The term philosophy comes from the Ancient Greek word “philosophia” meaning “love of wisdom”. The introduction of the terms "philosopher" and "philosophy" has been ascribed to the Greek thinker Pythagoras. As a science, it is concerned with the general and fundamental problems, such as those connected with reality, existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language.

Historically it is divided according to the time and the place of the origin e.g. medieval or ancient Babylonian philosophy. The contemporary definition of philosophy, in plain words, is the combination of basic beliefs, concepts and attitudes of an individual or a group.

The study of philosophy is divided into different categories, according to the area of inquiry, such as epistemology, logic, and metaphysics, ethnic and political or aesthetics. Other specialized branches include the philosophy of language, law, mind, science and metaphilosophy.

According to the stream of thought, the concepts and attitudes that it represents, philosophy is divided into six following traditions: German idealism, pragmatism, phenomenology, existentialism, structuralism and the analytic tradition.

The documentaries and video materials compiled in this category have the purpose of simplifying some of the complex ideas and issues of the philosophical nature.

Look closely into the conflict that has been going on since the medieval period. The everlasting battle between science and religion is presented to you by Richard Dawkins in a very shocking and controversial way. From his point of view the world would be better off without religion of any kind.

It is said that the only certain things in life are death and taxes. Discover how the Buddhist doctrine describes death and afterlife. The Tibetan book of the dead is in the center of this story as the essential source of the Buddhist teachings.

From the One World Within productions comes the documentary called “The Sacred Sounds of Creation”, an artistic expression of the conscious state of mind, knowledge, music and visual effects that accompany this extraordinary piece with a single goal to explore the very principals of reality. The realization of this video is a product of collaboration between Jason Gregory and Justin Jezewski.

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Noam Chomsky: Rebel Without a Pause
Noam Chomsky: Rebel Without a Pause

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Intellectual, etymologist and lobbyist, Noam Chomsky talks about and ponders the condition of events around the globe such as 9/11 attacks, the war in Iraq, manipulation in the media, the fight against terrorism, fear, social activism and Foreign Policy of the US in both expansive discussions and in an extensive dialog with different scholars, fans, activists, critics and students. Dr. Song Chomsky, Noam's manager and spouse, also participates in this documentary and she gives an opinion on what drives Noam and what life looks like with him at her side. Other open reflections about Noam Chomsky and his thought process, work and influence are offered by other interviewed parties throughout the documentary.Watch this extraordinary film and see how a great man analyses some of the most important events and provides the possible cause for them along with the summary of their aftermath.If you enjoyed this documentary and would like to watch more similar videos, click here.

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Confucius: Words of Wisdom
Confucius: Words of Wisdom

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Confucius had a hard life, and he had intimate knowledge of the sufferings of his people. He lived in an era that saw constant warfare between competing warlords and the casting of shadows upon the impressive Chinese civilization that came before. Confucius wanted above all else to change Chinese society of his time and to rescue his nation and her people from the suffering and misery that stalked the land at that time. He was the son of an elderly great warrior and his concubine, and he apparently inherited the unbecoming looks of his father.After his father's death, he and his mother were rejected by the family, but great poverty did not stop Confucius from constantly seeking to learn and grow. In time, he started a school and welcomed students of all means, from the sons of leaders to the sons of penniless workers, teaching the importance of hard work, education for all, and a disregard for class and wealth in the measure of a man.He dreamed of finding a leader who would take him on as his advisor and, in this manner, bring about the great changes to society which he sought. For a time, he served as the governor of his home province and, for a few short years, put his teachings into practice with much success. He attracted enemies, though, and soon found himself wandering the countryside in exile.He kept seeking a leader who could save China, but Confucius' truth did not appeal to those capable of instituting change in society. He died thinking his great mission was a failure, never knowing just how immense an influence he would have on future generations of men and women, particularly those in Asia.

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The Root of All Evil? – Richard Dawkins
The Root of All Evil? – Richard Dawkins

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A shocking and controversial look into the effect of religion on on our society with special focus on the contradiction between religion/faith and Science. Written and presented by Richard Dawkins, in which he argues that the world would be better off without religion.

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Philosophy and the Matrix – Return to the Source
Philosophy and the Matrix – Return to the Source

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This is one of the 2 feature-length documentaries based on the Ultimate Matrix Collection. It goes over a number of philosophical concepts that inspired, & are presented in, the trilogy. They spend the first half on the original film, and the rest of the time then goes over parts 2 & 3, with a couple of thoughts on the Animatrix shorts. This consists of clips the movies and interviews. They do a good job of informing the audience about the various thoughts, although it would obviously take far longer to go over all the symbolism in them, and one can ask the very appropriate question if something anywhere near that definite and final is even desired, by viewers or the Wachowskis alike. That does mean that this is limited, but it is likely enough to enlighten and provide food for thought. In line with the series, this may provoke debate, rather than give answers set in stone. Whether one cares for this or not may depend on the extent of their knowledge on the subject, the old ideas, as well as how much they’ve thought about the presence of such in these three silver screen efforts. Obviously, it also makes a difference if one particularly wants to think about the meanings one could possibly take out of them.

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The Sacred Sound of Creation
The Sacred Sound of Creation

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One World Within Productions presents Jason Gregory’s experiential journey known as “The Sacred Sound of Creation.” Combined with the artistry of US filmmaker and musician Justin Jezewski, “The Sacred Sound of Creation” is an expression of consciousness through knowledge, music and visualization, which explores the fundamental principles of reality. This film has been endorsed by best-selling authors Graham Hancock and Walter Cruttendon

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The 11th Hour
The 11th Hour

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01 Nov 2012 – Update: this documentary is currently for preview only (sorry). Full version can be bought here. Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, this captivating documentary explores the perilous state of our planet, and the means by which we can change our course.

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Aristotle’s Lagoon
Aristotle’s Lagoon

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In the fourth century BC the Greek philosopher Aristotle went to Lesbos, an island in the Aegean full, then as now, with wildlife.His fascination with what he found there, and his careful study of it, gave birth to a new science – biology.Professor Armand Leroi follows in the footsteps of Aristotle to discover the creatures, places and ideas that inspired the philosopher in his pioneering work.A film that examines the discoveries of Aristotle on the nature of the island of Lesbos and how it influenced his views on human biology.

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