Author Archives: Marianne

About Marianne

Marianne is Director of Studies in Philosophy at Oxford University's Department for Continuing Education

Bryan Magee’s Interview Series

This month’s featured website is Bryan Magee’s series of video discussions with great philosophers on great philosophers: They might seem a little dated to modern viewers. But the great thing about history of philosophy is that it dates well: the things that these philosophers say … Continue reading

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Korsgaard’s third lecture: Legal Rights for Animals

Claim: Animals have the right to be treated only in ways that are compatible with their good. Q: Why do animals have this right? A: Because animals co-own the world with us. Like us they have the right to ‘be … Continue reading

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Korsgaard Lecture Two: The Moral Standing of Animals

Kant is usually interpreted as arguing that the duties we take ourselves to have to animals are in fact duties we have to ourselves: if we mistreat animals we brutalise ourselves – we shouldn’t do this so we shouldn’t mistreat … Continue reading

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Animals, Human Beings and Other Persons – Professor Christine Korsgaard

I was privileged this week to go to a series of lectures by the renowned Kantian philosopher, Christine Korsgaard. This was hosted brilliantly by the Oxford Martin School. Professor Korsgaard gave three lectures. Today I will give a synopsis of … Continue reading

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Possible Worlds Theory

We all think there are ways things might have been. I might now be sunning myself on a beach in Italy instead of slaving over a hot laptop. Or I might now be asleep in bed. In fact there are … Continue reading

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History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps

This month’s featured website is Professor Peter Adamson’s ‘History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps’ website. http://historyofphilosophy.net Peter Adamson is Professor of Philosophy at King’s College London (and at the LMU in Munich). His podcasts, all about 20 minutes in length … Continue reading

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The OUDCE Philosophical Society Members’ Weekend

In 2002 it seemed to me that it was such a shame that we have so many intelligent, interesting members of the OUDCE Philosophical Society, but that they never got a formal opportunity to make their views public. So I … Continue reading

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The Mind-Body Problem

This problem would be better named ‘the mind-brain problem’. It is the problem of whether the mind IS the brain, or to be more precise, the problem of whether mental states ARE neural states. The average modern person holds a … Continue reading

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Philosophy For All (PFA)

This month’s featured website is Philosophy for All. The name says it all. Their interest is getting everyone interested in philosophy (an aim I share!). They do not care how old you are, what your background is or whether you’ve … Continue reading

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The Meaning of ‘Red’ (and Wittgenstein’s Private Language Argument)

The Meaning of ‘Red’ (and Wittgenstein’s Private Language Argument).

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