Tag «philosophy»

What is History for?

If you had the misfortune to do too much of it at school, you’ll probably remember one thing about history: just how boring it can be. You might harbour painful memories of the 100 Years War, the War of Spanish Succession, Crop Rotation in the Middle Ages or – heaven forbid – the good deeds …

Is Anything Real?

Is Anything Real?

Hey, Vsauce. Michael here. Where are your fingers? Seriously. It’s a pretty easy question. You should be able to answer it. But how do you know? How does anyone know anything? You might say, well, I know where my fingers are. I’m looking right at them. Or, I can touch them, I can feel them, …

The five major world religions – John Bellaimey

The five major world religions – John Bellaimey

Translator: Andrea McDonough Reviewer: Jessica Ruby In all times and places in our history, human beings have wondered, “Where did we come from? What’s our place in the world? What happens to us after we die?” Religions are systems of belief that have developed and evolved over time in response to these and other eternal …

Valuing with Samuel Scheffler – Conversations with History

Valuing with Samuel Scheffler – Conversations with History

– [Narrator] This program is a presentation of University of California Television. Your support makes UCTV’s programing possible. Contribute online at www.uctv.tv/support. Check out our YouTube original channel, UCTV Prime at YouTube.com/uctvprime. Subscribe today to get new programs every week. (upbeat music) – Welcome to a Conversation with History. I’m Harry Kreisler of the Institute …

HISTORY OF IDEAS – The Renaissance

HISTORY OF IDEAS – The Renaissance

The phenomenon known as the Renaissance is one of the standard stops on any tour through the history of Western culture. It encompasses a roughly 300 year period in Europe, where architects, poets and philosophers reconnected with the style and ambitions of ancient Greek and Roman civilization. The reasons for studying the Renaissance nowadays are …

HISTORY OF IDEAS – Wabi-sabi

HISTORY OF IDEAS – Wabi-sabi

When it comes to what things look like, the Western world is obsessed by perfection, by symmetry, and ideal proportion. This is a taste for beauty shaped by reverence for universal laws, mathematics, and an appetite for the perfect and the eternal. Japanese aesthetics are, however, very different indeed, and the core of the difference …

HISTORY OF IDEAS – Love

HISTORY OF IDEAS – Love

The strange thing about love is that even though we experienced it in a deeply personal and apparently instinctive way, it has a history. In other words people around the world haven’t always fallen in love the way they do now. The point of rehearsing a few of the telling moments in love’s history is …

HISTORY: CONSUMERISM

HISTORY: CONSUMERISM

For most of history, the overwhelming majority of the Earth’s inhabitants have owned, more or less, nothing. The clothes they stood up in, some bowls, a pot and a pan, perhaps a broom and, if things were going really well, a few farming implements. Nations and peoples remained consistently poor. Global GDP did not grow …