Humanities at the Department for Continuing Education
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A collection of audio and video resources of lectures, seminars and presentations from the Department's humanities' programmes.
||CleanPhilosophy and the Future of Warfare||Can there be such a thing as a ‘moral’ war? Can it ever be right to kill innocent people, even in self-defence?||12 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpiders, yes, but why cats?||Prof.Iain McGilchrist illustrates his argument by appeal to a number of paintings done by psychotic patients. He points to various commonalities between these paintings and speculates on the ways in which they support claims about the two hemispheres an||7 5 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWas Schubert a musical brain?||Prof. Raymond Tallis deepens his argument against the idea that we are our brains. He believes there is a distinction in kind between humans and other animals. This he illustrates by appeal to the differences between the music of Schubert and the singin||7 5 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAm I my mind?||Prof. Iain McGilchrist, whilst agreeing with Tallis that we are not our brains argues that we can learn a great deal about our culture by learning more about our brain. In particular we should recognise we have two hemispheres, each with a different fun||7 5 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAm I my brain?||Prof. Raymond Tallis argues that extraordinary claims have been made for neurophysiology. For example it has been said that a person is nothing but his or her brain. Professor Raymond Tallis rejects this ‘neuromania’. He shows why it is attractive,||7 5 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Truth about Art 3 - Aesthetics||Another ancient belief held that an art should be governed by rules.||11 4 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Truth about Art 1 - Mystery or Mastery||E.H. Gombrich famously observed that 'there really is no such thing as Art' (with a capital A).||11 4 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLearning and Work in Medieval England||Did Medieval people go on learning through their adult life? If so, what kind of things did they learn about, who taught them, and how was it done? This lecture was delivered 23rd May 2013 as part of national Adult Learners' Week.||29 5 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTalking to Camera||A new one-day course at the Department for Continuing Education taught by Paul Heiney, writer and broadcaster, this course is intended to help people face a video camera with confidence, and communicate through the fast-growing video media.||4 5 2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJohn Milton: poet, pamphleteer and patriot||Dr Anna Beer gives an overview of the life and works of the poet John Milton.||11 9 2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIf I were you, I wouldn't start from here: understanding Oxford through its past||Local history lecture, by Chris Day, giving an overview of the history of the University of Oxford.||1 9 2008||Free||View in iTunes|