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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.

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    • Philosophy

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.

    Is reason enough?

    Is reason enough?

    These days it seems that critical thinking could be failing us – and we’re not sure why. Have too many people strayed from the path of reason? Or is reason insufficient – ever overrated – as an ingredient in the formation of good citizens?

    • 28 min
    Plato's woman problem

    Plato's woman problem

    In The Republic, Plato outlines a role for women in his ideal society that seems revolutionary, i.e. that they should occupy the highest position in public life. In Athenian society at the time, women were completely excluded from politics, so this is a radical proposal. But elsewhere, Plato expresses doubt about women’s natural abilities. What did he really think? And how does this tension persist today for women in philosophy?

    • 28 min
    In praise of mortality

    In praise of mortality

    Ever since we humans became conscious of the fact that we’re all going to die, we’ve dreamed of immortality. Life is good, so wouldn't eternal life be even better? Today's guest offers a robust critique of the ideal of immortality - and one that takes a fascinating turn to politics.

    • 35 min
    Remembering Roger Scruton

    Remembering Roger Scruton

    An avowed conservative of a kind mistrusted by both modern-day left and right, Scruton remained steadfast in his first principles. He pitted his intellect against what he saw as the encroachments of modernity on human life, including the overreach of science and technology. Wishful thinker, or beacon in a sea of error?

    • 28 min
    Uluru and the heart of the liberal state

    Uluru and the heart of the liberal state

    The fundamental challenges for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia are systemic, they run much deeper than any single issue – education, health, rates of incarceration – can capture. But the Uluru Statement from the Heart calls for a series of reforms that could address the key issue for all Indigenous Australians.

    • 28 min
    Disability and dignity

    Disability and dignity

    Philosophers have been slow to address disability - which is odd, because disability raises a host of fascinating and challenging issues around justice, rights and fairness.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

Buddingeconomist ,

Great!

Great Interviewer and topics! I wish you would ask interviewees at the end which question they’d have asked themselves, Ezra Klein does it.

Helen of Trobriand ,

Fantastic program

One of my favorite podcasts. I only discovered it this year and have been eagerly mining the back catalog! David Rutledge is a brilliant interviewer, funny, relaxed and engaged, very knowledgable and well researched but knows not to make it all about him, unlike a lot of subject-specialist interviewers. I never knew I was so interested in philosophy until I found this program, I love its variety and wide ranging scope. I would also recommend a lot of the other ABC RN programs like All in the Mind. Go you Aussies!

Hopeless product ,

Brilliant work

This podcast is in my top three along with The Gist (Panoply) and Rear Vision (another ABC programme). Thanks TPZ. Keep em coming.

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