Skip to content

OU on the BBC: Journeys In Thought - About The Series

Updated Monday 21st November 2005

Journeys in Thought focuses on crucial turning points in the lives and thoughts of great philosophers. Each programme focuses on one location – a place significant in the intellectual development of our subjects' philosophical lives

Jonathan Ree Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission

Rousseau, on the run from France and Switzerland, travelled to England; staying at a rural retreat in the Derbyshire peaks he became semi-paranoid, and began imagining plots everywhere. Nietzsche lived in Basel for almost a decade at the outset of his career – he was appointed a full professor at the age of only 24. A young and impressionable Karl Marx interacted with radicalized artisans in Paris; the city in which he also befriended his life-long partner, Friedrich Engels.

The series offers an original and absorbing route into exploring the ideas and lives of these great thinkers, positioning them in both time and place. Each is presented by Jonathan Rée, an academic philosopher with considerable broadcast experience, and includes readings from the subject's major works and makes imaginative use of music to create a sense of place.

The series featured Wittgenstein, Arendt, Kierkegaard, Rousseau, Nietzsche and Marx.

 

 

For further information, take a look at our frequently asked questions which may give you the support you need.

Have a question?

Other content you may like

Timeline: Marx, Nietzsche and Freud activity icon

Society, Politics & Law 

Timeline: Marx, Nietzsche and Freud

Explore the lives and works of Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche and Sigmund Freud with our interactive timeline.

Activity
OU on the BBC: Shared Planet – Extended interviews Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC article icon

TV, Radio & Events 

OU on the BBC: Shared Planet – Extended interviews

Each week we publish an extended interview from the BBC Radio 4 series Shared Planet. Catch up here.

Article
OU on the BBC: Shared Planet – All the episodes Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Julian Hector article icon

TV, Radio & Events 

OU on the BBC: Shared Planet – All the episodes

All the episodes so far from BBC Radio 4's Shared Planet.

Article
The Bottom Line - Cars and money Creative commons image Icon jon's pics under CC-BY licence under Creative-Commons license article icon

TV, Radio & Events 

The Bottom Line - Cars and money

Evan Davis and guests consider the problems of making cars, and the problem of how much money certain people make.

Article
Breaking Science: Darwin, evolution & natural selection... Creative commons image Icon Alex J White under CC-BY-NC licence under Creative-Commons license audio icon

TV, Radio & Events 

Breaking Science: Darwin, evolution & natural selection...

How Darwin's theories became accepted, palaeontology provides evidence of natural selection, and dinosaurs – an accident in selection.

Audio
30 mins
The Big Question: What Is The Legacy Of The Enlightenment? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC article icon

TV, Radio & Events 

The Big Question: What Is The Legacy Of The Enlightenment?

Emma Joseph visits Paris to consider the legacy of the enlightenment.

Article
Welcome to Thinking Allowed with The Open University Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC article icon

TV, Radio & Events 

Welcome to Thinking Allowed with The Open University

Professor Laurie Taylor welcomes Thinking Allowed listeners to OpenLearn.

Article
OU on the BBC: The Invention of Childhood - Programme guides Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Farnworth article icon

TV, Radio & Events 

OU on the BBC: The Invention of Childhood - Programme guides

The invention of childhood travels through 1,000 years of children's history, from the ravages of the Black Death to the impact of the internet - here's a guide to what expect in each episode.

Article
Shared Planet – Living with carnivores Creative commons image Icon Asiatic Lion (Panthera Leo Persica), Colchester Zoo / Spencer Wright / CC BY 2.0 under Creative-Commons license article icon

TV, Radio & Events 

Shared Planet – Living with carnivores

Shared Planet as if it is really possible for people to amicably live next to large carnivores.

Article