December 26, 2010 § Leave a comment

After my visit to Harvard earlier this autumn, I delved back into iTunes University (which itself merits some thoughts on the conflict between free, online lectures and the corporatisation of education – more on which here), to find which courses they’ve uploaded.

Michael Sandel’s Reith Lectures last year were a big hit – and his philosophy course ‘Justice: What’s The Right Thing To Do?‘ remains one of the most popular at Harvard.

Now uploaded online, each lecture is around 30 minutes long (although the podcasts contains two of them back-to-back), and they make for perfect end-of-the-day thinking nuggets. Being introduced to the great philosophers through their competing ideas, rather than through a time-line has been particularly enjoyable. So far, Alasdair MacIntyre‘s ideas around Communitarianism have struck a particular chord with my recent reading into the power of narrative.

The first lecture is below – download the other twelve here. Hope you enjoy!

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