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Philosopher's Zone

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Philosopher's Zone

Philosopher's Zone

ABC Radio

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The simplest questions often have the most complex answers. The Philosopher's Zone is your guide through the strange thickets of logic, metaphysics and ethics.

Latest Episodes

Philosophy by postcard

A fascinating public philosophy project, celebrating a major figure whose work deserves greater recognition — not just as a philosopher, but as a pioneering woman in a very male world.

28 MIN6 d ago
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Philosophy by postcard

The ethics of uterus transplantation

If a woman wants to experience pregnancy but can't, the answer could be a uterus transplant. The technology is promising, if still very new — but how ethically sound is it?

28 MIN1 w ago
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The ethics of uterus transplantation

Race in America pt 2: Lewis Gordon

Any conversation about racial justice has to go back to basics: questions about the nature of humanity and the meaning of freedom. Philosopher Lewis Gordon explores these questions in the light of COVID-19 and America's current upheavals.

28 MIN2 w ago
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Race in America pt 2: Lewis Gordon

Race in America pt 1: George Yancy

Speaking out against racism by insisting on the collusion of white people — even well-meaning ones — in a system that's racist to the core can bring serious consequences. George Yancy knows this well.

36 MIN3 w ago
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Race in America pt 1: George Yancy

Choosing a personal philosophy: Existentialism

Tired of having a casual, abstract flirtation with philosophy? It might be time to commit. A personal philosophy of life can be hugely helpful — but which one to choose?

28 MINMAY 31
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Choosing a personal philosophy: Existentialism

Driverless cars, inequality and the 'trolley problem' in a high-tech world

The road has always been a great social leveller — we all get stuck in the same traffic jams. But with the advent of driverless cars, that could all be about to change, with troubling ethical consequences.

28 MINMAY 24
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Driverless cars, inequality and the 'trolley problem' in a high-tech world

Citizens and urban planning

Consensus among citizens in the development of cities is always the goal — but it's rarely achieved. This week we explore the philosophical foundations of a more realistic model for citizen participation in urban planning.

28 MINMAY 17
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Citizens and urban planning

The big snore

Boredom hasn't received a lot of philosophical attention — which isn't surprising, given that it suggests a radical absence of anything to talk about. But even the most tedious things can prove on inspection to be complex, multi-layered and... well, interesting.

28 MINMAY 10
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The big snore

What can genes tell us?

Can our genes tell us if we're gay? Or intelligent? Science says the answer is complex, and that genetic determinism — the idea that we're genetically hardwired for certain outcomes — shouldn't be taken seriously. But genetic determinism has taken hold of the public imagination.

28 MINMAY 3
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What can genes tell us?

Border patrol

Refugees are often spoken and written about as victims: people on the far side of a border that separates them from all the things we citizens know and love about our homeland. But what if the refugee actually knows things about Australia that we don't?

28 MINAPR 26
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Border patrol

Latest Episodes

Philosophy by postcard

A fascinating public philosophy project, celebrating a major figure whose work deserves greater recognition — not just as a philosopher, but as a pioneering woman in a very male world.

28 MIN6 d ago
Comments
Philosophy by postcard

The ethics of uterus transplantation

If a woman wants to experience pregnancy but can't, the answer could be a uterus transplant. The technology is promising, if still very new — but how ethically sound is it?

28 MIN1 w ago
Comments
The ethics of uterus transplantation

Race in America pt 2: Lewis Gordon

Any conversation about racial justice has to go back to basics: questions about the nature of humanity and the meaning of freedom. Philosopher Lewis Gordon explores these questions in the light of COVID-19 and America's current upheavals.

28 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Race in America pt 2: Lewis Gordon

Race in America pt 1: George Yancy

Speaking out against racism by insisting on the collusion of white people — even well-meaning ones — in a system that's racist to the core can bring serious consequences. George Yancy knows this well.

36 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Race in America pt 1: George Yancy

Choosing a personal philosophy: Existentialism

Tired of having a casual, abstract flirtation with philosophy? It might be time to commit. A personal philosophy of life can be hugely helpful — but which one to choose?

28 MINMAY 31
Comments
Choosing a personal philosophy: Existentialism

Driverless cars, inequality and the 'trolley problem' in a high-tech world

The road has always been a great social leveller — we all get stuck in the same traffic jams. But with the advent of driverless cars, that could all be about to change, with troubling ethical consequences.

28 MINMAY 24
Comments
Driverless cars, inequality and the 'trolley problem' in a high-tech world

Citizens and urban planning

Consensus among citizens in the development of cities is always the goal — but it's rarely achieved. This week we explore the philosophical foundations of a more realistic model for citizen participation in urban planning.

28 MINMAY 17
Comments
Citizens and urban planning

The big snore

Boredom hasn't received a lot of philosophical attention — which isn't surprising, given that it suggests a radical absence of anything to talk about. But even the most tedious things can prove on inspection to be complex, multi-layered and... well, interesting.

28 MINMAY 10
Comments
The big snore

What can genes tell us?

Can our genes tell us if we're gay? Or intelligent? Science says the answer is complex, and that genetic determinism — the idea that we're genetically hardwired for certain outcomes — shouldn't be taken seriously. But genetic determinism has taken hold of the public imagination.

28 MINMAY 3
Comments
What can genes tell us?

Border patrol

Refugees are often spoken and written about as victims: people on the far side of a border that separates them from all the things we citizens know and love about our homeland. But what if the refugee actually knows things about Australia that we don't?

28 MINAPR 26
Comments
Border patrol

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