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Philosophy for our Times is a free philosophy podcast bringing you the latest talks and debates from the world’s leading thinkers. We host weekly episodes on today’s biggest ideas in news, society, culture, politics, science and arts. Subscribe today to never miss an episode.

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Philosophy for our Times is a free philosophy podcast bringing you the latest talks and debates from the world’s leading thinkers. We host weekly episodes on today’s biggest ideas in news, society, culture, politics, science and arts. Subscribe today to never miss an episode.

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101 Ratings
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Post modern truth

By Larry in Contra Costa County - Feb 02 2020
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Great episode. Background music out in the hallway is distracting. Truly annoying.

I love this podcast

By momoneymoproblemscuz - Nov 26 2018
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Great way to broaden your mind and see the world from a different perspective

iTunes Ratings

101 Ratings
Average Ratings
64
18
10
4
5

Post modern truth

By Larry in Contra Costa County - Feb 02 2020
Read more
Great episode. Background music out in the hallway is distracting. Truly annoying.

I love this podcast

By momoneymoproblemscuz - Nov 26 2018
Read more
Great way to broaden your mind and see the world from a different perspective
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Philosophy For Our Times

Latest release on May 26, 2020

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Philosophy for our Times is a free philosophy podcast bringing you the latest talks and debates from the world’s leading thinkers. We host weekly episodes on today’s biggest ideas in news, society, culture, politics, science and arts. Subscribe today to never miss an episode.

Rank #1: Bonus Episode | The Death Of God And The War On Terror | Terry Eagleton

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Outspoken critic of Richard Dawkins, and renowned Professor of English Literature Terry Eagleton launches himself heroically at the twin hornet’s nests of modern religious apathy & radicalism. Where should the unreligious look for answers? What has caused the recent growth in radicalism?
Supported by Routledge - Associate Academic Partner of the IAI. To learn more, and for exclusive discounts and prizes visit: bit.ly/2huBNRx

Apr 26 2018

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Rank #2: How To Live In The Moment | Robert Eaglestone, Sam Roddick, Peter York

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Socrates famously claimed 'the unexamined life is not worth living'. Yet from surfing to sex, playing an instrument to riding a bike, our most joyous moments are not when we are lost in thought but when we are lost in experience. Do we reflect too much and should we explore just 'being' more?
Philosopher and author Robert Eaglestone, Coco de Mer founder Sam Roddick and author of Authenticity is a Con Peter York

Jan 25 2018

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Rank #3: The End of the Theory of Everything | John Ellis, Huw Price, Joanna Kavenna

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Stephen Hawking once predicted a theory of everything by 2000. However, after decades without one he began to doubt its existence. Have we failed because no one theory can make sense of reality? Must we "employ different theories in different situations" as Hawking suggested, or is there a final theory just waiting to be discovered?

Sep 05 2018

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Rank #4: Is the sun conscious? | Rupert Sheldrake

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Is consciousness stranger than we thought? The Science Delusion author Rupert Sheldrake strikes out against orthodoxy and asks: is the sun conscious?

Apr 17 2018

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Rank #5: Playing Dice With The Universe | Chiara Marletto, Michael Duff, Peter Cameron

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'God does not play dice with the universe' Einstein famously argued. Yet contemporary physics embeds just such dice playing at the core of its account. Is the universe really unknowable even to itself? Or as Einstein implied is this misguided and its secrets remain to be uncovered?
The Panel
Oxford Constructor theorist Chiara Marletto, mathematician Peter Cameron and string theorist Michael Duff untangle cause and effect.

Sep 15 2016

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Rank #6: The Fractured Mind | Bence Nanay

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Is it better for us to resist temptations or avoid them altogether? Philosopher of perception and action Bence Nanay argues that our ability to say no is connected with the fragmentation of our minds.

Jun 26 2018

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Rank #7: How to make the right decision | Bence Nanay, Naomi Goulder, Barry C. Smith

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From quitting a job or relationship in the heat of an argument to taking on a new project in a flush of excitement, we think emotional decisions are often bad decisions. But might it be that emotion is the best guide to action and, as Hume thought, reason is and should be the slave of the passions? Or is this a quick route to chaos and conflict? Philosophers Bence Nanay, Naomi Goulder and Barry C. Smith debate what it means to be on the right path.

