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Podcaster's summary: Mind-expanding long-form philosophy talks and discussions that are both rigorous and accessible. Recorded live from our annual themed lecture series, special lectures and our big debate, the series features leading figures in philosophy, from distinguished senior professors to up and coming talent. This is real, in-depth philosophy without the jargon, for minds that like a good workout. Presented by Julian Baggini, Academic Director of the Royal Institute of Philosophy. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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|2022-Aug-12 • 78 minutes|
Has Science Killed Philosophy? - The 2021 Annual Debate
Stephen Hawking's proclamation that philosophy is dead was clearly hyperbole. But when it comes to understanding the fundamental nature of reality, has philosophy really got anything left to contribute? Does the rise of physics demand the end of metaphysics?Debating these questions are Carlo Rovelli (Centre de Physique Théorique of the Aix-Marseille University), Eleanor Knox (King’s College London) and Alex Rosenberg (Duke University) with the BBC’s Ritula Shah in the chair. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/p...
|2022-Aug-05 • 77 minutes|
Differentiating Scientific Inquiry and Politics with Heather Douglas
Over the past two decades, our view of the ideals for science in society has changed. Discussions of the roles for values in science and changes in the views on the responsibilities in science have shifted the understanding of science from ideally value-free to properly value-laden. This shift, however, seems to remove a key difference between science and politics, as now both science and politics are value-laden, and disputes in both can arise from value disagreements. If science is not value-free (nor sho...
|2022-Jul-29 • 95 minutes|
Work – A Short History of a Modern Concept with Axel Honneth
Axel Honneth’s 2021 Royal Institute of Philosophy Dublin Lecture seeks briefly to reconstruct the history of conceptual disputes about the meaning of work from the beginning of capitalist industrialisation. Initially, the only kind of activity that counted as work in the proper sense was the industrialised manufacture of goods. Subsequently, this extremely narrow view of work was challenged by a succession of social actors who attempt to expand the definition by interpreting additional kinds of activity as ...
|2022-Jul-22 • 72 minutes|
The Philosophical Retreat to the Here and Now with Richard Moran
Certain philosophies describe us as prone to forms of attachment that are illusory, and promise to indemnify us against the hazards of life by exposing such illusions. One such hazard is that of transience and temporal life itself, and it is sometimes urged that since the present is the only genuine reality, attachments to the past or the future are forms of illusion we can and should be free of. In the 2021 Royal Institute of Philosophy Annual Cardiff Lecture, Richard Moran questions the ideal of “living i...
|2022-Jul-08 • 76 minutes|
Systemic, Structural, and Institutional Injustice with Sally Haslanger
The terms 'systemic injustice' and 'structural injustice' are often used interchangeably and are often equated with 'institutional injustice.' But in order to understand these different forms of injustice, we should have a clear idea of what they are and how to distinguish them. Using racism as a paradigm case, Sally Haslanger sketches an account of society as a complex system and shows how relations that make up the structures are constituted by social practices. This helps us locate some of...
|2022-Jul-07 • 1 minutes|
Announcement about Ep. 10
There was an editing error on Ep. 10: Culture and Value in Du Bois’ The Gift of Black Folk with Chike Jeffers which has since been corrected. If you downloaded the episode before July 6th, please download the corrected version here: https://shows.acast.com/thinking-hard-and-slow/culture-and-value-chike-jeffers... or by finding Ep. 10 on any podcast app. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
|2022-Jul-01 • 84 minutes|
Rendering Trauma Audible with María del Rosario Acosta López
What would it mean to do justice to testimonies of traumatic experience? That is, how can experiences which do not fit the customary scripts of sense-making be heard? Whereas processes of official memorialization or legal redress often demand that victims and survivors convey their experiences through familiar modes of narration, María del Rosario Acosta López's project on “grammars of listening” asks how it might be possible to hear these experiences on their own terms and what are the challenges that we e...
|2022-Jun-24 • 69 minutes|
Fernando Pessoa: The Poet as Philosopher with Jonardon Ganeri
Fernando Pessoa (1888–1935) lived what was in many ways an astonishingly modern, transcultural and translingual life. He was born in Lisbon and grew up in Anglophone Durban, acquiring a life-long love for English poetry and language. Returning to Lisbon, from where he would never again leave, he set himself the goal to travel throughout an infinitude of inner landscapes, to be an explorer of inner worlds. He published very little, but left behind a famous trunk containing a treasure-trove of scraps, on whic...
|2022-Jun-17 • 75 minutes|
A New Name for an Old Way of Thinking with Roger Ames
The classical Greeks give us a concept of substance that guarantees a permanent and unchanging subject as the substratum for the human experience. Roger Ames argues that in the Yijing or "Book of Changes" we find a stark alternative to this ontology which reflects a holistic, organic, and ecological worldview. This cosmology begins from “living” itself as the motive force behind change, and gives us a world of boundless “becomings:” not “things” that are, but “events” that are happening, a contrast between ...
