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Aesthetics(Great Ideas of Philosophy)
This program examines Western philosophy's engagement with visual and performing arts. The ideas of key figures in the shaping and understanding of aesthetics- Plato, Joseph Addison, Francis Hutcheson, Lord Shaftesbury, Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Morris Weitz, and Dewey, as well as Leon Battista Alberti, Stendhal, Schiller, and Tolstoy- are presented, and pivotal writings, including Aristotle's Poetics, are addressed. Columbia University's Arthur Danto and Princeton University's Alexander Nehamas offer keen insights into the interactions between artist, artwork, and audience as they have evolved over the centuries. Dist: Films Media Group. c2004. 51 min. DVD 2904

Ancient Questions: Philosophy and Our Search for Meaning
An overview of the history of the search for human philosophy: "the pursuit and embracing of wisdom about living." Looks briefly at the contributions of Pythagoras, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle and Descartes. Supplementary feature included on Adventures of young Indiana Jones ; Volume one) c2007. 25 min. DVD X233

Analytic Philosophy (Great Ideas of Philosophy)
This program scrutinizes the history, development, and application of analytic philosophy through Russell's Principia mathematica and "The Philosophy of Logical Atomism," Wittgenstein's Tractatus logico-philosophicus, Willard Van Orman Quine's "Two Dogmas of Empiricism, " the Vienna Circle's manifesto, and other seminal works by Gottlob Frege, Moritz Schlick, Rudolf Carnap, J.L. Austin, and Gilbert Ryle. Dist: Films Media Group. c2004. 49 min. DVD 2906

[Aristotle] Annie Besant: An Unlikely Rebel
Examines the life and work of British labor union leader, women's rights activist, social reformer and theosophist Annie Besant. Includes the match girls strike of 1888 and other social reform activities throughout her life as a writer and orator. Features archival film footage with commentary by authors and academics. Supplementary feature included on Adventures of young Indiana Jones ; Volume one) c2007. 27 min. DVD X233

[Aristotle] Aristotle, Creating Foundations
Examines the philosophy of Aristotle who laid the foundations of Western thought by examining fundamental questions about what it is to be human and what it is to live a meaningful life. Supplementary feature included on Adventures of young Indiana Jones; Volume one. c2007. 21 min. DVD X233

Axis of Evil: Perforated Praeter Naturam
Through interviews with journalists, artists, scholars, and activists, intercut with examples of politically charged stamp art, director Carmine Cervi explores pertinent questions about evil: How is it defined? Do traditional concepts of good vs. evil need to be readdressed in our increasingly complex world?. c2004. 84 min. DVD 3379

Being in the World
Ten years after graduating with a degree in philosophy from UC Berkeley, filmmaker Tao Ruspoli returned to visit his one-time professor, world-renowned philosopher Herbert Dreyfus. That visit led to meetings with a whole generation of philosophers whom Dreyfus had taught, which subsequently sparked the inspiration for this film. Being in the World raises the question of whether we have forgotten what it means to be truly human in today's technological age, and proceeds to answer this question by taking a journey around the world to meet a whole host of remarkable individuals, including Manuel Molina, the legendary poet and flamenco master; Leah Chase, affectionately known as the Queen of Creole Cuisine; and Hiroshi Sakaguchi, a master carpenter from Japan. By showing how these modern day masters approach life from within their chosen fields, Ruspoli's film celebrates the ability of human beings to find meaning in the world through the mastery of physical, intellectual, and creative skills. A film by Tao Ruspoli. 2010. 81 min. DVD X6016

[Bentham, Jeremy] Optimum
Explores the legacy of three 19th century visionaries interested in making humans more efficient and productive. Jeremy Bentham, espoused the philosophy of utilitarianism; Charles Babbage, created the design for the analytical engine, a precursor to the modern computer; Francis Galton devoted his life to the study of genetics to identify and eliminate "undesirable" tendecies, the idea behind the eugenics movement. 53 min. Video/C 8878

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[Benjamin, Walter]Who Killed Walter Benjamin? (Quién mató a Walter Benjamin?)
Revisits Portbou, Spain and the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of Walter Benjamin in 1940, one of the 20th century's greatest thinkers. As an emigrant German-Jew, a radical writer and a fierce critic of Nazism, he would have been well-known to the Gestapo and it is a well documented fact that the Spanish border police were cooperating with the Germans. When he fled from Germany was Benjamin aware that Portbou was a pro-Franco town virtually occupied by the Nazis? Directed by David Mauas. c2005. 73 min. DVD X755

[Berkeley, George] Bryan Magee Talks to Michael Ayers About Locke and Berkeley
This progran examines the philosophies of British empiricists Locke and Berkeley. Michael Ayers interprets Locke's skeptical theory that all knowledge is sensory and speculative, and that the true nature of the world can never be known, as an attack on Descarte's theory of innate ideas. Conversely, Berkeley insists the we cannot have sensory knowledge of material substances because they exist only in our mind. Dist: Films Media Group. 1987? 45 min. DVD 5061

Bryan Magee Talks to Anthony Kenny About Medieval Philosophy
Examines the ideas of medieval philosophic theologians, particularly St. Thomas Aquinas. Anthony Kenny discusses Aristotelian logic as the basis of Acquinas' thought, and disputes charges that medieval philosophy merely reinforced extant Christian views. Dist: Films Media Group. 1987? 45 min. DVD 5055

Bryan Magee talks to Sidney Morgenbesser About the American Pragmatists
Morgenbesser discusses the nuances of pragmatic philosophy as expressed by three American philosophers. He examines Peirces' theory of meaning and the notion of fallibilism that supports the changing nature of truth. James' concept of meaning, knowledge and truth is examined within the context of the usefullness of particular conceptual schemes. The discussion of Dewey focuses on the human quest for warranted beliefs and his philosophy of education. Dist: Films Media Group. 1987. 43 min. DVD 5069

[Butler, Judith]Judith Butler: Philosophical Encounters of the Third Kind
Judith Butler, professor in the Departments of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's most important and influential contemporary thinkers in fields such as continental philosophy, literary theory, feminist and queer theory, and cultural politics. In the film, Butler covers a wide range of subjects, broaching not only controversial gender issues-including transsexuality and intersexuality-but also 20th century Jewish philosophy, AIDS activism, criticism of state power and violence, gay marriage, and anti-Zionism. This first film profile will serve to popularize her insightful analysis of sexual identity and gender roles at a time when the cultural and political debate over these issues pervades American society. A film by Paule Zajdermann. 2006. 52 min. DVD 7258

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The Chinese Room
Using John Searle's thought experiment called "The Chinese Room" as a reference point, this experimental film is about the viewer as traveler, inside but outside, embarrassed and ecstatic, locked in the Chinese room and trying to understand. Camera, text, concept, Ellen Zweig. 2002. 8 min. DVD X1711

