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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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.

    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
    Thinking the country

    Thinking the country

    What constitutes a "philosophical" conversation? You might reasonably expect such a conversation to be conceptual, exploring abstract notions of self, time, being, ethics and so on. For indigenous Australian philosophers, the conversation gets real very fast.

    • 28 min
    Plato, Buddhism and storytelling

    Plato, Buddhism and storytelling

    At a glance, Platonic philosophy and Buddhism might seem to have little in common. But their ideas on moral development and "turning the soul" towards reality have fascinating congruences.

    • 28 min
    Free speech crisis on campus?

    Free speech crisis on campus?

    With freedom of speech at Australian universities currently under governmental review, we explore the notion of free speech on campus. Should what gets said at universities - and who gets to say it - be regulated? And is the supposed "free speech crisis" just a front for the culture wars?

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

Jack_McCoy ,

One of the Best

This is one of the original and best history shows out there. The host Melvyn Bragg and various experts discuss a character, topic or idea from history. It’s a simple format but it’s always in-depth and fascinating. Listen and feel your mind expand.

iCaliT ,

I love this podcast!

Any podcast that has a program devoted to the "Future of Manifestos" is alright by me. I love manifestos, and was thrilled to see a show devote an hour to the topic. Bravo!

I am fascinated by the other topics covered by the program, and appreciate that they are intelligent and accessible. The guests are well-chosen and well-credentialed.

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TruthReason ,

Liberal bias

Too much gender studies and not enough philosophy. You'll love it if you enjoy being preached to by the choir.

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