Educational Documentaries: The Great Philosophers: An Introduction to Western Philosophy

Beginning with the death of Socrates in 399 BC, and following the story through the centuries to recent figures such as Bertrand Russell and Wittgenstein, Bryan Magee’s conversations with fifteen contemporary writers and philosophers provide an accessible and exciting account of Western philosophy and its greatest thinkers.

The contributors include A.J. Ayer, Bernard Williams, Martha Nussbaum, Peter Singer, and John Searle, so that the documentary is not only an introduction to the philosophers of the past, but gives an invaluable insight into the view and personalities of some of the most influential philosophers of the twentieth century.

The series are little bit dated but I think they’re real treasure and food for thought.

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  1. Jason, sounds like a fascinating series. A great introduction to most of the major philosophers.

  2. Jason Cooper says:

    Hi NP, Long time, my friend. Nice to have you back.

    These old school productions are my favourites because they get to the heart of the matter without the need of superfluous modern-day jargon.

    Fantastic overview of Western Philosophy’s greatest thinkers.