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Endless Questions - Critical Thinking and Research
Part of the Series: Inside Out Series
It's our nature to ask questions about ourselves and the world around us. But finding answers requires more than intuition and common sense. This lesson asks the question, Does happiness lead to good health? then probes for answers using the…
What Is The Meaning Of Life?
Part of the Series: Examined Life Series
What is the Meaning of Life? evaluates how the meaning and purpose of life have been viewed in light of religion, culture and history, as well as from an individual existential perspective. Program features the views of Hegel and Kirkegaard.
The Magic of the Mind - The Story of Psychology
Part of the Series: Inside Out Series
Psychology touches virtually every aspect of our lives. Many of its current themes can be traced back to questions that have confronted scholars throughout history. But today the study of behavior, thoughts and feelings is bolstered by new scientific tools…
Coming to America: Portrait of Colonial Life
Part of the Series: The Unfinished Nation Series
Immigration has been a key to American history. Contrasting experiences of different groups. The challenges of indentured servitude; their contributions. Family groups in New England; roles within the family unit. The emergence of a slave society in North America. Upsurge…
Is Morality Relative?
Part of the Series: Examined Life Series
Is Morality Relative? discusses whether all morality is culturally determined, or whether some moral values are valid for all cultures. Harman, Wong, and Rachels explore the claims of relativism. The issue of child labor is explored from a relativist point…
How Do We Encounter The World?
Part of the Series: Examined Life Series
How Do We Encounter the World? examines the views of Husserl, Heidegger, and others in which reality is a phenomenon of consciousness.
From Days Before Time
Part of the Series: The Unfinished Nation Series
Early human habitation of the North American continent. The civilizations of the North and South and tribal cultures. The journeys of Christopher Columbus. Exploration and exploitation of the west by the Spanish; impact on native population. Early slave trade. Biological…
Truth Be Told: Sociological Investigation
Part of the Series: The Way We Live Series
Sociological research and methodology is often the subject of fierce debate among sociologists. The pursuit of objectivity in sociological research, Critical Sociology, and the idea of Sociology as a science...each has transformed the way sociologists approach sociological research. This lesson…
Manifest Destiny?
Part of the Series: The Unfinished Nation Series
American expansion into the west. Tensions between Mexico and the United States over Texas. The Mexican War and its aftermath. Discovery of gold in California in 1848, and the rush for riches. How the gold rush changed lives of the…
What Is Philosophy?
Part of the Series: Examined Life Series
What is Philosophy? combines two classic models -- Plato's Parable of the Cave and the character of Socrates -- with contemporary philosophers' commentary on the subject.
Does Knowledge Depend On Experience?
Part of the Series: Examined Life Series
Does Knowledge Depend on Experience? focuses on the 17th and 18th Century empiricism of John Locke, George Berkeley and David Hume, and the 20th Century empiricism and naturalism of W.V.O. Quine, who is interviewed.
Connections: The Sociological Perspective
Part of the Series: The Way We Live Series
What is Sociology? Various perspectives are offered by leading sociologists for understanding the complex interplay of individuals, groups and relationships in society, and how they provide a context for living and a roadmap for understanding life's limitations ... and possibilities.…
The Progressive Era
Part of the Series: The Unfinished Nation Series
Causes and varieties of progressive reform efforts in late 19th and early 20th centuries. Settlement house movement. Women seeking professional status and the vote. Efforts to combat government corruption. African Americans and reform; the Temperance crusade and prohibition; immigration concerns.…
Does The Mind Shape The World?
Part of the Series: Examined Life Series
Does the Mind Shape the World? examines Immanuel Kant's position that we interpret the world through a priori constructs of the mind, as well as later philosophers' views of how these constructs may vary among languages and cultures.
Is There An Enduring Self?
Part of the Series: Examined Life Series
Is Mind Distinct From Body? examines how Descartes' dualistic view has been subject to waves of attacks from materialism, including present exponents of artificial intelligence and neuroscience. The program features commentary by John Searle, Daniel Dennett, Paul Churchland, and other…
Going to Extremes - Mood Disorders and Schizophrenia
Part of the Series: Inside Out Series
David Myers refers to depression as the "common cold of psychological disorders." This episode looks at the two major categories of mood disorders--depression and bipolar disorder--and at the cluster of psychoses known as schizophrenia. The very personal experiences of psychologists…
Does God Exist?
Part of the Series: Examined Life Series
Does God Exist? delves into how philosophers have probed the universe for evidence of God's existence. How did the world begin? Is there a reason for its order and design? And, can we reconcile the existence of God with the…
Imperial Ambition
Part of the Series: The Unfinished Nation Series
Stirrings of imperialism. Arguments for and against joining the imperial race. American interest in the Caribbean; determination to maintain hegemonic power in hemisphere. Spanish-American War and role of the press. "Glorious little war" in Cuba vs. experience in the Philippines.…
Growing Older
Part of the Series: Our Families, Ourselves Series
This lesson looks at stereotypes and misconceptions about the aging process, as well as the realistic challenges that older people face, including medical, economic and emotional issues. Group-living options, such as assisted living and nursing homes, are explored, as is…
Turbulent Virginia: Pirate Base...Royal Colony
Part of the Series: The Unfinished Nation Series
Incentives for English colonization. French and Dutch presence in North America. British attempts to establish a base at Roanoke and the outcome. Subsequent Virginia Company settlement at Jamestown. The people who come; the struggle to survive; the response of Native…