Jun 19 2018

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Rank #8: The Reality Illusion | Donald Hoffman, Maria Baghramian, Hilary Lawson

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Seeing is believing, yet cognitive scientists seem to have uncovered these views as incorrect. Evolution led us to perceive what is best for survival and it turns out this has little to do with what we call 'reality'. Is reality then a creative construct that helps us to live but doesn't reflect the world? In this episode of Philosophy for our Times, cognitive psychologist and author Donald Hoffman, philosopher Maria Baghramian and post-realist Hilary Lawson embark on a radical rethink of reality.

Sep 10 2019

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Rank #9: The Problem with Materialism | John Ellis, Susan Blackmore, Hilary Lawson

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The idea that the world is made of physical stuff alone has been central to scientific progress. But our theories do not account for experience or thought. Might materialism be a profound mistake? In this episode of Philosophy for our Times, CERN physicist John Ellis, Consciousness author Susan Blackmore and Closure theorist Hilary Lawson uncover the problem with materialism.
In association with the New College of the Humanities. bit.ly/2FdPgLD

Apr 09 2019

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Rank #10: Doing Right And Feeling Good | Anders Sandberg, Simon Baron-Cohen, Peter Dews

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We think empathising with others is the route to a better world. But studies show that empathy encourages us to help one named child over ten anonymous others. Is morality perhaps not about empathy at all? Does the moral way to act have more to do with thinking than feeling, or is empathy a vital force for good?
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'Zero Degrees of Empathy' author Simon Baron-Cohen, philosopher Peter Dews and Oxford Transhumanist Anders Sadnberg dispute how to be good.
Watch the debate here: https://iai.tv/video/doing-right-and-feeling-good

Sep 22 2016

46mins

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Rank #11: The Evolution of Suicide | Nicholas Humphreys

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Suicide is a terrible but commonplace event amongst all societies within the human race. But at what point in our evolution did suicide come into being, and for what purpose? Can suicide be explained, and if so, can we provide an answer to those who become so desperate?
Neuropsychologist and author of A History of the Mind Nicholas Humphrey answers these questions.

Nov 13 2018

24mins

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Rank #12: The Swindle Of The New | Terry Eagleton

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In our topsy turvy post-modern world, we're held captive by the promise of the new. One of Britain's most influential cultural critics, Terry Eagleton, examines novelty's strange perils.
Supported by Routledge - Associate Academic Partner of the IAI. To learn more, and for exclusive discounts and prizes visit: http://bit.ly/2huBNRx

Dec 21 2017

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Rank #13: What Is The Meaning Of Life? | Mark Rowlands

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We keep searching for life's meaning, but we still have no answer. Philosopher and author of 'Wolf' Mark Rowlands shows us where we might look.

Jan 09 2018

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Rank #14: Neuroscience vs. Philosophy | Margaret Boden, Steven Rose, Barry C. Smith

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From the existence of the self to the nature of free will, many philosophers have dedicated their lives to the problems of the mind. But now some neuroscientists claim to have settled these raging debates. Is it possible we have discovered a science to replace philosophy and we can finally make real progress?
Cognitive scientist Margaret Boden, philosopher of mind and language Barry C. Smith and neurobiologist Steven Rose put neuroscience on trial.
Music: Apache Force by Little Glass Men available under an Attribution Creative Commons License

Oct 03 2017

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Rank #15: The Mystery of Life | Nick Lane, Monica Grady, Ralph Cordey

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As we explore the planets of the solar system and look out at those beyond, researchers hope they will find evidence of life. But would it be like life on earth? Or is the wish to find other life forms a science fiction fantasy that serves Hollywood well but has little to do with reality? In this episode of Philosophy for our Times, Biochemist and author of The Vital Question Nick Lane, Head of Future Missions at Airbus Ralph Cordey, and leading British space scientist Monica Grady grapple with the mysterious puzzles of life.

