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Join our students as they share their experiences progressing through university education with experts from a variety of life-topics - including mental health, diversity, wellbeing, and inclusivity - whilst sharing those funny and all-too-honest stories to make you laugh out loud. Our hosts, Nesta and Alex, have 40 years in education combined and even more life-experience to share with you.
 
We have a shortage of inspiring Leaders in the world and it’s my mission to help change that. Inspiring leadership can be magical, but it doesn’t require you to be a magician in order to inspire your teams. I’d like to share with you my experiences and offers some simple, clear, insightful and practical advice that can help you transition to become an Inspiring Leader. Gordon has worked in Transformational Leadership roles for over 20 years, running $100m+ programs, leading $200m+ Global Ope ...
 
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This episode is all about giving ourselves some TLC and how we take care of our wellbeing at university. Whether it’s physical or mental health, we’re going to share our experiences and get some practical advice about how to look after our wellbeing too. Join student hosts Nesta and Alex, who will be speaking with Mental Health and Wellbeing Practi…
 
In this episode we discuss the skills we learn at university, or in education, that become skills for life. That could be academic or survival skills: everything from how to cook pasta, how to budget for your food shop, how to reference correctly, or how to structure your work. We're joined by first year Games Art student Juliette, and Academic Lib…
 
This week we talk about what Heidegger has to say about science. This is a useful topic to conclude with because the theme of science straddles both the earlier and later Heidegger. In Being and Time Heidegger speaks about the nature of science as what he famously calls a ‘regional ontology’ which I will mention here. In his later work, Heidegger i…
 
This week we look at another of Heidegger’s preoccupations in his later philosophy: architecture and dwelling. While buildings, like the Greek Temple are present in Heidegger’s other work from the later period, he has only one short essay – “Building Dwelling Thinking” – which directly tackles the question of architecture. This essay was originally…
 
This week I want to explore Heidegger’s main points in his essay the "Question Concerning Technology." It is worth noting that while the essay is relatively short it can in parts be obscure. The essay devotes a lot of time to etymological exposition so as to unpack how or understanding of technology has changed throughout history. Heidegger’s prima…
 
This lecture I am going to explore one of Heidegger’s first major post-Being and Time engagements. I want to look at what he has to say about the nature of art, it’s significance and what art can tell us about the mystery of Being. The first thing we should notice is Heidegger does do something quite radical in his treatment of art. In his essay “T…
 
This week we examine the final chapters of Division Two of Being and Time. These last sections of Being and Time represent Heidegger’s effort to strengthen the concept of ecstatic temporality. From sections 72-83 Heidegger talks about the difference between history and historicality, an explanation of how ordinary time is dependent on existential-o…
 
In this episode our students and support staff will explore the topic of diversity at university – what it means to them, their own experience of diversity and inclusion during their studies. Our hosts chat with transgender Concept Art student, Rhys, who has openly shared his experiences around transitioning during university; representatives from …
 
After last week’s exploration of death and demise, we get a shift in gears so to speak in sections 60-70. Here Heidegger confronts the question of temporality, the meaning of care and just what exactly is ‘anticipatory resoluteness.’ All of the concepts we have studied up to this point, present-to-hand and ready-to-hand, authenticity and inauthenti…
 
In division two of Being and Time Heidegger changes register somewhat. While Division One was focussed on average everydayness, and revolved around understanding Dasein as a practical, pragmatic being, in Division Two we see Heidegger offer an even more fundamental account of what constitutes the being of Dasein. In the opening sections of Division…
 
In the last lecture we discussed the different ways Dasein is ‘there’ and ‘with,’ and the ways states-of-minds (moods) disclose to Dasein it’s available possibility. We need to understand, however, how inauthentic modes, the they-self, idle talk, help make apparent how we are ontologically. Remember, authentic and inauthentic are ways of being of D…
 
One of the things that Heidegger thinks characterises Dasein is its ‘withness.’ Prior to being a subject, or a self, Dasein is always with. You will very well ask with what? Well, as we saw in a general sense last week, Dasein is always with world. As Being and Time progresses Heidegger starts to ask what else is Dasein with. One of the other thing…
 
I want to proceed with Heidegger’s preliminary sketch of how to interpret Dasein as a being-in-the-world. Firstly, I want to explain just what Heidegger means by being-in-the-world, secondly, I want to explain what he means by world. Finally, I will turn to Heidegger’s tool-analysis as one of the first core concepts of how Heidegger explains Dasein…
 
Last week we looked at some of the core elements of Husserl’s phenomenological method: natural attitude, bracketing (epoché), reduction and intentionality. The last concept, intentionality, was the one I said was of the most significance for Martin Heidegger. Intentionality, Husserl’s idea that all consciousness is consciousness of something, becam…
 
