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Philosopher's Zone

Philosopher's Zone

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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

What are we doing when we argue?

Argument and debate don’t need to be blood sports. Done properly, argument can be about beneficial mutual exchange and trust.

28 MIN4 d ago
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What are we doing when we argue?

Nihilism and utopia

COVID-19 has exposed a streak of nihilism in 21st century capitalist societies. How do we move forward without succumbing to despair on one hand, or utopian thinking on the other?

28 MIN1 w ago
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Nihilism and utopia

Mind, matter and motherhood

When Nicola Redhouse had each of her two children, she experienced shattering post-natal anxiety that sent her deep into the mystery of the self, and the relationship between mind and body. A long standing participant in psychoanalysis, she found herself up against the practical limits of Freudian theory - but would science provide more useful insight?

28 MIN2 w ago
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Mind, matter and motherhood

Montesquieu and despotism

Montesquieu was the 18th century French philosopher who introduced the term "despotism" into our political vocabulary. Today, his analysis is as relevant as ever.

28 MIN3 w ago
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Montesquieu and despotism

The digital dead

When we die, our digital selves sometimes live on. The line between death and life — already blurred by medical technology — is even blurrier in the digital domain. How should we prepare for our electronic afterlives?

51 MINJUL 5
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The digital dead

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 MINJUN 28
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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 MINJUN 21
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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 MINJUN 14
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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 MINJUN 7
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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

Latest Episodes

What are we doing when we argue?

Argument and debate don’t need to be blood sports. Done properly, argument can be about beneficial mutual exchange and trust.

28 MIN4 d ago
Comments
What are we doing when we argue?

Nihilism and utopia

COVID-19 has exposed a streak of nihilism in 21st century capitalist societies. How do we move forward without succumbing to despair on one hand, or utopian thinking on the other?

28 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Nihilism and utopia

Mind, matter and motherhood

When Nicola Redhouse had each of her two children, she experienced shattering post-natal anxiety that sent her deep into the mystery of the self, and the relationship between mind and body. A long standing participant in psychoanalysis, she found herself up against the practical limits of Freudian theory - but would science provide more useful insight?

28 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Mind, matter and motherhood

Montesquieu and despotism

Montesquieu was the 18th century French philosopher who introduced the term "despotism" into our political vocabulary. Today, his analysis is as relevant as ever.

28 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Montesquieu and despotism

The digital dead

When we die, our digital selves sometimes live on. The line between death and life — already blurred by medical technology — is even blurrier in the digital domain. How should we prepare for our electronic afterlives?

51 MINJUL 5
Comments
The digital dead

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 MINJUN 28
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 MINJUN 21
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 MINJUN 14
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 MINJUN 7
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
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