I wanted to take this opportunity to briefly introduce you to the wealth of academic materials found in iTunesU. In case you missed it, for the past few years now, Apple and iTunes have been making class content from some of the world’s best universities available for free. As we make our way through dense philosophical content in a seminar manner, participants in #Philosophy12 may find many of these topics and courses helpful in building a broader knowledge base for themselves and their classmates.
As we are setting out in our study of Metaphysics this week, you may find the lecture from Oxford’s Philosophy for Beginners, “Metaphysics and Epistemology,” helpful in learning some of the topic’s basic principles and vocabulary.
Also potentially of interest:
- General Philosophy at Oxford – A series of lectures delivered by Peter Millican to first-year philosophy students at the University of Oxford. The lectures comprise the 8-week General Philosophy course and were delivered in late 2009.
- Philosophy & the Human Situation at the Open University – Philosophy and philosophical enquiries are relevant in some shape or form to many aspects of everyday life, for example our treatment of the environment, the rapidity of today’s technological progress, whether animals should have rights and if so how they should compare to ours. Philosophy also encompasses questions about the existence of God, how life is sustained on earth, and even at what point should the Government intrude on a person’s freedom. This album introduces the study of philosophy and the human situation, and contains talks and debates from leading philosophical thinkers and teachers, past and present. This material forms part of The Open University course A211 Philosophy and the human situation.