This month’s featured website is Bryan Magee’s series of video discussions with great philosophers on great philosophers:
They might seem a little dated to modern viewers. But the great thing about history of philosophy is that it dates well: the things that these philosophers say are as likely to be true now as they were then. And what they say is fascinating.
You can listen to Professor Myles Burnyeat, one of the greatest scholars of the ancient world, taking about Plato. Or Professor Bernard Williams, talking about Descartes. (William’s book on Descartes (Descartes: The Project of Pure Enquiry) is still, I reckon one of the best books on Descartes ever written.
In each case Bryan Magee’s questions are searching and apt. Bryan is still very much an active member of the Oxford community, he can occasionally be seen in the audience of OUDCE weekend schools, and I have occasionally found myself sitting next to him at High Table! He still writes books and his 2010 book A Story of Philosophy expertly takes readers through 2500 years of Western philosophy.