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    • 4.4 • 254 Ratings

Philosophy for our Times is a free philosophy podcast bringing you the latest talks and debates from the world’s leading thinkers. We host weekly episodes on today’s biggest ideas in news, society, culture, politics, science and arts. Subscribe today to never miss an episode.

    Embracing solidarity in our secular age | Interview with Rowan Williams

    Embracing solidarity in our secular age | Interview with Rowan Williams

    Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams discusses his professional and theological journey and reflects on what he's learned along the way, from climate activism to inter-faith leadership.

    • 15 min
    On humans and animals | Peter Singer, Mary Midgley

    On humans and animals | Peter Singer, Mary Midgley

    Two of the most influential thinkers of our time, Peter Singer, Australian philosopher, Princeton professor and author of Animal Liberation, and the late Mary Midgley, described by the Guardian as "UK's foremost scourge of scientific pretention" go head to head on the future of bio-ethics. Roger Bolton hosts.

    • 37 min
    Does energy really exist? | Priyamvada Natarajan, Avshalom Elitzur, and Bernard Carr on the enigma of energy

    Does energy really exist? | Priyamvada Natarajan, Avshalom Elitzur, and Bernard Carr on the enigma of energy

    Leading physicists Priyamvada Natarajan, Avshalom Elitzur, and Bernard Carr question the existence of 'energy' as a concept in physics and muse on the mysticism science can bring to.

    • 1 hr
    Why we should question everything | Michael Della Rocca on radical philosophy

    Why we should question everything | Michael Della Rocca on radical philosophy

    Philosopher Michael Della Rocca challenges conventional philosophy's reliance on common sense, interpreting the world instead as a unified whole.

    • 16 min
    The enlightenment and its alternatives | John Mearsheimer, Steven Pinker

    The enlightenment and its alternatives | John Mearsheimer, Steven Pinker

    Two of the most influential thinkers of our time, John Mearsheimer, Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago, and Steven Pinker, Professor of Psychology at Harvard University debate the Enlightenment and its alternative. Sophie Scott-Brown hosts.

    • 52 min
    Mind-body dualism and being transgender | Sophie Grace Chappell

    Mind-body dualism and being transgender | Sophie Grace Chappell

    Philosopher Sophie Grace Chappell reflects on being transgender in the light of persistent philosophical questions, from Plato to John Stuart Mill.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
254 Ratings

254 Ratings

Philosophy fan 378 ,

Very good, but let the guests finish their thoughts

These are great conversations, but sometimes the moderator will ask the speaker to get back on track in a way that deprives audiences of the full thought. This is particularly frustrating when sophisticated speakers make comments that ultimately loop back around to the main point. Let people finish! Many of the best points would have been missed had the speakers heeded the moderator’s demands.

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“Get over your, limited, self.”

Glad for Rupert Sheldrake adding a voice to these science programs.

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