An Introduction to Western Philosophy

Jan 13, 2024 | Philosophy, Videos

The documentary series, Conversations with Great Thinkers, by Bryan Magee offers a captivating insight into the history and legacy of Western philosophy. Featuring conversations with fifteen of contemporary writers and philosophers such as A.J. Ayer, Bernard Williams, Martha Nussbaum, Peter Singer, and John Searle, the documentary is both an introduction to great thinkers from centuries past and a valuable exploration into the minds of some of the most influential 20th century philosophers.

Beginning with the death of Socrates in 399 BC, the documentary follows the story through to modern times. From Plato’s Republic to Russell’s Principia Mathematica to Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus – viewers are given a deep dive into the rich historical tradition that has shaped our world today. Not only does this offer a unique understanding on each philosopher’s core ideas but also their personalities which have contributed to their lasting legacy.

Though it may be slightly out-dated in terms of production value, Conversations With Great Thinkers remains an invaluable resource for those seeking an accessible overview into Western philosophy and its greatest mindsets. Whether you’re just starting your journey or looking for deeper context after studying some theories – it is certain that this documentary will leave you inspired and ready to embark on further explorations into philosophical thought. So don’t hesitate — watch Conversations With Great Thinkers now!

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