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What Is Philosophy?
What is Philosophy? combines two classic models -- Plato's Parable of the Cave and the character of Socrates -- with contemporary philosophers' commentary on the subject.
What Is Human Nature?
What is Human Nature? contrasts traditional Greek and Judeo-Christian views of human nature with post-Darwinian and existential views.
Is There An Enduring Self?
Is Mind Distinct From Body? examines how Descartes' dualistic view has been subject to waves of attacks from materialism, including present exponents of artificial intelligence and neuroscience. The program features…
Is Mind Distinct from Body?
Is There an Enduring Self? weaves the reflections of an expectant mother with inquiries from philosophers from Socrates to the present asking whether a person has an enduring self.
Are We Social Beings?
Are We Social Beings? looks at the relationship between personality and sociocultural context, and contrasts atomistic and situational views of the self, represented by Descartes and Hegel and using the…
What Is Real?
What is Real? explores the conflict between Thomas Hobbes' materialism and George Berkeley's idealism, and the 20th Century conflict between realists and antirealists. Philosophers include John Searle, Hilary Putnam, and…
How Do We Encounter The World?
How Do We Encounter the World? examines the views of Husserl, Heidegger, and others in which reality is a phenomenon of consciousness.
Do We Have Free Will?
Do We Have Free Will? asks if our lives are determined, or if we freely choose among alternatives. Ancient philosophers believed us to be free moral beings, but how do…
Is Time Real?
Is Time Real? questions whether time is something measured only by clocks and calendars or something that exists as an entity in its own right. The program explores theories of…
Does God Exist?
Does God Exist? delves into how philosophers have probed the universe for evidence of God's existence. How did the world begin? Is there a reason for its order and design?…
Can We Know God Through Experience?
Can We Know God Through Experience? considers whether certain mystical experiences are indications of the existence of a Divine Being. What kind of evidence is necessary for religious belief?
Is Reason The Source Of Knowledge?
Is Reason the Source of Knowledge? presents the rationalism of Descartes and Leibnitz, the roots of rationalism in Plato and geometry, and the continuing debate over whether the mind alone…
Does Knowledge Depend On Experience?
Does Knowledge Depend on Experience? focuses on the 17th and 18th Century empiricism of John Locke, George Berkeley and David Hume, and the 20th Century empiricism and naturalism of W.V.O.…
Does The Mind Shape The World?
Does the Mind Shape the World? examines Immanuel Kant's position that we interpret the world through a priori constructs of the mind, as well as later philosophers' views of how…
How Does Science Add To Knowledge?
How Does Science Add to Knowledge? highlights the classic, Baconian inductivist view that grew out of the Scientific Revolution and challenges to that view posed by Karl Popper and Thomas…
Does Science Give Us Truth?
Does Science Give Us Truth? looks at correspondence, coherence, and pragmatist theories of truth, and discusses how conflicts have carried over into realist vs. antirealist views of science, including the…
Are Interpretations True?
Are Interpretations True? asks how it is possible for us to interpret and understand each other. Is there a true or correct way of interpreting the meaning of what people…
Is Morality Relative?
Is Morality Relative? discusses whether all morality is culturally determined, or whether some moral values are valid for all cultures. Harman, Wong, and Rachels explore the claims of relativism. The…
Does The End Justify The Means?
Does the End Justify the Means? looks at utilitarianism against the backdrop of a construction project with environmental import and asks what is intrinsically valuable.
What Justifies The State?
What Justifies the State? asks whether the state is merely an artificial arrangement we construct to make life better, as social contact theorists claim, or whether it's a natural organism…
What Is Justice?
What is Justice? explores questions about distributive justice, both from a national and global perspective, and examines the views of Aristotle, Marx, Rawls and Nozick.
What Is Art?
What is Art? looks at several views on the nature of art, and asks how these have been affected by changes in artistic styles and techniques. Danto, Duchamp, Lyotard and…
What Is The Meaning Of Life?
