Introductions to Wittgenstein
John Searle on Wittgenstein
Antony Quinton, 'The Two Philosophies of Wittgenstein'
The Wittgenstein and Photography Exhibition, which formed part of the 60th anniversary celebrations at the University of Cambridge from 27 April-15 August gave rise to a discussion between Michael Nedo and Michael Potter which has been recorded on video by Dr Constantinos Athanasopoulos. There is also a pdf file on this project (5 Mb).
Documentary on Wittgenstein 's Sense of Religious Beliefs
A 22-minute BBC video podcast is on this link.
Logic Lane series of videos A series of six films made by Professor Michael Chanan tracing the development of philosophy at Oxford University from the 1930s to the early 1970s. The films provide a cross section of views on many philosophical issues. Compiled by the British Universities Film & Video Council © BUFVC 2005. Each film is about 1 hour long. They are available in different versions:
- online for those whose university or college has signed a licence agreement with the Film & Sound Online resource. This free to educational organisations and individuals will need a 'UK Access Management' identity
- for download from Professor Chanan's webspace at the repository at Roehampton University - no login: requires QuickTime.
- freely accessible on YouTube broken into 10-minute segments. The BWS disclaims responsibility for the status of copyright clearance at YouTube
1. A Philosophical Retrospective - BUFV login version | YouTube version
The first film of the series. It is a retrospective by Professor Sir Alfred Ayer of the development of philosophy in Oxford from the 1930s to 1972.
2. Appearance and Reality - BUFV version | YouTube version
Professor Sir Alfred Ayer and Professor Bernard Williams discuss philosophy and science.
3. The Idea of Freedom - BUFV version | YouTube version
A philosophical conversation between Iris Murdoch and David Pears on ethics, freedom, determinism and Freud.
4. I'm going to tamper with your beliefs a little - BUFV version | YouTube version
Roehampton Repository version (1042 Mb)
Sir Isaiah Berlin and Stuart Hampshire discuss philosophy in Oxford in the 1930s and John Langshaw Austin.
5. Language and Creativity - BUFV version | YouTube version
Language and Creativity - downloadable from the Roehampton Repository (374 Mb)
Professor PF Strawson and Gareth Evans discuss linguistic theory.
6. You might just as well say 'I see what I eat' is the same thing as 'I eat what I see' - BUFV version | YouTube version
Professor Gilbert Ryle and JO Urmson discuss philosophy of mind.
Click here for the 4-page pdf file on the making of the films (284 kb).
- Barry Smith of Birkbeck College London gives a lucid account of Wittgenstein's conception of philosophy at SmittWittMixSess
- Jaap van der Does supports the research of Ludwig Wittgenstein's Tractatus, on a site combining the German text with some virtues of web-technology at Logisch-Philosophische Abhandlung
YouTube offers a resource of video clips, including the ones below (longer discussions are divided into clips of about 10 minutes each). The BWS disclaims responsibility for the status of copyright clearance at YouTube:
1. Antony Quinton on the philosophy of Wittgenstein (talking to Brian Magee) © BBC.
- John Searle on Wittgenstein and the Philosophy of Language (talking to Brian Magee) © BBC.
- 'Wittgenstein: Philosophical Discussion in Cambridge'. A scene from Derek Jarman's film 'Wittgenstein' (1989) © BFI Production