• Metaphysics, life and death - Duration: 14 minutes.

    • 7 months ago
    This is the first of what I hope will be series of videos based on my blog Metaphysical Journal at https://metaphysicaljournal.blogspot.com which I began in April 2017, a couple of months after my ...
  • Between Pirsig and Gulliver - Duration: 19 minutes.

    • 1 year ago
    In this video I read out a chapter from my new Amazon book 'Philosophizer' and also mention my blog Glass House Philosopher http://sophist.co.uk/glasshouse/ -- As always, comments welcome!
  • Philosophizer know thyself - Duration: 11 minutes.

    • 2 years ago
    In this video I look at the fifth chapter of my book 'Philosophizer'. Can there be such a thing as knowledge of ultimate reality? How does one distinguish what appears to be knowledge gained throug...
  • Metaphysics and contingency - Duration: 16 minutes.

    • 2 years ago
    Einstein objected to the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics that 'God does not play dice with the universe'. In a similar way the sheer contingency of existence -- the world being the w...
  • The deep mystery of things - Duration: 13 minutes.

    • 2 years ago
    This is the second video based on my forthcoming book 'Philosophizer'. There's more information at http://philosophizer.co.uk where you can download a Preview consisting of the first seven chapters...
  • Philosophers and sophists - Duration: 14 minutes.

    • 2 years ago
    This is the first of a series of videos based on chapters from my forthcoming book 'Philosophizer'. I am planning to publish the book on Kindle and Amazon's Createspace.

    There's a new web site whi...
  • Return of the evil demon - Duration: 12 minutes.

    • 3 years ago
    Students of Descartes are familiar with his idea of an evil demon, who has created a world of illusion where nothing is real. The challenge is not only to everyday or scientific knowledge but also ...
  • The elephant in the room - Duration: 20 minutes.

    • 3 years ago
    In everyday conversation, 'the elephant in the room' is the thing you and I know is there but for some reason don't like to talk about. Here we take a slightly different angle, starting with a quot...
  • Beginning with nothing - Duration: 20 minutes.

    • 3 years ago
    The idea of 'beginning with nothing' is that you can jump-start a metaphysical inquiry without making ANY assumptions -- literally, pulling oneself up by one's bootstraps. How well does that idea -...
  • The problem of starting point - Duration: 21 minutes.

    • 3 years ago
    The problem of starting point is one of the biggest challenges to metaphysics. I believe it THE challenge. Here, I explain why, and also why I like Descartes’ starting point, ‘I exist.’

    The video ...
  • Philosophical pathways - Duration: 14 minutes.

    • 3 years ago
    The title alludes to Pathways to Philosophy http://www.philosophypathways.com the project which I started in 1995 and launched on the internet in 1998, and also to the challenge of creating a new p...
  • The world, I and now - Duration: 17 minutes.

    • 3 years ago
    In the final chapter of my book 'Naive Metaphysics' http://www.philosophypathways.com/programs/book.html I looked at the analogy between the way 'I', 'now' and 'actual world' function as words whic...
  • Metaphysics of personal identity - Duration: 10 minutes.

    • 3 years ago
    I started my Glass House Philosopher online notebook http://sophist.co.uk/glasshouse/ in 1999, long before I had heard of 'blogging'. Since then, I have done other blogs but this is still the best ...
  • Is ultimate reality knowable? - Duration: 16 minutes.

    • 3 years ago
    Kant in the 'Critique of Pure Reason' and F.H. Bradley in 'Appearance and Reality' both claimed that utlimate reality -- Kant's noumenal world, or Bradley's Absolute -- is unknowable. Were they rig...
  • Time travel and the possible world machine - Duration: 18 minutes.

    • 3 years ago
    What would travel to other possible worlds be like? How do you give an account of time travel that doesn't get caught up in the Grandfather Paradox? What happens to personal identity when you trave...
  • Suffering, possible worlds and the multiverse - Duration: 20 minutes.

    • 3 years ago
    The idea that God or an ultimate purpose isn't needed if all possible worlds are equally real is one that many find attractive. Here, I talk about the relation between the idea of logically possibl...
  • Satanism, solipsism, nihilism - Duration: 16 minutes.

    • 3 years ago
    In my previous video, I posed a dilemma for someone who is searching for an ultimate meaning or purpose for human existence. Here, I look at three proposed solutions to the dilemma: satanism, solip...
  • Searching for a reason - Duration: 8 minutes, 50 seconds.

    • 3 years ago
    What is the reason -- for everything? What kind of question is that? a nonsensical question? a conundrum? or a question with an answer that you just have to be very clever (or inspired?) to see? I ...
  • Metaphysics and ultimate reality - Duration: 35 minutes.

    • 5 years ago
    In Glass House Philosopher http://sophist.co.uk/glasshouse/index.html#life I describe my teenage infatuation with Chemistry. One of my Pathways to Philosophy students, Sean, picked up on this and w...
  • What is truth? - Duration: 17 minutes.

    • 5 years ago
    It has become fashionable in analytic philosophy to take a deflationary or minimalist view of truth according to which the term, 'is true' is just a notational device or logical property. Two books...
  • Reality of the past - Duration: 9 minutes, 32 seconds.

    • 5 years ago
    The first topic that got me really hooked on metaphysics. The article by Michael Dummett which I refer to is 'The Reality of the Past' Aristotelian Society 1969, reprinted in 'Truth and Other Enigm...
  • Reality: the locked corridor - Duration: 6 minutes, 33 seconds.

    • 5 years ago
    'What do you do when you are in pursuit of reality - when religion doesn't satisfy you, when science doesn't satisfy you?' In this video, I talk about Kant's claim that space is merely the form in ...
  • What is death? - Duration: 13 minutes.

    • 5 years ago
    Twenty years ago I asked, 'Is it rational to fear death?' (see http://klempner.freeshell.org/articles/fear.html). But how can we ask that question when we don't even know what it is that we are sup...
  • Why am I here? - Duration: 5 minutes, 17 seconds.

    • 5 years ago
    What do philosophers think about? During the time I've been running the Pathways School of Philosophy it's a question that many people have asked and I have answered or tried to answer in a variety...
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