Academic Videos

Current Series:

The Great Ideas of Philosophy” presented by Daniel N. Robinson. This is a 60 DVD course that covers a wide range of topics

Here is the Introduction:

Humanity left childhood and entered the troubled but productive world when it started to criticize its own certainties and weigh the worthiness of its most secure beliefs. Thus began that “Long Debate” on the nature of truth, the scale of real values, the life one should aspire to live, the character of justice, the sources of law, the terms of civic and political life—the good, the better, the best.

The debate continues, and one remains aloof to it at a very heavy price, for “the unexamined life is not worth living.”

This course of 60 lectures gives the student a sure guide and interpreter as the major themes within the Long Debate are presented and considered. The persistent themes are understood as problems:

  • The problem of knowledge, arising from concerns as to how or whether we come to know anything, and are justified in our belief that this knowledge is valid and sound
  • The problem of conduct, arising from the recognition that our actions, too, require some sort of justification in light of our moral and ethical sensibilities—or lack of them
  • The problem of governance, which includes an understanding of sources of law and its binding nature.

The great speculators of history have exhausted themselves on these problems and have bequeathed to us a storehouse of insights, some so utterly persuasive as to have shaped thought itself. In these coherent and beautifully articulated lectures you will hear Plato and Aristotle, the Stoics and Epicureans, the Scholastic philosophers and the leaders of Renaissance thought.

In addition, you will learn about the architects of the Age of Newton and the Enlightenment that followed in its wake—all this, as well as Romanticism and Continental thought, Nietzsche and Darwin, Freud and William James. This course is a veritable banquet of enriching reflection on mental life and the acts of humanity that proceed from it: the plans and purposes, the values and beliefs, the possibilities and vulnerabilities. See more at https://www.thegreatcourses.com/courses/great-ideas-of-philosophy-2nd-edition.html

 There are 60 episodes, so we will be watching it for 30 Weeks.

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Dr. Robinson is a long time favorite in the Video Group, and this promises to be a truly worthwhile watch an follow-up discussion

Please email Carl Angotti at carl@angotti.com  for the  address in Mountain View, CA

Previous Series

Ended Sept 2018 “A Brief History of the World” presented by Prof. Peter Stearns

Ended May 2018 “Optimizing Brain Fitness” presented by Professor Richard Restak, M.D.

Ended April 2018 “The Great Ideas of Psychology” with Daniel N. Robinson, Ph.D., , Georgetown University

Ended Sept 2017 “Earth’s Changing Climate”, by Professor Richard Wolfson, Ph.D., Middlebury College.

June 2017 “Great Philosophical Debates: Free Will and Determinism”, Professor Shaun Nichols, Ph.D., University of Arizona

March 2017 “Foundations of Economic Prosperity” by Daniel W. Drezner, Ph.D., Tufts University

Jan 2017 “Effective Communication Skills” by Professor Dalton Kehoe, Ph.D.
York University

Oct 2016 “Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History” by  John R. Hale, Ph.D., University of Louisville

2016 May  “Games People Play: Game Theory in Life, Business, and Beyond”, Professor Scott P. Stevens, Ph.D., James Madison University

2015 November “The Higgs Boson and Beyond”, Professor Sean Carroll, Ph.D., California Institute of Technology DVD

Timespan Series title Lecturer or host Medium
2016 Feb / 2015 Dec Robotics Professor John Long, Ph.D. University of Oklahoma DVD
2015 Aug / Sept The World Was Never the Same: Events That Changed History University of Oklahoma, Washington University in St. Louis DVD
2013 Jul – Oct 31 The Secret Life of Words:  English Words and Their Origins Anne Curzan 36 DVD
2013 Jun – 2013 Jul Mr. Lincoln: Life of Abraham Lincoln Allen C. Guelzo 12 DVD
2013 Feb – 2013 Jun The World of Byzantium Kenneth W. Harl 24 DVD
2012 Dec – 2013 Jan Tocqueville and the American Experiment William R Cook 24 DVD
2012 July – 2012 Nov Human Prehistory and the First Civilizations Brian M. Fagan 36 DVD
2012 APR – 2012 July Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths of Language Usage John McWhorter 12 DVD
2012 Mar – 2012 Apr Experiencing Hubble: Great Images of the Universe David M Meyer 12 DVD
2012 Feb – 2012 Mar Thinking like an Economist: Rational Decision Making Randall Bartlett 12 DVD
2011 Oct – 2012 Jan Argumentation David Zarefsky 24 DVD
2011 Aug – 2011 Oct Great Thinkers, Great Theorems William Dunham 24 DVD
2011 May – 2011 Aug No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life Robert Solomon 24 DVD
2011 Feb – 2011 May The Will to Power: The Philosophy of Frederich Nietzsche Robert Solomon & Kathleen Higgins 24 DVD
2010 Dec – 2011 Feb Origins of Life Robert M Hazen 24 DVD
2010 Sep – 2010 Nov Buddhism Malcolm David Eckel 24 DVD
2010 Apr – 2010 Aug Mathematics, Philosophy, and the “Real World” Judith V Grabiner 36 DVD
2010 Mar – 2010 Apr Science and Religion Lawrence M Principe 12 DVD
2010 Feb – 2010 Mar Consciousness and its Implications Daniel N Robinson 12 DVD
2009 Oct – 2010 Jan Understanding Genetics: DNA,Genes, and their Real-World Apps David Sadava 24 DVD
2009 Jun – 2009 Oct The History of the Supreme Court Peter Irons 36 DVD
2009 Apr – 2009 Jun Understanding the Fundamentals of Music Robert Greenberg 16 DVD, 45 min
2008 Nov – 2009 May Understanding Linguistics: The Science of Language John McWhorter 36 DVD
2008 May – 2008 Nov The Great Ideas of Philosophy Daniel N Robinson 50 tape
2008 Jan – 2008 May Psychology of Human Behavior David W Martin 36 DVD
2007 Sep – 2008 Jan Great Scientific Ideas that Changed the World Steven L Goldman 36 DVD
2007 August (3 wks) A Brief History of Disbelief Jonathan Miller 3 tape
2007 May – 2007 Aug Passions: Philosophy and the Intelligence of Emotions Robert C Solomon 24 DVD
2007 Jan – 2007 May The Story of Human Language John McWhorter 36 DVD
2006 Sep – 2006 Nov Science Wars: What Scientists Know and How They Know It Steven L Goldman 24 DVD