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Podcast Profile: A History of Ideas

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Site: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04bwydw
60 episodes
2014 to 2015
Average episode: 13 minutes
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Categories: Broadcast Radio Programs • Interview-Style

Podcaster's summary: Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the work of key philosophers and their theories.

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List Updated: 2024-Apr-14 06:08 UTC. Episodes: 60. Feedback: @TrueSciPhi.

Episodes
2015-Aug-07 • 13 minutes
Neuropsychologist Paul Broks on Wittgenstein
Paul Broks looks at the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein and the problem of 'other minds'.
2015-Aug-06 • 13 minutes
Philosopher Clare Carlisle on Reality and Perception
Clare Carlisle grapples with Bishop Berkley's idea that objects only exist in our minds.
2015-Aug-05 • 13 minutes
Physicist Tara Shears on Falsification
How can we separate real science from mumbo jumbo? Physicist Tara Shears investigates.
2015-Aug-04 • 13 minutes
Lawyer Harry Potter on Eyewitness Testimony
Barrister Harry Potter on whether we can believe our eyes.
2015-Aug-03 • 13 minutes
How Can I Know Anything at All?
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss how we can know anything at all.
2015-Jul-31 • 13 minutes
Writer Lisa Appignanesi on the Love of Children
How should we love our children? Philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau had some great ideas.
2015-Jul-30 • 13 minutes
Psychotherapist Mark Vernon on Freud
What is love? Psychotherapist Mark Vernon looks at Freud's ideas on the Greek god Eros.
2015-Jul-29 • 13 minutes
Theologian Giles Fraser on Altruism
Giles Fraser discusses gene theory versus altruism with Tom Stoppard and Armand Leroi.
2015-Jul-28 • 13 minutes
Classicist Edith Hall on Aristophanes in Plato
Classicist Edith Hall on Aristophanes's explanation of love.
2015-Jul-27 • 13 minutes
What Is Love?
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas around love.
2015-Jul-24 • 13 minutes
Philosopher Timothy Secret on Ancestor Worship
Timothy Secret on Confucius. To live well together we must first consider the dead.
2015-Jul-23 • 13 minutes
Philosopher Angie Hobbs on Plato's Philosopher Kings
Angie Hobbs asks if the ideal state would be run by philosophers not politicians.
2015-Jul-22 • 13 minutes
Economist Kate Barker on the Free Market
Is a free market the best foundation for a fair, dynamic society?
2015-Jul-21 • 13 minutes
Historian Justin Champion on Toleration
Professor Justin Champion examines Locke's Letter on Toleration.
2015-Jul-20 • 13 minutes
How Should We Live Together?
Melvyn Bragg and guests debate how we should live together.
2015-Apr-17 • 13 minutes
Philosopher Barry Smith on Descartes and Consciousness
Philosopher Barry Smith explores ideas about consciousness.
2015-Apr-16 • 13 minutes
Philosopher Jules Evans on Jung and the Mind
Jules Evans explores Jung and the shadow inside all of us.
2015-Apr-15 • 13 minutes
Writer AL Kennedy on Sartre and the Individual
Writer AL Kennedy explores existentialist ideas about the individual.
2015-Apr-14 • 13 minutes
Paul Broks on John Locke and Personal Identity
Paul Broks asks how we can be sure we are the same person that we were yesterday.
2015-Apr-13 • 13 minutes
What Does It Mean to Be Me?
Barry Smith, Paul Broks, AL Kennedy and Jules Evans discuss the self.
2015-Apr-10 • 13 minutes
Historian Alice Taylor on Habeas Corpus
Historian Alice Taylor on the slippery justice of extrajudicial detention.
2015-Apr-09 • 13 minutes
Thomas Hobbes and Civil Disobedience
Criminologist David Wilson looks at Thomas Hobbes and his 'social contract' theory.
2015-Apr-08 • 13 minutes
Philosopher Angie Hobbs on the Veil of Ignorance
Angie Hobbs, Leif Wenar and David Runciman debate and explore the ideas of John Rawls.
2015-Apr-07 • 13 minutes
Barrister Harry Potter on Deterrence
In this edition of a series of programmes on justice, Harry Potter examines deterrence.
2015-Apr-06 • 13 minutes
What Is Justice?
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss ideas about justice.
2015-Apr-03 • 13 minutes
Ayn Rand and Selfishness
Neuropsychologist Paul Broks looks at the idea of leading a good life by being selfish.
2015-Apr-02 • 13 minutes
Naomi Appleton on the Buddha's Four Noble Truths
Naomi Appleton explores the Buddha's Four Noble Truths.
2015-Apr-01 • 13 minutes
Justin Champion on Max Weber and the Protestant Ethic
Justin Champion looks at the roots of our culture's belief in the moral power of hard work
