Wi-Phi: Wireless Philosophy

Wi-Phi's mission is to use the internet to introduce people to the practice of philosophy. To this end we make videos we hope to be entertaining, easily available, and accessible to people with no background in the subject. Our aim is for people to learn how to do philosophy, rather than for them to simply learn what philosophers have thought. We want to develop the critical thinking skills that are core to the methodology of philosophy. We see this as a part of a larger mission: building our collective capacity to engage in rational thought and discourse. By providing the toolkit for building better minds, we hope that Wi-Phi plays some small role in realizing that goal.

For more information on Wi-Phi, please visit our website.

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Lessons 77
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  • English Language Arts
  • High School
In this video, Geoff Pynn (Northern Illinois University) follows up on his introduction to critical thinking by exploring how abductive arguments...
  • Social Studies
  • High School
In the first of two videos, Adela Deanova (Duke) introduces Margaret Cavendish, an early modern English philosopher, and discusses the background to...
  • Social Studies
  • High School
In the second of two videos, Adela Deanova (Duke) introduces Margaret Cavendish, an early modern English philosopher, and discusses the background to...
  • Math
  • High School
The Monty Hall problem is a strange result arising from a very simple situation. In this video, Bryce Gessell (Duke University) explains why it seems...
  • Science
  • High School
Agustín Rayo (M.I.T.) explains the grandfather paradox, one of the classic paradoxes of time travel.
  • Health
  • High School
Does our ordinary notion of a “true self” simply pick out a certain part of the mind? Or is this notion actually wrapped up in some inextricable way...
  • Social Studies
  • High School
In this first of two videos, Andrew Janiak (Duke) introduces Émilie du Châtelet, a French philosopher, and her contribution to the debate about the...
  • Social Studies
  • High School
In part 2, Andrew Janiak (Duke) further introduces Émilie du Châtelet, a French philosopher, and her contribution to the debate about the principle...
  • Social Studies
  • High School
In this video, David Wong discusses Xunzi's view of human nature.
In this video, Molly Gardner (UNC) introduces the nonidentity problem. This problem arises in cases where an individual appears to be wronged by the...