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Big questions and theories explained in under 2 minutes from A History of Ideas on BBC Radio 4. Animations voiced by Harry Shearer, Gillian Anderson, Stephen Fry and Aidan Turner. Scripted by Nigel Warburton. This project is made in collaboration with The Open University and the animations were created by Cognitive.
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You can't know exactly what it is like to be another person or experience things from their perspective. Wittgenstein had an analogy for this. Narrated by Aidan Turner.
If a tree falls in a forest and nobody is there to hear it, does it make a sound? Narrated by Aidan Turner.
Science is based on fact. Isn't it? Narrated by Aidan Turner.
Philosopher David Hume thought you should look at the evidence. We've employed a Time Lord to investigate. Narrated by Aidan Turner.
In Plato’s dialogue The Symposium, Aristophanes presented a light-hearted creation myth that attempted to explain the human search for love. Narrated by Aidan Turner.
Why do people do good deeds? Are they being selfless or is there something else going on? Narrated by Aidan Turner.
Jean Paul Sartre on Love

Jean Paul Sartre on Love

2015-08-0301:434

For Jean-Paul Sartre, freedom was everything. Real freedom means freedom to change your mind and freedom to fall out of love. Narrated by Aidan Turner.
The Oedipus Complex explained in under 2 minutes. Narrated by Aidan Turner.
The family is at the heart of Confucian philosophy. Narrated by Aidan Turner.
Plato thought leaders should be specially trained philosophers chosen because they were incorruptible and had a deeper knowledge of reality. Narrated by Aidan Turner.
The Invisible Hand

The Invisible Hand

2015-07-2901:351

Does an invisible hand guide the economy? Narrated by Aidan Turner.
John Locke on Toleration

John Locke on Toleration

2015-07-2801:401

Is it possible to persuade people to change their beliefs by force? John Locke thought not. Narrated by Aidan Turner.
How did Descartes come to the conclusion of certainty when surrounded by uncertainty and doubt? Narrated by Stephen Fry.
Do we have a true self or are we endlessly performing? Narrated by Stephen Fry.
According to Jean-Paul Sartre, every choice reveals what we think a human being should be.
Know Thyself

Know Thyself

2015-04-1402:07

Is it possible to ever 'Know Thyself'? Narrated by Stephen Fry.
Habeas Corpus

Habeas Corpus

2015-04-1001:581

Habeas Corpus protects individual freedom and ensures that no one is held without charge.Narrated by Stephen Fry.
Civil Disobedience

Civil Disobedience

2015-04-0902:061

A just society has fair laws. But most societies aren’t like that. So what can you do? Narrated by Stephen Fry.
The Veil Of Ignorance

The Veil Of Ignorance

2015-04-0801:36

John Rawls argued it might be more just to construct a blueprint for a just society from behind a 'veil of ignorance'. Narrated by Stephen Fry.
An eye for an eye might sound like brutal retribution but its roots were in encouraging a sense of proportion. Narrated by Stephen Fry.
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