[Chomsky, Noam]The Ideas of Chomsky.
Linguist and political activist Chomsky challenges accepted notions of the way in which language is learned, examines the relationship of language to experience, and discusses the philosophical nature of knowledge. Dist: Films Media Group. 47 min. DVD 2102; also on VHS Video/C 8346

[Chomsky, Noam] Naturalism and Dualism in the Study of Language and Mind
Lecture taped by the Office of Media Services, University of California, Berkeley. Noam Chomsky, noted professor of linguistics, expounds upon the unification of linguistics with the natural sciences and dualism versus the scientific approach in the philosophy of language. 1994. 100 min. Video/C 8350

[Chomsky, Noam]
For works about Chomsky's political and cultural perspectives see:
Global Economy and Democracy an Interview with Noam Chomsky. Video/C MM153
Manufacturing Consent Noam Chomsky and the Media. DVD 2211; vhs Video/c 3440
Noam Chomsky, Interview with Bill Moyers. Video/C 2645
Noam Chomsky: Rebel Without a Pause. DVD 3778
Power and Terror. DVD 1783

[Churchland, Patricia Smith] The Mind of Patricia Smith Churchland
Patricia Smith Churchland, professor of philosophy at the University of California, San Diego, and Bill Moyers discuss the state of research on the human brain, and its implications on philosophy and on the question of the nature of knowledge and consciousness. 1990. 28 min. Video/C 1571

Classical Greek Philosophy (Great Ideas of Philosophy)
This program addresses core topics in ancient philosophy such as freedom and fate, permanence and change, happiness, the nature of the cosmos, and the immortality of the soul. Concepts are presented as articulated by key figures including Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Heraclitus, Pythagoras, and the Milesian and Eleatic philosophers -- in combination with quotations drawn from Plato's Republic, Aristotle's Physics, and other influential sources -- make this program an excellent tool for building a solid understanding of Western philosophy. Dist: Films Media Group. c2004. 50 min. DVD 2908

Continental Philosophy (Great Ideas of Philosophy)
From Hegel to Sartre and beyond, the impact of continental philosophy has been tremendous, infusing the humanities in particular with energy and insight. This program delves deeply into the concepts and thought processes that fueled the inquiries of Hegel, Marx, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Husserl, Heidegger, and Sartre. Excerpts from Hegel's Philosophy of right, Marx's Theses on Feurerbach, Nietzsche's Thus spoke Zarathustra, Husserl's Paris lectures, Heidegger's Being and time, and Sartre's Existentialism is a humanism are included. Dist: Films Media Group. c2004. 50 min. DVD 2907

[Dawkins, Richard] The Richard Dawkins Collection

Root of All Evil?
This controversial two-part documentary from prominent atheist and evolutionary biologist Professor Richard Dawkins. In Part 1 he presents an incendiary look at the monotheistic religions of Islam, Judaism and Christianity and an unapologetic polemic against blind faith. In Part 2 he explores the religious indoctrination of children and the controled way some are educated -- from social prejudices to creationism in science. Contents: Pt. 1. The God delusion (48 min.) -- Pt. 2. The virus of faith (48 min.) 2008. 96 min. DVD X962

Enemies of Reason
Evolutionary biologist and best-selling author, Professor Richard Dawkins confronts what he sees as an epidemic of irrational, superstitious thinking in belief systems from astrology to New Age mysticism, clairvoyance to alternative health remedies. In this two-part documentary he explains the dangers the pick and mix of knowledge and nonsense poses in the internet age, and passionately re-states the case for reason and science. Contentds: Pt. 1. Slaves to superstition (44 min.) -- Pt. 2. The irrational health service (47 min.) 2008. 91 min. DVD X962

[Deluze, Gilles] Mille Gilles (A Thousand Gilles
Examines how French philosopher Gilles Deleuze and his ideas inspired people around the world in many different disciplines and fields of endeavor. Includes a rare sequence with Deleuze himself along with interviews from eight creative people who expound upon his impact on them and their different fields. A film by Ijsbrand van Veelen. c1997. 45 min. Video/C MM923

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[Derrida, Jacques] Derrida
Presents a playful, personal and theoretical portrait of the internationally renowned French philosopher, Jacques Derrida, best known for originating the movement known as "deconstruction." Combining excerpts of Derrida speaking to groups, interviews, and biographical materials, this documentary is a rich and moving meditation on both Derrida himself and the themes that haunt and inspire his work. Directed by Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering Kofman. Special DVD features: Directors' commentary [Optional audio track]; Derrida interviews (37 min.); Deleted scenes [with filmmaker commentary] (14 min.); Derrida on Derrida [Film Forum, New York, NY October 23,2002 - Q & A with Derrida and filmmakers, after New York premiere] (15 min.). 2002. 85 min. DVD X3028; Video/C 9802

[Derrida, Jacques] Derrida's Elsewhere (D'ailleurs, Derrida)
A highly personal exploration of the 20th century philosopher Jacques Derrida, presenting the links between Derrida's life and his work. In discussions, Derrida describes his mother and childhood in the same manner as he does ideas, somewhere between affect and concept, at a boundary where a work becomes biography and biography gives birth to a work. This documentary film takes viewers into Derrida's worlds --that of his work in Paris and that of his familial and spiritual roots in Algeria and the Spain of Lorca and El Greco. 68 min. DVD X3421; vhs Video/C 7799

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[Derrida, Jacques] Jacques Derrida
At an Oxford Amnesty Lecture Jacques Derrida and Alan Montefiore discuss deconstruction of the subject and the implications for human rights. Derrida avers that, as deconstruction changes the nature of the subject, so deconstruction of nationalism should lead to a modern nationality incorporating different forms of nationality, such as singularities of tradition and minorities of various sorts. Oxford Amnesty lectures, 1992. Dist: Films Media Group. 39 min. Video/C 5605

[Descartes, René] Cartesius(Italy / France, 1974)
Directed by Roberto Rossellini. Cast: Ugo Cardea, Anne Pouchie, Gabriele Banchero, Kenneth Belton, Vernon Dobtcheff, Renato Montalbano. René Descartes was known as the "Father of modern philosophy." Depicts the seventeenth-century thinker's agonized struggle to assert the primacy of reason. An intimate, psychological study of obsession and existential crisis. 162 min. DVD X1139

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[Descartes, Rene] Descartes at the Court of Queen Christina
Joel Friedman, Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Davis, presents through a costumed impersonation, the key philosophical ideas of the great 17th century philosopher Rene Descartes. 1983. 30 min. DVD 7309 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 9913

[Descartes, Rene] Bryan Magee Talks to Bernard Williams About Descartes
Bernard Williams of Kings College examines Descartes' theory of knowledge and his use of skeptical inquiry to affirm reality, including the existence of God. Descartes' theory of physical and mental substances, and Cartesian dualism are also examined. Dist: Films Media Group. 1987? 45 min. DVD 5056

