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Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason as audiobook http://librivox.org/the-critique-of-pure-reason-by-immanuel-kant/


You might find this 1970s programme about Wittgenstein useful. They don’t make them like this any more, but perhaps they should. You can find parts 2, 3, 4 and 5 on YouTube.


Zombies

14Mar08

We normally think of zombies as flesh-eating soulless automations animated by evil forces or radioactive waste. In philosophy of mind, ‘zombies’ are hypothetical creatures that share all the physical characteristics of human beings – including behaviour – but are entirely devoid of consciousness. This can even extend to sharing neurological and biochemical structures. Zombies are […]


One of the primary representatives of this kind of skepticism about the external world was René Descartes, who is often regarded as the first modern philosopher for his break with the scholastic, medieval tradition that preceded him. Descartes was a mathematician, and wanted to find a basis for truth that was as reliable as the […]


Nietzsche gives his account of the origins of our moral prejudices in Zur Genealogie der Moral (‘On the Genealogy of Morals’).  You can find the whole text online at:  http://www.mala.bc.ca/~johnstoi/Nietzsche/genealogytofc.htm  


The Open University has recently begun a series of podcasts on applied ethics, with discussion from leading philosophers including Peter Singer, Michael Sandel, Thomas Scanlon, Mary Warnock, and Roger Scruton. You can subscribe at http://www.open2.net/ethicsbites/index.html.


This article from the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy shows how skepticism continues to be of relevance in modern philosophy.


Keith DeRose offers a useful introduction to responses to skepticism at:  http://pantheon.yale.edu/~kd47/responding.htm.


Here’s a few facts about the scale of world poverty. You can find references here at http://www.globalissues.org. You should also check out the information on AIDS, Pneumonia, Diarrhoea, Tuberclulosis, Malaria and Measles at http://www.poverty.com/. 27–30,000 children die every day because of malnutrition, dehydration or easily preventable illnesses. This is equivalent to 10-11 million per year. […]


Peter Singer expands on his analogy of the drowning child in this article at New Internationalist (April, 1997).


You can find Mark Goldblatt’s article on the abortion debate for Philosophy Now magazine here.


‘The Silent Scream’ (1984) is an influential film about abortion that has been used by pro-life campaigners to argue that the unborn child experiences pain even when abortions are performed during the legal time limit. It describes the termination process in great detail and shows an abortion taking place in ultrasound. The film was produced […]


Lawrence Hinman’s ‘Ethics Updates’ site at http://ethics.sandiego.edu/index.asp contains many useful resources on a wide range of different normative theories and their application in different areas. There are Powerpoint presentations, video discussions and links to other resources.


Some people undoubtedly found reading Hume’s essay on suicide a little difficult to absorb on a first reading. Given the complexity of his argument and his slightly old-fashioned way of expressing himself, this should not come as much of a suprise. However, it is important to bear in mind that good philosophical writing aspires to […]


The encyclopedia entry at the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy contains a useful summary of some deontological, religious, utilitarian and libertarian arguments about suicide. http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/suicide/


There are a number of philosophical resources dealing with the ethical problems posed by suicide at http://comp.uark.edu/~mpianal/suicide.htm.