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A series of lectures delivered by Peter Millican to first-year philosophy students at University of Oxford. The lectures comprise of the 8-week General Philosophy course, delivered to first year undergraduates. These lectures aim to provide a thorough introduction to many topics and to get students and others interested in thinking about key areas of philosophy and taking a chronological view of the history of philosophy.


This course does not involve any written exams. Students need to answer 5 assignment questions to complete the course, the answers will be in the form of written work in pdf or word. Students can write the answers in their own time. Each answer needs to be 200 words (1 Page). Once the answers are submitted, the tutor will check and assess the work.


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Course Credit: University of Oxford

Course Curriculum

1.1 An Introduction to General Philosophy 00:05:00
1.2 The Background of Early Modern Philosophy 00:16:00
1.3 Science from Aristotle to Galileo 00:18:00
1.4 From Galileo to Descartes 00:11:00
2.1 Recap of General Philosophy Lecture 1 00:06:00
2.2 Thomas Hobbes: The Monster of Malmesbury 00:11:00
2.3 Robert Boyle and Isaac Newton 00:14:00
2.4 John Locke 00:12:00
2.5 Nicolas Malebranche and George Berkeley 00:09:00
2.6 David Hume 00:13:00
2.7 Overview: Kant and Modern Science 00:17:00
3.1 Hume’s Argument Concerning Induction 00:13:00
3.2 Responses to Hume’s Famous Argument 00:10:00
4.1 Scepticism about the External World 00:09:00
4.2 Possible Answers to External World Scepticism 00:09:00
4.3 Cartesian Dualism 00:14:00
4.4 The Mind-Body Problem 00:18:00
5.1 Introduction to Knowledge 00:10:00
5.2 The Traditional Analysis of Knowledge 00:16:00
5.3 Gettier and Other Complications 00:15:00
5.4 Scepticism, Externalism and the Ethics of Belief 00:12:00
6.1 Introduction to Primary and Secondary Qualities 00:14:00
6.2 Problems with Resemblance 00:11:00
6.3 Abstraction and Idealism 00:10:00
6.4 Making Sense of Perception 00:16:00
7.1 Free Will, Determinism and Choice 00:19:00
7.2 Different Concepts of Freedom 00:14:00
7.3 Hume on Liberty and Necessity 00:10:00
7.4 Making Sense of Free Will and Moral Responsibility 00:10:00
8.1 Introduction to Personal Identity 00:09:00
8.2 John Locke on Personal Identity 00:15:00
8.3 Problems for Locke’s View of Personal Identity 00:10:00
8.4 Persons, Humans and Brains 00:11:00
Submit Your Assignment 00:00:00
Certification 00:00:00
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    Peter Millican is now my thought uncle. This course demonstrates that the mind, in order to expand and become more agile, healthy and open, requires to be exercised. I now know how to look at simple every day circumstances from different obvious critical angles in order to analyse them for more in-depth understanding including being able to accommodate other people’s points of view. I now am at least beginning to know how to think up thought experiments etc. A humbling experience. What a privilege!

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