|2022-Jun-10 • 86 minutes|
Decolonising Philosophy with Lewis Gordon
Lewis Gordon examines what it means for philosophy to be ‘colonised’ and the challenges involved in ‘decolonising’ it in philosophical and political terms. Lewis Gordon is professor of philosophy and head of the department of philosophy at the University of Connecticut. He works in a number of areas of philosophy including Africana philosophy, existentialism, phenomenology, social and political thought, post-colonial thought and on the work of thinkers like W.E.B. Du Bois and Franz Fanon. His most rece...
|2022-Jun-03 • 88 minutes|
Culture and Value in Du Bois’ The Gift of Black Folk with Chike Jeffers
In his famous 1897 essay, “The Conservation of Races”, Du Bois advocated that African Americans hold on to their distinctiveness as members of the black race because this enables them to participate in a cosmopolitan process of cultural exchange in which different races collectively advance human civilization by means of different contributions. Philosophers like Kwame Anthony Appiah and Tommie Shelby have criticised the position that Du Bois expresses in that essay as a problematic form of racial essential...
|2022-May-27 • 77 minutes|
Getting Good at Bad Emotions with Amy Olberding
Some of our emotions are bad – unpleasant to experience, reflective of dissatisfactions or even heartbreak – but nonetheless quite important to express and, more basically, to feel. Grief is like this, for example. So, too, is disappointment. Amy Olberding explores how our current social practices may fail to support expressions of disappointment and thus suppress our ability to feel it well. She draws on early Confucian philosophy and its remarkable attention to everyday social interactions and their power...
|2022-May-20 • 79 minutes|
Mutual Guardianship and Hospitality with Tamara Albertini
A Moral Obligation
|2022-May-13 • 70 minutes|
The Ethics of Anger and Shame with Owen Flanagan
We live in an age of anger and shameless disregard for what is true and good. What can we learn from other cultures about better ways to do anger and shame? How can we develop better norms for being angry at the right things, in the right way, at the right times? How can we inculcate norms for proper shame at callous disregard for what is true and good? Flanagan argues that attention to how other cultures do anger and shame provides tools to enlarge our moral imagination.Owen Flanagan is the James B Du...
|2022-May-06 • 70 minutes|
The Possibility of Global Aesthetics with Eileen John
Aesthetic theories in the Western tradition, like most philosophical theories, do not set out to have only local application, as they try to articulate generally relevant and illuminating theoretical concepts and values. But can and should philosophical aesthetics have global significance? Can aesthetic theories find fruitful general application while also respecting the locality and variability of aesthetic sensitivity? What kinds of theoretical ambition and humility are called for in philosophical aesthet...
|2022-Apr-29 • 79 minutes|
The First Person in Buddhism with Nilanjan Das
In classical South Asian philosophy, as in common sense, most thought that the first-person pronoun “I” stands for the self, something that persists through time, undergoes conscious thoughts and experiences, and exercises control over actions. The Buddhists accepted the “no-self” thesis: they denied that such a self is substantially real. This gave rise to a puzzle for these Buddhists. If there is nothing substantially real that “I” stands for, what are we talking about when we speak of ourselves? Nil...
|2022-Apr-22 • 65 minutes|
Japanese Philosophers on Plato’s Ideas with Noburu Notomi
Plato has been one of the most important philosophers in the West and is now read all over the world. He has undergone a lot of research in academia, but Noburu Notomi suspects that modern readers have missed some essential factors in analyzing Plato’s texts and thoughts. In order to correctly understand his central theory of Ideas and reconsider the potential of Plato’s philosophy in the modern world, Notomi discusses the reactions of four Japanese philosophers of the twentieth century to Plato’s Ideas, sh...
|2022-Apr-15 • 55 minutes|
The Philosophy of Green Finance with Joanna Burch-Brown
Self-described ‘hippie eco-philosopher’ Joanna Burch-Brown takes us on a deep dive into the philosophy of green finance and a step closer to addressing climate change, by way of a lively tale of philosophy going banking. Joining the discussion is Sean Edwards, chairman of the International Trade and Forfaiting Association Annual Conference. Joanna Burch-Brown is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at University of Bristol. Her work has focused on issues of contested heritage and public memory. Sh...
|2022-Apr-15 • 72 minutes|
Philosophical Storytelling with Helen de Cruz
Philosophers enjoy telling stories. Sometimes the stories are very short, but they can be long and detailed as well, for example in the form of utopian narratives by More, Cavendish and others. Why do philosophers invent such stories, and what do they want to accomplish with them? Helen de Cruz argues that existing accounts of thought experiments cannot easily explain the range and variety of thought experiments. In her view, philosophical thought experiments are not merely prettily dressed up argument...
|2022-Apr-15 • 70 minutes|
How to Change Your Mind with Leah Kalmanson
The Contemplative Practices of Philosophy
|2022-Apr-08 • 2 minutes|
Introducing: Thinking Hard and Slow
Since 1925, the Royal Institute of Philosophy has been on a mission to help those interested in and perplexed by the problems of modern life to ask the right questions. Following in that tradition, we bring you Thinking Hard and Slow, a show that asks for your full attention with the promise of rich lectures and discussions.Join host Julian Baggini and leading figures in the world of philosophy as they tackle a range of issues such as: The Philosophy of Green Finance, The Ethics of Anger and Shame, How To G...