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.

    The abominable heretic

    The abominable heretic

    In July 1656, the young philosopher Baruch Spinoza was cast out of his Jewish community for "abominable heresies". We don't know what those crimes were, but we do know that Spinoza has remained a polarising figure within Judaism ever since.

    • 29 min
    Shifting the frame on COVID-19

    Shifting the frame on COVID-19

    When we think about COVID-19 as a medical issue first and foremost, what are we missing? This week we explore the ways in which legal, economic, cultural and ethical perspectives on COVID-19 could be just as important as the medical.

    • 28 min
    Lev Shestov: staying awake in the dark

    Lev Shestov: staying awake in the dark

    Lev Shestov is one of the great forgotten modern philosophers, and now could be the time to rediscover him. His was a philosophy of hope in the face of hopelessness, and the parallels between his time and our own are compelling.

    • 28 min
    Moral grandstanding

    Moral grandstanding

    Moral grandstanding is not a harmless pastime. It’s insidious and corrosive, eating away at the foundations of public discourse and deepening the divisions between us. But how to stop it?

    • 28 min
    AI home devices: A feminist perspective

    AI home devices: A feminist perspective

    Smart home devices make life easier, and they're increasingly popular. But are they gender-neutral entities, or "smart wives"?

    • 28 min
    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

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