Journeys In Thought

Jonathan Ree presents a series exploring turning points in the lives of great thinkers.

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01Wittgenstein In Ireland20040816

In the spring of 1948, Ludwig Wittgenstein abandoned his post as Chair of Philosophy at Trinity College Cambridge in search of solitude and simplicity.

He was determined to finish the Philosophical Investigations - the work which would be his masterpiece and which would dominate the philosophical landscape of the twentieth century.

In this series exploring turning points in the lives of great thinkers, Jonathan Rée travels to the west of Ireland in Wittgenstein's footsteps.

02Hanah Arendt20040818
03Rousseau20040819

In 1766, the Swiss-born writer Jean-Jacques Rousseau sought refuge in England.

04 LASTKarl Marx20040820

In 1843, a young journalist called Karl Marx arrived in Paris.

Already he was becoming notorious throughout Europe as a polemicist and trouble-maker, but his economic and political ideas were still in their infancy.

In Paris, Marx met radicalized artisans, and befriended Heinrich Heine and Friedrich Engels.

In Journeys In Thought, Jonathan Ree goes to Paris, retracing Marx's steps.

Friedrich Nietzsche20040418

Nietzsche is sometimes thought of as the philosopher of doom.

In fact, when he took up his first academic job in 1869 in Basel, Switzerland, he was an optimistic young man, committed to the vocation of teaching, and overflowing with ideas - many of which he discussed with his close friend Richard Wagner.

In Journeys In Thought, a series about turning points in the lives and thoughts of famous thinkers, Jonathan Ree travels to Basel in the footsteps of Friedrich Nietzsche.