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The Philosopher's Zone

ABC (Australia)

The 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.

The 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.
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Melbourne, VIC

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The 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.

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English

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Philosopher's Zone ABC Radio National GPO Box 9994 Sydney 2001 (02) 8333 1411


Episodes

Robot dogs dream of consciousness

12/17/2017
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A convincing artificially intelligent dog might sniff, bark, and roll around—but before we build a successful K-9, we might need to re-evaluate intention and volition as properties of the human mind. And to fathom those we probably need to better understand our dreams. We present two thinkers coming at the consciousness question in their own unique way.

Duration: 00:25:01


Parental guidance recommended

12/10/2017
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The nature of Family could be more than a Christmas puzzle.

Duration: 00:25:45


Envy has its reasons

12/3/2017
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Since the Ancient Greeks the philosophy of emotion has held that envy is irrational. As such it’s a non-starter in the conversation about economic redistribution: you can’t destroy someone’s advantage simply because you feel aggrieved that they have more than you. Case closed? Not so fast—envy might be considered one of the seven deadly sins but perhaps that’s not reason enough against a more modern nuanced evaluation.

Duration: 00:25:01


A tale of two universes

11/26/2017
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Philosophy and modern physics: a case of the irrelevant versus the impractical?

Duration: 00:25:01


Autonomy, self, and substances

11/19/2017
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Substance abuse lets you say ‘it wasn’t me’. Then who was it?

Duration: 00:25:01


Getting stuck: The midlife mess

11/12/2017
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Your midlife crisis: it’s more than you think.

Duration: 00:28:06


The Reformation: What's not to like?

11/5/2017
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Is it just a coincidence that the five-hundredth anniversary of the Reformation falls on the same year that Britain is trying to 'Brexit'?

Duration: 00:25:01


Animals and the philosophy of friendship

10/29/2017
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Some of our best friends are animals. So where does that leave some humans we know?

Duration: 00:25:01


Bots, bankers, and big brother

10/22/2017
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Would you trust a killer robot more than a banker? This philosopher does, and has his reasons.

Duration: 00:25:01


Facts and trust in a post-truth world

10/15/2017
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Beware of what people tell you—especially online. How much can you trust your networks these days, especially in the disembodied digital frontier where rumours, lies, quasi-facts and conspiracies circulate at the speed of electrons? But is it anything new? Three philosophers of knowledge tell us if there’s anything to worry about in the so-called post-truth world—and ways to solve it if there is.

Duration: 00:25:45


Personal identity: a primer

10/8/2017
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Who am I? Glad you asked; now for two millennia of thinking.

Duration: 00:53:40


Another concept of race

10/1/2017
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Race is the hot button term of our era. But perhaps the time has come to update it with a more accurate concept.

Duration: 00:25:01


Virtue, vice, sex, and robots

9/24/2017
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The robots have given rise to a distinctly modern dilemma: is there such a thing as an immoral fantasy?

Duration: 00:25:01


Tell me one thing that's absolutely true

9/17/2017
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Truth: a simple word that’s spawned a cosmos of theories, and caused a world of trouble.

Duration: 00:25:01


Transcendence and the moderns

9/10/2017
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People claim to find modern transcendence in sport, at raves, or on Amazonian hallucinogens. But do these experiences have anything in common with Kant’s sublime or Plato’s cave? Should we pursue more of them, or should we follow the Enlightenment philosophers and think of them as delusions and distractions? Jules Evans discusses the philosophical turn away from transcendence and his own attempts to bring it back.

Duration: 00:25:37


Transcendence and the ancients

9/3/2017
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If there's one subject you could write 800 pages on it would be Transcendence. But is it philosophy?

Duration: 00:25:41


Three things you should know about time

8/27/2017
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Confused about time? Let’s give presentism, eternalism, and the growing block a brisk work out.

Duration: 00:30:15


Remembering wars, lest we forget

8/20/2017
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The rituals of remembrance can be powerful and moving, but what moral lesson lies beneath?

Duration: 00:25:01


On being vulnerable

8/13/2017
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It’s a promise as old as Buddha: make the right choices and you can put an end to your suffering. But is it the wrong end of the stick?

Duration: 00:25:01


Causes, effects, and hidden powers

8/6/2017
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If there’s anything you can bank on it’s cause and effect; Stephen Mumford on an indispensable first principle.

Duration: 00:25:01

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