Philosophical Problems

Philosophical Problems

Jack Reynolds and Andrew Brennan

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In this subject we examine some of the central problems that have captivated philosophers throughout millennia, as well as those that scientific advances and cultural changes have only recently brought to our attention. These might include: where did the universe come from? Might a machine think? Is time travel possible? Is it morally acceptable to eat meat, or to design children genetically? Does the world suggest the existence of a designer, a God? Students will focus on examining the merits of the various arguments on these issues, dealing with each philosophical problem for a week. Students will be introduced to most of the major philosophical areas, including epistemology (what can we know?), metaphysics (what is the nature of reality?), ethics, personal identity, and philosophy of mind.
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In this subject we examine some of the central problems that have captivated philosophers throughout millennia, as well as those that scientific advances and cultural changes have only recently brought to our attention. These might include: where did the universe come from? Might a machine think? Is time travel possible? Is it morally acceptable to eat meat, or to design children genetically? Does the world suggest the existence of a designer, a God? Students will focus on examining the merits of the various arguments on these issues, dealing with each philosophical problem for a week. Students will be introduced to most of the major philosophical areas, including epistemology (what can we know?), metaphysics (what is the nature of reality?), ethics, personal identity, and philosophy of mind.
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Free Will II

22 May 2013 | 50 mins 47 secs

Free Will II

22 May 2013 | 50 mins 47 secs

Free Will I

20 May 2013 | 50 mins 53 secs

Free Will I

20 May 2013 | 50 mins 53 secs

Artificial Intelligence I...

14 May 2013 | 45 mins 09 secs

Artificial Intellige...

14 May 2013 | 45 mins 09 secs

Artificial Intelligence I

09 May 2013 | 43 mins 09 secs

Artificial Intellige...

09 May 2013 | 43 mins 09 secs

The Consciousness Conundr...

07 May 2013 | 50 mins 01 sec

The Consciousness Co...

07 May 2013 | 50 mins 01 sec

The Consciousness Conundr...

06 May 2013 | 49 mins 41 secs

The Consciousness Co...

06 May 2013 | 49 mins 41 secs

Other Minds

30 Apr 2013 | 48 mins 46 secs

Other Minds

30 Apr 2013 | 48 mins 46 secs

The Problem of Induction

23 Apr 2013 | 51 mins 32 secs

The Problem of Induc...

23 Apr 2013 | 51 mins 32 secs

Brain-snatched II

18 Apr 2013 | 51 mins 54 secs

Brain-snatched II

18 Apr 2013 | 51 mins 54 secs

Brain-snatched I

16 Apr 2013 | 49 mins 22 secs

Brain-snatched I

16 Apr 2013 | 49 mins 22 secs

Creationism and Science I...

11 Apr 2013 | 47 mins 34 secs

Creationism and Scie...

11 Apr 2013 | 47 mins 34 secs

Creationism and Science

09 Apr 2013 | 47 mins 19 secs

Creationism and Scie...

09 Apr 2013 | 47 mins 19 secs

Philosophy Essay Writing

28 Mar 2013 | 38 mins 02 secs

Philosophy Essay Wri...

28 Mar 2013 | 38 mins 02 secs

Self Identity, Part II

20 Mar 2013 | 42 mins 22 secs

Self Identity, Part ...

20 Mar 2013 | 42 mins 22 secs

Self Identity, Part I

20 Mar 2013 | 44 mins 59 secs

Self Identity, Part ...

20 Mar 2013 | 44 mins 59 secs