2010 to 2012
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|2012-Nov-02 • 56 minutes
Professor Huw Price Inaugural Lecture
Huw Price gives his inaugural lecture as Bertrand Russell Professor of Philosophy: Bertrand Russell’s celebrated essay “On the Notion of Cause” was first delivered to the Aristotelian Society on 4 November 1912, as Russell’s Presidential Address. The piece is best known for a passage in which its author deftly positions himself between the traditional metaphysics of causation and the British crown, firing broadsides in both directions: “The law of causality”, Russell declares, “Like much that passes muster ...
|2011-Dec-01 • 48 minutes
Professor John Marenbon Inaugural lecture: When was Medieval Philosophy?
Professor John Marenbon Inaugural lecture: When was Medieval Philosophy? Recorded 30 November 2011.
|2010-Dec-02 • 49 minutes
What is Distinctive About Human Thought?
Descartes famously argued that animals were mere machines, without thought or consciousness. Few would now share this view. But if other animals have conscious lives, what are they like, how do they differ from ours, and how would we ever know anything about them? This lecture will address this question by looking at the kinds of thoughts we might share with animals, and looking at philosophical and empirical arguments for how our thoughts might differ from theirs.