Alain has just completed a new book on the subject of 'The News' it's called The News: A User's Manual and Amazon tell me that it'll be available from February 6th.
Alain who is an accomplished self promoter (and I hope this does not sound critical in view of what his stated wishes are) was last night trailing this new publication on BBC2's Newsnight with a discussion which included arch spin doctor Alistair Campbell - it was (as you might expect) amusing, embarrassing and appropriate.
[In fact Newsnight was very engaging last night as well as looking at possible changes to UK Labour party's voting structure there was a revealing report on the Liberal Democrats struggle to accommodate their 'extreme' Muslim constituency with regards to the Jesus/Mohammed cartoons].
Here's the report Alain put together to lead into the discussion:
As I go along, finding out a bit more about Philosophy I'm locating a number of useful (to me) resources and some interesting posts, videos and critiques on the subject of Philosophy. My intention is to note them here and update as I proceed (but also if the mood takes me revisit earlier postings and update too).
I will try and categorize and comment on the nature of the selection too.
Wikipedia - for me this is pretty much always a good starting point for a philosopher, or line of thought
examples Trigger's Broom and the connected Ship of Theseus.
Youtube again this is a great general resource 3 minute guides often capture a key theme effectively
Taking the same example Trigger's Broom and The Ship of Thesus puzzle. [ Just in case you think this lot is not a problem take a look at Jennifer Wang's look at the phenomenon].
Radio, TV & Podcasts
The Philosopher's Arms
In Our Time
Bryan Magee TV series
Philosophy Bites back
Populist Philosophers of today
Alain de Botton
Heraclitus of Ephesus - thought to of coined the axiom about flux and not being able to stand in the same river twice.
Diogenes (of Sinope) - famous for an encounter with Alexander the Great and living in a barrel - an American guy talking about him and here Melvyn Bragg in a discussion about the Cynics
René Descartes 1596–1650
John Locke 1632–1704
G.W. Leibniz 1646–1716
Bishop Berkeley 1685–1753
David Hume 1711–1776 3 minute view, Melvyn Bragg's BBC Radio In Our Time, and Philosophy Bites on Hume and a quick mention by me.
Immanuel Kant 1724–1804
G.W.F. Hegel 1770–1831
Karl Marx 1818–1883
Friedrich Nietzsche 1844–1900
Ludwig Wittgenstein 1889–1951
Martin Heidegger 1889–1976
Jean-Paul Sartre 1905–1980