In this post we recommend three lecture series, which can be perfect listening for long evenings over the upcoming Christmas break. Each lecture series is complete in itself and consists of a set of short ‘episodes’, ideal for listening in short bursts.
In his General Philosophy lecture series Peter Millican takes 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. If you are 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, you will find this series informative, comprehensive and accessible.
Physics and Philosophy: Arguments, Experiments and a Few Things in Between is a set of short interviews that explore some of the links between the two of the most fundamental ways with which we try to answer our questions about the world around us. The topics include among the others: the nature of space and time, the unpredictable results of quantum mechanics, and the nature of the mind and how far science can go towards explaining and understanding it.
This thought provoking but accessible lecture series on Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason looks at German Philosopher Immanuel Kant’s seminal philosophical work and discusses Kantian ideas surrounding metaphysics. Each lecture looks at particular questions raised in the work, such as how do we know what we know and how do we find out about the world, dissects these questions with reference to Kant’s work and discusses the broader philosophical implications.