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The Pervert's Guide to Ideology

Slovene philiosopher and psychoanalyst Slavoj Žižek explores and exposes how the movies we view reinforce prevailing ideologies, shaping both what we believe and how we behave.
2014; 2012
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The Honor Code

If we change the way we think about honor, could we make the world a better place? Philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah proves we can.
2015; 2012

Catching Sight of Ourselves: Who Looks Back in the Mirror?

Far flung destinations are often home to those seeking to "find themselves." Encouraged perhaps by Socrates' maxim for an ethical life: "know thyself." But do any of us ever arrive? Is the self a real and stable enough "thing" that it can be known? Or can we never catch sight of ourselves in the mirror? The Panel Anthropologist and author of Stuff Daniel Miller, actress and writer Adjoa Andoh, and KCL philosopher Christopher Hamilton examine the limits of self-knowledge.
2016; 2015

Forgiving Dr. Mengele

Eva Kor and her twin sister were victims of the infamous Nazi doctor, Josef Mengele, who conducted sadistic experiments on human beings at Auschwitz concentration camp. Haunted ever since by these cruel acts, something even more shocking occurs—Eva finds the power to forgive him. Having finally liberated herself from her feelings of rage and victimhood, she becomes a tireless advocate of this new way of healing, but not everyone is ready to forgive the unforgivable.
2017; 2007

TEDTalks: Iyad Rahwan—What Moral Decisions Should Driverless Cars Make?

Should your driverless car kill you if it means saving five pedestrians? In this primer on the social dilemmas of driverless cars, Iyad Rahwan explores how the technology will challenge our morality and explains his work collecting data from real people on the ethical trade-offs we're willing (and not willing) to make.
2018; 2017

TEDTalks: Michael Patrick Lynch—How to See Past Your Own Perspective and Find Truth

The more we read and watch online, the harder it becomes to tell the difference between what's real and what's fake. It's as if we know more but understand less, says philosopher Michael Patrick Lynch. In this talk, he dares us to take active steps to burst our filter bubbles and participate in the common reality that actually underpins everything.
2018; 2017

TEDTalks: Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks—How We Can Face the Future Without Fear, Together

It's a fateful moment in history. We've seen divisive elections, divided societies and the growth of extremism—all fueled by anxiety and uncertainty. "Is there something we can do, each of us, to be able to face the future without fear?" asks Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. In this electrifying talk, the spiritual leader gives us three specific ways we can move from the politics of "me" to the politics of "all of us, together."
2018; 2017

Ideas Roadshow [electronic resource]: Philosophy for the Masses

In this Ideas Roadshow episode, Howard Burton speaks with the first Professor of Public Understanding of Philosophy in the UK (and likely anywhere) Angie Hobbs of University of Sheffield, about why philosophy is so vital to all of us, no matter what we do in life.
2015; 2013

Life With Principle

This educational documentary introduces Thoreau's timeless and provocative ideas in a 21st Century context. It includes interviews with historian Howard Zinn, Daniel Ellsberg and noted linguistics expert Noam Chomsky, along with other individuals who forthrightly explain how they have learned to cope in today's modern world.
2016; 2008

Applying the Lessons of Ancient Greece: Martha Nussbaum

If you don't give your brother a proper funeral, you doom his soul to unrest forever; however, if you save your brother's soul, the state will bury you alive as punishment. Or imagine being told that the only way to save your entire fleet from shipwreck is to sacrifice your own daughter. Wrenching predicaments like those were the stuff of Greek tragedy nearly 2,500 years ago; surely, you say, we don't face dilemmas so difficult in real life today. Or do we? Human goodness is such a fragile achievement, says Martha Nussbaum in this program with Bill Moyers, that leading a moral life sometimes requires more luck than anything else. A professor of philosophy and classics at Brown University, she finds lessons for modern Americans in what the ancient Greeks thought about virtue and tragedy.
2016; 1988

Critical Thinking and Logical Reasoning

This video highlights the critical thinking and logical reasoning skills necessary to analyze an argument and present a clear position on philosophical issues. The program defines the differences between subjective opinions, justified beliefs, and factual statements demonstrating how to evaluate a statement for logical consistency.
2016; 2012

Philosophical Tradition and Method

This video examines key philosophical issues within their historical contexts and their continuing relevance today. The presentation outlines the meaning and purpose of philosophy along with appropriate philosophic terminology. Experts discuss the basic problems in the fields of metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and political philosophy, highlight how to analyze claims in competing texts, and identify Internet-based philosophy research resources.
2016; 2012

Values Assessment

This video reviews how studying philosophy and understanding philosophical principles can help one better understand himself or herself and the beliefs of others in the world. Topics include: reasoning, values, ethics, morality, utilitarianism, Divine Command Theory, diversity, and consequentialism.
2016; 2012

Train to Happiness

French biologist turned Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard (known as the happiest man alive) in conversation with Mind and Life Institute pioneer Bennett Shapiro on their work on cognitive function with the Dalai Lama.
2017; 2008

We Were So Beloved

Between 1933 and 1941, thousands of Jews fled Nazi Germany and Austria for America. Leaving behind brothers, sisters and parents, more than 20,000 of them came together in Washington Heights in New York City. Here, for the first time, they lived among Jews. While horrific reports trickled in from the camps, the emigrants cooperated to build their new society. Like Shoah and The Sorrow and the Pity, We Were So Beloved uses gripping personal testimony to examine the complex emotional and philosophical implications of the survival of the Jews of Washington Heights.
2017; 2005

A Woman's World: How Did History's Radical Feminists Envision the Future?

What would a feminist utopia look like? Author of Willful Blindness Margaret Heffernan defies the status quo to imagine real change, "a polemic against the dangers of groupthink."
2019; 2018

The Common Lot

Light at the end of a tunnel, dear ones greeting us, a feeling of eternal well-being... More and more people who have returned from death's door claim they have experienced a near-death experience. Given their similarities with certain ideas of the Christian faith, the Catholic Church is in the witness box. What do these NDEs mean? Do they confirm or contradict the Christian faith? Should we take a fresh look at our notions of judgment, hell, purgatory, and paradise? Witnesses, scientists, and clerics give their views and lift a corner of the veil. A film to watch in order to see farther...and clearer.
2018; 2012

Waiting for Armageddon

America's 50-million strong Evangelical community is convinced that the world's future is foretold in Biblical prophecy, from the Rapture to the Battle of Armageddon. This film explores this apocalyptic world view from the home front in America to the future battlefield of Israel. By weaving Christian, Zionist, and Jewish perspectives along with telling archival materials, this eye-opening film also probes the potentially explosive alliance between Evangelical Christians and Israel, an alliance that may set the stage for what one Evangelical leader calls World War III.
2017; 2010

Under Orders, Under Fire (Part I)

How do we wage war when the enemy dresses as civilians and children throw bombs? Generals William Westmoreland, David Jones, and Brent Scowcroft, correspondents Peter Jennings and Mike Wallace, and others question the duty to follow orders and a commander's obligation to protect soldiers.
2018; 1989

How We Came to #Metoo: Why Have Sexual Accusations Reached a New High?

Sexual abuse accusations have a reached a new high. Why now? Leading British sociologist Linda Woodhead investigates.
2019; 2018