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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.

    The World That Disappeared | Peter Atkins, James Ladyman, Joanna Kavenna

    The World That Disappeared | Peter Atkins, James Ladyman, Joanna Kavenna

    No-one who has ever stepped on a Lego brick could doubt the reality of physical objects. Yet from Heraclitus to George Berkeley, many philosophers claimed to have disproven the existence of things. Could the world truly be made up of fields and processes, rather than physical stuff? Are the everyday objects that surround us an illusion?

    To help us discuss the existence of things we are joined by three leading thinkers: chemist Peter Atkins, philosopher of science, James Ladyman and novelist Joanna Kavenna.

    • 43 min
    The Mind and the World | Raymond Tallis

    The Mind and the World | Raymond Tallis

    Is the mind just a part of the world? Or is the world all in the mind? Neither, argues physician, philosopher and poet Raymond Tallis as he puts forward his take on how we make sense of experience.

    • 23 min
    The Myth of the Self | Julian Baggini, Angie Hobbs, John Milbank

    The Myth of the Self | Julian Baggini, Angie Hobbs, John Milbank

    It is said that Mother Theresa allowed many to die unnecessarily and glorified suffering. While Stalin was a loving son to his parents, and Hitler - a vegetarian who adored his dog. Are we wrong to assume that there is a single self behind our actions? Are people not good or bad but only individual actions? Should we accept that we are inconsistent and unpredictable? Or is consistency and integrity the cornerstone of what it is to be human?

    Professor of religion, politics and ethics John Millbank, co-founder of The Philosophers' Magazine Julian Baggini and Professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy Angie Hobbs explore our multiple selves.

    • 42 min
    Why Philosophy Won't Go Away | Rebecca Goldstein

    Why Philosophy Won't Go Away | Rebecca Goldstein

    Has science killed philosophy as Hawking famously claimed? What would Plato make of the debates between psychoanalysts and tiger mums, atheists and the religious, or search engines like Google? In this episode of Philosophy for Our Times, philosopher Rebecca Goldstein returns to philosophy's roots and makes her case for why humanity can't thrive without it.

    • 27 min
    Philosophy Vs Quantum Theory | Tim Maudlin

    Philosophy Vs Quantum Theory | Tim Maudlin

    Philosopher of science Tim Maudlin discusses interpretations of quantum mechanics, explaining the pilot wave theory and objective collapse theory, and considers what we stand to learn from quantum theory about the nature of our universe.

    Tim Maudlin, author of Philosophy of Physics, is an American philosopher of science responsible for influential works on metaphysical foundations of physics and logic.

    • 20 min
    Is Morality Rooted In Culture? | Joel Robbins

    Is Morality Rooted In Culture? | Joel Robbins

    From remote groups in Papua New Guinea to Pentecostal Christians, what can values and desires around the world tell us about the nature of morality? Cambridge anthropologist Joel Robbins tours the globe in search of the good.

    Joel Robbins is the Sigrid Rausing Professor of Social Anthropology at Cambridge University and author of Becoming Sinners. He specialises in the anthropology of religion and anthropological theory.

    • 42 min

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