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Past Present Future is a bi-weekly History of Ideas podcast with David Runciman, host and creator of Talking Politics, exploring the history of ideas from politics to philosophy, culture to technology. David talks to historians, novelists, scientists and many others about where the most interesting ideas come from, what they mean, and why they matter.
Ideas from the past, questions about the present, shaping the future. Brought to you in partnership with the London Review of Books.
New episodes every Thursday and Sunday.

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    • 4.9 • 134 Ratings

Past Present Future is a bi-weekly History of Ideas podcast with David Runciman, host and creator of Talking Politics, exploring the history of ideas from politics to philosophy, culture to technology. David talks to historians, novelists, scientists and many others about where the most interesting ideas come from, what they mean, and why they matter.
Ideas from the past, questions about the present, shaping the future. Brought to you in partnership with the London Review of Books.
New episodes every Thursday and Sunday.

Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    The History of Freedom w/Lea Ypi: Liberation Movements

    The History of Freedom w/Lea Ypi: Liberation Movements

    In our final episode David and Lea discuss liberation movements, from post-colonial liberation to women’s liberation, gay liberation and animal liberation. What, if anything, do these movements have in common? Is liberation about equality or is it about difference? And who needs liberating next – children?
    You can hear our bonus episodes for this series by signing up to PPF+ www.ppfideas.com In the first bonus episode – available now – David and Lea answer listeners’ questions about AI, technology, online surveillance and brains-in-a-vat: what happens to freedom if we’re living in a computer simulation?
    Coming next our brand new series: The History of Bad Ideas, beginning with Adam Rutherford on eugenics.

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    • 56 min
    The History of Freedom w/Lea Ypi: Existentialism and Psychoanalysis

    The History of Freedom w/Lea Ypi: Existentialism and Psychoanalysis

    In the penultimate episode in this series David and Lea discuss two twentieth-century philosophies of freedom and the human psyche. What can existentialism teach us about the nature of free choice under conditions of despair? Is there any escape from bad faith? And what can individuals – or even entire societies – learn about their freedom from being put on the couch?
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    Coming next on the History of Freedom: Liberation Movements

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    • 51 min
    The History of Freedom w/Lea Ypi: Anarchism and Nihilism

    The History of Freedom w/Lea Ypi: Anarchism and Nihilism

    In our series about different ideas of freedom David and Lea have reached anarchism and nihilism. What is the positive vision of human freedom behind the anarchist rejection of the established order? What can nineteenth-century anarchists teach us about freedom in the twenty-first century? And if nihilists are against everything, what are they for?
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    Coming up next: David and Lea discuss existentialism and psychoanalysis.

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    • 50 min
    The History of Freedom w/Lea Ypi: What is the Free Market?

    The History of Freedom w/Lea Ypi: What is the Free Market?

    In the latest episode of our series about different ideas of freedom David and Lea explore what makes the free market free – and where it fails. How does buying and selling stuff advance human freedom? What does the free market free us from? And is it really possible to be free in a world dominated by credit and debt? 
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    Next on the History of Freedom: Anarchism and Nihilism

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    • 50 min
    The History of Freedom w/Lea Ypi: Kant, Enlightenment and Peace

    The History of Freedom w/Lea Ypi: Kant, Enlightenment and Peace

    In this episode in our series about ideas of freedom David and Lea explore Immanuel Kant’s vision of rational freedom and perpetual peace. Why was Kant so sure that human reason would produce enlightened progress? Was he right? What are the obstacles likely to derail the advance of peace, then and now? How well do his arguments about free speech and free expression hold up in the age of the internet?
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    Coming up next on the History of Freedom: How Free is the Free Market?

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    • 53 min
    The History of Freedom w/ Lea Ypi: Machiavelli and Political Liberty

    The History of Freedom w/ Lea Ypi: Machiavelli and Political Liberty

    History of Freedom w/ Lea Ypi: Machiavelli and Political Liberty
    For the third episode in our series about ideas of freedom David and Lea discuss Machiavelli, republicanism and what it means to live in a free state. What are the institutions that can protect people from domination and exploitation? How can political elites be held to account? Where are human beings most likely to find themselves at the mercy of others – and what can be done to help them escape?
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    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
134 Ratings

134 Ratings

Hill.ph ,

Past Present Future, History of Ideas

This is the rich and thoughtful graduate course I longed for back in the disappointing days and parade of ‘isms that constituted undergraduate philosophy…and history. Or perhaps it’s just that education is wasted on the young; much better revisited decades later. For this I thank David Runciman, his guests and production team. I love the pace when Runciman is solo and the respectful exchange when he is not. I relisten to episodes, current

August Consumer ,

Unbearable

One of those frequent types who loves to hear their own voice & thinks the audience is flattered that they can listen.
When Wikipedia is better, why waste time?

carterfrancis ,

American Elections Series - Game Changer

An absolutely incredible amount of information that is just not taught as part of civic education. I’ve been a longtime listener but this series takes the show to a new level and is especially important context for this year’s election.

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