Nov 05 2019

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Rank #16: The Neuroscience of Conciousness | Raymond Tallis, Susana Martinez-Conde, Markus Gabriel

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Neuroscientists believe that our minds and conciousness are no more than matter and mechanism. But if they are right, is all meaning, purpose and feeling illusory? Or do the secrets of experience lie beyond neuroscience's grasp? In this episode of Philosophy for our Times, Raymond Tallis, Susana Martinez-Conde and Markus Gabriel explore the latest in the neuroscience of conciousness.
In association with the New College of the Humanities. bit.ly/2FdPgLD

May 20 2019

46mins

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Rank #17: How to be a Stoic | Massimo Pigliucci

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We all want to lead a good life. But that goal seems always elusive. What can we learn from the ancient Stoics? Hear philosopher of science and author of How to be a Stoic Massimo Pigliucci explain how the philosophy that inspired the great emperor Marcus Aurelius can help us focus on what really matters, and confront the challenges of modern life.

Jan 07 2020

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Rank #18: The Fantasy Of Money | Nigel Dodd, Sarah Bird, Izabella Kaminska

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There was a time when gold money had real value. Yet now it floats free, a fantasy made real by our belief. Are there alternative fantasies that we could create to generate different and perhaps better realities? Or is there something special about the fantasy of money that makes it irreplaceable?
Guardian columnist Stephen Hewlitt asks CEO of Timebanking UK Sarah Bird, reporter for the Financial Times Izabella Kaminska and The Social Life of Money author Nigel Dodd to explore the alternatives to money.

Dec 05 2017

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Rank #19: Technology, Relationships and Freedom | Chi Onwurah, Kate Russell, James Ladyman

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What’s the price we pay for the buzz we get from likes online? Are tech companies forcing us to follow their every whim? Mining us for data they can profit from? Or do we have the power to harness technology for good? Making our lives easier and giving us more free time? Connecting us with people and enriching our lives?
To debate this issue, we have on our panel Chi Onwurah, shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy, Science and Innovation.
Kate Russell, a technology reporter and presenter of BBC Click.
And professor of philosophy at the university of Bristol, James Ladyman.
Isobel Hilton hosts.

Aug 14 2018

29mins

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Rank #20: Fires of Progress | Steven Pinker, Tariq Ali, Elif Sarican

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Most think that social progress should be driven by ideas and persuasion not force. Yet from the French and Russian Revolutions to the Suffragettes, violent action has been instrumental to generating change. Is violence ever justified as a political strategy? In this episode of Philosophy for our Times, Enlightenment Now author Steven Pinker, filmmaker and author of The Clash of Fundamentalisms Tariq Ali and Kurdish Women's Movement activist Elif Sarican grapple with the forces of history.
In association with the New College of the Humanities: bit.ly/2FdPgLD

Jan 22 2019

35mins

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How to Make the Right Decision | Jason McKenzie Alexander

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May 26 2020

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Knowledge Resistance | Åsa Wikforss

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With the rise of 'fake news' and the publicising of blatant lies, how important is it to reassert the importance of accuracy and truth?


Åsa Wikforss is a professor of theoretical philosophy at Stockholm University. Wikforss is a member of Swedish Academy whose research focuses on the intersection of philosophy of mind, language and epistemology, ans in 2017 Wikfoss published Alternative facts. On knowledge and its enemies, a book that has had a great impact in Sweden.

May 19 2020

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Mysteries of the Mind | Markus Gabriel

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Is the brain a conscious control centre? Where is my mind? Many believe the mystery of consciousness will be solved once we understand the physical brain. Philosopher and author of I Am Not A Brain Markus Gabriel challenges scientific complacency and argues for a different view of the self, the mind and human freedom.


Markus Gabriel is a German philosopher and author at the University of Bonn

May 12 2020

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In Search of Freedom | Paul Broks, Julian Baggini, Hannah Dawson, Hilary Lawson

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Is there space left for individual autonomy when we are constrained by our genes, manipulated by technology and shaped by the cultural zeitgeist? Should we conclude that the very idea of freedom was a mistake, which once abandoned will enable us to reframe human behaviour and success and create a more equal society?


