26 episodes

PTOTN, hosted by Simon Kirchin. Philosophers talk about the week’s news. Sometimes serious, sometimes insightful. Occasionally funny. Plenty of tangents.

Philosophy Takes On The News stkirchin

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

PTOTN, hosted by Simon Kirchin. Philosophers talk about the week’s news. Sometimes serious, sometimes insightful. Occasionally funny. Plenty of tangents.

    PTOTN - Phil and Comedy special

    PTOTN - Phil and Comedy special

    A special Q&A panel at a Philosophy and Comedy conference!  (Univ of Kent, May 2023.  Sponsored by the good people at The Royal Institute of Philosophy.)  What are the limits of free speech when it comes to comedy?  Can comedy be a form of philosophy?  Do comedians' moral failings make their performances less funny?  Daphna Baram, Andy White, Alexis Dubus and Julian Dodd on the panel, Simon Kirchin chairing, and plenty of folk in the audience - Robin Ince, Rosie Wilby, Lucy O'Brien, Piers Benn, Graeme A. Forbes......

    • 1 hr 16 min
    S3 Ep2 - 11th March 2023

    S3 Ep2 - 11th March 2023

    Public Interest - WhatsApp / Religion in Politics / Hate / IWD.  Julian Baggini and Sophie-Grace Chappell chat with Simon Kirchin. 

    • 1 hr 17 min
    S3 Ep 1 - 25th February 2023 - Ukraine special

    S3 Ep 1 - 25th February 2023 - Ukraine special

    A special episode discussing the war in Ukraine on the one year anniversary of its invasion. Angie Hobbs, Aaron Wendland and Gerald Lang chat with Simon Kirchin.  Aaron has organised a series of benefit talks supporting academics and students in Ukraine.  (Details near the top of the show.)  17th-19th March. Hosted here: https://civic.ukma.edu.ua/benefit/ 

    • 46 min
    S2 Ep 8 - 9th December - End of year special

    S2 Ep 8 - 9th December - End of year special

    Constitutional Reforms / Crypto and Effective Altruism / End of Year round-up plus Hopes and Fears for 2023.  Fiona Macpherson, Vittorio Bufacchi and Gerald Lang chat with Simon Kirchin 

    • 1 hr 14 min
    S2 Ep 7 - World Cup Special

    S2 Ep 7 - World Cup Special

    Should we watch the 2022 FIFA Men's World Cup?  Human rights / Moral consistency / Personal feelings  / and more, including predictions.  Tom McClelland, Lucy O'Brien, Martin O'Neill and Gerald Lang chat with Simon Kirchin. 

    • 1 hr 10 min
    PTOTN - S2 Ep6 - US Mid-Terms Special

    PTOTN - S2 Ep6 - US Mid-Terms Special

    Special episode on the 2022 US mid-term elections.  A run-through of the results plus democracy, trust, compromise, Trump, information, media and all the rest.  Julian Baggini, Fiona Macpherson and Chris Carman chat with Simon Kirchin. 

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

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3 Ratings

3 Ratings

Mozi the Consequentialist ,

Immediately hooked!

Great conversations! So much so that I wish there were some links to some of the people/books/etc mentioned so I can continue to read about some of the arguments put forward.

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