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The Philosopher's Zone Podcast by Alan Saunders

The Philosopher's Zone Podcast

by Alan Saunders

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25 Min.
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At its heart, philosophy is about asking simple, even silly, questions of the sort you probably asked when you were a kid: What's it all about? Why is there something rather than nothing? Does time stretch infinitely backwards as well as infinitely forward? Sometimes these simple questions have complex answers and The Philosopher's Zone is your guide through the strange thickets of logic, metaphysics and ethics.

We’ll also look at the world as we now find it. Today’s complexities - bio-technology, relations between cultures, between species, rights, tolerance, security and more – might become clearer thorough a philosophical lens.

The Philosopher's Zone was pioneered by Alan Saunders who sadly passed away in June 2012. ABC Radio National has committed to continuing the program.

In 2013 the program will run in two seasons and will be presented by Joe Gelonesi, Alan’s long time editor and friend. Joe has spent the better part of a working life guiding projects rich in ideas and wide in appeal. His work in educational broadcasting has left a lasting influence home and abroad. Joe is humbled and honoured by the opportunity to pursue Alan’s vision.


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Alan Saunders
Reviewer vicbag
 July 15, 2013
The late Alan Saunders had a unique radio show that dealt with all areas of philosophy and had many guests who spoke about their respective fields. This series is highly recommended.

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Philosophy and film

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Jul 06, 2014


Cinema and philosophy have not always been good friends. Here’s why they should be.

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The emotional lives of animals

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Jun 29, 2014


Do animals actually feel things as we do? This question has been the source of much philosophical debate, and now the scientific data is opening up new ethical concerns.

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Do the right thing

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Jun 22, 2014


Doing the right thing: will it be your own judgement or the big stick?

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Sex, flies, and fairytales

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Jun 15, 2014


There are times when one needs to go low in the thicket to see things more clearly.

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Mind the brain

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Jun 08, 2014


Hard-wired, experiential, or just upbringing?  The truth about the mind-body split.

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For the love of self

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Jun 01, 2014


How much self esteem is too much? Perhaps we are worth it after all.

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Roger Scruton

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, May 25, 2014


What remains of mystery in the era of science? Roger Scruton on his struggle to set limits on a runaway world.

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A super dilemma

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, May 18, 2014


Should we expect more from Superman than from Clark Kent? On the horns of a very modern moral dilemma.

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Freedom, old and new

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, May 11, 2014


Freedom isn't what it used to be. So, what can ancient Rome teach us?

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The new iconomy

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, May 04, 2014


Our eyes are being called to account in a new marketplace. Welcome to the shock of the iconomy.

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The trouble with sex

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Apr 27, 2014


Sexuality is hardly a foreign concept; from Plato to Foucault questions have been posed. Though, getting a firm grip is another matter.

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Two lives, green and logical

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Apr 20, 2014


He was the bad boy of deep ecology. She had escaped the jaws of a saltwater crocodile. Together they changed the forest debate forever.

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Love Potions

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Jan 26, 2014


There is nothing new about a philosopher thinking about love. But it takes a slightly different hue in the era of neuroscience.

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Everyone's Faust

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Jan 19, 2014


Goethe was a big thinker who distrusted big ideas. One work in particular spells it out.

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The person test

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Jan 12, 2014


How can you be sure you've met another person?

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The hipster philosopher

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Jan 05, 2014


Mark Kingwell: The hipster philosopher with some serious 21st century issues on his mind.

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The new great time war

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Dec 29, 2013


Einstein insisted that time is something that clocks measure. Case closed? Not quite.

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Plant thinking

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Dec 22, 2013


Aristotle‘s lost book on plants might have helped plants climb the philosophical trellis.  As it stands though, they remain low on the hierarchy of sentience. Perhaps, the time has come for some serious plant thinking.

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The philosopher and the filmmaker

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Dec 15, 2013


Wim Wenders and Mary Zournazi on a decade-long philosophical quest.