Historian of ideas and author of Life Lessons from Hobbes Hannah Dawson, post-realist philosopher Hilary Lawson, neuropsychologist and science writer Paul Broks and author of Freedom Regained Julian Baggini ask who's really in control. David Aaronovitch hosts.

May 05 2020

37mins

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How To Overcome Wilful Blindness | Margaret Heffernan

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How can we protect ourselves from the dangers we wilfully don't see? Businesswoman and author of Willful Blindness Margaret Heffernan puts forward her theory and outlines how and why institutions and individuals need to open their eyes to information they do not want to know.

An entrepreneur, CEO and author, Heffernan's book Willful Blindness was chosen as one of Financial Times' business books of the decade.

Apr 28 2020

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Philosophy Vs Authority | Noam Chomsky, Deirdre McCloskey, Mark Lilla

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We know authority is dangerous yet we assume it is necessary for society to work. Should we dream of a free and flourishing world without leadership and rules? Or do we want and need leaders and authority to feed our hopes and dreams?

Philosopher Noam Chomsky, political scientist Mark Lilla and professor of economics Deirdre McCloskey ask whether we need authority at all.

Apr 21 2020

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The Value of Ethics | Bart Streumer

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Can an action that is 'right' become 'wrong' without any other change taking place in the world? And do we need to apply ethics to real-world issues to feel that these theories matter? Bart Streumer unpacks these questions and more in this in-depth interview, before making the case that we should understand philosophy as a cooperative enterprise, in which debate, learning what others have to say, and changing your own mind, is crucial.

Apr 14 2020

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Can we distinguish truth from lies? | Sacha Golob, Steve Fuller, Åsa Wikforss, Peter Pomerantsev

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It seemed that we had all got used to the idea that rather than a single definitive truth there are a multiplicity of competing and alternative perspectives. Now with the rise of 'fake news' and the publicising of blatant lies, we want to reassert the importance of accuracy and truth.
Author of Post Truth Steve Fuller, theoretical philosopher Åsa Wikforss, continental philosopher Sacha Golob, and former Moscow journalist and author of This is Not Propaganda Peter Pomerantsev ask whether anybody has a monopoly on truth.

Apr 08 2020

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New Gods | Myriam François, Peter Atkins, Hilary Lawson

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As our churches have emptied our belief in progress, science and reason has also begun to falter, and we find ourselves in a new space in which all beliefs are challenged, and perspectives jostle in a relative world. Might religion, in the form of shared rituals and values, once again have a role to play?
To discuss the role of religion we are joined by three leading thinkers: acclaimed chemist Peter Atkins, writer and broadcaster Myriam Francois and philosopher Hilary Lawson.

Mar 31 2020

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The World That Disappeared | Peter Atkins, James Ladyman, Joanna Kavenna

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No-one who has ever stepped on a Lego brick could doubt the reality of physical objects. Yet from Heraclitus to George Berkeley, many philosophers claimed to have disproven the existence of things. Could the world truly be made up of fields and processes, rather than physical stuff? Are the everyday objects that surround us an illusion?
To help us discuss the existence of things we are joined by three leading thinkers: chemist Peter Atkins, philosopher of science, James Ladyman and novelist Joanna Kavenna.

Mar 24 2020

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The Mind and the World | Raymond Tallis

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Is the mind just a part of the world? Or is the world all in the mind? Neither, argues physician, philosopher and poet Raymond Tallis as he puts forward his take on how we make sense of experience.

Mar 17 2020

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The Myth of the Self | Julian Baggini, Angie Hobbs, John Milbank

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It is said that Mother Theresa allowed many to die unnecessarily and glorified suffering. While Stalin was a loving son to his parents, and Hitler - a vegetarian who adored his dog. Are we wrong to assume that there is a single self behind our actions? Are people not good or bad but only individual actions? Should we accept that we are inconsistent and unpredictable? Or is consistency and integrity the cornerstone of what it is to be human?
Professor of religion, politics and ethics John Millbank, co-founder of The Philosophers' Magazine Julian Baggini and Professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy Angie Hobbs explore our multiple selves.

