Philosophical Approaches

Philosophy is the search for answers to fundamental questions about the meaning of life. It gives us a common platform of logic from which to discuss, interact, and think about our world every single day, allowing us to come up with reasoned answers to the foundational questions about why we exist—and how we know we exist—independent of traditional religious traditions. Philosophical approaches give us structured ways of thinking about the truths that underlie our knowledge and existence as humans.


Metaethics: Crash Course Philosophy #32

We begin our unit on ethics with a look at metaethics. Hank explains three forms of moral realism – moral absolutism, and cultural relativism, including the difference between descriptive and normative cultural relativism – and moral subjectivism, which is a form of moral antirealism.


Plato and Aristotle (Introduction to Greek Philosophy)

Tom Richey provides students with an introduction to Greek philosophy, contrasting Plato's idealism with Aristotle's realism and comparing the basic premise of Plato's Republic with Aristotle's Politics.


Introduction to Epistemology

This lecture introduces epistemology, explains the questions such a field investigates, look what it means to obtain knowledge, and why the need for such a field arose in the first place.


Philosophy – Epistemology: The Will to Believe

Thomas Donaldson (Stanford University) asks whether it is moral to believe something even when you have no evidence that it is true. He discusses a classic debate on that subject, between philosophers William James and William Clifford.


Bertrand Russell: Message to Future Generations

In 1959, Bertrand Russell, the Nobel Prize-winning philosopher, mathematician and peace activist was just short of his 87th birthday, when he gave wide-ranging interviews to the BBC and the CBC.


Why Study Simone Weil with Philip Goodchild

Prof. Philip Goodchild introduces the thought of Simone Weil (1909-1943) who has been described as a philosopher, a religious thinker, a mystic, and linked with any number of philosophers from Plato to Marx.


The Living Philosophy of Simone Weil

Albert Camus called the philosopher Simone Weil “the only great spirit of our times.” T.S. Eliot said she was the greatest saint of the 20th century. Charles de Gaulle said she was insane.


Plato, Aristotle, and Stoicism

This is Lecture 4 in the course 'Church History: Early and Medieval'.


BKS Iyengar's Unique Revelations…

Yogacharya BKS Iyengar's last interview excerpts. He talks on historical journey of Yoga, his life experiences, why Yoga was lost to common man and how it was revived, the importance of Asana, Pranayama and his unique contribution & message etc.


Can Dualism Explain Consciousness?

Dualism claims reality has two parts, a physical and a nonphysical (mental or spiritual), both equally real. Dualism is believed by most people but rejected by most philosophers and scientists. Featuring interviews with Yujin Nagasawa, Richard Swinburne, Jaron Lanier, Bede Rundle, and Peter Forrest.