutes
General Philosophy Lecture 6 (Slides)
2010-Nov-30

7.1 Free Will, Determinism and Choice
2010-Dec-01
18 minutes
7.2 Different Concepts of Freedom
2010-Dec-01
14 minutes
7.3 Hume on Liberty and Necessity
2010-Dec-01
10 minutes
7.4 Making Sense of Free Will and Moral Responsibility
2010-Dec-01
9 minutes
General Philosophy Lecture 7 (Slides)
2010-Dec-01

8.1 Introduction to Personal Identity
2010-Dec-01
8 minutes
8.2 John Locke on Personal Identity
2010-Dec-01
15 minutes
8.3 Problems for Locke's View of Personal Identity
2010-Dec-01
9 minutes
8.4 Persons, Humans and Brains
2010-Dec-01
10 minutes
General Philosophy Lecture 8 (Slides)
2010-Dec-01