Philosophers and Theorists on YouTube

When we announced last week that UC Berkeley had launched a new channel on YouTube, we were curtly informed by a European reader that Berkeley wasn’t the first to get into this game. Apparently, the European Graduate School (or EGS) has been at it for a while. The school’s YouTube collection features talks by important contemporary theorists and philosophers including Jacques Derrida, Jean Baudrillard, and Judith Butler. (There are also some filmmakers mixed in — take for example, Peter Greenaway and John Waters.) To be frank, much of the content runs counter to what we’re looking to do here — to make thinking less insular and emphasize ideas that speak to a thinking public. This is not to dismiss the caliber of the thinking presented here. It’s simply to comment on where it fits (or doesn’t fit) into the kind of project that we’re undertaking. However, if the ESG YouTube channel speaks to you, dig in. It’s yours to enjoy.

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