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The American pragmatists

BBC Education & Training; Magee, Bryan. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1997)
McNichols Campus Library
B 832 .B79

1 VHS cassette, 44 min. Sidney Moranbesser the pragmatic philosophy of three Americans: C.S. Peirce, William James, and John Dewey.

Aristotle's ethics, book 1 : The theory of happiness

(Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Corp, 1962)
McNichols Campus Library
B 491 .H36 A74

1 VHS cassette, 29 min. "Adler interprets Aristotle's theory of happiness, drawing a parallel between Aristotle's definition and the meaning implied in the Declaration of Independence. Animated drawings done in the style of paintings on Greek vases illustrate the pursuit of happiness."

Beyond the post-modern mind

(Thinking Allowed Productions, 1988)
McNichols Campus Library
B 804 .B49 1988

1 VHS cassette, 30 min. "According to professor of philosophy and comparative religion Huston Smith, the modern western worldview is dominated by the materialist values of science. This withdrawal of emphasis from human values and from essential elements such as meaning, quality and purpose has lead to wide spread alienation and social discontent. An interview with psychotherapist Jeffrey Mishlove."

Biology & crime

Police Founcation. (National Institute of Justice, 1985)
McNichols Campus Library
HV 6789 .C7 B56

"Discusses whether or not people are born into a life of crime." (28 min.)

Can the modern world believe in God?

King, Thomas M.. (The Teaching Company, 1993)
McNichols Campus Library
B 819 .C36 1993

Two VHS cassettes, 3 hours each Father Thomas discusses the philosophy of religion in eight 45-minute lectures to introduce many of the great religious thinkers and to suggest ways of working with their answers.

  • Part 1: Religion, society and the loner ; Classic proofs for the existence of God ; God and contemporary science ; God and the journey within
  • Part 2: Faith as existential choice ; God and the secular world ; Mystics, secular and sacred ; God and the human story.

Can we know God through experience?

Harrison, Diane. (INTELECOM, 1998)
McNichols Campus Library
BD 31 .E93 1998 no.11

1 VHS cassette, 30 min. "Considers whether certain mystical experiences are indications of the existence of a Divine Being, and what kind of evidence is necessary for religious belief."

Confucius : words of wisdom

(A&E Home Video)
McNichols Campus Library
B 128 .C8 C66 1997

1 VHS cassette, 46 min. Originally produced for the television series: Biography. "Tells the life story of confucius from his impoverished childhood to his years as a celebrated teacher. Discusses why his message of "five virtues" was not always accepted by the leaders of the day. Includes an interview with a direct descendant, XiangLin Kong."

Cosmic wisdom : an introduction to creation spirituality

(Friends of Creation Spirituality, 1989)
McNichols Campus Library
BD 511 .C83

1 VHS cassette, 90 min. "Commentary and interviews with Matthew Fox, Brian Swimme, and other workshop participants on reverence for creation, experiencing God, art as meditation, and societal transformation."

Does God exist?

Harrison, Diane. (INTELECOM, 1998)
McNichols Campus Library
BD 31 .E93 1998 no.10

1 VHS cassette, 30 min. "Discusses the attempts by philosophers through the ages to prove the existence of God."

Faith & reason

(Films for the Humanities, 1998)
McNichols Campus Library
BL 245 .F25 1998

1 VHS cassette, 58 min. "Documentary about the interaction between science and religion, both historical and today. Interviews with leading scientists and theologians explore the history of the relationship between these two fields and their views on history, evolution, genetics, cosmology, purpose, technology, and the future, and reveal that for most of history science and religion have been deeply entwined. Looks at a growing worldwide movement of scientists and theologians who believe that faith and reason can support one another."

A force more powerful : a century of nonviolent conflict

York, Steve. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 2000)
McNichols Campus Library
HM 1281 .F67 2000

"Six stories showing how nonviolent power has been used against oppressive rule, military forces, and injustice throughout the twentieth century." Part 1: Nashville : We were warriors (32 min.) Part 2: India : Defying the Crown (30 min.) Part 3: South Africa : Freedom in our lifetime" (34 min.) Part 4: Denmark : Living with the enemy (31 min.) Part 5: Poland : We've caught God by the arm (31 min.) Part 6: Chile : Defeat of a dictator (34 min.)