To understand Husserl’s phenomenological method we need to do a couple of things. Firstly we need to engage in the steps of the method themselves. Husserl saw phenomenology as something that was available to anybody; it was something anybody could do. Certainly, Husserl’s technical exposition is challenging, but at its core he implores us to think …
 
Given Merleau-Ponty deemed it necessary to conclude PoP with a reflection on the nature of freedom tells us of the importance he placed on the idea. In this lecture then I want to do three specific things. Firstly, I will explain what Merleau-Ponty has to say about the experience of time. This is important because Merleau-Ponty’s philosophical defe…
 
This lecture will begin with a discussion of Merleau-Ponty’s account of space. It is important to grasp what Merleau-Ponty means by space, the body is not a neutral and disinterested ‘thing’ but something projecting itself into space, into situations. Once we grasp what Merleau-Ponty means by space, then we can gain a sense of how all situations op…
 
In this lecture, I want to look at one famous, and very specific topic which Merleau-Ponty tackles, and that is the phantom limb. Although Merleau-Ponty tackles a number of, what were then called ‘abnormal psychologies,’ his approach to the phantom limb provides us with a very acute sense of how he proceeds overall. Basically, if we can understand …
 
In this lecture I would like therefore to do a couple of things. Firstly, I would like to provide some brief biographical background on Merleau-Ponty. Then, I would like to talk about Merleau-Ponty’s primary philosophical method: existential phenomenology. Merleau-Ponty, in my view at least, is one of the most interesting innovators of Edmund Husse…
 
Nietzsche’s theory of eternal recurrence is the most difficult, most obscure, and most fragmented of all of his philosophical proposals. It has been interpreted in a variety of ways by a variety of different philosophers and in the end, there is no real consensus on its value, interpretation or remit. Furthermore, the theory is unfinished and not f…
 
In Thus Spake Zarathustra Nietzsche says, ‘The overman is the meaning of the earth.’ So, it is pretty important in Nietzsche’s view. Here, I will begin by excluding some potential interpretations of what the übermensch is, in order to get a clearer sense of what Nietzsche understands by it. This will allow me to explain how the question of the über…
 
In this lecture I outline how Nietzsche conceives of the will-to-power as a metaphysical question, how the will-to-power becomes a relational theory of forces, which in turn lays the ground for Nietzsche’s theory of perspectivity and the will-to-truth. These lectures are brought to you by Staffordshire University's Philosophy team. Come study on ou…
 
This week we turn our attention to Friedrich Nietzsche. In this lecture I outline what nihilism means, and then turn to Nietzsche’s explanation of active and passive nihilism from his book The Will to Power. My overall claim is that understanding Nietzsche’s account of nihilism is an essential prerequisite for understanding his more famous concepts…
 
This week I am going to look at some key moments in the latter part of the PoS. Primarily, I am going to look at what Hegel has to say about culture and religion, moral theories, and ethical life (sittlichkeit). The latter part of the PoS is concerned with clarifying sets of social practices which count as spirit. These lectures are brought to you …
 
Before we get to culture, politics, ethics and religion, there are still more steps to be carried out before we can understand ourselves as historical beings. Firstly, we need to understand how Hegel conceives of reason as a type of activity. In addition, to understand spiritual freedom (Geist) we need to comprehend what he has to say about the abs…
 
This week’s lecture examines the transition from sense-certainty and perception to 'force and understanding'. Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit. Subsequently, I will explain Hegel's account of desire, as well as the famous master-slave dialectic. These lectures are brought to you by Staffordshire University's Philosophy team. Come study on our MA in …
 
This week’s lecture will begin with some historical and biographical context of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit. I will proceed to explain what the text overall is trying to accomplish. Subsequently, I will turn to the opening chapters of the PoS and explain what Hegel means by sense-certainty. These lectures are brought to you by Staffordshire Uni…
 
Do you feel safe on the streets of the UK? Join the Crime Tapes team at Staffordshire University as we take a look into the world of UK illegal firearms with forensic scientist Dr Rachel Bolton-King, delve into a notable arm dealing case that shocked the nation, and explore the measures in place to deal with gun crime in 21st Century Wild West Brit…
 
This lecture concern's Kant's Critique of Pure Reason. I examine some of the core features of Kant's famous text - noumenal and phenomenal, conditions of possibility, time and space, intuition and concepts. Most importantly, I try to explain just why understanding Kant is indispensable for any understanding the debates which go on to form Continent…
 
Please be aware this episode includes discussion around victims of sexual offences and may not be suitable for all listeners. On International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, join us as we bring you a bonus episode on the misconceptions and myths surrounding sexual offences. This week Kyla and James are joined by Laura Walton-Wil…
 
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