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by Alain de Botton
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Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 2000

Written and presented by Alain de Botton, this series is an entertaining, practical and psychobabble-free self-help course for the philosophically minded.

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Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 1999

Beyond Good and Evil describes the life of Friedrich Nietzsche and his gradual shift from religion to nihilism, and finally, to insanity.

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Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 2011

Heroes of the Enlightenment is the story of how power came to the people. From Google, and Facebook and Wikipedia to the systems of democracy, finance, manufacture and the law - many aspects of modern life owe their existence to a single defining period: the Age of Enlightenment of the 18th century.

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by Slavoj Zizek
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 2010

Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek, akaThe Elvis of cultural theory, is given the floor to show of his polemic style and whirlwind-like performance.

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Year Released:
 2004

The Matrix conveys the horror of a false world made of nothing but perceptions. Based on the premise that reality is a dream controlled by malevolent forces, it is one of the most overtly philosophical movies ever to come out of Hollywood.

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by Jacques Derrida
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 2002

What if you could watch Socrates, on film, rehearsing his Socratic dialogues? What if there was footage of Descartes, Thoreau, or Shakespeare as themselves at work and in their daily life? Might we now look at these figures differently, with perhaps a deeper understanding of their work and lives?

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by Roger Scruton
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 2009

Philosopher Roger Scruton presents a provocative essay on the importance of beauty in the arts and in our lives.

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by Mary Beth Kirchner
Available on:
Online Audio (Free)
Year Released:
 2006

Questions about our origins as a species have been plaguing us as humans, prodding us as scientists and dividing us as Americans for more than a hundred years...

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Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 2010

Roger Nygard travels to the sources of the world's major philosophies and talks to everyone from physicist Leonard Susskind to Ultimate Christian Wrestling founder Rob Adonis to answer the questions, Why are we here and what are we supposed to do?

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Year Released:
 1996

One Man's Way is a 1996 documentary where Peter Singer documents the efforts and philosophies of animal rights activist Henry Spira, who is often remembered as the most effective animal activist of the 20th century.

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