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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

The philosophy of parenting—part 3

2/18/2018
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Every parent knows the guilt that comes from being a ‘bad parent’—after you’ve lost your temper, given in to a tantrum and spoiled your precious little angel! It might affect how the child grows up, but how to work that out?

Duration:00:25:01

The philosophy of parenting—part 2

2/11/2018
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Brothers, sisters, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, those weird second cousins you never talk to… how might we define family—and why it matters.

Duration:00:25:01

The philosophy of parenting—part 1

2/4/2018
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Should you have kids? Don’t look for sage advice—part 1 of a 4-part series.

Duration:00:37:32

The value of thought experiments

1/28/2018
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Drop those test tubes, take off your lab coat, pull up a comfy chair and think your way to scientific truth.

Duration:00:25:01

Fuelling free will

1/21/2018
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Alfred Mele has four years and four million dollars trying to get to the bottom of free will. He learnt that it was like petrol.

Duration:00:25:01

Carlo Rovelli and his quantum problem

1/14/2018
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Carlo Rovelli on the desperate need for some conceptual engineering to dig quantum thinking out of a deep black hole.

Duration:00:25:01

Stones rolling and the joy of ordinary objects

1/7/2018
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The structure of the universe is written in stone—maybe. Dana Goswick talks metaphysics.

Duration:00:25:01

Awesome ethics and the art of mushroom blading

12/31/2017
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Forget the meaning of life; an ethical definition of awesome is far more important.

Duration:00:25:01

Enid Blyton—the moral of the story

12/24/2017
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She might not be in vogue these days, but for one Cambridge philosopher Enid Blyton is serious moral business.

Duration:00:25:01

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

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