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Philosophers : debates and dialogues

Author: Fons Elders; Icarus Films.
Publisher: Brooklyn, N.Y. : Icarus Films, [2011]
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : English
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In 1971, a Dutch initiative called the International Philosophers Project brought together the leading thinkers of the day for a series of one-on-one debates. The participants included intellectual superstars Alfred Ayer and Arne Naess, Karl Popper and John Eccles, Lesnek Kolakowski and Henri Lefebvre, and -- most notably, in a now justifiably famous exchange -- Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucalt. This four-disc set
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Genre/Form: Filmed debates
Nonfiction films
Feature films
Interviews
Named Person: Noam Chomsky; Michel Foucault; Karl R Popper; A J Ayer; Arne Næss; Leszek Kołakowski; Henri Lefebvre; John C Eccles
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Fons Elders; Icarus Films.
OCLC Number: 824608378
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.
Details: DVD, NTSC.
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.

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In 1971, a Dutch initiative called the International Philosophers Project brought together the leading thinkers of the day for a series of one-on-one debates. The participants included intellectual superstars Alfred Ayer and Arne Naess, Karl Popper and John Eccles, Lesnek Kolakowski and Henri Lefebvre, and -- most notably, in a now justifiably famous exchange -- Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucalt. This four-disc set collects all four remarkable conversations held in 1971 as part of the International Philosophers Project. In addition to the four conversations it contains an introduction and commentary by Dutch philosopher and writer Fons Elders. Each of these conversations captures the intellectual and social ferment of the late 1960's and early 1970's when dramatic, social and economic transformation seemed imminent--and philosophical questions underpinned discussions about what form the new society would take. Though many questions under discussion are timeless, this social and political context gives them a particular sense of urgency.

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.

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Philosophers: Debates and Dialogues is a 2011 reboot of a four-part series broadcast on Dutch television in 1971. Each episode begins with series’ moderator Fons Elder providing an identical introduction to social problems then and now, plus a description of the series’ aims. Instructors...
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