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The Fabulous Life and Thought of Ahmad Fardid

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Explores the life and thought of Iranian philosopher Ahmad Fardid in his intellectual crusade to halt rising western influence in Iran
DVD
2016; 2015
Clemons (CHECKED OUT)
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The Pervert's Guide to Ideology

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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.
DVD
2014; 2012
Clemons (Stacks)
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I Am

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The story of a successful Hollywood director, Tom Shadyac, who experienced a life-threatening head injury, and his ensuing journey to try and answer two very basic questions: 'What's wrong with the world?' and 'What can be done about it?' With a film crew of four, Tom visits some of today's great minds, including authors, poets, teachers, religious leaders, and scientists, searching for the fundamental endemic problem that causes all the other problems, while reflecting on his own life choices.
DVD
2011; 2010
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Nature of Existence

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Filmmaker Roger Nygard (Trekkies) takes on The nature of existence, roaming the globe to interview spiritual leaders, scientists, and artists who have influenced, inspired, or freaked out humanity.
DVD
2010
Clemons (Stacks)
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EVO

EVO

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A study and reflection of the history and future of evolutionary theory.
DVD
2002
Clemons (Stacks)
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Zeitgeist [electronic resource]: Addendum - Rise

This program takes a philosophical tack in the hope of inspiring change in the viewer and promoting action that would alter society for the better.
Online
2009
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The Ideas of Quine [electronic resource]

Willard Van Orman Quine of Harvard stands as one of the modern world's most eminent philosophers. In this rare interview conducted by world-renowned author and professor Bryan Magee, 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. A BBC Production.
Online
1977
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China [electronic resource]: From Cartier to Confucius

Surging economic strength, expanding military capabilities, and an undeniable impact on the existing global order-these make up the dramatic narrative of 21st-century China. Meanwhile, a small group of philosophy students at Shanghai's prestigious Fudan University convenes each Friday night to study texts by Confucius and other classical philosophers. These young scholars have embraced-or at least do not disavow-China's consumerist-driven ascendancy, but they are insecure about the lack of principles to guide it. In the process of rediscovering values that were buried during the Cultural Revolution, a core question emerges: Will Confucianism regain more than a tentative foothold amid the fervor of state capitalism? Will the ruling class eventually welcome the ancient ideas and their [...]
Online
2012
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The Two Philosophies of Wittgenstein [electronic resource]

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, world-renowned author and professor Bryan Magee and Oxford professor Anthony Quinton dissect the two philosophies, and discuss their influence on anthropology and sociology.
Online
1976
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Logical Positivism and Its Legacy [electronic resource]

In this program with world-renowned author and professor Bryan Magee, 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.
Online
1976
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The Spell of Linguistic Philosophy [electronic resource]

In this program, world-renowned author and professor Bryan Magee and Bernard Williams of Cambridge University discuss linguistic philosophy-an offshoot of logical positivism-which argues that sentences can have no meaning beyond that which humans give them because language is a human invention.
Online
1977
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The Philosophy of Language [electronic resource]

World-renowned author and professor Bryan Magee and Berkeley philosopher of language John Searle discuss 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.
Online
1977
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Philosophy and Politics [electronic resource]

In this program, world-renowned author and professor Bryan Magee and Ronald Dworkin, Professor of Jurisprudence at Oxford, examine how the explosive issues of the 1960s compelled the reassessment of fundamental political ideas, and discuss the effect of this movement on political philosophy at the universities.
Online
1977
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60-Second Adventures in Thought Video Clip Collection [electronic resource]

Can a cat be both alive and dead? Can a computer actually think? How can a tortoise beat Achilles in a race? Voiced by comedian David Mitchell, these fast-paced animations explain six famous thought experiments, from antiquity to the 20th century, that have changed the way we see the world. Video clips include: *Achilles and the Tortoise: Can a tortoise beat a legendary hero in a race? Even if the tortoise has a slight head start, most of us would bet on the hero-and make the philosopher Zeno rich in the process. Every time the hero catches up, the tortoise is moving forward again. *The Grandfather Paradox: If you went back in time and killed your own grandfather, would you have ever been born? And if you weren't born, who killed your grandfather? *The Chinese Room: Philosopher John [...]
Online
2012
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Heidegger and Modern Existentialism [electronic resource]

In this program, world-renowned author and professor Bryan Magee and William Barret of New York University examine the basic theory of existentialism as founded by Martin Heidegger, and later propagated by Jean-Paul Sartre. Barret 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.
Online
1977
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The View From Within [electronic resource]: The Reality of Consciousness

The human body can function without being conscious - it does so when we're anesthetized or asleep. Where does consciousness go when we're not awake? In this program, James Burke explores the reticular formation, a part of the brain involved in regulating states of consciousness, touching on possible functions of dreaming and sleep as ways to integrate the day's experiences into our internal model of the world. Burke also explains what goes on in a person's consciousness when one is deciding to attend a party, from finding the place to recognizing the host to making small talk and navigating social interactions.
Online
1980
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Unoccupied Zone [electronic resource]: The Impossible Life of Simone Weil

The 20th-century French philosopher, political activist, and Christian mystic Simone Weil wrote that "human life is a composition on several planes." Accordingly, this biography from avant-garde filmmaker Cathy Lee Crane is not simply an account of Weil's life, but a multilayered representation of her ideas as well. The black-and-white dramatization uses reenactments and experimental effects along with excerpts from Weil's Marseille notebooks to portray the time she spent in France's unoccupied zone during World War II. "The unoccupied zone" also refers to the psychic space through which Weil passed while exiled in her own country, an existential labyrinth imagined by Crane in this film.
Online
2006
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A Conversation With Bertrand Russell [electronic resource]: From NBC's Wisdom Series

Romney Wheeler interviews British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, and social critic Bertrand Russell at Russell's home in Surrey, England. The conversation is part of NBC's Wisdom Series, which premiered on September 15, 1957. Russell is the author of New Hopes for a Changing World.
Online
1952