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Podcast Profile: In Our Time: Philosophy

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154 episodes
1998 to present
Average episode: 42 minutes
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Podcaster's summary: From Altruism to Wittgenstein, philosophers, theories and key themes.

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List Updated: 2024-Apr-14 06:08 UTC. Episodes: 154. Feedback: @TrueSciPhi.

Episodes
2024-Feb-22 • 54 minutes
Panpsychism
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the idea that fundamental particles have consciousness.
2024-Feb-08 • 51 minutes
Condorcet
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss one of the last great figures of the Enlightenment.
2023-Dec-14 • 56 minutes
The Theory of the Leisure Class
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Veblen on conspicuous consumption and conspicuous leisure.
2023-Nov-30 • 52 minutes
Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Aristotle's ideas on how to live a good life.
2023-Jul-20 • 55 minutes
Elizabeth Anscombe
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the influential 20th-century moral philosopher.
2023-Apr-20 • 51 minutes
Solon the Lawgiver
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the statesman who transformed Athens in the 6th century BC
2023-Apr-13 • 58 minutes
Mercantilism
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the idea which dominated European economies for 300 years.
2023-Mar-02 • 54 minutes
Tycho Brahe
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the 16th-century astronomer, renowned for his accuracy.
2023-Feb-16 • 61 minutes
Rawls' Theory of Justice
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss John Rawls' influential ideas on liberty and equality.
2022-Oct-20 • 54 minutes
Plato's Atlantis
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Plato's story of the great, lost island of Atlantis.
2022-Jun-23 • 52 minutes
Hegel's Philosophy of History
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Hegel's ideas on the consciousness of freedom.
2022-Jun-16 • 57 minutes
Comenius
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the 17th-century Czech educator committed to toleration.
2022-Apr-14 • 53 minutes
Charisma
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Max Weber's idea of charismatic authority in leadership
2022-Mar-31 • 56 minutes
The Arthashastra
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the ancient Indian Sanskrit text the Arthashastra.
2022-Mar-04 • 1 minutes
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2022-Feb-10 • 51 minutes
Walter Benjamin
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss one of the most influential thinkers of the last century.
2021-Nov-25 • 50 minutes
Plato's Gorgias
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Plato's exploration of the nature of power and freedom.
2021-Oct-21 • 54 minutes
Iris Murdoch
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the philosophy of the celebrated author of The Bell.
2021-Jun-03 • 53 minutes
Kant's Copernican Revolution
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Kant's insight into how we relate to the world around us.
2021-Feb-25 • 53 minutes
Marcus Aurelius
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the life and meditations of 'the last good Roman emperor'.
2020-Nov-05 • 52 minutes
Mary Astell
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the philosopher Mary Astell (1666 – 1731).
2020-Oct-08 • 48 minutes
Deism
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss one of the most disruptive ideas of the Enlightenment.
2019-Oct-10 • 52 minutes
Rousseau on Education
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Jean-Jacques Rousseau's ideas on the education of children
2019-May-09 • 51 minutes
Bergson and Time
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Henri Bergson's ideas about our experience of time passing
2019-Mar-14 • 51 minutes
Authenticity
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss what it means to be oneself
2019-Feb-07 • 50 minutes
Aristotle's Biology
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the scientific study of life, originated by Aristotle.
2018-Nov-22 • 53 minutes
Hope
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the philosophy of hope - a weakness or a strength?
2018-Oct-25 • 51 minutes
The Fable of the Bees
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Mandeville's work on the public benefit of private vices.
2018-Jun-14 • 50 minutes
Montesquieu
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss republicanism, despotism and the separation of powers.
2018-Mar-22 • 51 minutes
Tocqueville: Democracy in America
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Alexis de Tocqueville's analysis of American democracy.
2018-Mar-15 • 48 minutes
Augustine's Confessions
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss St Augustine's account of his conversion to Christianity.
2018-Mar-01 • 48 minutes
Sun Tzu and The Art of War
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the influential ancient Chinese work on military strategy.
2018-Jan-25 • 49 minutes
Cicero
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the political philosophy of Marcus Tullius Cicero.
2017-Sep-21 • 49 minutes
Kant's Categorical Imperative
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the difference between right and wrong, according to Kant.
2017-Jun-29 • 49 minutes
Plato's Republic
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss one of the great works of political and ethical theory.
2017-Apr-20 • 51 minutes
Roger Bacon
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the medieval scholar Roger Bacon.
2017-Feb-23 • 51 minutes
Seneca the Younger
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the works, life and times of Seneca the Younger.
