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Podcast Profile: Common Room Philosophy

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12 episodes
2020 to 2022
Median: 50 minutes
Collection: Philosophy

Description (podcaster-provided):

A podcast by Toby Tremlett featuring long-form interviews with philosophers.
Listen if you want to hear in-depth but accessible conversations with philosophers which reveal why they entered into philosophy, and the ideas that keep them there.

Themes and summary (AI-generated based on podcaster-provided show and episode descriptions):

➤ Philosophy discussions and interviews • Philosophical themes like evil, morality, and democracy • Fiction's role in understanding reality • Ethical deliberation • Philosophy of mind and self-knowledge • Schopenhauer's philosophy • Chinese Philosophy and Daoism

Common Room Philosophy is a podcast hosted by Toby Tremlett that delves into in-depth yet accessible discussions with various philosophers. Each episode features long-form interviews focusing on the guests' philosophical journeys, the concepts they explore, and their influential ideas and works. Central themes in this podcast include the investigation of complex philosophical questions, the connection between philosophy and other disciplines, and the application of philosophical thought to contemporary issues.

Listeners can expect discussions on the nature of evil and what differentiates it from mere wrongdoing, as well as the ethical implications of understanding and forgiving evil-doers. Philosophy's intersection with literature is examined, particularly through the works of Iris Murdoch, raising questions about fiction's role in revealing reality. The podcast also addresses how voice in poetry and philosophy can foster better conversations and ethical engagements.

The show often explores political and moral philosophy, such as the justifications for democracy, the moral duties of democratic citizens, and the ethics behind obeying government guidelines. Empathy, long-term thinking, and the responsibility towards future generations are other significant topics that the episodes tackle.

Philosophical figures like Schopenhauer frequently emerge in discussions about loneliness, compassion, and the historical development of philosophical thought. The podcast also delves into philosophical inquiry's meta-questions, such as what makes a philosopher great and the fundamental aims of philosophy itself.

By offering insightful interviews with academics and thinkers from universities, the episodes present complex ideas in an accessible manner, inviting listeners to engage deeply with philosophical concepts and current scholarly debates. The podcast ultimately aims to enlighten its audience about how philosophical ideas shape our understanding of the world and our practices within it.

Episode Image 12| The Philosophy of Evil — with David Bather Woods
62 minutes
Episode Image 11| Can fiction help us see the world as it really is? — Iris Murdoch, her Literature and Philosophy, with Miles Leeson
58 minutes
Episode Image 10| How to listen better: to poetry and philosophy- with Karen Simecek
61 minutes
Episode Image 9| Moral Deference and Practical Deliberation - with Adina Covaci
49 minutes
Episode Image 8| The Rule of the Knowers, Justified Protests and the Duties of Democratic Citizens- with Sameer Bajaj
54 minutes
Episode Image 7| What Makes a Democracy Democratic?- with Sameer Bajaj
30 minutes
Episode Image 6| How to be a Good Ancestor: Thinking and Acting for the Future- with Roman Krznaric
81 minutes
Episode Image 5| Knowledge, Great Philosophers and Philosophy of Mind -with Barney Walker
48 minutes
Episode Image 4| Testimony, Self-knowledge and the aims of Philosophy- with Guy Longworth
50 minutes
Episode Image 3| Schopenhauer on Boredom, Loneliness and Compassion- with David Bather Woods
49 minutes
Episode Image 2| The History of Philosophy: its value and limitations- with David Bather Woods
28 minutes
Episode Image 1| Chinese Philosophy, Daoism and a Philosophy of Comparisons- with Max Lacertosa
46 minutes