Media

The media page is where more relaxed or interactive material can be found.

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Interview with Quentin Skinner

Conducted by former Cambridge PTIH MPhil student, and visiting scholar from Yale 2010-11, Teresa Bejan. Available here.

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Keynes vs. Hayek – Round Two!



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G.A. Cohen – Marxist Boxing, Interviews with Stalin, etc

Although some purists would provocatively suggest that the late, great Jerry Cohen was a political philosopher and in no way an intellectual historian, he was undoubtedly one of the most powerful thinkers in post-war analytic political philosophy. He also had a sense of humour. And was quite possibly mad.

More here.

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The Unemployed Philosophers Guild

Home of mildly amusing materialistic tat for people who are a bit too clever, but not quite clever enough. This is where you can buy your official Nietzsche: Will To Power energy bars.

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Philosophy, Bro

The classics of Western thought, explained. Like Leviathan, for example:

A strong ruler is a necessary evil, dude. Yes, you are going to hate him. He’ll be kind of a dick sometimes. That’s only natural. Besides, it sucks way less than the alternative. So when you want to complain, just remember: you brought this on yourself by being a dickhead and trying to kill everyone. Sorry he’s not sorry.

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The French Revolution

As explained by, er, Lady Gaga. To the tune of “Bad Romance”.

We apologise in advance.

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“Cambridge School” Interviews

Whether there is such a thing as the “Cambridge School” or otherwise, both Professor Quentin Skinner and Professor John Dunn have exercised an enormous influence upon the practice of intellectual history and political theory over the past four decades. Watch interviews with these two founding members of the (so-called?) School:

You can also watch Professor Dunn explaining why George Bush was a “fool” and why democracy conceived of as rule by the people is “ridiculous”:

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Philosopher Attack Ads: US Politics meets the Great Minds of the Past

Kant vs. Nietzsche:

Reid vs. Hume:

Kierkegaard in ’08:

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Philosophy Bites Interviews

Listen to top practitioners in the field offer their bitesize thoughts on a range of issues:

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London Riot Re-Enactment Society

Newly topical again. Here.

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John Maynard Keynes vs. Friedrich Hayek – The Rap Battle

Because economic history is intellectual history too, and Keynes was a Kingsman to boot:

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Which Hayek?

So, you’re an intellectual who appreciates the subjectivist economic theory and classical liberal political theory of Friedrich Hayek.  And you’re also a moviegoer who appreciates the exotic allure of Mexican screen goddess Salma Hayek.  But who would win, if they went head to head?

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The Voice of the Turtle

Cannot be explained, only experienced. (Some of you may recognise one of the original Heroes of the Turtle).

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Thomistic Humour

Yes, such a thing does exist. See, for example, Aquinas’s important discussion of whether wine, the king, or woman is must powerful. And the five ways of proving the existence of Santa Claus.

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