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Gianni Vattimo

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Dec 08, 2013


He calls himself a communist, an anarchist and a Catholic: Gianni Vattimo still wants to change the world.

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But is it art?

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Dec 01, 2013


Ok, so what is art, and what do comic books have to do with it?

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Dr Who

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Nov 24, 2013


What a 900-year-old trans-temporal traveller can tell us about some timeless questions.

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Is that really you?

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Nov 17, 2013


Plotinus advised that we should never stop sculpting our own statue; no truer word in the era of social media. 

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What are we to make of Albert?

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Nov 10, 2013


Camus the environmentalist? Taking another look in his centenary year.

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Just do it?

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Nov 03, 2013


Should you switch off your mind to achieve your best?  

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We need to talk about Hegel

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Oct 27, 2013


A funny thing happened on the way to the federal election: someone mentioned Hegel.

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The hipster philosopher

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Oct 20, 2013


Mark Kingwell: The hipster philosopher with some serious 21st century issues on his mind.

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Alone and apart

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Oct 13, 2013


It has posed a problem for psychiatry, human rights, and the law. Now, solitary confinement is a dilemma for philosophy.

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The new great time war

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Oct 06, 2013


Einstein insisted that time is something that clocks measure. Case closed? Not quite. Welcome to the new season of The Philosopher's Zone

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Simon Blackburn

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Jul 07, 2013


After science, where to for human nature? Simon Blackburn has some ideas.

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AI: think again

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Jun 30, 2013


Research on a human-like artificial intelligence has hit a dead end. The way forward could be in the hands of the philosophers.

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Agnes Heller

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Jun 23, 2013


Agnes Heller has had her share of 20th century travails. From the Holocaust to Stalinism she has sailed close to modernity’s darkest moments. 

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Happiness is...

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Jun 16, 2013


Picking a fight with the Stoics is not for the faint-hearted. But for one scholar of antiquity it’s necessary for the sake of human happiness.

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Friedrich Kittler

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Jun 09, 2013


Some understand him as a Teutonic version of Marshall McLuhan. They both peered into the black box of modern, mediated life but Friedrich Kittler’s understandings of the machine were altogether different.

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Plant thinking

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Jun 02, 2013


Aristotle‘s lost book on plants might have helped plants climb the philosophical trellis.  As it stands though, they remain low on the hierarchy of sentience. Perhaps, the time has come for some serious plant thinking.

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Descartes: a fresh portrait

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, May 26, 2013


His image is used to sell coffee and his most famous of lines is spoken in jest. Descartes might have changed the course of philosophy but it will take a fresh portrait to save him from cliché.

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The Heidegger Way

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, May 19, 2013


Why let the Cartesian mind-body split stand in the way of a successful business pitch? For better results, use Heidegger. 

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Love Potions

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, May 12, 2013


There is nothing new about a philosopher thinking about love. But it takes a slightly different hue in the era of neuroscience.

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Kierkegaard 200

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, May 05, 2013


Soren Kierkegaard was born on the precipice of the modern world. He didn't like it much then; what would he make of it now?

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Immortality

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Apr 28, 2013


If you could live forever, would you? Welcome to the Immortality Project.

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The importance of public things

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Apr 21, 2013


What happens to a democratic world when the things we own in common disappear? Should it worry us? Professor Bonnie Honig argues that democracy is rooted in the common love for, and contestation of shared objects.

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Jewish philosophy: Martin Buber

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Sep 23, 2012


Martin Buber was born in pre-Nazi Austria and emigrated to Israel in 1938 where he spent much of the rest of his life. He grappled with Zionism, Jewish thought, secular philosophy and politics and the result is a body of thought very much based on relationships.

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Jewish philosophy: Moses Mendelssohn

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Sep 16, 2012


Moses Mendelssohn scandalised his more pious fellow 18th century Germans when he said: 'My religion recognises no obligation to resolve doubt other than through rational means; and it commands no mere faith in eternal truths.' This week we look at the life and ideas of one of the great proponents of Judaism as a rational religion.