2017-Feb-02 • 47 minutes
Hannah Arendt
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the ideas and life of Hannah Arendt, political philosopher
2017-Jan-12 • 48 minutes
Nietzsche's Genealogy of Morality
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Nietzsche's On The Genealogy of Morality.
2016-Sep-22 • 47 minutes
Zeno's Paradoxes
Does an arrow in flight move and could Achilles overtake a tortoise? Not according to Zeno
2016-Jun-30 • 47 minutes
Sovereignty
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of the idea of sovereignty.
2016-May-19 • 45 minutes
The Muses
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Muses in Greek mythology and after.
2015-Oct-22 • 46 minutes
Simone de Beauvoir
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the ideas, work and life of Simone de Beauvoir.
2015-Jun-11 • 44 minutes
Utilitarianism
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Utilitarianism.
2015-Mar-19 • 44 minutes
Al-Ghazali
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the medieval Islamic thinker Al-Ghazali.
2015-Feb-19 • 46 minutes
The Wealth of Nations
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss Adam Smith's economic treatise The Wealth of Nations.
2015-Jan-22 • 47 minutes
Phenomenology
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the philosophical movement phenomenology.
2014-Dec-18 • 42 minutes
Truth
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss philosophical approaches to truth.
2014-Dec-04 • 45 minutes
Zen
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Zen, a distinctively East Asian form of Buddhism.
2014-Jun-19 • 47 minutes
The Philosophy of Solitude
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the philosophy of solitude.
2014-Mar-27 • 51 minutes
Weber's The Protestant Ethic
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Weber's The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism.
2014-Mar-20 • 47 minutes
Bishop Berkeley
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the 18th-century philosopher George Berkeley.
2014-Jan-02 • 42 minutes
Plato's Symposium
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss Plato's Symposium.
2013-Nov-07 • 42 minutes
Ordinary Language Philosophy
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss Ordinary Language Philosophy.
2013-Sep-19 • 42 minutes
Pascal
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the life and work of the French thinker Blaise Pascal.
2013-Feb-07 • 42 minutes
Epicureanism
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the philosophy of Epicureanism.
2012-Dec-06 • 42 minutes
Bertrand Russell
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss influential British philosopher Bertrand Russell.
2012-Nov-15 • 42 minutes
Simone Weil
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the French philosopher and social activist Simone Weil.
2012-Sep-27 • 42 minutes
The Ontological Argument
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Ontological Argument for the existence of God.
2012-Jul-05 • 42 minutes
Scepticism
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the history of philosophical scepticism.
2012-Jun-28 • 42 minutes
Al-Kindi
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Arab philosopher Al-Kindi.
2012-Apr-19 • 42 minutes
Neoplatonism
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the ancient philosophical school of Neoplatonism.
2012-Mar-22 • 42 minutes
Moses Mendelssohn
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the German-Jewish philosopher Moses Mendelssohn.
2011-Dec-08 • 42 minutes
Heraclitus
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus.
2011-Nov-10 • 42 minutes
The Continental-Analytic Split
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Continental and Analytic philosophical traditions.
2011-Oct-06 • 42 minutes
David Hume
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the work of the Scottish philosopher David Hume.
2011-Jun-22 • 42 minutes
Malthusianism
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss Malthusianism.
2011-Apr-28 • 42 minutes
Cogito Ergo Sum
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss Rene Descartes' famous statement.
2011-Mar-10 • 42 minutes
Free Will
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss free will.
2011-Feb-15 • 42 minutes
Maimonides
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the medieval Jewish scholar Maimonides.
2011-Jan-27 • 42 minutes
Aristotle's Poetics
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Aristotle's Poetics.
2010-Dec-15 • 42 minutes
Daoism
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss Daoism, the ancient Chinese philosophy and religion.
2010-Oct-21 • 42 minutes
Logic
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the history of logic.
2010-Jun-03 • 42 minutes
Edmund Burke
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the philosopher, politician and writer Edmund Burke.
2010-May-13 • 42 minutes
William James's 'The Varieties of Religious Experience'
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James.
2010-Apr-08 • 42 minutes
William Hazlitt
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the life and works of the essayist William Hazlitt.
2010-Feb-04 • 42 minutes
Ibn Khaldun
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the 14th-century Arab philosopher of history Ibn Khaldun.
2010-Jan-14 • 42 minutes
The Frankfurt School
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the ideas and influence of the Frankfurt School.
2009-Dec-31 • 42 minutes
Mary Wollstonecraft
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the life and ideas of Mary Wollstonecraft.
