10 episodes

Every month, a group of academics, columnists and philosophers dissect a phrase that's become an intellectual cliché in order to analyse its true meaning

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    • 4.4 • 14 Ratings

Every month, a group of academics, columnists and philosophers dissect a phrase that's become an intellectual cliché in order to analyse its true meaning

    The Big Ideas podcast: Rousseau's 'Man is born free'

    The Big Ideas podcast: Rousseau's 'Man is born free'

    On the tricentenary of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Benjamen Walker and guests explore the legacy of the Swiss-born French philosopher

    • 12 min
    The Big Ideas podcast: Plato's 'just society'

    The Big Ideas podcast: Plato's 'just society'

    Benjamen Walker and guests explore the legacy of Plato's Republic

    • 9 min
    The Big Ideas podcast: Guy Debord's 'society of the spectacle'

    The Big Ideas podcast: Guy Debord's 'society of the spectacle'

    Benjamen Walker explores situationism and the legacy of French philosopher Guy Debord's famous phrase

    • 13 min
    The Big Ideas podcast: Friedrich Nietzsche's 'God is dead'

    The Big Ideas podcast: Friedrich Nietzsche's 'God is dead'

    What did Nietzsche mean by the death of God? Benjamen Walker and guests explore the legacy of the German philosopher's statement

    • 14 min
    The Big Ideas podcast: Friedrich Kittler's computer wars

    The Big Ideas podcast: Friedrich Kittler's computer wars

    Philosopher Avital Ronell and novelist Tom McCarthy are among those joining Benjamen Walker to discuss the legacy of 'the Derrida of the digital age'

    • 13 min
    The Big Ideas podcast: EF Schumacher's 'small is beautiful'

    The Big Ideas podcast: EF Schumacher's 'small is beautiful'

    Economist Andrew Simms and Guardian columnist Madeleine Bunting are among those joining Benjamen Walker to discuss the legacy of Schumacher's 'Buddhist economics'

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

theonlymedicine ,

informative but all too brief

there's alot more to be said in these.. and by leaving stuff out they can be misleading about the intentions of some ideas. all in all it's a great show.

Carmackart ,

Well done. More please.

A nice summary of significant concepts. The first episode was a bit too short and even the second could have been fleshed out. Even so, I look forward to more episodes.

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