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

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.

    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
    Politics and the sacred

    Politics and the sacred

    According to Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben, modern secular politics is theological from the ground up – which may come as a nasty surprise to the many people who believe, often for very good reasons, that religion and politics should be kept as far from each other as possible.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

Khat 93 ,

Find a new way to question

David Rutledge facilitates the discussions for non-philosophers like myself- without compromising quality and rigorous empiricism. The topics are relevant for every day life and span free speech to AI. #highlyrecommended

Felice dark ,

Fantastic

I love it, is amazing podcast on all the daily life issues from a philosophical prospective. Top!

NickyB1976 ,

Desparately Sad

I am devestated to learn of Alan's death. For the past 2 years (since I discovered the podcast) he has enlightened, educated, and entertained me and I avidly looked forward to each new episode. Thank you Alan for a wonderful programme. You are greatly missed.

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