2009-Dec-10 • 42 minutes
Pythagoras
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the ideas of Pythagoras and the Pythagoreans.
2009-Oct-29 • 42 minutes
Schopenhauer
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the pessimistic philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer.
2009-Sep-17 • 42 minutes
St Thomas Aquinas
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss St Thomas Aquinas.
2009-Jul-02 • 42 minutes
Logical Positivism
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the radical philosophy of the Vienna Circle.
2009-Apr-02 • 42 minutes
Baconian Science
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Jacobean thinker Francis Bacon and Baconian Science.
2009-Mar-26 • 42 minutes
The School of Athens
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Raphael's depiction of Plato and Aristotle.
2009-Jan-15 • 42 minutes
Thoreau and the American Idyll
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the philosopher and naturalist Henry David Thoreau.
2009-Jan-01 • 42 minutes
The Consolations of Philosophy
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the consolation of Philosophy.
2008-Nov-06 • 42 minutes
Aristotle's Politics
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Aristotle’s ‘Politics’.
2008-Oct-09 • 42 minutes
Godel's Incompleteness Theorems
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the mathematician Kurt Godel and his work.
2008-Oct-02 • 42 minutes
The Translation Movement
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss classical Greek ideas in the Arabic and the Islamic world.
2008-Sep-25 • 42 minutes
Miracles
Melvyn Bragg and guests explore the history of miracles.
2008-Apr-24 • 42 minutes
Materialism
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Materialism in Philosophy.
2008-Mar-20 • 42 minutes
Kierkegaard
Melvyn Bragg examines the rich and radical ideas of the philosopher Soren Kierkegaard.
2008-Feb-07 • 42 minutes
The Social Contract
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Social Contract; a key idea in political philosophy.
2008-Jan-03 • 42 minutes
Camus
The life ad work of the Algerian-French writer and philosopher, Albert Camus.
2007-Nov-08 • 42 minutes
Avicenna
Melvyn Bragg discusses the Persian Islamic philosopher Avicenna.
2007-Nov-01 • 42 minutes
Guilt
Melvyn Bragg and guests take a long hard look at the idea of guilt.
2007-Sep-27 • 42 minutes
Socrates
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the iconic Greek philosopher, Socrates.
2007-Jun-21 • 42 minutes
Common Sense Philosophy
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss common sense philosophy.
2007-May-31 • 42 minutes
Ockham's Razor
Melvyn Bragg discusses the ideas of William Ockham including Ockham's Razor.
2007-May-03 • 28 minutes
Spinoza
Melvyn Bragg discusses the Dutch, Jewish and Christian Philosopher, Baruch Spinoza.
2007-Feb-08 • 42 minutes
Popper
Melvyn Bragg discusses the Anglo-Austrian philosopher Karl Popper.
2006-Dec-07 • 42 minutes
Anarchism
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the political creed of Anarchism.
2006-Nov-23 • 42 minutes
Altruism
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss philosophical and evolutionary arguments over altruism.
2006-Oct-05 • 42 minutes
Averroes
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the 12th century Islamic philosopher, Averroes.
2006-May-18 • 42 minutes
Mill
The life and ideas of the 19th century political philosopher John Stuart Mill.
2006-Mar-02 • 42 minutes
Friendship
Melvyn Bragg explores the concept of friendship; ‘a single soul dwelling in two bodies’.
2006-Jan-19 • 28 minutes
Relativism
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss relativism; a philosophy with no absolute truths.
2006-Jan-05 • 42 minutes
The Oath
Melvyn Bragg and guests explore the importance of the oath in the Classical World.
2005-Dec-01 • 28 minutes
Hobbes
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the great 17th century philosopher Thomas Hobbes.
2005-Nov-17 • 42 minutes
Pragmatism
Melvyn Bragg and guests examine the American philosophy of pragmatism.
2005-Oct-20 • 28 minutes
Cynicism
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Cynics, the performance artists of philosophy.
2005-Jul-14 • 42 minutes
Marx
The life and ideas of Karl Marx who changed the world with his Communist Manifesto.
2005-May-19 • 28 minutes
Beauty
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the qualities of beauty and the history of aesthetics.
2005-May-05 • 42 minutes
Abelard and Heloise
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the medieval tale of Abelard and Heloise.
2005-Mar-04 • 28 minutes
Stoicism
Melvyn Bragg explore Stoicism, the most influential philosophy in the Ancient World.
2005-Jan-13 • 42 minutes
The Mind/Body Problem
Melvyn Bragg examines the history of thought about the mind/body problem in philosophy.