Mar 10 2020

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Why Philosophy Won't Go Away | Rebecca Goldstein

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Has science killed philosophy as Hawking famously claimed? What would Plato make of the debates between psychoanalysts and tiger mums, atheists and the religious, or search engines like Google? In this episode of Philosophy for Our Times, philosopher Rebecca Goldstein returns to philosophy's roots and makes her case for why humanity can't thrive without it.

Mar 03 2020

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Philosophy Vs Quantum Theory | Tim Maudlin

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Philosopher of science Tim Maudlin discusses interpretations of quantum mechanics, explaining the pilot wave theory and objective collapse theory, and considers what we stand to learn from quantum theory about the nature of our universe.
Tim Maudlin, author of Philosophy of Physics, is an American philosopher of science responsible for influential works on metaphysical foundations of physics and logic.

Feb 25 2020

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Is Morality Rooted In Culture? | Joel Robbins

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From remote groups in Papua New Guinea to Pentecostal Christians, what can values and desires around the world tell us about the nature of morality? Cambridge anthropologist Joel Robbins tours the globe in search of the good.
Joel Robbins is the Sigrid Rausing Professor of Social Anthropology at Cambridge University and author of Becoming Sinners. He specialises in the anthropology of religion and anthropological theory.

Feb 18 2020

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How To Do Philosophy and Why | Timothy Williamson

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For millenia, humans have looked to philosophy to help them understand the world, but why is it then that so many people find philosophy confusing? Is the confusion perhaps part of the solution?
Philosopher of logic Timothy Williamson outlines how philosophy can help us think more clearly, such as Alan Turing's use of logic to invent the computer, how the principles of logic can be understood as the laws of reality, and the importance of debate in making philosophy more inclusive.

Feb 11 2020

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Tribal Truths and New Wisdom | Paul Mason, Hilary Lawson, Ella McPherson

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From populist demagogues to liberal elites, Fox News to the BBC, the warring tribes of our troubled world agree on few ideals and still fewer facts. Yet they all share the belief that they are right. Are we all suffering from the illusion that we can uncover the truth?
Should we embrace a world of competing facts while still seeking a progressive and stable society? Or do we need new grand narratives to help us escape a dangerous, relativistic world?
Post-Capitalism author Paul Mason, Cambridge sociologist Ella McPherson, philosopher and former editor of The World This Week Hilary Lawson question whether it is ever really possible to report the truth. Roger Bolton hosts.

Feb 05 2020

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How Maths Changed Philosophy | Silvia Jonas

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What does mathematics have to do with the nature of human thought? How does it change how philosophers think of reality?
Philosopher and author of 'Ineffability and its Metaphysics', Silvia Jonas explains how mathematics has come to shape our politics, ethics and our very idea of what the world is.

Jan 28 2020

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Philosophers vs Post-Truth | Homi Bhabha, Rebecca Goldstein, Hilary Lawson

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In a post-truth world, tribal agreement seems to have replaced reason and evidence. But is a world where our truths are tribal sustainable? Don't we need a shared framework of thought to prevent fragmentation and confrontation? Can we rely on evidence and reason whilst abandoning absolute truth, or do we need reality after all?
Philosopher and novelist Rebecca Goldstein, post-colonial theorist Homi Bhabha and post-postmodern metaphysician Hilary Lawson confront the future of the post-truth world.

Jan 21 2020

48mins

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A Philosophy of Fashion | Shahidha Bari

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We all get dressed. But how often do we pause to think about the place of clothes in our lives? Can a philosophy of living be wrapped up in a winter coat? Can we see a suit not just as an object, but as an idea?
Philosopher, broadcaster, and author of 'Dressed: The Secret Life of Clothes', Shahidha Bari, unveils the hidden power of what we wear.

Jan 14 2020

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iTunes Ratings

101 Ratings
Average Ratings
64
18
10
4
5

Post modern truth

By Larry in Contra Costa County - Feb 02 2020
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Great episode. Background music out in the hallway is distracting. Truly annoying.

I love this podcast

By momoneymoproblemscuz - Nov 26 2018
Read more
Great way to broaden your mind and see the world from a different perspective