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Jewish philosophy: Maimonides

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Sep 09, 2012


Rabbi Moshe Ben Maimon, also known as Maimonides, became a hugely important figure in that great era of Moorish cultural flourishing, 12th century Spain (Cordoba). Maimonides adapted the ideas of Aristotle, was a significant influence on Thomas Aquinas, and became one of the leading Rabbinical scholars of his time, and perhaps of all time.

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Jewish philosophy: Overview part 2

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Sep 02, 2012


In part two of our introduction we take up the story during the 17th century, with the great European thinker Baruch Spinoza. Tamar Rudavsky from Ohio State University is again our guide.

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Jewish philosophy: Overview part 1

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Aug 26, 2012


We begin this series with an introduction to Jewish philosophy, from Ancient times onwards—an attempt to explore some of the key thinkers and recurring philosophical questions. Our guide is Tamar Rudavsky from Ohio State University.

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How do octopuses think?

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Aug 19, 2012


This program was first broadcast on 9 April 2011.

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A rear view of Alfred Hitchcock

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Aug 12, 2012


A rear view of Alfred Hitchcock is a view that takes in what lies behind and beneath. And what we find is a profoundly pessimistic, though not hopeless, view of the world and a keen interest in the way we see it.

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Anime: the philosophy of Japanese animation

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Aug 05, 2012


Japanese animation is not just for children. It can be dark, incredibly violent and sexually explicit. But does it represent a distinctly Japanese worldview? And is it philosophical? Yes and yes, according to Jane Goodall from the University of Western Sydney.

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The evil of the Daleks

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Jul 29, 2012


They are among the most loved, or most feared, villains in science fiction. But what is it that makes Daleks such great baddies? What constitutes evil and why do the Daleks represent a very specific idea about rationality and morality? This week, we talk to a philosopher about what the Daleks have to tell us—in their mechanical, screechy voices—about who we are.

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From Athens to Baghdad: Greek meets Arabic philosophy

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Jul 22, 2012


This week, we follow the journey of the classics as they spread from Greece to the Arab world and beyond. At a time when Europe still hadn't got its act together philosophically speaking, Arabs were busily translating and debating the ideas of Aristotle and others. We're joined by Professor Peter Adamson from King's College, London, co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to Arabic Philosophy.

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Aristotle after Aristotle

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Jul 15, 2012


Just a few centuries after their deaths, Plato was thought questionable while his pupil Aristotle was all but canonised: there was almost a fear of criticising him. Everybody used his logic and Christians were drawn to him by his arguments about a first cause of all things. This week Han Baltussen from the University of Adelaide looks at the legacy of Aristotle and at why that legacy was worth preserving.

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Seneca: philosophy and tragedy

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Jul 08, 2012


Lucius Annaeus Seneca popularised the philosophy of the Stoics, the Greek Hellenistic school. This week, Rick Benitez from the University of Sydney examines Seneca's teaching that contentedness is achieved by a simple, unperturbed life in accordance with nature and that human suffering should be accepted. He looks at Seneca as a writer of tragedies, and at the tragedy of Seneca's own life: he was tutor and later adviser to the Emperor Nero, who eventually ordered him to take his own life.

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The Therapy of Desire: Epicureans and Stoics on the good life

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Jul 01, 2012


Greek Philosophy series to celebrate the work of the late Alan Saunders. Can philosophy be practical and compassionate? This week Martha Nussbaum, from the University of Chicago, talks about desire and Hellenistic ethics.

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Tribute to the Philosophical Alan Saunders

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Jun 24, 2012


To mark the sad passing of Alan Saunders we bring you tributes from key thinkers and highlights from Alan’s rich Philosopher's Zone archive.

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Thinking Out Loud - Lecture Three

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Jun 17, 2012


Lecture three in the ‘Thinking out loud’ series of lectures on philosophy and society presented by the University of Western Sydney in collaboration with the State Library of New South Wales, Fordham University Press and ABC RN.

