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

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

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

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

    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.

    • 48 min
    A Philosophy of Fashion | Shahidha Bari

    A Philosophy of Fashion | Shahidha Bari

    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.

    • 28 min
    How to be a Stoic | Massimo Pigliucci

    How to be a Stoic | Massimo Pigliucci

    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.

    • 41 min
    Is Sexuality a Vehicle For Power? | Minna Salami, Rowan Pelling, Julia Long

    Is Sexuality a Vehicle For Power? | Minna Salami, Rowan Pelling, Julia Long

    From Cleopatra to Beyonce women have used sexuality to increase their power and influence. But many feminists warn that it is undermining to be seen as a sex object and some in the #MeToo movement propose culture should banish such behaviour. In this episode of Philosophy for our Times, Minna Salami, Rowan Pelling, and Julia Long debate whether sexuality is a vehicle for power or for subservience.

    • 38 min
    The Problem with Paradoxes | Slavoj Žižek, Sophie Allen, Hilary Lawson

    The Problem with Paradoxes | Slavoj Žižek, Sophie Allen, Hilary Lawson

    Once we assumed that reason and rationality would gradually uncover the truth. But from quantum mechanics to set theory, paradox it seems is found at the heart of our most revered theories and at the cornerstones of our thought. Are these paradoxes evidence that our theories are wrong and is it essential that they are overcome? In this episode of Philosophy for Our Times, Slavoj Žižek, Sophie Allen, and Hilary Lawson debate whether paradox is an unavoidable consequence of human thought.

    • 36 min
    The End of the West | Linda Yueh, Rana Mitter, David Aaronovitch

    The End of the West | Linda Yueh, Rana Mitter, David Aaronovitch

    Once, Britain was the dominant power, then the US. Now, with the largest economy in the world by purchasing power, it seems China's turn has come. Should we accept, even welcome, the passing of the West? Or is there a response that would enable the West to retain significance, if not the dominance it once had? In this episode of Philosophy for our Times, Linda Yueh, Rana Mitter, and David Aaronovitch explore whether it is the end of the West.

    • 41 min

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