50 episodes

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.

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    • Philosophy
    • 4.4, 331 Ratings

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.

    Inhumanity

    Inhumanity

    Our capacity to do terrible things to each other seems boundless. But we'd find it a lot more difficult without recourse to a neat conceptual trick: dehumanisation.

    • 28 min
    What are we doing when we argue?

    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 min
    Nihilism and utopia

    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 min
    Mind, matter and motherhood

    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 min
    Montesquieu and despotism

    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 min
    The digital dead

    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 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
331 Ratings

331 Ratings

Rebuking donkey ,

Generally good but where are the theists?

These guys present so many great ideas and ask so many great questions. I can’t help but think it’s a little one-sided, but they’re definitely doing a good job of getting certain backwards and forwards conversations happening. I would appreciate some more respected theists on the show having heard, well not really much from that side. But perhaps this is not the place to be talking about those arguments when there are 1000 different podcast talking about those things really. Otherwise really top stuff and thought-provoking.

lllllllllvvvvvvvyyyyyyyy ,

Ok

Fine

darkfalcon890 ,

Love this!

Just love listening to your broad topics and discussions - helps open up my world!
Thanks!!

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