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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

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Jonathan Ree

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.






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