Philosophy & Religion


New! Muir's Childhood in Scotland — The Unruly Mystic: John Muir 11 min.

This program explores John Muir's early life and adventures growing up in Scotland and his immigration to the United States.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2021

New! Muir's Environmental Activism — The Unruly Mystic: John Muir 16 min.

This program examines John Muir's environmental activism and push for preservation of natural resources and lands, considering why he felt wilderness is worth protecting. It looks at his founding of the Sierra Club and his push to preserve the areas that became Yosemite and Sequioa National Parks.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2021

New! Muir's Nature Church — The Unruly Mystic: John Muir 20 min.

For John Muir, time spent in nature was a religious experience. This program explores how Muir’s writings influence the Nature church movement of today.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2021

New! Muir's Yosemite Experience — The Unruly Mystic: John Muir 18 min.

This program explores John Muir's spiritual emergence during his forrays into Yosemite Valley and the High Sierra's Range of Light.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2021

New! The Unruly Mystic: John Muir 64 min.

The environmental movement stands on the shoulders of a few conservationists, most notably John Muir. Also known as “John of the Mountains,” Muir was a naturalist, author, environmental philosopher, Sierra Club founder, and dedicated advocate for the preservation of natural resources and the wild places in the United States. Through his activism, this wilderness champion became a pioneer. Muir’s s...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2021

Durkheim: Suicide and the Rules 22 min.

In Durkheim’s book The Rules of Sociological Method he explains his key concept of “social facts” and gives language and currency as examples of them. He devotes a whole book – Suicide – as his third example of such. This academic audiobook with sociology professor Garry Potter explains Durkheim's focus upon Suicide as the most counter-intuitive and difficult example to make his case for the soci...

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Marx's Capital 27 min.

Designed to make complicated ideas more accessible to undergraduates, this academic audiobook with sociologist Garry Potter briefly explains the key ideas of Marx’s three-volume work Das Kapital.

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Marx's Theory of Alienation 23 min.

People are unhappy. Marx’s Theory of Alienation explains why. This academic audiobook with sociology professor Garry Potter, explains how the concept of alienation combines with a kind of theory of human nature — Species Being. Potter explains that it is not a biological theory; rather it is based upon a fundamental feature of the human condition — that we must interact with nature to survive, we...

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2021

Postmodernism 24 min.

This academic audiobook with sociology professor Garry Potter explains the central arguments of Weber’s classic work. Potter examines the evolution of religious beliefs for purely doctrinal reasons in forms of Protestantism and their profound effect upon the evolution of attitudes towards work and saving and investment: “the spirit of capitalism.”

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2021

The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism 24 min.

Geared towards making concepts understandable for undergraduates, this academic audiobook with sociology professor Garry Potter explains postmodernism generally, and the ideas of its two most prominent thinkers – Jean Francois Lyotard and Jean Baudrillard.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2021