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Thinking Out Loud

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Jun 10, 2012


‘Thinking Out Loud’ is a series of three lectures on Philosophy & Society, presented by the University of Western Sydney in collaboration with the State Library of NSW, Fordham University Press in the States and ABC RN.

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The philosophy of astronomy

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Jun 03, 2012


What is the ideology that propels scientists to go to so much trouble? Think, for example, of the hazards involved in a voyage from Europe to our part of the world in the 18th century. Why would you go to all that effort just to observe the transit of Venus? This week, with the next transit just a few days away, we explore the philosophy of northern astronomy in the southern hemisphere with Simon Schaffer, professor of the history of science at the University of Cambridge.

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Buddhism and science: Talking past each other?

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, May 27, 2012


This week, we look at the convergence – or perhaps not – of two philosophies: Buddhism and modern science.  Buddhism has attempted to redefine itself in relation to neuroscience . A case in point is the ‘dialogue’ between Buddhism and neuroscience promoted by the Dalai Lama and his Western followers.   But before talking of a possible convergence between neuroscience and Buddhism, do we need to acknowledge the divergences?

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Who owns your genes?

Author: ABC Radio National
Mon, May 21, 2012


You might think that, if anybody owns your genes, it’s you, but if you know anything about your genes it will be because of professional gene testing. And in cases of a genetically transmitted disorder, should genetic counsellors breach patient confidentiality to disclose the results of genetic tests to relatives who are likely to be affected by the same disorder?  Is genetic information personal information, which belongs to the patient being tested, or does it belong to all the patient’s genetic relations?

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Shakespeare, Identity and Religion

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, May 13, 2012


What was Shakespeare’s religion and what did he think about personal identity?  Did he believe that the personal identity we have is had because we are this living body rather than that?  How does commitment to religious faith or to marriage affect your identity?  And should we think of Shakespeare not just as an inventor of characters but as a thinker?

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Reflections on cultural identity

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, May 06, 2012


Ethnic groups across the planet are beginning to act like corporations that own a 'natural' copyright in their 'culture' and 'cultural products' which they protect, often by recourse to the law, and on which they capitalise in much the same way as do incorporated businesses in the private sector.

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The Problem of Evil

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Apr 29, 2012


The Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik argues that he killed to do good for his country. Adolf Eichmann, one of the major organisers of the Holocaust, displayed neither guilt nor hatred, claiming he bore no responsibility because he was simply 'doing his job'. It was for him that the phrase ‘the banality of evil’ was coined. Ivan Milat, however, had a life-long history of behavioural disturbance and a propensity for sadistic violence. So how do we understand the problem? Is it just a lack of empathy or is there more than this to the problem of evil?

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The Worst Argument in the World

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Apr 22, 2012


Philosophy is all about arguing, but some arguments are worse than others. In fact, some are so awful that only really intelligent people can believe them: The Chinese room argument, Pascal's wager and the ontological argument for the existence of God are among the nominees. This week we examine some implausible ideas with the help of two connoisseurs of bad arguments. 

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A Dangerous Method

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Apr 15, 2012


This week on the Philosopher’s Zone, we’re looking at a couple of people you might not think of as philosophers at all. One of them aspired to be a scientist of the mind.  The other, though, was something of a philosopher, something of a mystic and something of a shaman.  His name was Carl Gustav Jung and his relationship with an older man, Sigmund Freud, is the subject of A Dangerous Method, a new film directed by David Cronenberg, written by Christopher Hampton  and starring Michael Fassbender as Freud, Viggo Mortensen as Jung and Keira Knightley as the woman who presence proves to be something of a catalyst in their relationship.

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Honourable intentions

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Apr 08, 2012


Human consciousness is intentional – it’s about something – but what is the relationship between my consciousness and the objects of which I’m conscious?  And, in particular, how does this work when the objects don’t even exist, like Santa Claus and Pegasus?  This week, we investigate an old philosophical issue.

