Philosophy Gets Schooled

Philosophy podcast aimed at school students. Fun, informative, engaging. Philosophers at universities and schools talk about loads of questions and topics that come up in Philosophy, Ethics and Political Theory - A-Levels / IB / Highers and even GCSE. Hosted by Simon Kirchin, University of Kent and Director of the British Philosophical Association. Timetable of topics: (Music by Alex Grohl)

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Thursday May 11, 2023

Part 1: Types of knowledge, definitions. Part 2 (18min15sec): Innate knowledge: Plato's Meno, Leibniz, Locke and Hume.  Part 3 (41min15sec): 'Intuition and Deduction' - Hume's Fork, Descartes' Cogito, clear and distinct ideas, Trademark Argument, etc. Sally Latham and DaN McKee chat with Simon Kirchin.  [Music by Alex Grohl] 

PGS - Cosmological Argument(s)

Saturday Apr 22, 2023

Saturday Apr 22, 2023

Part 1: Intro, Kalam and Aquinas (first 2 ways).  Part 2 (23min25sec): Descartes and criticisms. Part 3 (41min45sec) Aquinas (3rd way), Leibniz and evaluation.  Matt Harris and Michael Lacewing chat with Simon Kirchin. [Music by Alex Grohl]

PGS - Scepticism

Thursday Apr 13, 2023

Thursday Apr 13, 2023

Part 1: Scepticism: definition and purpose, brains in vats, scepticism vs. normal disbelief.  Part 2 (25min25sec): Descartes: waves of doubt and his responses.  Part 3 (45min45sec): empiricist responses (Locke, Berkeley and Russell), and reliabilism.  Beth Mackintosh and Ben Jones chat with Simon Kirchin.  [Music by Alex Grohl] 

PGS - God’s Attributes

Wednesday Apr 05, 2023

Wednesday Apr 05, 2023

Part 1: Introduction (the 'Omni-God'), eternal and everlasting.  Part 2 (16min50sec): Foreknowledge and time.  Part 3 (33min35sec): Stone Paradox and Euthyphro dilemma.  Sally Latham and Michael Platt chat with Simon Kirchin (Univ of Kent). 

Thursday Dec 15, 2022

Part 1: introduction, Aquinas, Paley and Hume.  Part 2 (starts 25min05sec): Swinburne, evolution, fine-tuning and evaluation.  Michael Platt and Matt Harris chat with Simon Kirchin.  [Music by Alex Grohl.]

PGS - Key Terms Bonanza!

Wednesday Dec 14, 2022

Wednesday Dec 14, 2022

Key Terms!  Part 1: assertion/claim, proposition, true/false, justification, analytic/synthetic, a priori/a posteriori.  / Part 2 (starts: 22min05sec): argument, deductive/inductive/abductive, consistent/inconsistent/contradiction, proof, antecedent/consequent, tautology, dilemma (and Catch 22), paradox, fallacy, slippery slope. / Part 3 (starts 59min35sec): necessary/contingent, objective/subjective, agape, telos, via negativa and via positiva.  DaN McKee and Ben Jones chat with Simon Kirchin. [Music by Alex Grohl] 

Thursday Nov 03, 2022

Part 1 - intro, theory of knowledge, tripartite definition.  Part 2 (starts 22min15sec) - Gettier, infallibilism.  Part 3 (starts 45min47sec) - no false lemmas, reliabilism, virtue epistemology, and final reflections.  Sally Latham and Paul Moore-Bridger chat with Simon Kirchin (Kent).  [Music by Alex Grohl]

Monday Oct 31, 2022

Simon Kirchin (University of Kent) summarizes some of the main points and questions about the problem of evil.  Check out the in-depth discussion for more details.  [Music by Alex Grohl]

Monday Oct 31, 2022

1st part - intro and Augustine.  2nd part (starts: 32min25sec) - Plantinga and more on free will.  3rd part (starts: 58min50sec) - Hick and concluding reflections.  Matt Harris, Mabel Rowe and Sophie Williams chat with Simon Kirchin (University of Kent).  [Music by Alex Grohl]   

Wednesday Oct 19, 2022

Especially good for AQA and EDexcel.  Part 1 - intro, cognitivism and noncognitivism, Ayer and logical positivism.  Part 2 (starts at 29min50sec) - Hick, Flew/Mitchell/Hare and Wittgenstein.  Sally Latham, Sophie Williams, Ben Jones chat with Simon Kirchin.  [Music by Alex Grohl] 


Philosophy Gets Schooled is a podcast aimed at school students, teachers ad parents.  Anyone who is studying philosophy at school level or who has an interest in it.  Simon Kirchin (University of Kent) and teachers work their way through the philosophy and ethics curricula for A-Levels/ IB / Highers.  Fun and engaging informative and clear.  Simon Kirchin is Director of the British Philosophical Assocation. 

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