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|Named Person:||Noam Chomsky; Michel Foucault; Karl R Popper; A J Ayer; Arne Næss; Leszek Kołakowski; Henri Lefebvre; John C Eccles|
|Document Type:||Visual material|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Fons Elders; Icarus Films.
|Performer(s):||Moderator and commentator, Fons Elders.|
|Event notes:||Originally filmed at Technical University Eindhoven, 1971.|
|Description:||4 videodiscs (311 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.|
|Contents:||v.1 Human nature: justice versus power / Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault --
v.2 The glass is on the table / Alfred Ayer and Arne Naess --
v.3: Falsifiability and freedom / Karl Popper and John Eccles --
v.4 Evolution or revolution / Leszek Kolakowski and Henry Lefebvre.
|Responsibility:||Elders Special Productions, B.V.|
Program 1 : The Chomsky-Foucalt debate has become a much studied classic. This DVD captures all the energy and passion of the two philosophers, as they discuss whether or not some form of universal human nature -an inherent ability to understand language and scientific concepts, for instance- exists, or whether our responses are purely socially and culturally conditioned -- Program 2: A lively debate between British empiricist Alfred Ayer, who champions a limited skepticism, and Norwegian philosopher Arne Naess, the founder of the deep ecology movement, whose philosophy embraces interconnectedness -- Program 3: Historian of science Karl Poppwer and his close friend, Nobel-prize-winning neuroscientist John Eccles, discuss Popper's famous criterion of falsifiability: the idea that a statement is only scientific if it could possibly be proved false, which he had articulated against the traditional positivist view of the scientific method -- Program 4: Polish philosopher Leszek Kolakowski and French thinker Henry Lefebvre (both former Communist Party members) debate the ongoing significance of Marxism and the concept of alienation, while at the same time struggling to define what a future, post-capitalist society might hold.
Educational Media Reviews Online (1)
- Philosophers -- Interviews.
- Chomsky, Noam -- Interviews.
- Foucault, Michel, -- 1926-1984 -- Interviews.
- Popper, Karl R. -- (Karl Raimund), -- 1902-1994 -- Interviews.
- Ayer, A. J. -- (Alfred Jules), -- 1910-1989 -- Interviews.
- Næss, Arne -- Interviews.
- Kołakowski, Leszek -- Interviews.
- Lefebvre, Henri, -- 1901-1991 -- Interviews.
- Eccles, John C. -- (John Carew), -- 1903-1997 -- Interviews.