EXPLORING PHILOSOPHY - Topics discussed in the past

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From 23 May 2007 to 27 May 2009 to we discussed chapters from the book Philosophy - Basic Readings edited by Nigel Warburton. The chapter titles are given in the table below.

From 10 June 2009 to 11 Nov 2009 we discussed articles by A.C.Grayling published in Prospect magazine.

TOPICS COVERED IN 2009
14 Jan 09 Augustine and Aquinas and their Effect on Society
28 Jan 09 Ch 22 Neo-Aristotelianism Rosalind Hursthouse
11 Feb 09 Ch 57 Two Paradoxes Michael Clark
25 Feb 09 Ch 25 Relativism Bernard Williams
11 Mar 09 Ch 58 Photography and Representation Roger Scruton
25 Mar 09 Ch 24 Moral Luck Thomas Nagel
8 Apr 09 Ch 32 Discrimination and Sexual Justice Janet Radcliffe Richards
22 Apr 09 Ch 33 Letter from Birmingham City Jail Martin Luther King Jr
13 May 09 Ch 59 What is Wrong with a Forgery Alfred Lessing
27 May 09 Ch 26 Desire and the Meaning of Life Simon Blackburn
10 June 09 Political Correctness
24 June 09 Is there a difference between 'moral' and'ethical'?
8 July 09 Why would anyone wish to believe that he or she is a combination of a body and a disembodied mind or soul?
9 Sept 09 The legend on Prince Harry's cap read "We do bad things to bad people." What do we think of this interesting ethical principle?
23 Sept 09 Does being happy make us good, or vice versa?
14 Oct 09 Can the past entitle us to apologies, reparations or recognition today?
28 Oct 09 If justice is relative, how has it inspired so many reform movements?
11 Nov 09 Can ethics be derived from evolution by natural selection?

TOPICS COVERED IN 2008
9 Jan 08 Ch 54 Significant Form Clive Bell
23 Jan 08 Ch 18 The Experience Machine Robert Nozick
13 Feb 08 Ch 29 Two Concepts of Liberty Isaiah Berlin
27 Feb 08 Ch 38 Of the Origin of Ideas David Hume
12 Mar 08 Ch 43 Anomaly and the Emergence of Scientific Discoveries Thomas Kuhn
9 Apr 08 Ch 49 Minds, Brains and Programs John R Searle
23 Apr 08 Ch 55 The Intentional Fallacy W.K.Wimsatt Jr & Monroe C.Beardsley
14 May 08 Ch 1 to 7 What is philosophy?
28 May 08 Ch 30 A New Map of Censorship Ronald Dworkin
11 June 08 Ch 19 Higher and Lower Pleasures John Stuart Mill
25 June 08 Ch 44 How to defend Society against Science Paul Feyerabend
9 July 08 Ch 39 Disembodied Telepresence and the Remoteness of the Real Hubert Dreyfus
23 July 08 Ch 50 What is it like to be a Bat? Thomas Nagel
10 Sep 08 Ch 56 Of the standard of taste David Hume
24 Sep 08 Ch 31 Playthings of alien forces: Karl Marx and the rejection of the market economy Jonathan Wolff
8 Oct 08 Ch 20 A critique of Utilitarianismx Bernard Williams
8 Oct 08 Ch 21 The Solzhenitsyn Principle Jonathan Glover
22 Oct 08 Ch 46 Wittgenstein and the two cultures Ray Monk
12 Nov 08 Ch 51 Where am I? Daniel C. Dennett
12 Nov 08 Ch 52 The disembodied lady Oliver Sacks
26 Nov 08 Ch 34 All animals are equal Peter Singer
10 Dec 08 Medieval Philosophy (DVD)

TOPICS COVERED IN 2007
10 Jan 07 Have we got an open society?
24 Jan 07 The ubiquity of evolution - Part 1
14 Feb 07 The ubiquity of evolution - Part 2
28 Feb 07 Reward and punishment
14 Mar 07 Personal identity
28 Mar 07 The God delusion
25 Apr 07 The God delusion (continued)
9 May 07 The devil and scripture
23 May 07 Ch 16 About ethics Singer
13 Jun 07 Ch 27 Political philosophy Wolff
27 Jun 07 Ch 35 About the things we may doubt Descartes
11 Jul 07 Ch 40 Why expect the sun to rise tomorrow? Law
11 Jul 07 Ch 41 Nature Sartre
25 Jul 07 Ch 47 'The diary' and 'The beetle in the box' Wittgenstein
26 Sep 07 Ch 53 Art and mimesis in Plato's 'Republic' Burnyeat
Burnyeat Ch 17 The categorical imperative Kant
24 Oct 07 Ch 28 Of the natural condition of mankind Hobbes
14 Nov 07 Ch 36 Descartes Williams and Magee
28 Nov 07 Ch 42 The problem of demarcation XPopper
12 Dec 07 Ch 48 Sensations and brain processes Smart

TOPICS COVERED IN 2006
12 Apr 06 Wittgenstein and Language
26 Apr 06 What is Reality?
10 May 06 Culture and Communication
24 May 06 The Meaning of Life
14 June 06 The Death Penalty
28 June 06 Moral Dilemmas
12 July 06 More Moral Dilemmas
27 Sept 06 David Hume and Adam Smith
25 Oct 06 Free Will
8 Nov 06 Rousseau
22 Nov 06 Tibetan Buddhism


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