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Philosophy for Representationalists

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Apr 01, 2012


Over four decades, the Gavin David Young Lectures in Philosophy at the University of Adelaide have become a very significant series with many distinguished contributors from across the globe..  This year, the speaker was Frank Jackson, Professor of Philosophy at ANU. His subject was ‘Philosophy for Representationalists’: perceptual experiences represent the way things are. For example, visual perceptual experiences typically represent how things are in front of us. We can pass this information on in many ways, but we humans most often pass it on using words and sentences. What do these commonplaces about experiences and language tell us about the contents of our experiences and the contents of our words and sentences?

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Extending the mind

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Mar 25, 2012


Where does the mind stop and the rest of the world begin? Some philosophers are now arguing that thoughts are not all in the head. The environment has an active role in driving cognition; cognition is sometimes made up of neural, bodily, and environmental processes. Their argument has excited a vigorous debate among philosophers and this week we discover what the fuss is about. We hear from two proponents of the extended mind thesis from one of its critics, Robert Rupert, associate professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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Thomas Pogge and global fairness

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Mar 18, 2012


In a world in which many humans do not have all their human rights fulfilled, who has what obligations to help bring a better world about? This is a question that, for many years, has exercised the mind of Thomas Pogge, Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs at Yale and Professorial Fellow at the Australian National University. This week, we talk to him about it by way of a chat about two influences on his thought: the great eighteenth century German philosopher Immanuel Kant, and one of his teachers, John Rawls, the distinguished American moral philosopher who died in 2002.

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The Myth of Plato and Plato the Myth-maker

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Mar 11, 2012


There’s been a change in the interpretation of Plato.  For centuries, he was admired for his inspiration and vision, rather than for his theories and argumentation. Then the pendulum swung hard in the other direction. 

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Kafka and Philosophy

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Mar 04, 2012


Franz Kafka—author of The Trial, in which a man is unjustly accused and tried, and Metamorphosis, in which a man becomes a giant insect—is perhaps the modernist author most often discussed by philosophers. What has been so alluring about Kafka that philosophers have a compulsion to return to his writings?  This week we investigate with the help of Henry Sussman, Visiting Professor in German Language and Literature at Yale University and one of the world’s great Kafka scholars. 

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Group agents

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Feb 26, 2012


On this Philosopher’s Zone we’re looking at agents. Not secret agents but rather public agents: an agent is just somebody who does something for a purpose and an agent is distinguished from a patient. The agent is the person who does things and the patient is the person to whom things are done. But do we have to be talking about individual persons here or can groups of people be agents in the way that individuals can? This week, we investigate.

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Beating and nothingness: Philosophy and the Martial Arts

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Feb 19, 2012


There are many areas of human endeavour with which philosophy can be connected: the law, religion, science, mathematics -- but martial arts?  This week we talk to Damon Young, Fellow in Philosophy at the University of Melbourne, who is both a philosopher and a grappler, about what martial arts have to tell us of thinking and being.

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Michael Dummett: a philosopher's philosopher

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Feb 12, 2012


Michael Dummett, one of the greatest English philosophers of the twentieth century, died late in December at the age of 86.

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Philosophy and the Environment

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Feb 05, 2012


In a world of environmental crisis, what can philosophy tell us?  Who is qualified to pronounce on the subject and how do the institutions of science (peer-reviewed journals the like) help?  How do we model the situation in which we find ourselves and how do we decide which species to save, the most endangered or the easiest to save?

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The inconsistency of Hannah Arendt

Author: ABC Radio National
Sun, Jan 29, 2012


Hannah Arendt’s life describes a tragically typical twentieth century trajectory.  Born in Germany and, fleeing the Nazis, she ended up in the United States, where she died in 1975.  As a philosopher – a title she disclaimed – she insisted on the importance of thinking in the world and not trying to be above it and she thought that understanding the richness and variety of the world was more important than attaining a consistent view of it. This week, we look at a very worldly thinker.