Epistemology: What We Can Know
This program travels from Plato's cave to Gettier's papier-mache barns while addressing along the way, questions such as: What does it mean to really know something? How can one know that one knows it? And is seeing the same thing as believing? Insights from academicians, in combination with incisive excerpts from Aristotle's De anima, Descartes' Meditations on first philosophy, Locke's An essay on human understanding, Hume's A treatise of human nature and Kant's Critique of pure reason, illuminate the complexity of "Truth." Dist: Films Media Group. 2004. 46 min. DVD 2929

[Erdos, Paul] One is a Number: A Portrait of Paul Erdos, A Documentary Film
A documentary filmed in England, Hungary, Poland and the United States over a period of four years presenting mathematician Paul Erd?os's mathematical quest in its personal and philosophical dimensions, and the tragic historical events that molded his life. 1993. 57 min. Video/C 4355

Ethics: What is Right?(Great Ideas of Philosophy)
Harvard University's Frances Kamm, Rutgers University's Larry Temkin, and Richard Sorabji, emeritus professor of philosophy at King's College, London, describe the three major categories of ethics: metaethics, applied ethics, and normative ethics. Also included are virtue theory, divine command theory, utilitarian theory, and duty theory. Plato's Republic, Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, and Kant's Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals are considered along with the contributions of Epicurus, Hume, Bentham, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Max Weber, G.E. Moore, and John Rawls. Dist: Films Media Group. c2004. 51 min. DVD 2905

Examined life
Filmmaker Astra Taylor accompanies some of today's most influential thinkers on a series of unique excursions through places and spaces that hold particular resonance for them and their ideas. Peter Singer's thoughts on the ethics of consumption are amplified against the backdrop of Fifth Avenue's posh boutiques. Slavoj Zizek questions current beliefs about the environment while sifting through a London garbage dump. Michael Hardt ponders the nature of revolution while surrounded by symbols of wealth and leisure. Judith Butler and a friend stroll through San Francisco's Mission District questioning our culture's fixation on individualism. And while driving through Manhattan, Cornel West compares philosophy to jazz and blues. Offering privileged moments with great thinkers from fields ranging from moral philosophy to cultural theory, Examined Life reveals philosophy's power to transform the way we see the world around us and imagine our place in it. Special features: Two extra philosopher walks with Colin McGinn and Simon Critchley ; Q&A with Cornel West, Avital Ronell and Kwame Anthony Appiah with director Astra Taylor ; philosopher bios and selected bibliographies. 2008. 88 min. DVD X2709

Examined life
1998. 30 min. each installment

What is Philosophy? Combines two classic models--Plato's parable of the cave and the character of Socrates--with commentary by contemporary philosophers from around the globe on the subject. Video/C MM937

What is Human Nature? Contrasts the traditional Greek and Judeo-Christian views of human nature with post-Darwinian and existential views. Video/C MM938

Is Mind Distinct From Body? Examines how Descartes dualistic view has been subject to waves of attacks from materialism and modern-day proponents of artificial intelligence and neuroscience. Video/C MM939

Is There an Enduring Self? In an attempt to illuminate the question of whether or not a human being has an enduring self, this film weaves the reflections of an expectant mother with the the related inquiries of a host of philosophers ranging from Socrates and his contemporaries to thinkers of the present day. Video/C MM940

Are We Social Beings? Looks at the relationship between personality and the sociocultural context in which people mature. It contrasts atomistic and situational views of the self, represented by Descartes and Hegel, and uses the endangered culture of the Laplanders in Sweden to illustrate the concepts. Video/C MM941

What is Real? Explores the conflict between Thomas Hobbes' materialism and George Berkeley's idealism. Also examines the 20th century conflict between the proponents of realism, who believe in an independent, external reality, and the anti-realists, who believe we construct our own reality. Video/C MM942

How Do We Encounter the World? Introduces phenomenology and examines the views of Husserl, Heidegger, and others in which reality is a phenomenon related to consciousness. Includes commentary by contemporary philosophers. Video/C MM943

Do We Have Free Will? Asks if our lives are determined or if we freely choose among alternatives. Ancient philosophers believed us to be free moral beings, but how do we define our options in a world governed by the laws of physics? Video/C MM944

Is Time Real? Discusses whether time is something measured only by clocks and calendars or exists as a separate entity in its own right. Explores the theories of time presented by Aristotle, Augustine, and Kant and contrasts Newton's theories of time with Einstein's theory of relativity. Includes commentary by contemporary philosophers. Video/C MM945

Does God Exist? Delves into how philosophers have probed the universe for evidence of God's existence. How did the world begin? Is there a reason for its order and design? And, can we reconcile the existence of God with the existence of evil? Video/C MM946

Can We Know God Through Experience? Considers whether certain mystical experiences are indications of the existence of a Divine Being and examines what kind of evidence is necessary for religious belief. Video/C MM947

Is Reason the Source of Knowledge? Presents the rationalism of Descartes and Leibnitz, the roots of rationalism in Plato and geometry, and the continuing debate over whether the mind alone can generate knowledge. Video/C MM948

Does All Knowledge Depend on Experience? Investigates how we know what we know and presents the side of the empiricists in the debate between rationalism and empiricism. Focuses on the 17th and 18th century empiricism of John Locke, George Berkeley, and David Hume, and the 20th century empiricism and naturalism of W.V.O. Quine, who is interviewed. Video/C MM949

Does the Mind Shape the World? Examines Immanuel Kant's position that we intepret the world through a priori constructs of the mind, as well as later philosophers' views of how these constructs may vary among languages and cultures. Video/C MM950

How Does Science add to Knowledge? Examines the classic Baconian or naive inductivist view that grew out of the Scientific Revolution and the challenges posed by Karl Popper and Thomas Kuhn. Includes consideration of Kuhn's views about the role that paradigm theories play in scientific revolutions and commentary by contemporary philosophers. Video/C MM951

Does Science Give us Truth? Examines the correspondence theory, the coherence theory, and the pragmatist theory of truth. Looks at how conflicts between these theories have carried over into realist vs. anti-realist views of science, including the Einstein-Bohr debate about quantum mechanics. Video/C MM952

Are Interpretations True? Asks how it is possible for us to interpret and understand each other. Is there a true or correct way of interpreting the meaning of what people say or write? Explores the views of Schleiermacher, Gadamer and Wittgenstein on language and meaning. Video/C MM953

Is Morality Relative? Discusses whether all morality is culturally determined, or whether some moral values are valid for all cultures. Harman, Wong and Rachels explore the claims of relativitism. The issue of child labor is explored from a relativist point of view. Video/C MM954

Does the End Justify the Means? Looks at utilitarianism against the backdrop of a Malaysian dam construction project with environmental import and asks what is instrinsically valuable. Video/C MM955

Can Rules Define Morality? Addresses formalistic theories of ethics, particularly that of Immanuel Kant, and explores the implications of his views in relation to ethical issues. Video/C MM956

