The Philosopher's Zone
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?
The new iconomy
Our eyes are being called to account in a new marketplace. Welcome to the shock of the iconomy.
The trouble with sex
Sexuality ishardly a foreign concept; from Plato to Foucault questions have been posed. Though, getting a firm grip is another matter.
Two lives, green and logical
He was the bad boy of deep ecology. She had escaped the jaws of a saltwater crocodile. Together they changed the forest debate forever.
There is nothing new about a philosopher thinking about love. But it takes a slightly different hue in the era of neuroscience.
Goethe was a big thinker who distrusted big ideas. One work in particular spells it out.
The person test
How can you be sure you've met another person?
The hipster philosopher
Mark Kingwell: The hipster philosopher with some serious 21st century issues on his mind.
The new great time war
Einstein insisted that time is something that clocks measure. Case closed? Not quite. Welcome to the new season of The Philosopher's Zone
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.
The philosopher and the filmmaker
Wim Wenders and Mary Zournazi on a decade-long philosophical quest.
He calls himself a communist, an anarchist and a Catholic: Gianni Vattimo still wants to change the world.
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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.