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The ethics of Kevin Rudd's heart

Author: ABC Radio National
Sat, Jan 21, 2012


This program was first broadcast on 6 August 2011.

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The evil of the Daleks

Author: ABC Radio National
Sat, Jan 14, 2012


This program was first broadcast on 18 June 2011.

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Meeting Martha Nussbaum

Author: ABC Radio National
Sat, Jan 07, 2012


This program was first broadcast on 20 August 2011.

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How do octopuses think?

Author: ABC Radio National
Sat, Dec 31, 2011


This program was first broadcast on 9 April 2011.

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An atheist's God: the paradox of Spinoza

Author: ABC Radio National
Sat, Dec 24, 2011


THIS PROGRAM WAS FIRST BROADCAST ON 4 June 2011.

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On authenticity - Beate Roessler

Author: ABC Radio National
Sat, Dec 17, 2011


Strangers, people from other countries immigrating to our territory, endangering our authentic culture, destroying what is valuable, good and familiar. But do they and does that idea make any sort of sense at all?  And if we can’t talk about the authenticity of cultures, what about the authenticity of individual persons?  This week, we investigate authenticity, the personal and the political.

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The trials and tribulations of private Bradley Manning

Author: ABC Radio National
Sat, Dec 10, 2011


We’ve heard a lot in recent times about the legal wrangles of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange but there is another Wikileaker facing life in prison who has been given much less attention: Private Bradley Manning. Bradley Manning is accused of leaking thousands of classified defence documents and faces life in prison if found guilty. Over two hundred legal scholars and philosophers have signed a petition claiming his treatment has been unconstitutional and unethical. This week we look at the literal trials and tribulations of Bradley Manning.

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The morality of robo-wars: PW Singer

Author: ABC Radio National
Sat, Dec 03, 2011


These days, you can go to war without shouldering a pack and carrying a rifle: you can take out the enemy’s installations (and, indeed, take out the enemy) just sitting in an office not far from home.  But what are the ethics of a war fought for us by machines, where the only deaths we see are on TV monitors?  This week, we ask how we can bring a moral imagination to bear on a world of robot wars.

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Daniel Dennett on human consciousness and free will

Author: ABC Radio National
Sat, Nov 26, 2011


This week on The Philosopher's Zone we meet one of the foremost thinkers of our time. Daniel Dennett is Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University. Described as the great de-mystifier of consciousness, Dennett has been quoted as saying he developed a deep distrust of the methods he saw other philosophers employing and decided that before he could trust his intuitions about the mind, he had to figure out how the brain could possibly accomplish the mind's work.

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The artist and the philosopher - Gustav Klimt and Ludwig Wittgenstein

Author: ABC Radio National
Sat, Nov 19, 2011


In the last decades of the Hapsburg empire, from 1895 to 194, the city of Vienna was opulent, elegant and daring. A group of radical young artists, architects, writers, musicians, designers and thinkers were busy overturning all the rules. This week, we meet two of the brightest stars to have arisen in this febrile world, the enigmatic artist Gustav Klimt and the elusive philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, and we look at Klimt through the changing gaze of Wittgenstein.

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Pascal's wager: betting on God

Author: ABC Radio National
Sat, Nov 12, 2011


This week on The Philosopher's Zone we're wagering on God. Well, why not? What have we got to lose? If God doesn't exist, we lose nothing; if he does, we gain everything. This is the famous argument known as 'Pascal's wager' after the great seventeenth-century French philosopher Blaise Pascal. This week, we examine the wager and try to work out what our odds are.

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Jewish philosophy: Martin Buber

Author: ABC Radio National
Sat, Nov 05, 2011


Martin Buber was born in pre-Nazi Austria and emigrated to Israel in 1938 where he spent much of the rest of his life. He grappled with Zionism, Jewish thought, secular philosophy and politics and the result is a body of thought very much based on relationships.

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