Frege, Russell and modern logic

BBC Education & Training; Magee, Bryan. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1997)
McNichols Campus Library
BC 38 .F74 1997

1 VHS cassette, 44 min. "A. J. Ayer discusses how the theories of Gottlob Frege and Bertrand Russell depsychologized philosophy and laid the foundation for modern logic. The discussion includes Frege's theory of quantification and Russell's theory of types and descriptions and their contributions to the philosophy of language."

Gandhi

(Columbia Pictures Home Video, 1990)
McNichols Campus Library
DS 481 .G3 G36 1990

Two VHS cassettes, 187 min. "Tells the story of Gandhi's adult life, when he led an entire country to freedom, using non-violent methods."

Germany--Dada : an alphabet of German Dadaism

(Kartes Video Communications, 1986)
McNichols Campus Library
NX 600 .D3 G47 1986

"Deals with aims and activities of the revolutionary group of artists and writers who made up the Dadaist movement in Germany. Filmed in the true Dadaist spirit with the cooperation of two original Dadaists, Hans Richter and Richard Huelsenbeck." (50 min.)

The Great minds of the Western intellectual tradition

Sugrue, Michael; Staloff, Darren. (Teaching Company, 1992)
McNichols Campus Library
B 73 .G732 1992

10 VHS cassettes. "Presents 36 lectures by Michael Sugrue and Darren Staloff. These lectures are based on their seminar course at Columbia University on Western intellectual history augmented by 21 additional lectures by selected "guest" lecturers. Gives a guided tour through 3,000 years of Western thought."

  • Part I: Ancient philosophy and faith : from Athens to Jerusalem
  • Part II: The Age of Faith to the Age of Reason
  • Part III: The Enlightenment and its critics
  • Part IV: Philosophy in the epoch of ideology
  • Part V: Modernism and Age of Analysis.

Hegel and Marx

BBC Education & Training; Magee, Bryan. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1997)
McNichols Campus Library
B 2948 .B79

1 VHS cassette, 46 min. Peter Singer discusses rational Hegelian philosophy and the historicism and organicism at its root. The theories of Karl Marx are discussed as essentially Hegelian but with a practical, economic spin.

Human Dilemma

(Thinking Allowed Productions, 1988)
McNichols Campus Library
RC 489.E93 H85 1988

Series moderator Jeffrey Mishlove interviews Rollo May on existential psychology and the role of anxiety in our lives. (InnerWork Series). (90 min.)

Humanistic Psychotherapy

(Thinking Allowed Productions, 1988)
McNichols Campus Library
RC 489.E93.H855 1988

James Bugental describes humanistic-existential psychotherapy as a journey toward greater wholeness and aliveness, where the client does not necessarily change behavior, but rather gains a larger sense of who he or she is. (Thinking Allowed Series). (30 min.)

The ideas of Chomsky

(Films for the Humanities and Sciences, 2003)
McNichols Campus Library
P 85 .C47 I34 2003 DVD

" Linguist and political activist Chomsky challenges accepted notions of the way in which language is learned, examines the relationship of language to experience, and discusses the philosophical nature of knowledge." (47 min.)

Is morality relative?

Alkemade, Monique; Burg, Simone V.D.. (INTELECOM, 1998)
McNichols Campus Library
BD 31 .E93 1998 no.18

1 VHS cassette, 30 min. "Several modern philosophers discuss whether there are universal standards of morality."

Jacques Derrida

(Humanities & Sciences, 1996)
McNichols Campus Library
B 2430 .D484 A5 1996

1 VHS cassette, 39 min. "At an Oxford Amnesty Lecture Jacques Derrida and Alan Montefiore discuss deconstruction of the subject and the implications for human rights; Derrida avers that, as deconstruction changes the nature of the subject, so deconstruction of nationalism should lead to a modern nationality incorporating different forms of nationality, such as singularities of tradition and minorities of various sorts."

Justice with Michael Sandel

(PBS Video, 1991)
McNichols Campus Library
JC 578 .J87 1991

"Michael Sandel, professor of political philosophy at Harvard University, sets forth his views on what is needed for self-government to survive under modern conditions." (28 min.)

Living philosophically

(Thinking Allowed Productions, 1987, c1988)
BD 450 .L58

1 VHS cassette, 2 hours. Jeffrey Mishlove interviews Jacob Needlemand on spirituality and the intellect, Arthur M. Young on self and universe, Huston Smith on the primordial tradition, and Jane Rubin on self and society.

