A collection of audio lectures and programmes that provide a convenient – if  not thorough – route into some important philosophical texts and significant thinkers.

BBC Radio 4 – In Our Time

Melvyn Bragg introduces programmes on various matters philosophical.  Of particular relevance to the ethics part of the course are:

Duty – concepts of obligation.

Virtue – is it derived from reason?

Relativism – the battle against transcendent knowledge

John Stuart Mill – one of the most influential philosophers of the 19th Century

Freedom – a principle worth fighting and dying for?

Altruism – how can evolutionary biology explain it?

Human Nature – innate or nurtured?    

You may also be interested in some of the other programmes that are available…

Socrates – the man and the myth

Common Sense Philosophy – “There is no statement so absurd that no philosopher will make it”

Ockham’s Razor – cutting medieval philosophy down to size

Spinoza – believed that God and Nature were the same thing

Karl Popper – his ideas challenged our approach to the philosophy of science

Anarchism – a question of authority?

Averroes – the battle between faith and reason

Friendship – thinking philosophically about our close companions

Heroism – do we live in an heroic age?

Wittgenstein – a philosophy of linguistics

Imagination – just what is it?

The Soul – the key to our individuality as humans?

The Examined Life – is an unexamined life worth living?

Episteme Links

This site links to a number of lectures and programmes that are available to watch online for free.  Of particular interest are likely to be the categories of Applied Ethics, Epistemology, Critical Thinking and Reasoning and Ethical Theory.

Learn Out Loud

You can listen to some classic philosophical texts by Kant, Nietzsche, Plato, Aristotle, Marx and others for free at


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