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.

Transcripts of the dialogues within the Men of Ideas series are available in published form in the book, Talking Philosophy.


  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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