Mahatma Gandhi : the great soul lives

Sommerkorn, Christopher. (Films for the Humanities, 2000)
McNichols Campus Library
DS 481 .G3 M327 2000

1 VHS cassette, 60 min. "Traces the footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi from London, where he first studied law; to South Africa, where he established his first ashram; to India, where he worked tirelessly for independence. This documentary seeks to understand the essence of Mahatma Gandhi and his philosophy, which guided India in its struggle for independence and continues to inspire others in their efforts to achieve freedom"

Marcuse and the Frankfurt School

British Broadcasting Corporation. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1997)
McNichols Campus Library
B 945 .M2984 M372 1997

1 VHS cassette, 46 min. "Herbert Marcuse explains how the so-called Frankfurt School reevaluated Marxism when world economic crisis failed to destroy capitalism as predicted by Marx. He also analyses the philosophical roots of the student rebellions of the sixties."

Marxist philosophy

BBC Education & Training. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1997)
McNichols Campus Library
B 809.8 .M37 1997

1 VHS cassette, 47 min. "Charles Taylor, a founder of the New Left Movement in Britain, discusses the appeal of Marxism, its flaws, and how its theories relate to the practice of Communism."

Medieval philosophy

BBC Education & Training; Magee, Bryan. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 2003)
McNichols Campus Library
B 765 .T54 M4145 2003

1 DVD, 45 min. "Examines the ideas of medieval philosophic theologians, particularly St. Thomas Aquinas. Anthony Kenny discusses Aristotelian logic as the basis of Acquinas' thought, and disputes charges that medieval philosophy merely reinforced extant Christian views."

Mind over machine

(Thinking Allowed Productions, 1988)
McNichols Campus Library
Q 335 .M56 1988

Modern philosophy

Producciones, Tranquilo. (Films for the Humanities and Sciences, 2004)
McNichols Campus Library
B 791 .M63 2004 DVD

1 DVD, 42 min. "During the 16th century, a new breed of thinker arose, equal parts philosopher and scientist, that threw off the received wisdom of the past and started afresh. In this program contemporary philosophers and academicians address the major philosophical currents of that era -- and the explosive controversies surrounding them. Bacon's Novum organum, Descartes' Discours de la methode, Hobbes' Leviathan, Spinoza's Ethica and other germane works are cited."

Moral dilemmas--can ethics help?

Ravenswaay, Hanneke van; Jurna, Ben. (INTELECOM, 1998)
McNichols Campus Library
BD 31 .E93 1998 no.22

1 VHS cassette, 30 min. "Discusses a moral dilemma faced daily by parents and doctors: should we do everything we can to treat sick and dying newborn babies, or do we stop treatment and let the babies die comfortably?"

Moral Philosophy

BBC Education & Training; Magee, Bryan. (Films for the Humanities, c1997)
McNichols Campus Library
B 843 .M66 1997

1 VHS cassette, 46 min. "R.M. Hare examines the 19th-century philosophy of Utilitarianism--morals and legislation predicated on the greatest happiness for the greatest numbers--in the tradition of Bentham, James, J. S. Mill, and Sidgwick. Hare also analyzes how 20th century philosophers, including Karl Marx, applied utilitarian philosophical concepts to social, political, and economic questions."

No excuses existentialism and the meaning of life

Reed, Jay. (The Teaching Company, 1993)
McNichols Campus Library
B 819 .N6 1993

Two VHS cassettes, 183 min. each "Explores the religious existentialism of the Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard, the warrior rhetoric and shocking attacks on morality and religion by Nietzsche, the bold and profound approach to philosophy advocated by Heidegger, the absurd view of life envisioned by Albert Camus, and the radical, uncompromising notion of freedom defended by Jean-Paul Sartre."

Peirce : genius or crank

(University of Toronto, 1991)
McNichols Campus Library
QA 28 .R43 1991 no.6

Professor May, of the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, and Department of Mathematics, University of Toronto, discusses Charles Sanders Peirce, his contributions to logic, philosophy and mathematics. (30 min.)

Philosophy and politics

BBC Education & Training. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1997)
McNichols Campus Library
B 65 .P55 1997

1 VHS cassette, 46 min. "Dworkin, Professor of Jurisprudence at Oxford, examines how the explosive issues of the 1960s compelled the reassessment of fundamental political ideas, and discusses the effect of this movement on political philosophy at the universities."

