Famous Philosophical Dialogues Adapted, Analyzed, and Read Anew:

An educational video course developed & hosted by Colin Wulff, Assistant Director of Religious Education

  • A show-and-tell experiment of theatrical sensibility applied to (and tempered by) non-dramatic literature of a conversational tradition
  • 18 edited dialogues across 10 philosophers spanning about 25 centuries
  • An ensemble of 21 excellent guest readers
  • A series of criticism, synthesis, and story

 

 

 

Table of Contents (videos posted further down) 

0. INTRO VIDEO: About this series

UNIT 1: PLATO

1. Episode 1.1: Ion

(Featuring Collin Purcell as Ion)

2. Episode 1.2: Meno

(Featuring Casey Wood as Socrates)

3. Episode 1.3: Euthyphro

(Featuring David Brickler as Socrates)

4. Episode 1.4: Apology

(Featuring Chris Cardenas as Meletus)

5. Episode 1.5: Crito

(Featuring Daniel Ervin as Socrates)

UNIT 2: BOETHIUS 

6. Episode 2.1: The Consolation of Philosophy

(Featuring Annie Winneg as Lady Philosophy)

UNIT 3: DESIDERIUS ERASMUS

7. Episode 3.1: Colloquies

(Featuring Josh Cahn as multiple roles)

UNIT 4: GALILEO GALILEI

8. Episode 4.1: Dialogues Concerning the Two Chief World Systems

(Featuring Jes Bedwinek as Sagredus and Matt Tyler as Simplicius)

UNIT 5: THOMAS HOBBES

9. Episode 5.1: Dialogue Between a Philosopher and a Student of the Common Laws of England

(Featuring Woodrow Proctor as the Lawyer)

10. Episode 5.2: Behemoth or The Long Parliament

(Featuring Braley Degenhardt as the Instructor)

UNIT 6: NICOLAS MALEBRANCHE

11. Episode 6.1: Dialogues on Metaphysics and Religion 

(Featuring Brian Ott as Aristes)

UNIT 7: GEORGE BERKELEY

12. Episode 7.1: Hylas and Philonous 

(Featuring John Hardin as Hylas)

13. Episode 7.2: Alciphron

(Featuring Anthony Leung as Alciphron)

UNIT 8: DAVID HUME

14. Episode 8.1: Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding: Section XI

(Featuring Axandre Oge as Hume’s Friend)

15. Episode 8.2: Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion

(Featuring Emily Song Tyler as Demea and Kathleen Denecke as Cleanthes)

UNIT 9: DENIS DIDEROT

16. Episode 9.1: d’Alembert’s Dream

(Featuring Jasmine Mack as Diderot)

17. Episode 9.2: Paradox of the Actor

(Featuring Katie Fanning as First Speaker)

UNIT 10: GEORGE SANTAYANA 

18. Episode 10.1: Dialogues in Limbo

(Featuring Josh Miccio as Democritus and Morgan Vallie as Alcibiades)

 

WATCH EPISODES: 

 

0. INTRO VIDEO: About this series

 

UNIT 1: PLATO

1. Episode 1.1: Ion

(Featuring Collin Purcell as Ion)

Skip introductory analysis, go straight to dialogue: 8:45

 

2. Episode 1.2: Meno

(Featuring Casey Wood as Socrates)

Skip introductory analysis, go straight to the dialogue: 2:37

 

3. Episode 1.3: Euthyphro

(Featuring David Brickler as Socrates)

Skip introductory analysis, go straight to the dialogue: 3:12

Skip to post-dialogue reflection: 18:19

 

4. Episode 1.4: Apology

(Featuring Chris Cardenas as Meletus)

Skip introductory analysis, go straight to the dialogue: 2:28

 

5. Episode 1.5: Crito

(Featuring Daniel Ervin as Socrates)

Skip introductory analysis, go straight to the dialogue: 3:34

 

UNIT 2: BOETHIUS 

6. Episode 2.1: The Consolation of Philosophy

(Featuring Annie Winneg as Lady Philosophy)

Skip introductory analysis, go straight to the dialogue: 6:59

Skip to post-dialogue reflection: 26:35

 

UNIT 3: DESIDERIUS ERASMUS

7. Episode 3.1: Colloquies

(Featuring Josh Cahn as multiple roles)

Skip introductory analysis, go straight to the dialogue: 8:57

 

UNIT 4: GALILEO GALILEI

8. Episode 4.1: Dialogues Concerning the Two Chief World Systems

(Featuring Jes Bedwinek as Sagredus and Matt Tyler as Simplicius)

Skip introductory analysis, go straight to the dialogue: 7:23

Skip to post-dialogue reflection: 29:46

 

UNIT 5: THOMAS HOBBES

9. Episode 5.1: Dialogue Between a Philosopher and a Student of the Common Laws of England

(Featuring Woodrow Proctor as the Lawyer)

Skip introductory analysis, go straight to the dialogue: 10:39

 

10. Episode 5.2: Behemoth: the history of the causes of the civil wars of England, and of the counsels and artifices by which they were carried on from the year 1640 to the year 1660 

Also known as: The Long Parliament

(Featuring Braley Degenhardt as the Instructor)

Skip introductory analysis, go straight to the dialogue: 5:03

 

UNIT 6: NICOLAS MALEBRANCHE

11. Episode 6.1: Dialogues on Metaphysics and Religion 

(Featuring Brian Ott as Aristes)

Skip introductory analysis, go straight to the dialogue: 13:45
Skip to post-dialogue reflection: 30:16

UNIT 7: GEORGE BERKELEY

12. Episode 7.1: Hylas and Philonous 

(Featuring John Hardin as Hylas)

Skip introductory analysis, go straight to the dialogue: 9:01

Skip to post-dialogue reflection: 26:30

 

13. Episode 7.2: Alciphron

(Featuring Anthony Leung as Alciphron)

Skip introductory analysis, go straight to the dialogue: 9:40

Skip to post-dialogue reflection: 24:42

 

UNIT 8: DAVID HUME

14. Episode 8.1: Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, Section XI

(Featuring Axandre Oge as Hume’s Friend)

Skip introductory analysis, go straight to the dialogue: 12:17

 

15. Episode 8.2: Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion

(Featuring Emily Song Tyler as Demea and Kathleen Denecke as Cleanthes)

Skip introductory analysis, go straight to the dialogue: 8:49

Skip to post-dialogue reflection: 24:22

 

UNIT 9: DENIS DIDEROT

16. Episode 9.1: d’Alembert’s Dream

(Featuring Jasmine Mack as Diderot)

Skip introductory analysis, go straight to the dialogue: 10:02

 

17. Episode 9.2: Paradox of the Actor

(Featuring Katie Fanning as First Speaker)

Skip introductory analysis, go straight to the dialogue: 10:29

Skip to post-dialogue reflection: 25:35

 

UNIT 10: GEORGE SANTAYANA 

18. Episode 10.1: Dialogues in Limbo

(Featuring Josh Miccio as Democritus and Morgan Vallie as Alcibiades)

Skip introductory analysis, go straight to the dialogue: 12:58

Skip to post-dialogue reflection: 30:11