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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 Alain de Botton
Available on:
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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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:
 2009

Liberates philosophy from the halls of academia through entertaining and thought-provoking excursions with some of today's most famous and influential thinkers.

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by Ayn Rand
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 2013

This documentary-style course traces Rand’s life (1905-1982) from the perspective of her goal to become a writer. Photographs, film clips, and audio of Rand’s own personal recollections enliven this narrative of her prolific career.

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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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Available on:
Online Video (Free)
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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