The philosophy of science

BBC Education & Training. (Films for the Humanities, 1997)
McNichols Campus Library
Q 175 .P45 1999

"Hilary Putnam examines current philosophical thought that dismisses the primacy and infallibility of mathematical logic and the scientific method. Modern thinkers, such as Einstein, are credited with introducing interpretive logic into their scientific theories." (46 min.)

Plato's Apology : The life and teaching of Socrates

(Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Corp., 1962)
McNichols Campus Library
B 316 .P5

1 VHS cassette, 29 min. "Adler introduces Socrates first as a man who perplexed, inspired, and enraged his fellow citizens; then as a teacher who revolutionized the concept of the teacher's role; and finally, as a philosopher who disturbed the complacency of men's minds for all times."

Politically correct

(CBS News, 1994)
McNichols Campus Library
BD 175.5 .P65 P6 1994

1 VHS cassette, 47 min. Program segment originally aired on "48 Hours" on the use of "incorrect" or questionable language in today's social milieu.

Russell : the rebel aristocrat

(University of Toronto, 1991)
McNichols Campus Library
QA 28 .R43 1991

Professor May, of the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, and Department of Mathematics, University of Toronto, discusses Bertrand Russell as mathematician, philosopher, radical and humanist, with emphasis on Principia mathematica. (30 min.)

Sissela Bok

Public Broadcasting Service. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1994)
McNichols Campus Library
JA 79 .S56 1994

Originally broadcast in 1988 in the television series: A World of Ideas. "Sissela Bok, philosopher and educator, discusses honesty, ethical behavior, and secrecy in government, the contributions of moral principles to solving political and international conflicts, and how the individual can contribute to peace through ethical behavior. Interviewed by Bill Moyers." (29 min.)

Socrates Socrates

(Flying Eight Ball Productions, 1984)
McNichols Campus Library
PS 3509 .L419 S62

"Dramatization of excerpts from works of Plato concerning the trial and death of Socrates." (77 min.)

Taste of existence an interview with W. Norris Clarke, S.J., The

(Inner Growth Videos, 1990)
McNichols Campus Library
BD 111 .T27 1990

"Clarke discusses the definition of metaphysics, the real life experiences that are its foundation, existential Thomism, the relationship between essence and existence, the nature of matter, and other topics."

Tu Wei-ming : a Confucian life in America

Pellett, Gail. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1994)
McNichols Campus Library
B 127 .C65 T8 1990 c

1 VHS cassette, 28 min. "Bill Moyers interviews Tu Wei-ming who discusses the relevance of Confucian philosophy to our times and the recent student movement in China. Tu Wei-ming suggests that the humanism of Confucius can help us sort out some of the ethical problems of today."

The Western tradition

WGBH/Boston, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. (The Annenberg/CPB Project, 1989)
McNichols Campus Library
D 20 .W37 no.35-36

  • Program 35: Enlightenment and society (27 min.) Explores the effect of the Enlightenment on society as the bourgeoisie spreads the idea that virtue and natural happiness are paralleled by utility.
  • Program 36: The modern philosophers (24 min.) One of the many philosophers of the 18th century was Jean Jacques Rousseau, the patron saint of nature. This period saw the spread of the ideas that nature exemplified innocence, that virtue was exemplified by usefulness to society, and that all should contribute to the public happiness.

What is philosophy?

Allman, John. (INTELECOM, 1998)
McNichols Campus Library
BD 31 .E93 1998 no.1

1 VHS cassette, 30 min. "Introduction to the nature, techniques, and underlying questions of philosophy."

Wittgenstein

Jarman, Derek; Eagleton, Terry; Butler, Ken. (Kino on Video, 1995)
McNichols Campus Library
B 3376 .W564 W58 1995

1 VHS cassette, 70 min. " A surreal and fanciful biography of the Viennese philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, who strove to define and teach insights on communication and the powers and limits of language."

Wittgenstein

BBC Education & Training. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1997)
McNichols Campus Library
B 3376 .W564 B793 1997

1 VHS cassette, 45 min. "John Searle examines Wittgenstein's earlier picture theory of meaning, in which reality, as perceived by humans, determines the structure of the language used to describe it."

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