Philosophy & Religion

New! The Ethics of Abortion - When Does Life Begin? 7 min.

The controversies surrounding abortion involve a clash between two fundamental rights: the right of the unborn child, or fetus, and the rights of the mother. This film begins with the storm created by leading case of Roe vs Wade and then provides students with an unbiased analysis of the ethical issues underlying demands for the criminalization and the legalization of abortion.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2019

New! The Truth About Killer Robots 80 min.

When a robot kills a human, who takes the blame? The Truth About Killer Robots explores this question, as well as many other practical and ethical matters that humans face as we become more dependent on robots than ever before. An eerie, eye-opening work of science nonfiction, this 83-minute documentary from director Maxim Pozdorovkin (Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer) charts incidents in which robots ca...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2018

Part 1: Natural Science 31 min.

This program introduces the major philosophical categories of the philosophy of natural science: ontology, epistemology, methodology, logic, and politics/morality. It gives a brief history of the origins of Rationalism and Empiricism and examines the work of the Vienna School of Logical Positivism and the sympathetic critique of Karl Popper and Karl Hempel. It considers the “problem of induction”...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2018

Part 2: Causality and Relativism in Human Sciences 32 min.

The program begins with first a look at positivist social science and then interpretivist critiques of it. It examines the difficulty but also the possibility of providing causal analysis in social science. It uses Weber’s arguments and the assertion “One need not be Caesar in order to understand Caesar” as one pole of the debate while considering Peter Winch’s argument and the Nuer tribe’s, incom...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2018

Part 3: Challenges and Critical Realist Solutions 30 min.

This program begins with a challenge to the story of the history of science and the philosophy of science presented so far. It shows it to be an ethnocentric Western perspective and introduces the concept of “epistemicide” to explain the erasure of Persian, Arabic, and Islamic contributions to both science and the philosophy of science. It gives a selection of examples to show errors in the Wester...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2018

The Philosophy of Social Science 90 min.

This series presents a broad overview of the most important positions and debates within the the philosophy of social science.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2018

The More We Evolve, the Less We Need God: A Debate 90 min.

Does God have a place in 21st-century human affairs? For many, the answer is yes. Belief in a higher power is the foundation of human consciousness, they argue, and helps drive social, political, and scientific progress. Further, some claim, humans require faith to lead moral lives and are genetically predisposed to embrace religion. Others are far more skeptical. No evidence of God exists, they a...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2018

The Mosque Next Door 180 min.

In many countries around the world, the mosque is a building increasingly shrouded in controversy. But most non-Muslims have never stepped foot inside a mosque, let alone experienced the day to day activities that take place there, or met its community. This groundbreaking series tackles the myths, misconceptions and anxieties head on. With exclusive, unprecedented 24/7 access, we go inside one o...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

The Mosque Next Door, Episode 1 64 min.

The end of the Muslim holy month sees the mosque on the frontline of a rising tide of Islamophobia, as the mosque community tackles misconceptions with surprising results.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

The Mosque Next Door, Episode 2 61 min.

A member of the mosque congregation is reported to the National Security Hotline, as the mosque leadership confronts the fault lines between Muslim immigration and terrorism.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017