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(Message started by: Kevin Cryan on Today at 21:17)

Title: OU podcasts & Clive
Post by Kevin Cryan on Today at 21:17
I should not have thought that this Open University bulletin (http://www3.open.ac.uk/media/fullstory.aspx?id=11429) would displease Clive too much.

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10 Jul 2007

Philosophy Podcast storms the download charts
http://www3.open.ac.uk/events/4/2007710_42554_tn.jpgWhat do Chris Evans, Danny Baker, Clive James and The Prime Minister have in common?

All have podcasts in the Top 20 downloads on Itunes but none is as popular as senior OU Philosophy Lecturer, Dr Nigel Warburton, reading from his book Philosophy: The Classics.

Dr Warburtonís readings are currently 14th in the Top 20 and have more downloads than The Best Bits of Chris Evans; Danny Bakerís All Day Breakfast Show and even, Prime Ministerís Questions!

Philosophy: The Classics is an introduction to 27 key works in the history of Philosophy beginning with Plato and Aristotle and including the work of Machiavelli, Hobbes and Locke.

The free downloads began in May and will continue until all 27 parts are available.

Nigel Warburton says: "Iíve been recording these at home on simple equipment and have been amazed at how many people are downloading them Ėthousands a day. There seems to be a real hunger for philosophy out there and Ií m delighted to be feeding it.

"For people with long journeys to work this is the perfect medium. Iíve had appreciative emails from as far away as Brisbane. No radio station could give me this sort of coverage".

Nigel has written Philosophy course materials for the Open University at first, second and third level. He also chairs the University's highly successful Start Writing programme of short online courses on different aspects of writing. He is currently writing units on plagiarism and the ethics of copyright for a new Open University online course on Ethics.

Nigel also contributes to another free podcast called Philosophy Bites, where he and author David Edmonds interview top philosophers on a wide range of topics.

Nigel says: "For some reason Philosophy Bites is particularly popular in the USA where weíve been in the iTunes top 100 for several weeks now".

The Open University offers many courses and qualifications on Philosophy ranging from the AXR271 Doing Philosophy residential school short course to Philosophy degrees and an MA in Philosophy.

One reviewer wrote of the podcasts: "They capture the basics in a comprehensible way. Itís thought-provoking stuff".


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Those people who are choosing to listen to the good Doctor (http://www.philclassics.libsyn.com/)'s podcasts rather than to Clive's are, I should think, listening to kind of stuff of which Clive could not possibly disapprove. Anybody who willingly listens to this kind of stuff is, I would say, is more than likely making an an honest attempt to stave off cultural amnesia which Clive thinks may be creeping up on us all. That's a good reason for rejoicing, isn't it?  

Kevin Cryan


Title: Re: OU podcasts & Clive
Post by naomi on Today at 21:41
It sure is :) - and I'm so antediluvian I don't really know what a podcast is.

Naomi

Title: Re: OU podcasts & Clive
Post by Kevin Cryan on 11.07.07 at 07:01

on 07/10/07 at 21:41:25, naomi wrote :
..... I'm so antediluvian I don't really know what a podcast is.

Naomi


As every major medium, including The Times (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/audio_video/podcasts/) is podcasting at present, I feel sure that you have got lots of people close to hand who will willingly educate you into a postdiluvian state.

If you are too timid to ask, then a dip into the Wikipedia entry on podcasting (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Podcasting) will, I suggest, help you get started.


Kevin Cryan

Title: Re: OU podcasts & Clive
Post by BogusTrumper on 11.07.07 at 23:42
Don't worry Naomi - I don't have a pod either  :)

Title: Re: OU podcasts & Clive
Post by Kevin Cryan on 12.07.07 at 10:18
Nor, as the TIMESONLINE (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/) helpful pop-up GUIDE TO PODCASTING (http://extras.timesonline.co.uk/tol/podcasts/guide.html) tells you, do you need one. All you need is a PC which has a conncection, preferably broadband, and the ability to carry out the instructions given in a guide such as the Times one.


Kevin Cryan


Title: Re: OU podcasts & Clive
Post by naomi on 13.07.07 at 20:42
"The ability to carry out the instructions given in a guide ..." you say, Mr Cryan.

In my case that's quite a tall order.  :-/

In any event, I propose to stagger on without benefit of podcast - although I am delighted to hear that podcast aficionados are studying philosophy.

Very many thanks to you and Bogus for the kind advice, however.

Naomi



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