2015-Mar-31 • 13 minutes
Philosopher Jules Evans on Aristotle and Flourishing
Philosopher Jules Evans asks Gus O'Donnell how to measure the good life.
2015-Mar-30 • 13 minutes
How Do I Live a Good Life?
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss how to live a good life.
2015-Jan-30 • 13 minutes
Archaeologist Matt Pope on tools and human evolution
Archaeologist Matt pope looks at the role of technology in early human evolution.
2015-Jan-29 • 13 minutes
Surgeon Gabriel Weston on medical technology
Surgeon Gabriel Weston sees how medical technology has changed us.
2015-Jan-28 • 12 minutes
Historian Justin Champion on Francis Bacon
Historian Justin Champion on 17th-century polymath Francis Bacon.
2015-Jan-27 • 13 minutes
Writer Tom Chatfield: Has technology rewired our brains?
Tom Chatfield on whether modern technology enhances or diminishes us.
2015-Jan-26 • 13 minutes
How Has Technology Changed Us?
Melvyn Bragg is joined by Tom Chatfield, Gabriel Weston, Justin Champion and Matt Pope.
2015-Jan-23 • 13 minutes
Giles Fraser on Wittgenstein and Blade Runner
Theologian Giles Fraser on Wittgenstein and Blade Runner
2015-Jan-22 • 13 minutes
Barry Smith on Noam Chomsky and Human Language
Philosopher Barry Smith on Noam Chomsky and human language
2015-Jan-21 • 13 minutes
Catharine Edwards on Seneca and facing death.
Only humans know they will die. Catharine Edwards on the Stoic philosopher Seneca
2015-Jan-20 • 13 minutes
Simon Schaffer on humans, apes and Carl Linnaeus
Simon Schaffer on botanist Carl Linnaeus who first classified humans among the apes
2015-Jan-19 • 12 minutes
What Makes Us Human?
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss what makes us human.
2015-Jan-16 • 12 minutes
Historian Justin Champion on William Whiston's Comet Theory
Historian Justin Champion on William Whiston, the spiritual father of the Philae lander.
2015-Jan-15 • 12 minutes
Theologian Giles Fraser on Thomas Aquinas
Theologian Giles Fraser on brilliant medieval scholar St Thomas Aquinas.
2015-Jan-14 • 12 minutes
Astronomer Carole Mundell on the Big Bang
What put the bang in the Big Bang? Can scientists tell us what happened before creation?
2015-Jan-13 • 12 minutes
Jessica Frazier on Creation Myths
How did the world begin? Jessica Frazier canvases the views of the great religions.
2015-Jan-12 • 12 minutes
How Did Everything Begin?
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the origins of everything.
2014-Nov-28 • 12 minutes
Philosopher Angie Hobbs on the Value of Conscience
Philosopher Angie Hobbs on the value of conscience and moral intuition.
2014-Nov-27 • 12 minutes
Lawyer Harry Potter on Morality and the Law
Lawyer Harry Potter examines whether the law should enforce good morals.
2014-Nov-26 • 12 minutes
Neuro-psychologist Paul Broks on Morality and the Brain
Neuropsychologist Paul Broks on moral decisions and the brain.
2014-Nov-25 • 12 minutes
Theologian Giles Fraser on Moral character
Giles Fraser on moral character and Aristotle's Virtue ethics
2014-Nov-24 • 12 minutes
How Can I Tell Right From Wrong?
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss different ideas of morality.
2014-Nov-21 • 12 minutes
Philosopher Angie Hobbs on Beauty and Morality
Philosopher Angie Hobbs examines whether beautiful things are also moral.
2014-Nov-20 • 12 minutes
Historian Simon Schaffer on Beauty and Evolution
Historian Simon Schaffer on whether evolutionary science explains the existence of beauty.
2014-Nov-19 • 12 minutes
Vicky Neale on the Mathematics of Beauty
Mathematician Vicky Neale on the mathematics of beauty and the beauty of mathematics.
2014-Nov-18 • 12 minutes
Barry Smith on the Philosophy of Good Taste
Philosopher Barry Smith on David Hume's ideas about cultivating good taste.
2014-Nov-17 • 12 minutes
Why Are Things Beautiful?
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss different ideas of beauty.
2014-Nov-14 • 12 minutes
Neuroscientist Paul Broks on Free Will and the Brain
Paul Broks brings neuroscience to the philosophical question of whether we have free will.
2014-Nov-13 • 12 minutes
Theologian Giles Fraser on Religious Freedom
Theologian Giles Fraser believes true freedom comes from accepting constraints in life.
2014-Nov-12 • 12 minutes
Lawyer Harry Potter on Individual Freedom and the State
Barrister Harry Potter on John Stuart Mill's ideas about individual freedom and the state.
2014-Nov-11 • 12 minutes
Philosopher Angie Hobbs on Positive and Negative Freedom
Angie Hobbs on Isaiah Berlin's distinction between positive and negative freedom.
2014-Nov-10 • 12 minutes
What Does It Mean to Be Free?
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas about freedom.