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Beauty & Aesthetics
Bioethics
Cosmopolitanism
Death
Ethics
Evil
Free Will
History of Ideas
Knowledge
Logic
Meaning & the Good Life
Metaphysics
Philosophy of Language
Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Religion
Philosophy of Science
Political Philosophy
Values & Beliefs

Idea/Physics

How the rainbow illuminates the enduring mystery of physics

Jon Butterworth

Video/Stories & Literature

How E E Cummings’s most famous love poem reaches towards transcendence of self

9 minutes

Video/Art

How a focus on the present moment has given David Hockney many lives

7 minutes

Video/Architecture & Landscape

Light, geometry and symbolism: how Jean Nouvel’s architecture reimagines culture

15 minutes

Video/Art

An artist finds rich pickings in the sprawling mundanity of a Walmart store

4 minutes

Video/Chemistry

Dazzling macro photography reveals the marvels of chemicals meeting

7 minutes

Video/Dance & Theatre

Stephen Fry loathes dancing. To understand better, see it performed – in dance

2 minutes

Video/History of Ideas

Why Socrates believed that sexual desire is the first step towards righteousness

2 minutes

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Essay/Beauty & Aesthetics

It is and it isn’t

Marcel Duchamp’s ‘Fountain’ is not just a radical kind of art. It’s a philosophical dialetheia: a contradiction that is true

Graham Priest & Damon Young

Video/Art

The flickering ray of hope in the stark loneliness of Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks

8 minutes

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Idea/Stories & Literature

Simplicity or style: what makes a sentence a masterpiece?

Jenny Davidson

Idea/Beauty & Aesthetics

The concrete buildings of Brutalism are beautiful

Barnabas Calder

Essay/Design & Fashion

What do clothes say?

Clothes can be forms of thought as articulate as a poem or equation. Why then does philosophy like to dress them down?

Shahidha Bari

Video/Architecture & Landscape

Frank Lloyd Wright on why architecture should be about ideas and ideals

6 minutes

Video/Art

What can Ansel Adams’s enduring photography teach us in the age of Instagram?

6 minutes

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Idea/Sports & Games

Sport is not just about athleticism: beauty matters too

Emily Ryall

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Idea/Design & Fashion

How beards put a brave face on threatened masculinity

Christopher R Oldstone-Moore

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Idea/Art

The history of ugliness shows that there is no such thing

Gretchen E Henderson

Idea/Beauty & Aesthetics

Bucket lists are a good way to ruin the experience of nature

Tom Winterbottom

Idea/Beauty & Aesthetics

Why physics needs art to help picture the universe

Frank Wilczek

ORIGINAL
Video/History of Ideas

Music is marvellous, but not mysterious: an interview with Lydia Goehr

6 minutes

Video/Philosophy of Science

Richard Feynman on why science adds beauty in the Universe: it does not subtract

5 minutes

Video/Beauty & Aesthetics

The brevity and beauty of Yeats’s verses reveal poetry’s enduring significance

13 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Beauty & Aesthetics

Why do audiences thrill to the negative emotions of horror fiction?

6 minutes

Video/Beauty & Aesthetics

Discover the secret geometry of beauty – the mathematics of form and pattern

4 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Philosophy of Religion

How wonder – the linchpin of inspiration and inquiry – makes humans unique

4 minutes

Video/Beauty & Aesthetics

How Cézanne’s masterwork pushed painting towards experimentation and abstraction

7 minutes

Essay/Beauty & Aesthetics

Rise of the ripped

With bodies sculpted to look like comic-book heroes, today’s muscle men create an impossible template for masculinity

Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore

Video/Death

Can philosophy and morals be transmitted through a painting?

8 minutes

EXCLUSIVE
Video/Beauty & Aesthetics

This is the final resting place of your cast-off clothing

14 minutes