It would be no overstatement on my part to argue that Rene Descartes was one of the most intellectually ambitious men who have ever lived. Not content with the amazing contributions he made to the fields of mathematics, physics, anatomy and physiology, as well as optics, he also set himself the enormously challenging task of arguing against the skeptics while simultaneously articulating a solid foundation for the very possibility of science. In the process, he would become the father of modern philosophy.
Continuing his fascinating philosophical conversations with leading intellectuals about the Masters of Philosophy, Bryan Magee discusses with Bernard Williams some of the most insightful ideas discussed in Descartes' Meditations on First Philosophy, as well as their general importance and subsequent influence. This is a conversation that you can't afford to miss...
And if you want a lighter treatment of Cartesianism, maybe comedian Mark Steel is more your style :)