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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

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?

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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


Wine: a matter of taste?

7/30/2017
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What a good quaffing can reveal about being objective about the subjective; raise a glass to the philosophy of wine.

Duration: 00:25:01


Free speech, campus protests, and the right to silence

7/23/2017
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University students calling for deplatforming are making a curious claim about free speech. But what is it exactly?

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Remembering Zygmunt Bauman and Hubert Dreyfus

7/16/2017
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Bauman and Dreyfus: remembering two greats who engaged deeply with powerful forces of our time.

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Enid Blyton—the moral of the story

7/9/2017
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She might not be in vogue these days, but for one Cambridge philosopher Enid Blyton is serious moral business.

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An answer for Carlo Rovelli and his quantum question

7/2/2017
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Carlo Rovelli is a physicist in need of a philosopher, and we’ve found one who's happy to help.

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The military, moral injury, and Nancy Sherman

6/25/2017
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This year’s Alan Saunders Memorial Lecturer—Nancy Sherman—has something to say about the military.

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On prison sentencing: what matters?

6/18/2017
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A philosopher receives a 12-year jail sentence for having sex with someone who can’t speak. Then things get interesting. Peter Singer and Marcia Baron on suffering as a guide to sentencing.

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Carlo Rovelli and his quantum problem

6/11/2017
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Carlo Rovelli on the desperate need for some conceptual engineering to dig quantum thinking out of a deep black hole.

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William Godwin: rebel for love, happiness, and anarchy

6/4/2017
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The Utilitarians have given us a big idea to live by, transforming life in ways we take for granted today. One of their number challenges us to take it further.

Duration: 00:25:01


Mottainai: a philosophy of waste

5/28/2017
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Mottainai combines elements of Buddhism and Shinto to create a nuanced approach to the environment and wasteful practices.

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Awesome ethics and the art of mushroom blading

5/21/2017
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Forget the meaning of life; an ethical definition of awesome is far more important.

Duration: 00:25:01


Stones rolling and the joy of ordinary objects

5/14/2017
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The structure of the universe is written in stone—maybe. Dana Goswick talks metaphysics.

Duration: 00:25:01


A deathly conversation: Part 3

5/7/2017
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When I die will I be dead? Sam Baron with a final look at the ultimate mystery

Duration: 00:25:01

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