Is Ethics Based on Virtue? Explores Aristotle's and other ancient views of virtue and the good life, as well as contemporary virtue ethics with its focus on emotions, personal relationships, character and long-term values. Video/C MM957

Moral Dilemmas, Can Ethics Help? Considers the revelance of utilitarian, Kantian, and virtue ethics to the situation of a family with a severely impaired newborn. Should doctors do everything that can be done to treat sick and dying newborn babies, or should treatment be stopped to allow the babies to die comfortably? Video/C MM958

What Justifies the State? Examines the views of Aristotle, Hobbes, Locke, Hegel, and John Rawls on what gives a government legitimacy. Asks why we should obey the state and what are the limits of our political obligations and discusses social contract theory, the government's role in protecting personal property, the place of individual rights, and communitarianism. Investigates whether the state is merely an artificial arrangement we construct to make life better, as social contract theorists claim, or whether it's a natural organism through which people achieve their potential. Video/C MM959

What is Justice? Explores questions about distributive justice, both from a national and global perspective, and examines the views of Aristotle, Marx, Rawls and Nozick. Video/C MM960

What is Art? Looks at several views on the nature of art, including representationalism, expressionism and formalism, and how these have been affected by changes in artistic styles and techniques. Asks whether art has reached its end and discusses the significance of contemporary conceptual art. Video/C MM961

What is the Meaning of Life? Evaluates how the meaning and purpose of life have been viewed in light of religion, culture, and history, as well as from an individual existential perspective. Features the views of Hegel, Kierkegaard, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Simone de Beauvoir. Video/C MM962

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[Foucault, Michel ] The Culture of the Self
Lecture at UC Berkeley April 12, 1983, April 19, 1983

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[Frege, Gottlob] Bryan Magee talks to A.J. Ayer About Frege, Russell and Modern Logic
A.J. Ayer discusses how the theories of Gottlob Frege and Bertrand Russell depsychologized philosophy and laid the foundation for modern logic. The discussion includes Frege's theory of quantification and Russell's theory of types and descriptions and their contributions to the philosophy of language. Dist: Films Media Group. 1987. 45 min. DVD 5070

The Greeks (52 min. each installment)

The Greek Beginning. An introduction to Greece and the Greeks, covering the period from the Mycenaean Age in 1300 B.C. to the death of Alexander the Great in 323 B.C. It sets out the principal historical landmarks and presents some of the work of the most important Greek writers, philosophers, historians and politicians of the period. Burstall's conversations with Greek scholar Kenneth Dover are interspersed with photographs of ancient Greek sculpture, artifacts and ruins of ancient buildings. Video/C 5597

The Classical Age. Surveys the accomplishments of the Greek classical age from 500 B.C. to the death of Alexander in 323 B.C., including the achievements of Pericles, Thucydides, and Plato; the shape of Greek societies; the nature of Athenian democracy; and the buildings, bronze and marble sculpture, painted pottery, and other writings; and the consequences of the rivalry between Syracuse and Athens. Includes commentary by Greek scholar Kenneth Dover. Video/C 5598

The Minds of Men. A detailed look at the life and teachings of Socrates and his pupil Plato, and at the world of the two founding fathers of history --Herodotus, the first Greek historian, and Thucydides, the first to write a thorough and fair account of his own times. Their work exemplifies the vital curiosity of the Greeks about the nature of man, and his place in the world around him. Includes commentary by Greek scholar, Kenneth Dover. Video/C 5600

[Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich] Hegel et le christianisme
French historian and literary critic René Girard expounds on the work of Clausewitz, Hegel, Holderlin, Dostoyevsky and others. In French without English subtitles. DVD X1984

[Heidegger, Martin] Bryan Magee talks to Hubert Dreyfus about Husserl, Heidegger and Modern Existentialism
Herbert Dreyfus traces the roots of existentialism from Husserl's School of Phenomenology, to his pupil Martin Heideggers's theories of das Sein, the threefold structure of activity, authenticity and nihilism. Dreyfus relates the philosophies of both men to present-day school of thought. Dist: Films Media Group. 1987. 47 min. DVD 2377

[Heidegger, Martin] Heidegger and Modern Existentialism.
William Barrett of New York University examines the basic theory of existentialism as founded by Martin Heidegger, and later propagated by Jean-Paul Sartre. Barrett discusses Heidegger's notions of being, existence as task, cosmic roots, and alienation. Sartre's concept of absolute human freedom is discussed as having promoted human dignity and individualism in the impersonal modern society. Dist: Films Media Group. 1977. 47 min. DVD 2118

[Heidegger, Martin] The Ister
In 1942 Martin Heidegger delivered as series of lectures on Friedrich Holderlin's poem The Ister, lectures in which he addressed the political, cultural and military chaos facing Germany at that time. In this film, on a journey from the mouth of the Danube in Romania to its source in the Black Forest, three French philosophers, Bernard Stiegler, Jean-Luc Nancy, Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, and the German filmmaker Hans-Jurgen Syberberg, ponder Heidegger's philosophical ideas about technology, time, mortality, memory and history, and consider how they relate to today's Europe. A film by David Barison and Daniel Ross. 2004. 189 min. DVD 5117

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[Hölderlin, Friedrich] Hölderlin, Dostoievski et Nietzsche
French historian and literary critic René Girard expounds on the work of Clausewitz, Hegel, Holderlin, Dostoyevsky and others. In French without English subtitles. DVD X1984

[Hölderlin, Friedrich] Proemes de Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe
Entretiens de l'ile Saint-Pierre / entre Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe [et] Jean-Christophe Bailly, film de Christine Baudillon, Francois Lagarde (2006, 147 min.) -- Andenken / une film de Christine Baudillon, Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe (2002, 14 min.). In Entretiens de l'ile Saint-Pierre, the authors and contemporary French philosophers Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe and Jean-Christophe Bailly discuss the philosophy and prose of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Friedrich Holderlin. Andenken looks at the poem by the same name by Holderlin. 2006. 161 min. DVD 6649

[Hume, David] Bryan Magee Talks to John Passmore About Hume
John Passmore discusses causality as the cornerstone of Hume's philosophy. He also discusses three of Hume's basic philosophical views; anything that is not a fact, is illusion; judgement on fact must be based on concrete experience; and all knowledge is imperfect. Dist: Films Media Group. 1987? 45 min. DVD 5062

[Husserl, Edmund] Bryan Magee talks to Hubert Dreyfus about Husserl, Heidegger and Modern Existentialism
Herbert Dreyfus traces the roots of existentialism from Husserl's School of Phenomenology, to his pupil Martin Heideggers's theories of das Sein, the threefold structure of activity, authenticity and nihilism. Dreyfus relates the philosophies of both men to present-day school of thought. Dist: Films Media Group. 1987. 47 min. DVD 2377

