This programme is similar to the television programme in Unit 25 and those taking part are Professor Vesey and the same group of students. It is a spontaneous philosophical discussion about the mea...ning of "action". It includes studio demonstrations and demands audience participation. It is also closely related to the correspondence material but will stand by itself. This is suitable for beginners in philosophy and for those students in sixth forms and in universities who would like to have some idea of what philosophy is all about.
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Module code and title: A100, Humanities: a foundation course
Item code: A100; 26
First transmission date: 25-07-1971
Published: 1971
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Duration: 00:23:46
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Producer: Mary Hoskins
Contributor: Godfrey Norman Agmondisham Vesey
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): Arm movements; Descartes; 'Matchbox willing experiment'; Philosophy
Footage description: Godfrey Vesey outlines the programme as being about action and introduces the students who will be discussing the concept. Godfrey Vesey demonstrates two arm movements, the first hand rotation, arm outstretched horizontally, the second rotation of the arm from the shoulder, arm outstretched horizontally. The student's describe the movement and perform them. Godfrey Vesey demonstrates further arm action, with arm outstretched horizontally and the wand motionless parallel with floor, the elbow is rotated though 90 degrees. The student asked to imitate the action and fails. Vesey asks for the student's reasons for this failure to be noted down. Discussion of answers for student failing to perform the arm movement satisfactory. Vesey brings answers round to will and introduces 'Match-box willing experiment'. Discussion of what 'willing' means. Godfrey Vesey summarises relevance of the experiments to Descartes and points up the object of the programmes which was to give some reasons for doubting Descartes 'volition theory of action'.
Master spool number: 6LT/10009
Production number: 00520_1326
Videofinder number: 2437
Available to public: yes