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Philosophy: Podcasts and Video Lessons

Why Podcasts and Videos?

New to philosophy? Want to explore topics you haven't yet covered in your philosophy courses? Want to deepen your understanding of philosophical issues? Podcasts and short video lessons are useful resources for beginners and experts alike. For help with working through philosophical problems, Wireless Philosophy videos are designed to teach you how to do philosophy. And podcasts provide the listener with ample examples of how to engage charitably with others on philosophical issues about which there may be considerable divergence and disagreement.

Podcasts

Hi-Phi Nation

Written, edited, and produced by philosopher Barry Lam, Hi-Phi Nation begins with a story, and seeks to extract big ideas, unquestioned assumptions, and unexamined conflicts in those stories. Episodes then explore those ideas, assumptions, and conflicts with philosophers and other scholars. Hi-Phi Nation is a show about philosophy that turns stories into ideas.

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Philosophy Bites

Philosophers David Edmonds and Nigel Warburton provide bite-size interviews with leading philosophers on a range of topics, including aesthetics, ethics and applied ethics, political philosophy, history of philosophy and its major figures, and many more.

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History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps

Philosopher Peter Adamson takes listeners through the history of Western philosophy "without any gaps." Beginning with the earliest ancient thinkers, the series looks at the ideas and lives of the major philosophers as well as the lesser-known figures of the tradition.

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Very Bad Wizards

Featuring a philosopher (Tamler Sommers) and a psychologist (David Pizarro), who share a love for ethics, pop culture, and cognitive science, and who have a marked inability to distinguish sacred from profane. Each podcast includes discussions of moral philosophy, recent work on moral psychology and neuroscience, and the overlap between the two.

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In Our Time: Philosophy

From Altruism to Wittgenstein, BBC Radio 4 presents In Our Time: Philosophy, with episodes on topics and persons throughout the history of philosophy.

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Video Lessons

Wireless Philosophy

Wi-Phi provides animated video lessons presented by philosophers on a variety of areas and topics. This free resource covers categories such as critical thinking, epistemology, ethics, linguistics, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and political philosophy.   ► Play videos.

 
Wi-Phi's mission is to introduce people to the practice of philosophy by making videos that are freely available in a form that is entertaining, interesting and accessible to people with no background in the subject.

Since our aim is for people to learn how to do philosophy rather than for them to simply learn what philosophers have thought, we see it as equally important to develop the critical thinking skills that are core to the methodology of philosophy.