It Started with the Greeks(Day the Universe Changed; 1)
Explains how the questioning, rational attitude of the ancient Greeks has continued through the centuries in the West and has led to constantly changing knowledge and discovery, thus creating conflict between these changes and inherently conservative institutions. Also discusses the thesis of the series that particularly important developments in the history of Western thought have produced corresponding changes in who we are. 1986. 52 min. Video/C 997:1

[Kant, Immanuel] Bryan Magee talks to Geoffrey Warnock About Kant
Geoffrey Warnock discusses the philosophy of anti-empiricist Immanual Kant and his view that activities and powers within the mind are the key to knowledge and that all knowledge is appearance. Countering Hume, Kant insists it is the mind, not the senses, which unifies and organizes sensory flow into meaningful definitions of things. Dist: Films Media Group. 1987. 45 min. DVD 5063

[Kass, Leon] Leon Kass
Leon Kass of the University of Chicago talks about the human soul. 1990. Video/C 1574

Logic
As a tool for characterizing rational thought, logic cuts across many philosophical disciplines and lies at the core of mathematics and computer science. Drawing on Aristotle's Organon, Russell's Principia mathematica, and other central works, this program tracks the evolution of logic beginning with the basic syllogism. A sampling of subsequent topics includes propositional and predicated logic, Bayesian confirmation theory, Boolean logic, Frege's use of variables and quantifiers, Godel's work with metamathematics, the Vienna Circle's logical positivism and the Turing machine. Dist: Films Media Group. 2004. 43 min. DVD 2928

[Leibniz, Gottfried] Bryan Magee Talks to Anthony Quinton About Spinoza and Leibniz
The ideas of rationalist philosophers Baruch Spinoza and Gottfried Leibniz are examined in this program by Anthony Quinton. Spinoza favors a pantheistic God who has matter and mind as two attributes, and who is the ultimate substance and explanation of the world. Leibniz sees the real world as consisting of an infinite array of spiritual centers. Dist: Films Media Group. 1987? 46 min. DVD 5060

[Locke, John] Bryan Magee Talks to Michael Ayers About Locke and Berkeley
This progran examines the philosophies of British empiricists Locke and Berkeley. Michael Ayers interprets Locke's skeptical theory that all knowledge is sensory and speculative, and that the true nature of the world can never be known, as an attack on Descarte's theory of innate ideas. Conversely, Berkeley insists the we cannot have sensory knowledge of material substances because they exist only in our mind. Dist: Films Media Group. 1987? 45 min. DVD 5061

[Marcuse, Herbert] Herbert's Hippopotamus: Marcuse in Paradise
Examines the turbulent life of political philosopher and author Herbert Marcuse, professor of philosophy at the University of California in San Diego, and a visionary and influential force for the student movement worldwide during the Sixties and Seventies. Blending archival footage, interviews, and recreated scenes, the film profiles not only the life of Maruse but also the history of student protest and social activism. Features interviews with Marcuse's student Angela Davis, former UCSD Chancellor William McGill, colleagues Fredric Jameson and Reinhard Lettau, and rare footage of Marcuse and former California governor Ronald Reagan. Produced, written, and directed by Paul Alexander Juutilainen. Dist. Cinema Guild. 1996. 56 min. DVD 6128

[Marx, Karl] Karl Marx and Marxism
Writer and narrator, Stuart Hall ; producers, Alan Horrox, Gillian McCreadie ; director, Alan Horrox ; film editor, Harvey Kyle. The impact of Marx on the 20th century has been all-pervasive and world-wide. This program looks at the man, at the roots of his philosophy, at the causes and explanations of his philosophical development, and at its most direct outcome: the failed Soviet Union. Dist: Films Media Group. 1993. 52 min. Video/C 6169

[Marx, Karl] Bryan Magee Talks to Peter Singer about Hegel and Marx
Peter Singer of Princeton University discusses rational Hegelian philosophy and the historicism and organicism at its root. Hegel's concept of a model of reality as ultimately spiritual and of philosophy as organic and constantly changing, is examined. The theories of Karl Marx are discussed as essentially Hegelian but with a practical, economic spin. Originally broadcast in 1987 as a segment of the television program: Great philosophers, a history of western philosophy. Dist: Films Media Group. 45 min. DVD 1882

[Marx, Karl] The Communism of Karl Marx
Joel Friedman, Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Davis, presents through a costumed impersonation, the important philosophical and historical concepts underlying Marx's political and economic theories. 1980. 27 min. DVD 7310 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 9912

[Marx, Karl] Marx for Beginners
An animated, tongue-in-cheek look at Karl Marx's philosophy and its origins. A film by Bob Godfrey and Cucumber Studios. 1978. 7 min. DVD 4514

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[Marx, Karl] Marxist Philosophy
Charles Taylor, a founder of the New Left Movement in Britain, discusses the appeal of Marxism, its flaws, and how its theories relate to the practice of Communism. Dist: Films Media Group. 1976. 46 min. Video/C 8345

[Marx, Karl] Whatever Happened to Marx?
Examines the impact of Marxism throughout the world from the Russian Revolution to today's Third World nations. Discusses the roots of Marx's theories and how and where they have been implemented. 1983. 26 min. DVD 7443 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 8345

Mathematics in Arcadia: Tom Stoppard in Conversation with Robert Osserman
A dialogue between the mathematician Robert Osserman and the playwright Tom Stoppard commenting on Stoppard's play Arcadia. The plot of the stageplay revolves around the philosophical inquiries of a young woman and her tutor concerning the nature of mathematics, specifically Fermat's last theorem, and the investigations of two other scholars into the proofs for the theorem. 1999. 89 min. Video/C 6329

Metaphysics (Great Ideas of Philosophy)
Idealism and materialism ... realism, nominalism, and conceptualism ... the noumenal and the phenomenal ... logical positivism, emergentism, and modal realism. Systematic thought about the nature of reality is the very foundation of philosophical reasoning. This program discusses the nature of metaphysics and its history, referencing the works and theories of Aristotle, George Berkeley, Plato, Peter Abelard, William of Ockham, David Hume, Immanuel Kant, Rudolph Carnap, George Lewis, John Stuart Mill, Wilfred Sellars, Gottfried Leibniz, and David K. Lewis. Dist: Films Media Group. c2004. 50 min. DVD 2909

The Mind of the Enlightenment
Professor Kors examines the consequences of the mind set free in the 18th century, when the Judeo-Christian tradition faced relativist theories of thought never before dreamed, and when the entire notion of the relationship between God, nature and Europe's own sense of the natural order of things was set in turmoil. c1992. 352 min. Video/C 3768

Modern Philosophy
During the 16th century, a new breed of thinker arose, equal parts philosopher and scientist, that threw off the received wisdom of the past and started afresh. In this program contemporary philosophers and academicians address the major philosophical currents of that era -- and the explosive controversies surrounding them. Bacon's Novum organum, Descartes' Discours de la methode, Hobbes' Leviathan, Spinoza's Ethica and other germane works are cited. Dist: Films Media Group. 2004. 50 min. DVD 2927

Modern Philosophy
1977. Dist: Films Media Group.

