The Philosopher's Zone
The Tommy dilemma: animal right or human privilege?12/13/14
Can Tommy the chimp ever be a person? A landmark legal ruling says no. But are we being speciesist by keeping personhood all to ourselves?
Metaphysics of pregnancy
Questions of conception, gestation and birth are often found in debates about ethics, and tensions between mother and foetus; doctors and mothers; the state and the individual. But we may need a more rigorous assessment.
Love, the revolution—and Alain Badiou
He’s perhaps the best-known French philosopher alive today. Alain Badiou has tackled the big questions, but not just from his armchair.
The meaning of extinction
What does it mean to become extinct? The answer is not what you might think.
Return of the Stoics
Why does anancientschool built on restraint and reserve holdsuch fascinationfor the modern world?
A space mess
It will only be a matter of time until we all know someone who’s been ‘up there’. Could it be a tabula rasa for humanity? How to make a space mess: let us count the ways.
Empathy is the emotion du jour. But can it do more harm than good?
Significant other beings
The creation of significant other beings has haunted humanity. And now in the age of techno-science it’s probably only a matter of time before our intelligence escapes its biological bonds.
An absence of presence
Trying to live in the present? Why it's never been harder.
Despair—a philosophical enquiry
What will it take to understand this existential beast?
A Plato for modern times
So, if Plato could come back, what would he make of it all?
Philosophy and film
Cinema and philosophy have not always been good friends. Here’s why they should be.
The emotional lives of animals
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.
Do the right thing
Doing the right thing: will it be your own judgement or the big stick?
Sex, flies, and fairytales
There are times when one needs to go low in the thicket to see things more clearly.
Mind the brain
Hard-wired, experiential, or just upbringing? The truth about the mind-body split.
For the love of self
How much self esteem is too much? Perhaps we are worth it after all.
What remains of mystery in the era of science? Roger Scruton on his struggle to set limits on a runaway world.
A super dilemma
Should we expect more from Superman than from Clark Kent? On the horns of a very modern moral dilemma.
Freedom, old and new
Freedom isn't what it used to be. So, what can ancient Rome teach us?
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More informationThe simplest questions often have the most complex answers. The Philosopher's Zone is your guide through the strange thickets of logic, metaphysics and ethics. Presented by Joe Gelonesi.
Episodes available from past series of The Philosopher's Zone, which ended 7 July 2013. New season begins 6 October 2013.