Philosophy & Religion


New! Enlightenment: The Next Step 12 min.

Suggestions for further explorations into personal enlightenment.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2021

Secularization: The Decline of Religion? 9 min.

With contributions from leading experts on the study of religion, this film gives students a new take on secularisation theory. While secularisation theory assumes that in pre-modernity religion was everywhere whereas in modernity it’s almost nowhere, more recent research suggests that rather than disappearing, religion is undergoing a process of diversification, with the emergence of new and diff...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2021

Agree to Disagree: Are Booster Shots Unethical? 51 min.

The boosters are rolling out. In places likes the U.S., Britain, Israel, Germany and France, authorities are providing additional Covid-19 vaccines with the goal of bolstering immune systems and shoring up their economies. Though vaccines such as Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech have proven highly effective against the virus, efficacy wanes after six months, rendering older adults and those with weaken...

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2021

Agree to Disagree: Is Meritocracy Overrated? 51 min.

The days of kings and queens are largely over. That old hereditary lottery, at least within many democracies, has effectively been replaced by a system in which talent, grit, and ability are meant to set the terms of success. To quote Michael Shaara’s famous Civil War novel, "The Killer Angels," “Here we judge you by what you do, not by what your father was.” Yet with income inequality on the rise...

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2021

Muir's Childhood in Scotland — The Unruly Mystic: John Muir 11 min.

This program explores John Muir's early life and adventures growing up in Scotland and his immigration to the United States.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2021

Muir's Environmental Activism — The Unruly Mystic: John Muir 16 min.

This program examines John Muir's environmental activism and push for preservation of natural resources and lands, considering why he felt wilderness is worth protecting. It looks at his founding of the Sierra Club and his push to preserve the areas that became Yosemite and Sequioa National Parks.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2021

Muir's Nature Church — The Unruly Mystic: John Muir 20 min.

For John Muir, time spent in nature was a religious experience. This program explores how Muir’s writings influence the Nature church movement of today.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2021

Muir's Yosemite Experience — The Unruly Mystic: John Muir 18 min.

This program explores John Muir's spiritual emergence during his forrays into Yosemite Valley and the High Sierra's Range of Light.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2021

The Unruly Mystic: John Muir 64 min.

The environmental movement stands on the shoulders of a few conservationists, most notably John Muir. Also known as “John of the Mountains,” Muir was a naturalist, author, environmental philosopher, Sierra Club founder, and dedicated advocate for the preservation of natural resources and the wild places in the United States. Through his activism, this wilderness champion became a pioneer. Muir’s s...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2021

Durkheim: Suicide and the Rules 22 min.

In Durkheim’s book The Rules of Sociological Method he explains his key concept of “social facts” and gives language and currency as examples of them. He devotes a whole book – Suicide – as his third example of such. This academic audiobook with sociology professor Garry Potter explains Durkheim's focus upon Suicide as the most counter-intuitive and difficult example to make his case for the soci...

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2021