An Introduction to Philosophy. Bryan Magee talks with Sir Isaiah Berlin, Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, and biographer of Karl Marx, about some fundamental questions of philosophy and its importance today. 1976. 46 min. DVD 2121

The Philosophy of Language. Berkeley philosopher of language John Searle discusses the question: "How does language relate to thought and to reality?" Searle explores the use of language to clarify experience as fundamental to the acquisition of knowledge. He then describes the various uses of language in the philosophies of Plato, Descartes, Frege, Mills and others. 1977. 46 min. DVD 2101; also on VHS Video/C 8350

The Ideas of Chomsky. Linguist and political activist Chomsky challenges accepted notions of the way in which language is learned, examines the relationship of language to experience, and discusses the philosophical nature of knowledge. 47 min. DVD 2102; also on VHS Video/C 8346

The Philosophy of Science. Hilary Putnam examines current philosophical thought that dismisses the primacy and infallibility of mathematical logic and the scientific method. Modern thinkers, such as Einstein, are credited with introducing interpretive logic into their scientific theories. 46 min. DVD 2103

Philosophy and Politics. In this program, Ronald Dworkin, Professor of Jurisprudence at Oxford, examines how the explosive issues of the 1960s compelled the reassessment of fundamental political ideas, and discusses the effect of this movement on political philosophy at the universities. 46 min. DVD 2104

Logical Positivism and its Legacy. A.J. Ayer, who played a major role in introducing logical positivism to England, explains the movement, its purpose, and its effect on current philosophical trends. Ayer also discusses its founders-- members of the Vienna Circle of the 1920s-- who based their theories on logic and science. 40 min. DVD 2108

The Spell of Linguistic. Bernard Williams discusses linguistic philosophy-- anoff-shoot of logical positivism-- which argues that sentences can have no meaning beyond that which humans give them because language is a human invention. 46 min. DVD 2109

Moral Philosophy. R.M. Hare examines the 19th-century philosophy of Utilitarianism-- morals and legislation predicated on the greatest happiness for the greatest numbers-- and how it has been applied in the 20th century. Examining the theories of J. Bentham, William James, J. S. Mill and H. Sidgwick, Hare also analyzes how 20th century philosophers including Karl Marx, applied utilitarian philosophical concepts to social, political and economic questions. 46 min. DVD 2110

The Ideas of Quine. Willard Van Orman Quine discusses his earlier view of himself as a mathematical logician, and his later interest in philosophy in a more general sense-- specifically, regarding metaphysics and the philosophy of language. 46 min. DVD 2111

The Two Philosophies of Wittgenstein. Ludwig Wittgenstein developed two linguistic philosophies: one studies language as a way of giving picture-meanings to objects; the other studies the ways language is used to create different impressions. In this program Oxford professor Anthony Quinton dissects Wittgenstein's two linguistic philosophies and discusses their influence on anthropology and sociology. 49 min. DVD 2117

Heidegger and Modern Existentialism. William Barrett of New York University examines the basic theory of existentialism as founded by Martin Heidegger, and later propagated by Jean-Paul Sartre. Barrett discusses Heidegger's notions of being, existence as task, cosmic roots, and alienation. Sartre's concept of absolute human freedom is discussed as having promoted human dignity and individualism in the impersonal modern society. 1977. 47 min. DVD 2118

Marcuse and the Frankfurt School. Philosopher and political theorist Herbert Marcuse explains how the so-called Frankfurt School reevaluated Marxism when world economic crisis failed to destroy capitalism as predicted by Marx. He also analyses the philosophical roots of the student rebellions of the sixties. 1977. 46 min. DVD 2119

Marxist Philosophy. Charles Taylor, a founder of the New Left Movement in Britain, discusses the appeal of Marxism, its flaws, and how its theories relate to the practice of Communism. 1977. 46 min. DVD 2120

Naturalism and Dualism in the Study of Language and Mind.
Noam Chomsky, noted professor of linguistics, expounds upon the unification of linguistics with the natural sciences and dualism versus the scientific approach in the philosophy of language. Lecture, U.C. Berkeley, April 5, 1994. 100 min. Video/C 2696

[Nietzsche, Friedrich] Bryan Magee talks to J.P. Stern About Nietzsche
This program examines the systematic philosophical pessimism of Arthur Schopenhauer and its emphasis on an infraconsciousness, or will as the irrational motivating force in human nature. On a larger scale, the concept of will is ultimately defined as energy, which is judged to be central to scientific explanations of what drives the universe. Dist: Films Media Group. 1987. 45 min. DVD 5068

[Nietzsche, Friedrich] Hölderlin, Dostoievski et Nietzsche
French historian and literary critic René Girard expounds on the work of Clausewitz, Hegel, Holderlin, Dostoyevsky and others. In French without English subtitles. DVD X1984

[Nietzsche, Friedrich] Friedrich Nietzsche
Various biographers, translators, and members of Nietzsche organizations speak about the philosopher, his ideas, and his influence. Dist: Films Media Group. 1999. 50 min. DVD 2376

[Pascal, Blaise] Blaise Pascal(Italy / France, 1972)
Directed by Roberto Rossellini. Cast: Pierre Arditi, Rita Forzano, Giuseppe Addobbati, Christian De Sica, Livio Galassi, Bruno Cattaneo, Bepi Mannaiuolo, Marco Bonetti, Teresa Ricci, Christian Aleny, Bernard Rigal. Evoking the terror and desperation of the seventeenth century, this film brings to life Blaise Pascal, the philosopher and mathematician who, amidst religious persecution and ignorance, believed in a harmony between God and science. 129 min. DVD X1138

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Philosophie. Volume 1, Corps, visage, laideur, identité
Contents Corps / avec Marion Richez -- Visage / avec Dan Arbib -- Laideur / avec Gwenaëlle Aubry -- Identité / avec Élise Marrou -- Bonus: Compléments d'interviews -- Bonus: Accès par mots clés. Host: Raphaël Enthoven. In French without English subtitles. 104 min. DVD X3710

The Philosophy of Language
Berkeley philosopher of language John Searle discusses the question: "How does language relate to thought and to reality?" Searle explores the use of language to clarify experience as fundamental to the acquisition of knowledge. He then describes the various uses of language in the philosophies of Plato, Descartes, Frege, Mills and others. Dist: Films Media Group. 1997. 46 min. Video/C 8350

Philosophy of Mind (Great Ideas of Philosophy)
The philosophy of the mind is a tremendously dynamic field of inquiry, with many points of view competing for attention. This program seeks to understand the prism of mind through the eye of some of history's keenest philosophers, including Rene Descartes, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, C. D. Broad, John Stuart Mill, George Berkeley, Rudolph Carnap, Gilbert Ryle, Willard Van Orman Quine, Frank Jackson, Thomas Nagel, Donald Davidson, and John Searle. Dist: Films Media Group. c2004. 50 min. DVD 2910

