2nd February 2001 at 00:00
Krasny - an introduction to philosophical thinking Uniview Worldwide Ltd pound;37.31 inc Vat and p+p Tel: 0151 625 3453 While our colleagues are going on field trips or visiting theatres and museums, philosophy teachers are stuck in the classroom with little more than a worn copy of Brian Magee's Great Philosophers video to break up the routine.

More innovative teaching materials are finally being produced, however, and for the sake of variety alone, teachers will surely be snapping up copies of Krasny.

This short film, together with some basic teaching notes and photocopiable discussion sheets, focuses on the question of our knowledge f the real world. Daniel Cotterill, who teaches A-level philosophy at Exeter College, has collaborated with film-maker Robert Richards on its production.

While the production is good and the visuals striking, the acting, script and soundtrack have an amateurish feel from a dramatic point of view. But the film should be judged as a teaching aid, not as a potential Bafta nominee.

Krasny deals with complex issues in an engaging way. It is philosophically rich, and pupils will need to view it more than once, and probably in sections, to draw out its full potential.

Julian Baggini is editor of The Philosophers' Magazine.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now