2004-Dec-09 • 42 minutes
Machiavelli and the Italian City States
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the political philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli.
2004-Dec-02 • 28 minutes
Jung
The extraordinary mind and theories of the psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung.
2004-Oct-14 • 42 minutes
Rhetoric
Melvyn Bragg and guests discusses rhetoric; supported by Aristotle but reviled by Plato.
2004-Oct-14 • 28 minutes
The Han Synthesis
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Han Synthesis philosophies of China.
2004-Oct-07 • 42 minutes
Sartre
The life and work of French novelist, playwright and philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre.
2004-Sep-30 • 28 minutes
Politeness
Melvyn Bragg examines the cultural effect of the eighteenth century idea of Politeness.
2004-Jun-10 • 28 minutes
Empiricism
Melvyn Bragg examines the 17th century idea that all knowledge arises from experience.
2004-May-06 • 42 minutes
Heroism
Melvyn Bragg explores what defines a hero, and their place in classical society.
2003-Dec-04 • 42 minutes
Wittgenstein
The life, work and legacy of the 20th century philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein.
2003-Nov-13 • 28 minutes
Duty
Melvyn Bragg examines duty, a concept that has excited philosophers through history.
2003-Oct-09 • 42 minutes
Bohemianism
Melvyn Bragg examines the 19th century Parisian philosophy of life lived for art.
2003-Jun-12 • 42 minutes
The Art of War
The history and philosophy of warfare throughout the ages.
2003-Mar-20 • 41 minutes
Originality
Melvyn Bragg and guests explore the creative force of originality.
2003-Mar-13 • 28 minutes
Redemption
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss redemption, crucial for Judeo-Christian thought.
2002-Dec-05 • 28 minutes
The Enlightenment in Scotland
Melvyn Bragg examines the emergence and impact of the Scottish Enlightenment.
2002-Jul-04 • 28 minutes
Freedom
Melvyn Bragg considers what it is to be free and how freedom became such a powerful value.
2002-Jun-06 • 28 minutes
The Soul
The history of thought on immortality, the self and the afterlife.
2002-May-09 • 42 minutes
The Examined Life
Melvyn Bragg investigates how our preoccupations about how to live have altered over time.
2002-Feb-28 • 42 minutes
Virtue
Melvyn Bragg explores the meaning and purpose of the philosophical concept of virtue.
2002-Jan-24 • 28 minutes
Happiness
Melvyn Bragg considers whether 'happiness' means living a life of pleasure or of virtue.
2001-Nov-01 • 28 minutes
Confucius
Melvyn Bragg and guests examine the chinese philosophy of Confucianism.
2001-Oct-18 • 28 minutes
Democracy
Melvyn Bragg examines the origins of the most cherished form of government in the world.
2001-Jun-28 • 28 minutes
Existentialism
Melvyn Bragg and guests examine the 20th century philosophy of existentialism
2001-May-03 • 28 minutes
Evil
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the notion of evil in western philosophy.
2001-Mar-29 • 28 minutes
The Philosophy of Love
Melvyn Bragg examines the western understanding of the Philosophy of Love since Plato.
2001-Feb-08 • 28 minutes
Humanism
The history and legacy of classical Humanism, invented by Cicero.
2000-Nov-16 • 28 minutes
Nihilism
The history of the philosophy that claims that truths are illusory.
2000-Oct-19 • 28 minutes
Laws of Nature
Melvyn Bragg considers whether what is true in physics is true in all areas of existence.
2000-Jan-27 • 28 minutes
Economic Rights
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the relationship between democracy and capitalism.
1999-Nov-25 • 28 minutes
Consciousness
Melvyn Bragg examines why ideas about consciousness preoccupy philosophers and scientists.
1999-Nov-18 • 29 minutes
Progress
Melvyn Bragg examines whether mankind has made as much moral as material progress.
1999-Oct-21 • 28 minutes
The Individual
Melvyn Bragg explores the concept of the individual from the Renaissance to today.
1999-Oct-07 • 28 minutes
Utopia
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss why we are as enthralled as ever by the idea of a Utopia.
1999-Jun-03 • 28 minutes
Just War
Melvyn Bragg examines where the idea of a just war originated and if it can still exist.
1999-Apr-01 • 28 minutes
Good and Evil
Melvyn Bragg examines how we judge good and evil in modern western civilisation.
1999-Jan-07 • 28 minutes
Feminism
Melvyn Bragg examines the development of the empowerment of women in the 20th century.
1998-Dec-10 • 28 minutes
Cultural Rights in the 20th Century
Melvyn Bragg examines what impact globalisation has had on human rights.