Philosophy of Religion
This program explores three major areas of philosophical inquiry into religion: religious epistemology, or the exploration of the rational grounds for religious beliefs and in particular, the existence of God; the metaphysics of religion, which inquires into the nature of God; and theodicy, which examines the philosophical implications of the presence of evil in the world. Readings from Thomas Aquinas' Summa theologica, Moses Maimonides' Guide for the perplexed, and other essential texts are included. Dist: Films Media Group.2004. 44 min. DVD 2931

Philosophy of Science
Does science explain the world, or does it simply describe it? Can science be truly objective? What is the boundary between science and non-science? Does nature have laws? This program seeks to answer questions such as these through the insights of Princeton University's Daniel Garber; Hilary Putnam, of Harvard University; and Barry Loewer, of Rutgers University. Ranging from the Physics of Aristotle to the competing physics paradigms of Einstein and Bohr, the program illustrates the progression of scientific thought from ancient times, through the Renaissance, to the 21st century. Dist: Films Media Group. 2004. 46 min. DVD 2926

Philosophy, the Social Context
London School of Economics professor Ernest Gellner discusses contemporary philosophy, its historical and social backgrounds, and its role in modern society. Gellner examines the radical expansion of scientific knowledge and its dehumanizing effect on society as expressed by sociologist Max Weber. Marxism's messianic expectation is blamed for its failure to reconstruct society. Gellner dismisses today's philosophy of relativism as unworkable. Dist: Films Media Group. c1977. 46 min. DVD 1881

[Plato] Bryan Magee Talks to Myles Burnyeat About Plato
Analyzes the dialogues of Plato. Seeing Plato's ideas initially as extentions of those of his teacher Socrates, Burnyeat explains the development and content of Plato's original doctrines of knowledge as virtue, the immortality and tripartite division of the soul, and the theory of forms (ideas). Plato's political philosophy is discussed within the context of the nation of the ideal state -- a political utopia ruled by philosopher-kings. Dist: Films Media Group. 1987. 45 min. DVD 5054

Plug & Pray
Takes a journey into the world of artificial intelligence -- a field of study where computer technology, robotics, biology, neuroscience, and developmental psychology converge --exploring not only the latest advancements and developments, but the ethical and philosophical questions raised along the way. Features interviews with scientists, engineers and established experts in this field, including American inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil and former MIT professor Joseph Weizenbaum, a pioneer in the field of AI who has since become one of its harshest critics. A film by Jens Schanze and Judith Malek-Mahdavi. Dist.: Cinema Guild. 91 min. 2009. DVD X5752

Political Philosophy
Who should lead the world's only superpower? When is it acceptable to topple another country's leader? Are personal freedom and national security mutually incompatible? The answers to urgent political questions such as these are informed by 23 centuries of discourse that started with The Republic. This program focuses successively on the pivotal ideas of Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Rousseau, Marx, Mill, John Rawls, and Robert Nozick to elucidate the thinking that underpins the West's conceptions of good and bad government. Dist: Films Media Group. 2004. 46 min. DVD 2930

[Quine, Willard Van Orman] The Ideas of Quine.
Willard Van Orman Quine discusses his earlier view of himself as a mathematical logician, and his later interest in philosophy in a more general sense-- specifically, regarding metaphysics and the philosophy of language. Dist: Films Media Group. 46 min. DVD 2111

[Ricoeur, Paul] Paul Ricoeur: philosophe de tous les dialogues
Presents a documentary on the French philosopher Paul Ricoeur best known for combining phenomenological description with hermeneutic interpretation. Includes a collection of additional interviews titled "Les grands chapitres de la pensée, de l'oeuvre de Paul Ricoeur" and a booklet titled "Paul Ricoeur, le tragique et la promesse" which records an interview of Paul Ricoeur by Olivier Abel conducted for Antenne 2. Contents: Disc 1. Le film : présentation biographique (57 min.) ; Les grands chapitres de la pensée, de l'oeuvre de Paul Ricoeur: Le style Ricoeur (19 min) -- Disc 2: Les grands chapitres de la pensée, de l'oevre de Paul Ricoeur (suite) (2 hrs., 36 min.) Les années de formation -- La philosophie de la volonté -- Le débat avec Sartre -- La question du mal -- Penser le politique -- L'herméneutique -- Le défi freudien -- L'expérience américaine -- Une réponse au structuralisme -- La question du temps -- Soi-même comme un autre -- La question du juste -- La Mémoire, l'Histoire, l'Oubli -- Parcours de la reconnaissance -- La critique et la conviction -- Vivant jusqu'à la mort -- Apport de sa pensée -- L'Amitié. In French without English subtitles. 235 min. DVD X1159

[Rousseau, Jean-Jacques] Proemes de Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe
Entretiens de l'ile Saint-Pierre / entre Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe [et] Jean-Christophe Bailly, film de Christine Baudillon, Francois Lagarde (2006, 147 min.) -- Andenken / une film de Christine Baudillon, Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe (2002, 14 min.). In Entretiens de l'ile Saint-Pierre, the authors and contemporary French philosophers Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe and Jean-Christophe Bailly discuss the philosophy and prose of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Friedrich Holderlin. Andenken looks at the poem by the same name by Holderlin. 2006. 161 min. DVD 6649

[Russell, Bertrand] Bryan Magee talks to A.J. Ayer About Frege, Russell and Modern Logic
A.J. Ayer discusses how the theories of Gottlob Frege and Bertrand Russell depsychologized philosophy and laid the foundation for modern logic. The discussion includes Frege's theory of quantification and Russell's theory of types and descriptions and their contributions to the philosophy of language. Dist: Films Media Group. 1987. 45 min. DVD 5070

[Sartre, Jean-Paul] The Existential Philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre
Joel Friedman, Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Davis, presents through a costumed impersonation, the key tenents of existentialism, as developed by the French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre. 1983. 30 min. DVD 7311 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 9909

[Sartre, Jean-Paul] Jean-Paul Sartre: A Retrospective
Produced 20 years after Sartre's death in 1980, this program assesses the philosophical legacy of one of France's most renowned intellectuals. The documentary features extensive film footage of Sartre conducting lectures, as well as several interviews. A host of friends, scholars, and philosophers discuss his works and his pivotal role in the Existentialist movement. Dist: Films Media Group. 2000. 55 min. DVD 2380

[Sartre, Jean-Paul] Jean-Paul Sartre et Simone de Beauvoir
Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) and Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986), intimately discuss their work, their lives, and the role of public intellectuals in modern society. Asked why they have finally agreed to such an intimate look at their lives, Beauvoir explains that they are doing so, "out of friendship for our readers." Camera, Michel Brault; editing, Les Cineastes Associes; sound, Marcel Carri`ere. Interviewers: Claude Lanzmann, Madeleine Gobeil. 1967. 60 min. DVD 4629

