Men of Ideas

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Men of Ideas was a 1978 BBC television series presented by Bryan Magee. There were 15 episodes, in which Magee interviewed noted philosophers.

The first episode was called "Introduction to Philosophy" and presented by Magee in discussion with Isaiah Berlin. In subsequent episodes Magee discussed topics like Marxist philosophy, the Frankfurt School, and modern Existentialism.

During the broadcast run, edited shorter versions of the discussions were published The Listener magazine.[1] Extensively revised versions of the dialogues within the Men of Ideas series were published in a 1979 book of the same name.[2] The latter is now sold under the title Talking Philosophy.[3] DVDs of the series are sold to academic institutions with the title Contemporary Philosophy.[4] Neither Men of Ideas nor Magee's 1987 series The Great Philosophers is available for purchase by home users but most of the episodes from both are freely available on YouTube.[5]


  1. Isaiah Berlin on "Introduction to Philosophy"
  2. Charles Taylor on "Karl Marx"
  3. Herbert Marcuse on "Frankfurt School"
  4. William Barrett on "Martin Heidegger"
  5. Anthony Quinton on "Wittgenstein"
  6. A. J. Ayer on "Logical Positivism"
  7. Bernard Williams on “Linguistic Philosophy
  8. R. M. Hare on "Moral Philosophy"
  9. Willard Van Orman Quine on "Quine"
  10. John Searle on "Philosophy of Language"
  11. Noam Chomsky on "Chomsky"
  12. Hilary Putnam on "Philosophy of Science"
  13. Ronald Dworkin on "Political Philosophy"
  14. Iris Murdoch on "Philosophy and Literature"
  15. Ernest Gellner on "Philosophy: The Social Context"

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  1. ^ "Whatever happened to the public intellectual?". Retrieved 2019-08-18.
  2. ^ Snelgrove, David (1980). "Review of Men of Ideas". Journal of Thought. 15 (1): 103–104. ISSN 0022-5231. JSTOR 42590182.
  3. ^ Magee, Bryan. (2001). Talking philosophy : dialogues with fifteen leading philosophers. Magee, Bryan. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0192854178. OCLC 47676350.
  4. ^ "Contemporary Philosophy". Films Media Group. Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  5. ^ July 26th, in Philosophy |; Comments, 2019 4. "Bryan Magee (RIP) Presents In-Depth, Uncut TV Conversations With Famous Philosophers". Open Culture. Retrieved 2019-08-01.

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