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Is democracy a good thing? video icon

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Is democracy a good thing?

Is democracy the best way to select who runs our country? Is it unequivocally a good thing? Professor Derek Matravers discusses Plato's argument against democracy.

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Plato, opinions and the statues of Daedalus

Have you wondered what a Platonic dialogue is and what it is used for? Carolyn Price introduces Plato, the philosopher who took dialogues to another level.

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Can animals be courageous?

Could it make sense to describe a wild boar as courageous? Or a lion? Or a dog? Many people in the ancient world would certainly have thought so.

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Arendt

Jonathan Rée introduces the philosophy of Hannah Arendt.

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What did Plato believe about the human soul? The one minute guide article icon

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What did Plato believe about the human soul? The one minute guide

What is Plato's chariot allegory? How did Plato explain the soul using a chariot and two horses? We've got a really simple guide...

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Plato's Philosopher Kings

This short animation, narrated by Aidan Turner, digs deeper into democracy and proposes philosophers would be great leaders. 

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How two halves make a whole

This short animation, narrated by Aidan Turner, explores Aristophane's story about humans searching for their other half.

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5 mins
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What is love?

Explore these short animations looking at what love is. 

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OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - How has technology changed us?

How has technology changed us? Melvyn Bragg and four guests discuss this question. 

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Diotima’s Ladder: From Lust to Morality

This animation looks at Plato's 'The Symposium' and Socrates recollection of Diotima's theory on beauty. 

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5 mins
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Is violence declining across history? A discussion on The Better Angels of Our Nature article icon

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Is violence declining across history? A discussion on The Better Angels of Our Nature

Steven Pinker discusses his book, which claims that there has been a broad historical decline in rates of violence throughout human existence.

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Appearance and reality: in conversation with Derren Brown

Nigel Warburton talks to psychological illusionist Derren Brown about appearance and reality, and what kind of people are most gullible.

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