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Podcast Profile: Exploring Philosophy - Audio

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22 episodes
2011
Median: 12 minutes
Collection: Philosophy


Description (podcaster-provided):

Have you ever considered what being conscious actually means? By choosing to live in a particular state are you consenting to be subject to all its laws? For some there’s an assumption that philosophy might not be relevant to modern life but Dr. Nigel Warburton, senior lecturer in Philosophy at The Open University argues that many of us today are faced with philosophical questions such as these as we live our lives in the twenty first century. In this collection we ask academics to discuss these questions in addition to other important philosophical issues and concepts such as the morality of abortions and the reconciling a world with evil and a good God.
This material forms part of The Open University course A222 Exploring philosophy.


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

➤ Philosophical questions in everyday life • Morality of abortion • Personal identity • Religious belief • Problem of evil • Consciousness • Political obligation • Descartes' philosophy • Cartesian dualism

This podcast, titled "Exploring Philosophy," dives deeply into the application and relevance of philosophical questions in contemporary life. Guided by Dr. Nigel Warburton, a senior lecturer in Philosophy at The Open University, the series challenges listeners to consider a range of philosophical issues and concepts that permeate everyday existence.

With a focus on making abstract philosophic concepts accessible and meaningful, episodes cover a wide variety of themes, including personal identity, moral obligations, and the nature of consciousness. The discussions involve renowned academics and philosophers who explore these intricate topics through real-world application and thought experiments. Listeners are encouraged to engage with critical questions such as the morality of abortion, the reconciliation of evil with the concept of a benevolent God, and the foundations of religious belief—whether based on blind faith or evidence.

Other critical issues examined include the nature of political obligation and the moral courage to refuse compliance with certain laws. The series also delves into historical philosophical doctrines, such as Descartes' method of doubt and his dualistic theory that separates mind and body into distinct substances.

This podcast invites listeners to reflect on foundational philosophic questions and their implications, with a particular emphasis on understanding and navigating the complexities of modern human existence. The discussions are designed to provoke thought and provide a deeper understanding of the philosophical underpinnings that influence diverse aspects of life, from personal identity to societal obligations and moral quandaries.


Episodes:
Philosophy in the real world
2011-Jun-13
4 minutes
Transcript -- Philosophy in the real world
2011-Jun-13

Thought experiments
2011-Jun-13
11 minutes
Transcript -- Thought experiments
2011-Jun-13

Personal identity
2011-Jun-13
9 minutes
Transcript -- Personal identity
2011-Jun-13

Faith and Reason
2011-Jun-13
13 minutes
Transcript -- Faith and Reason
2011-Jun-13

The problem of evil
2011-Jun-13
13 minutes
Transcript -- The problem of evil
2011-Jun-13

Philosophers on abortion
2011-Jun-13
21 minutes
Transcript -- Philosophers on abortion
2011-Jun-13

The problem of consciousness
2011-Jun-13
10 minutes
Transcript -- The problem of consciousness
2011-Jun-13

Two theories of political obligation
2011-Jun-13
10 minutes
Transcript -- Two theories of political obligation
2011-Jun-13

Courage to refuse
2011-Jun-13
12 minutes
Transcript -- Courage to refuse
2011-Jun-13

Descartes, doubt and knowledge
2011-Jun-13
13 minutes
Transcript -- Descartes, doubt and knowledge
2011-Jun-13

Cartesian dualism
2011-Jun-13
13 minutes
Transcript -- Cartesian dualism
2011-Jun-13