Listen to our Philosophy podcasts on podcasts.ox.ac.uk

These podcasts and many others can also be found on The University of Oxford on iTunes U


Thinking Out Loud 

Video interviews by Katrien Devolder with leading philosophers from around the world on topics that concern us all. To watch please click here.

The John Locke Lectures 

The John Locke Lectures are among the world's most distinguished lecture series in philosophy. You can listen to Professor John Cooper's 2011 series entitled 'Ancient Greek Philosophies as a Way of Life', Professor David Chalmers's 2010 series entitled 'Constructing the World', Professor Thomas Scanlon's 2009 series entitled 'Being Realistic about Reasons', Professor Hartry Field's 2008 lecture series entitled 'Logic, Normativity, and Rational Revisability' and Professor Robert Stalnaker's 2007 lectures series entitled 'Our knowledge of the internal world' here.

Interviews with Philosophers

Podcast interviews with members of the Faculty of Philosophy giving their own insight into Philosophy at Oxford.

Philosophy for Beginners 

This series of five introductory lectures, aimed at students new to philosophy, presented by Marianne Talbot, Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford, will test you on some famous thought experiments and introduce you to some central philosophical issues and to the thoughts of some key philosophers. The first lecture, A Romp Through the History of Philosophy, was global number one on iTunes U.

Critical Reasoning for Beginners 

In this six-week course delivered by Marianne Talbot, another global number one and now downloaded over 2 million times, you will learn all about arguments, how to identify and evaluate them, and how not to mistake bad arguments for good.

Kant's Critique of Pure Reason 

Lecture series examining Kant's Critique of Pure Reason given by Professor Dan Robinson. It remains a matter of controversy as to just what the central project of the Critique is, but surely one objective is to establish the character and range of objective knowledge in light of the limits of sense and reason. Lectures are intended to clarify the major claims advanced by Kant in this connection, and to test the arguments he adduces in their support.

General Philosophy

A series of lectures delivered by Peter Millican to first-year philosophy students at the University of Oxford. The lectures comprise the 8-week General Philosophy course and were delivered in late 2009. 

Power Structuralism in Ancient Ontologies 

A series of invited talks on the metaphysics of powers, as part of the Power Structuralism in Ancient Ontologies project, directed by Anna Marmodoro. Speakers examine problems related to: properties, relations, composition, structure, and more generally how to conceptualise what powers are and how they can be put to work in ontology.

The Metaphysics of Entanglement 

A series of invited talks on metaphysics, with special emphasis on quantum mechanics, powers, and the metaphysics of God, as part of The Metaphysics of Entanglement project, directed by Anna Marmodoro. Topics include fundamentality and realism, the relation between classical and quantum physics, and the nature of powers and dispositions.

Nietzsche on Mind and Nature

Keynote speeches and special session given at the international conference 'Nietzsche on Mind and Nature', held at St. Peter's College, Oxford, 11-13 September 2009, organized by the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford.

Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art 

Lecture series on Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art delivered by James Grant. The first part of the series focuses on some of the most important writings on art and beauty in the Western philosophical tradition, covering Plato, Aristotle, David Hume, and Immanuel Kant. The second part of the series focuses on questions about understanding works of art and about the nature of art. This part examines the interpretation of literature, the expression of emotion in music, and the definition of art. James Grant has written a book on Aesthetics entitled The Critical Imagination. It is published by Oxford University Press.

Philosophy of Religion

This series of eight lectures delivered by Dr T. J. Mawson at the University of Oxford in Hilary Term 2011, introduces the main philosophical arguments pertaining to the Western monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

The Ups and Downs of Co-Production

This short film stems from the Faculty’s research project Therapeutic Conflicts: Co-Producing Meaning in Mental Health.

The Mental Health Foundation partnered with the Oxford University Faculty of Philosophy back in 2012-13 to run a series of interdisciplinary workshops exploring points of intersection between mental illness, psychiatry and philosophy. Covering a range of topics including, ‘Personality Disorders and Character’,The Virtues of Ageing - Mental Health and Later Life’ and Hallucination and Delusion’, the workshops sparked a huge range of ideas and everyone agreed that a more sustained collaboration would be worthwhile. This collaboration was Therapeutic Conflicts: Co-Producing Meaning in Mental Health.

Bio-Ethics Bites 

A series of 10 interviews with leading influential thinkers on bio-ethics, titled ‘Bio-Ethics Bites’. This series of interviews represents various ethical perspectives tackling controversial subjects arising out of recent scientific advances.

Practical Ethics Bites 

Practical Ethics Bites is a series of audio podcasts on practical ethics targeted specifically at pupils studying philosophy or religious studies at A level in UK schools.

Other podcasts 

A talk by Derek Parfit on effective altruism, given at the Oxford Union. (Hosted on YouTube)