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[Sartre, Jean-Paul] Sartre par lui-meme (Sartre by Himself)
1972. 204 min. Video/C 1155

[Sartre, Jean-Paul] Sartre: The Road to Freedom /
This program uses archival footage, accounts by some of his close friends, and interviews with experts to analyze Sartre's life and existential outlook from the vantage point of World War II and its aftermath. Dramatized excerpts of Nausea and No exit underscore Sartre's themes of alienation and commitment and offer a glimpse of his vision of hell. Dist: Films Media Group. 1999. 48 min. DVD 2381

[Schopenhauer, Arthur] Bryan Magee talks to Frederick Copleston About Schopenhauer
This program examines the systematic philosophical pessimism of Arthur Schopenhauer and its emphasis on an infraconsciousness, or will as the irrational motivating force in human nature. On a larger scale, the concept of will is ultimately defined as energy, which is judged to be central to scientific explanations of what drives the universe. Dist: Films Media Group. 1987. 45 min. DVD 5067

[Searle, John] The Philosophy of Language
Berkeley philosopher of language John Searle discusses ) the question: "How does language relate to thought and to reality?" Searle explores the use of language to clarify experience as fundamental to the acquisition of knowledge. He then describes the various uses of language in the philosophies of Plato, Descartes, Frege, Mills and others. Dist: Films Media Group. 1977. 46 min. DVD 2101; vhs Video/C 8350

La sociologie est un sport de combat (Sociology is a Martial Art)
Documentary on influential sociologist Pierre Bourdieu whose work is concerned with elucidating the processes of symbolic violence and cultural domination in various areas of social life. The camera follows Bourdieu as he lectures, attends political rallies, travels, meets with his students, staff and research team in Paris and includes Bourdieu in conversation with Gunter Grass. 2001. 140 min. Video/C 9772

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[Spinoza, Baruch] Bryan Magee Talks to Anthony Quinton About Spinoza and Leibniz
The ideas of rationalist philosophers Baruch Spinoza and Gottfried Leibniz are examined in this program by Anthony Quinton. Spinoza favors a pantheistic God who has matter and mind as two attributes, and who is the ultimate substance and explanation of the world. Leibniz sees the real world as consisting of an infinite array of spiritual centers. Dist: Films Media Group. 1987? 46 min. DVD 5060

[Stein, Edith] Edith Stein
Probes the heart and soul of the Carmelite nun, Edith Stein, the Jewish convert and noted philosopher, beatified on German soil by Pope John Paul II. Exemplifies her holiness and heroic virtue while facing down a culture of death. 1996. 90 min. Video/C 8037

Voices: The Trouble with the Truth
University of California, Berkeley philosophy professor John Searle interviews various philosophers and researchers on matters relating to the mind and human perception. 1988. 153 min. DVD 5360 [preservation copy]

The Western Tradition
Lectures heard on PBS covering the origins of Western civilization. Traces the development in politics, economics, industry, agriculture, art, and philosophy in daily life from Egypt through current day.

Programs 5-6. Program 5 explores the growth of philosophy and democracy in Greece, which laid the foundations for our present systems. (28:00) Program 6 explores the foundation of Greek philosophy, as seen in the works of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. (27:37) Video/C 1502

[Wittgenstein, Ludwig]Bryan Magee Talks to John Searle About Wittgenstein
he two linguistic philosophies of Ludwig Wittgenstein are discussed by Professor of Philosophy, John Searle. He examines Wittgenstein's earlier picture theory of meaning, in which reality, as perceived by humans, determines the structure of the language used to describe it. A revised theory views language as a tool that, depending upon its use, prescribes the reality. Dist: Films Media Group. 1987. 45 min. DVD 5071

[Wittgenstein, Ludwig] The Two Philosophies of Wittgenstein.
Ludwig Wittgenstein developed two linguistic philosophies: one studies language as a way of giving picture-meanings to objects; the other studies the ways language is used to create different impressions. In this program Oxford professor Anthony Quinton dissects Wittgenstein's two linguistic philosophies and discusses their influence on anthropology and sociology. Dist: Films Media Group. 49 min. DVD 2117

[Wittgenstein, Ludwig] Wittgenstein. (1993)
Directed by Derek Jarman. A surreal and fanciful biography of the Viennese philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, who strove to define and teach insights on communication and the powers and limits of language. "Wittgenstein is shown as a boy living a repressive youth, demonstrated by his family appearing in Roman togas. When Wittgenstein leaves to study under Bertrand Russell at Cambridge, he begins to investigate language and apply the strictures and constructs of language to philosophical study. The subject of Wittgenstein's homosexuality is depicted when, after World War I, he falls in love with a poor philosophy student, Johnny (Kevin Collins). Also portrayed is Wittgenstein's death at an early age from prostate cancer." -- Paul Brenner [All-Movie Guide]. 75 min. 999:1155

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[Wittgenstein, Ludwig] Tractatus (Kozjatek).
A film by Peter Forgacs. Presents seven short video essays that refer to Wittgenstein's Tractatus logico-philosophicus with each essay relating to one of Wittgenstein's philosophical propositions. Home movies from early 20th century Europe are accompanied by voiceovers and written texts from Tracatus, and a somber, lyrical score. Scenes of bourgeois life are haunted by foreboding of the future. Drawing up the disjuntion between language and image, Hungarian filmmaker Peter Forgacs created a symbolic illustration of Wittgenstein's theories of logic, language, reality and representation. 1992. 35 min. DVD 3214

[Žižek, Slavoj] Žižek
Presents a compelling portrait of an intellectual maverick, the eccentric Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek as he travels around the world lecturing. In transit, Zizek obsessively reveals the invisible workings of his ideology through a unique blend of Lacanian psychoanalysis, Marxism and pop culture critique. Special features: Deleted scenes, unused interviews and lectures, Slavoj Žižek on Nightbeat, theatrical trailer. Film comment magazine article, "Guilty pleasures: Slavoj Žižek " re-printed in insert. Directed by Astra Taylor. 2005. 70 min. DVD X2120

[Žižek, Slavoj] Žižek
Žižek, the Reality of the Virtual
A cinematic experience of Zizek's interpretations of reality and virtual reality. Going beyond the Lacanian Real, this film examines those real elements (which may or may not resist symbolization) that constitute the nodal points of our worldly existence -- the points that undermine all systematic attempts to determine this existence in advance and by means of externally derived iron laws. It is unlikely that Zizek himself would put the matter in this fashion, because his strategy is precisely to flirt with iron principles (what he has most recently named "lost causes") in order to expose how the political contingencies of our world are veiled by a palliative language that uses the alibi of contingency to defeat principles. Directed and edited by Ben Wright. Filmed December 11th, 2003, London. 74 min. DVD X3537

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