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Podcast Profile: The Popperian Podcast

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36 episodes
2020 to 2024
Median: 85 minutes
Collection: Philosophy


Description (podcaster-provided):

Interviewing academics, professionals and other experts, The Popperian Podcast is a monthly podcast where Jed Lea-Henry looks into the philosophy and life of Karl Popper.


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

➤ Karl Popper’s philosophy • falsification and critical rationalism • science and democracy • philosophy of medical discovery • pseudoscience and induction • societal and political philosophy • historical and contemporary philosophers

The Popperian Podcast, hosted by Jed Lea-Henry, is a monthly series dedicated to delving into the life and philosophy of Karl Popper through in-depth interviews with academics, professionals, and experts. The podcast explores a diverse array of themes centered around Popper's contributions to the philosophy of science, epistemology, and political philosophy. A recurring subject in many episodes is the concept of falsification as a criterion for empirical science, a principle fundamental to Popper’s philosophy. Discussions frequently address the finer points of how universal statements can be potentially falsifiable while existential ones cannot, and how Popper's later work emphasized degrees of falsifiability and fallibilism as a societal practice.

The episodes typically focus on specific areas influenced by Popper’s theories, such as the philosophy of science, classical liberalism, the open society, and the concept of critical rationalism. Guests often offer their perspectives and critiques on Popper’s ideas, providing a rich examination of his work. Topics like the philosophy of education, the analysis of various scientific theories—including evolutionary theory and quantum mechanics—are explored in the light of Popper’s methodologies. There are also discussions related to historical and contemporary events and figures, shedding light on how Popper’s philosophy intersects with and impacts different disciplines.

Popper's relationship with other significant philosophers and thinkers such as Paul Feyerabend, David Edmonds, and Friedrich Hayek is a focal point. Episodes occasionally branch out to explore the implications of Popperian thought on broader societal issues, including democracy, freedom of speech, and the demarcation problem in distinguishing science from pseudoscience.

Throughout, the podcast aims to provide a comprehensive and nuanced understanding of Karl Popper’s enduring influence on multiple fields, from the rigorous analysis of scientific frameworks to the principles underpinning open societies and democratic governance.


Episodes:
The Popperian Podcast #36 – James Kierstead – ‘Education for Science and Democracy’
2024-Jun-24
73 minutes
The Popperian Podcast #35 – David Edmonds – ‘Murder in the Vienna Circle’
2024-May-29
59 minutes
The Popperian Podcast #34 – Elliott Sober and Mehmet Elgin – ‘Karl Popper’s Changing Assessment of Evolutionary Theory’
2024-May-06
73 minutes
The Popperian Podcast #33 – Flavio Del Santo – ‘Karl Popper and the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics’
2024-Apr-28
75 minutes
The Popperian Podcast #32 – Seamus O’Mahony – ‘Freud and Psychoanalysis - The Story of Science, Pseudoscience and Sex’
2023-Dec-14
81 minutes
The Popperian Podcast #31 – Dmytro Sepetyi – ‘The Popper-Bartley Debate’
2023-Oct-27
68 minutes
The Popperian Podcast #30 – Jamie Shaw– ‘Paul Feyerabend, Anything Goes’
2023-Sep-17
83 minutes
The Popperian Podcast #29 – Rafe Champion – ‘Jacques Barzun’
2023-Aug-27
76 minutes
The Popperian Podcast #28 – Nicholas Maxwell – ‘Our Fundamental Problem’
2023-Jul-30
124 minutes
The Popperian Podcast #27 – Jagdish Hattiangadi – ‘The Structure of Problems’
2023-Jun-11
86 minutes
The Popperian Podcast #26 – Michael Munger – ‘The Calculus of Consent’
2023-May-07
77 minutes
The Popperian Podcast #25 – Donald Gillies – ‘The Philosophy of Medical Discovery’
2023-Mar-26
89 minutes
The Popperian Podcast #24 – Nimrod Bar-Am – ‘The Life and Philosophy of Joseph Agassi’
2023-Feb-12
85 minutes
The Popperian Podcast #23 – Paul Levinson – ‘W.W. Bartley and Pancritical Rationalism’
2022-Dec-04
100 minutes
The Popperian Podcast #22 – Elyse Hargreaves – ‘The Open Society and Its Enemies, and Happiness’
2022-Nov-13
84 minutes
The Popperian Podcast #21 – James Kierstead – ‘The Paradox of Tolerance’
2022-Sep-30
64 minutes
The Popperian Podcast #20 – Susan Blackmore – ‘Memes - Rational, Irrational, Anti-Rational’
2022-Aug-14
66 minutes
The Popperian Podcast #19 – Joseph Agassi – ‘Rules of the Game’
2022-Jul-31
105 minutes
The Popperian Podcast #18 – Joseph Agassi – ‘Karl Popper’s Hopeful Monsters’
2022-Jun-29
88 minutes
The Popperian Podcast #17 – Rafe Champion – ‘Karl Popper’s Social Turn’
2022-May-06
89 minutes
The Popperian Podcast #16 – Michael Ignatieff – ‘Finding Consolation in Truth’
2022-Feb-06
63 minutes
The Popperian Podcast #15 – Jagdish Hattiangadi – ‘Defending Baconian Induction’
2022-Jan-24
97 minutes
Episode Image The Popperian Podcast #14 – Anthony O'Hear – ‘Whiffs of Induction’
2021-Dec-20
96 minutes
Episode Image The Popperian Podcast #13 – Ken Gemes – ‘Karl Popper vs. Friedrich Nietzsche’
2021-Oct-25
99 minutes
Episode Image The Popperian Podcast #12 – Jonathan Rauch – ‘The Constitution of Knowledge’
2021-Sep-01
85 minutes
Episode Image The Popperian Podcast #11 – David Edmonds – ‘Wittgenstein's Poker’
2021-Jul-28
65 minutes
Episode Image The Popperian Podcast #10 – Richard Landes – ‘Deutsch's Theory of the Pattern - The Widespread Compulsion to Legitimise Hurting Jews’
2021-Jun-25
83 minutes
Episode Image The Popperian Podcast #9 – Jeremy Shearmur – ‘Karl Popper, Friedrich Hayek and the Future of Liberalism’
2021-Jun-14
106 minutes
Episode Image The Popperian Podcast #8 – James Kierstead – ‘New Zealand and the Authoritarianism of Plato’
2021-May-31
76 minutes
Episode Image The Popperian Podcast #7 – Oseni Taiwo Afisi – ‘Karl Popper and Africa’
2021-May-24
88 minutes
Episode Image The Popperian Podcast #6 – Steve Fuller – ‘Karl Popper vs. Thomas Kuhn’
2021-Apr-11
94 minutes
Episode Image The Popperian Podcast #5 – Maarten Boudry – ‘Diagnosing Pseudoscience - Why the Demarcation Problem Matters’
2021-Mar-31
103 minutes
Episode Image The Popperian Podcast #4 – Robin Attfield – ‘Pre-echoes of Popper - Xenophanes and Parmenides’
2021-Feb-21
71 minutes
Episode Image The Popperian Podcast #3 – Nicholas Maxwell – ‘More Popperian than Popper’
2021-Jan-27
113 minutes
Episode Image The Popperian Podcast #2 – Matteo Collodel – ‘Karl Popper vs. Paul Feyerabend’
2021-Jan-05
96 minutes
Episode Image The Popperian Podcast #1 – David Deutsch – ‘Karl Popper and the Beginning of Infinity’
2020-Nov-29
91 minutes