What is the Meaning of Life? evaluates how the meaning and purpose of life have been viewed in light of religion, culture and history, as well as from an individual…
Is Ethics Based on Virtue?
Is Ethics Based on Virtue? explores Aristotle's and other ancient views of virtue and the good life, as well as contemporary virtue ethics with its focus on emotions, personal relationships,…
Can Rules Define Morality?
Can Rules Define Morality? addresses formalist theories of ethics, particularly that of Immanuel Kant, and explores the implications of his views in relation to ethical issues.
Moral Dilemmas…Can Ethics Help?
The parents and medical staff caring for a premature baby struggling for life are faced with the decision of whether or not to continue treatment. Philosopher Immanuel Kant, whose ideas…

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The Big Questions of Philosophy
We have all pondered seemingly unanswerably but significant questions about our existence - the biggest of all being, "Why are we here?" Philosophy has developed over millennia to help us grapple with these essential intangibles. There is no better way to study the big questions in philosophy than to compare…
How Does the Brain Produce the Mind?
The next three lectures address the big question: What is the nature of the mind? Start with the celebrated "hard problem" of consciousness: How does the brain produce the mind? Investigate two possible answers and explore why many philosophers consider both to be problematic.
What Justifies a Government?
Does government arise naturally from a state of anarchy? Does this fact morally justify it? Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and Jean Jacques Rousseau thought so. However, each of these philosophers saw different factors driving individuals to enter into the social contract. Compare their views.
Moral Dilemmas…Can Ethics Help?
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The parents and medical staff caring for a premature baby struggling for life are faced with the decision of whether or not to continue treatment. Philosopher Immanuel Kant, whose ideas have influenced modern medical ethics, would answer such a question by focusing on human dignity and the chance for the…
Does God Exist?
Part of the Series: Examined Life Series
Does God Exist? delves into how philosophers have probed the universe for evidence of God's existence. How did the world begin? Is there a reason for its order and design? And, can we reconcile the existence of God with the existence of evil?
What Is Real?
Part of the Series: Examined Life Series
What is Real? explores the conflict between Thomas Hobbes' materialism and George Berkeley's idealism, and the 20th Century conflict between realists and antirealists. Philosophers include John Searle, Hilary Putnam, and Richard Rorty.
What Is Philosophy?
Part of the Series: Examined Life Series
What is Philosophy? combines two classic models -- Plato's Parable of the Cave and the character of Socrates -- with contemporary philosophers' commentary on the subject.
Does The Mind Shape The World?
Part of the Series: Examined Life Series
Does the Mind Shape the World? examines Immanuel Kant's position that we interpret the world through a priori constructs of the mind, as well as later philosophers' views of how these constructs may vary among languages and cultures.
What Makes a Society Fair or Just?
Enter the fray with philosophers John Rawls and Robert Nozick, who reached different conclusions about what would constitute a just society. Begin with a thought experiment based on Christopher Nolan's movie Interstellar, pondering how you might start civilization from scratch in the fairest possible way.
Suicide Examined
In the last half-century, suicide rates have increased nearly 60% worldwide. This is your opportunity to investigate ways to think about this stigmatized subject. You'll examine what great philosophers and holy books say about suicide, and consider the numerous factors that sometimes compel people to take their own lives.
Do We Have Free Will?
Part of the Series: Examined Life Series
Do We Have Free Will? asks if our lives are determined, or if we freely choose among alternatives. Ancient philosophers believed us to be free moral beings, but how do we define our options in a world governed by the laws of physics?
Examined Life - A Look at Contemporary Philosophy
This intellectual documentary takes philosophy out of the darkened corners of academia and into the hustle and bustle of the everyday, a visual reminder that great ideas are born through profound engagement with the world around us. EXAMINED LIFE interweaves fascinating "walks" with philosophers through places that hold special resonance…