A distinguished LSE panel discuss the life and work of the Harvard philosopher Hilary Putnam. The panel includes Julian Baggini, Professor Jesper Kallestrup, Professor Chris Norris, Dr Sarah Sawyer, and Dr Peter Dennis as chair. Hilary Putnam was an American philosopher, mathematician, and computer scientist. He made important contributions to philosophy of science, mathematics, epistemology, […]

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Chalmers here discusses how he came to philosophy and his interest in the nature of consciousness and the so-called “hard problem”. He also discusses artificial intelligence, the nature of the universe, free will, personal identity, mind-uploading, and the nature of philosophy itself. This is from the Moscow Center for Consciousness Studies : http://hardproblem.ru/lang-pref/en/about/ They also […]

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Patricia Blanchette discusses Logicism and the work of Gottlob Frege. Logicism is a school of thought in the philosophy of mathematics which tries to reduce mathematics to logic. Gottlob Frege was a 18th-19th century German philosopher and mathematician who made important contributions to the fields of logic, philosophy of language, and philosophy of mathematics. This […]

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Bryan Magee and Anthony Quinton discuss the work of Ludwig Wittgenstein. This interview is from a 1978 BBC program. Subtitles/transcript are available.

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Pontius Pilate famously asked: what is truth? In the twentieth century, the nature of truth became a subject of particular interest to philosophers, but they preferred to ask a slightly different question: what does it mean to say of any particular statement that it is true? What is the difference between these two questions, and […]

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Ludwig Wittgenstein is a philosopher’s philosopher: he had much to say about how philosophy should be done. Peter Hacker explains Wittgenstein’s metaphilosophical views, talks about the mind, and expresses his pessimism about contemporary philosophy. Peter Hacker is a Wittgenstein expert, and an Emeritus Research Fellow at St. John’s College, Oxford. This is from an episode […]

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What was happening in philosophy in 1905? In this talk, Ray Monk seeks to answer that question by picking out some of the most influential works of philosophy that were published in or shortly before that year, describing both those works themselves and their intellectual context. The works discussed include Bertrand Russell’s On Denoting, Gottlob […]

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A good introduction to the philosophy of mathematics by Ray Monk. He considers the issue of the nature of mathematical truth, what mathematics is actually about, and discusses the views of Plato, Aristotle, Immanuel Kant, Frege and Bertrand Russell… What are numbers? What is mathematics even about? Is it something discovered or is it something […]

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Professor H. H. Price distinguishes between the causes of belief and the reasons for belief. He then discusses some of the difficulties and complications which arise. H. H. Price was a British philosopher who worked mainly on the philosophy of perception and epistemology. This talk was given in 1963 as part of the Howison lecture […]

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Chances are that at this very moment, you are either looking at a computer screen or holding a digital device. Our computers and these other devices are constructed out of materials that have their origins in lands across the globe. And oil plays a central and early role in the causal story of how we […]

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