Philosophy & Religion


Freud: Genius of the Modern World 60 min.

Sigmund Freud was dubbed the “Father of psychoanalysis.” And certainly no other individual exploration of the human condition has had such a lasting and profound effect on the understanding of the psyche. His work changed the climate and the context in which we understand our lives, as well as the landscape of the inner workings of the human mind. The program begins in Vienna. Sigmund Freud arrive...

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Genius of the Modern World 180 min.

Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Sigmund Freud changed the landscape of the modern world. Together they re-imagined global economics, questioned the very foundations of morality and society, and unravelled the workings of the human mind. They were all born in the 19th century, a pivotal, tumultuous age that witnessed revolutions in industry, technology, and politics. Old certainties were breaki...

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Marx: Genius of the Modern World 59 min.

Karl Marx was a man who lived a life of contradiction: An angry agitator who spent years in scholarly silence in the British Library Reading Room. A family man who got the housekeeper pregnant. A brilliant mind who argued against exploitation, but lived off wealth exploited from workers in Engel’s family mills. Yet despite the paradoxes, this philosopher’s ideas had a greater influence in a shorte...

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Nietzsche: Genius of the Modern World 60 min.

The 19th century philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche was one of the most brilliant and dangerous minds of the 19th century. His uncompromising and often brutal ideas smashed the comfortable presuppositions and assumptions of religion, morality, and science. His was a world not just bereft of God, but almost of humanity—breathtaking in both its post-religious starkness and its originality. In this epi...

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Matter and Mind: Is Consciousness Inexplicable? 48 min.

Neuroscience has enabled us to explain how the brain affects the body. Yet there is no theory to explain how the matter of the brain creates thought and experience. Is consciousness inexplicable because it is not part of the material world? Or is it somehow physical after all and within our grasp? The Panel German philosopher Markus Gabriel, philosopher and author of Nihil Unbound Ray Brassier,...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2015

Myself and Others: Are We More Alive When We are Alone? 49 min.

We often think being alone is something to fear. Yet it has been an integral component in the lives of many of our greatest thinkers. Are we more real when we are alone and perhaps also more alive? Or was Heidegger right in seeing Being with Others as an essential element of being human? The Panel Historian and broadcaster Kate Williams, philosopher and author of On Being With Others Simon Glend...

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The Reality of Feeling: Reason and Emotion 42 min.

From the exhilaration of love to the depths of nihilistic despair, we think emotion clouds our access to the cold hard stuff of reality. Yet Einstein claimed intuition was a sacred gift and the rational mind only its servant. Are feelings a truer guide to reality than reason? The Panel Author of The Roots of Reason David Papineau, Cambridge sociologist Véronique Mottier and American philosopher...

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Strange New Worlds: Imagining Reality 44 min.

From writing to art, the intense to the light hearted, imagination transports us to untold fantasy worlds. Yet Picasso claimed "everything you can imagine is real." Should we dismiss this as the overblown claims of a celebrity artist, or might what we take to be reality actually be the product of imagination? The Panel Literary critic Terry Eagleton, New york University philosopher Paul Boghossi...

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Thinking and Being: Philosophy in Life and Experience 45 min.

Socrates famously claimed "the unexamined life is not worth living." Yet from surfing to sex, playing an instrument to riding a bike, our most joyous moments are not when we are lost in thought, but when we are lost in experience. Do we reflect too much and should we explore being more, or is this a hippie illusion? The Panel Philosopher and author Robert Eaglestone, Coco de Mer founder Sam Rodd...

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Time, Space and Being: Are Space and Time Just a Human Fantasy? 47 min.

We think space and time are the structure of the universe. Yet Einstein argued 'space and time are modes by which we think and not conditions in which we live.' And philosophers, Kant and Heidegger, saw space and time as the framework of thought not the world. Are space and time just a human fantasy? The Panel Physicist and author of The End of Time Julian Barbour, Cambridge metaphysician Huw Pr...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2015