The Philosopher's Zone - Program podcast

The Philosopher's Zone - Program podcast


The Philosopher's Zone looks at the world of philosophy and at the world through philosophy. The program addresses the big philosophical questions and arguments. It also explores what philosophical analysis can contribute to our understanding of some of the fundamental and perplexing issues that face the world today.


I’m just not myself  

Buddhist thought holds that at core there is no real self—two philosophers at the junction of east and west, self and mind.

Gender bending  

Gender—time to revisit the basics.

Noam Chomsky on the hard stuff  

What are words worth? Well they are worth thinking about, and that’s what Noam Chomsky has spent a lifetime doing.

Rescuing the beautiful  

Would you do something simply because it is the beautiful thing to do?

Spooky action is closer than you think  

Einstein didn't think much of it, but Jairus Grove thinks that spooky action at a distance might tell us more than we'd care to ask.

Come, come, Mr Bond  

You could say that life is a gamble—but beneath the stats are some far-reaching questions about cause and effect. Darrell Rowbottom knows that in life—as in the casino—the stakes can be high.  

The posthuman  

In the 1960s Michel Foucault famously declared the end of man as we know him, and it prompted what's known as the posthuman turn: a particular worldview was drawing to a close. Rosi Braidotti explains how we got here, and what’s still to come.

Pride and prudence  

Smashed avocados are now at $22—so what of prudence, virtue, and frugality? Emrys Westacott has a veggie patch and has taught philosophy students how to be 'tight-wads'.

Seeing reason  

Aristotle firmly held that reason sets humans apart from other animals—Julian Baggini explains the reasonable limits of reason.

Snookered: women and philosophy  

Why so few women in philosophy? David Papineau talks with Eleanor Gordon Smith about his contentious article on the matter.

Race and gender in an age of transition  

The trans moment: gender and race in an age of unsettled categories.

Memories, morals, and me  

An essential part of personal identity may be our moral self.

Happiness—it’s not personal  

What does critical theory have to do with happiness?

Sleep, sex, and fairy tales  

For an activity that takes up 30% of our lives it’s a mystery that we don’t pay more attention to it.

Death duties  

It’s said that philosophy is a preparation for death—so try this simple question.

Gender bending  

Gender—time to revisit the basics.

From Reason to Enlightenment  

Some pivotal moments in philosophy—in plain language.

Logic: if + then = why?  

Hold on to your modus ponens; we’re getting serious about precision.

The truth, beauty, and power of punk  

40 years of punk, but what's it got to do with philosophy?

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