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Philosopher's Zone

Philosopher's Zone

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The simplest questions often have the most complex answers. The Philosopher's Zone is your guide through the strange thickets of logic, metaphysics and ethics.

Latest Episodes

Philosophy in a nutshell pt 4: Nietzsche and nihilism

"God is dead, and we have killed him" — a statement that's fuelled the popular misapprehension of Nietzsche as a crusading atheist, or militant nihilist. In fact, he was neither of those things, and "God is dead" is a much more interesting proposition than is often thought.

28 min13 h ago
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Philosophy in a nutshell pt 4: Nietzsche and nihilism

Philosophy in a nutshell pt 3: Derrida and the text

In 1967, French philosopher Jacques Derrida wrote "There is nothing outside the text". Or did he? It's a bad translation that's launched a thousand bad interpretations - but it's gone on to become a key element of Derrida's work.

28 min1 w ago
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Philosophy in a nutshell pt 3: Derrida and the text

Philosophy in a nutshell pt 2: Confucius, wealth and politics

In the Analects, Confucius is recorded as saying "When a country is well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. When a country is badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of". It's an interesting aphorism to consider in the light of China today, as the government seeks to promote Confucian ethics, while at the same time running an economy that's delivered vast wealth to a small political elite.

28 min2 w ago
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Philosophy in a nutshell pt 2: Confucius, wealth and politics

Philosophy in a nutshell pt 1: The aphorism

First program in a series exploring famous philosophical fragments. Philosophy is often thought of as proceeding via elaborate conceptual systems. But sometimes, a choice phrase is all you need to get you thinking.

28 min3 w ago
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Philosophy in a nutshell pt 1: The aphorism

Politics at the extremes

Politics has never been a gentle pursuit, but these days the gloves are well and truly off. How did we get here? What are the implications for political philosophy, and for politics in general? As for where we might be headed, there are fascinating – if rather terrifying – clues in the work of French thinker René Girard.

28 minSEP 27
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Politics at the extremes

PRESENTS — Ideas

Ideas is a program from CBC Canada and it's about... well, ideas. Each episode takes a concept and dives deep into its past, present and possible future. Whether you're interested in the meaning of community, the history of the saxophone, the environmental downside to jean manufacturing, the lure of political authoritarianism or our cultural obsession with serial killers, Ideas has an idea that's going to keep you listening. Pulling apart concepts, seeing how they work, and discovering why they still matter today: check out Ideas for a fresh take on contemporary thought and intellectual history.

6 minSEP 22
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PRESENTS — Ideas

Progressive Islam

Progressive Muslim thought seeks to establish an Islam that's equipped for the modern world - and still embedded within the Islamic intellectual tradition.

34 minSEP 20
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Progressive Islam

The abominable heretic

In July 1656, the young philosopher Baruch Spinoza was cast out of his Jewish community for "abominable heresies". We don't know what those crimes were, but we do know that Spinoza has remained a polarising figure within Judaism ever since.

29 minSEP 13
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The abominable heretic

Shifting the frame on COVID-19

When we think about COVID-19 as a medical issue first and foremost, what are we missing? This week we explore the ways in which legal, economic, cultural and ethical perspectives on COVID-19 could be just as important as the medical.

28 minSEP 6
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Shifting the frame on COVID-19

Lev Shestov: staying awake in the dark

Lev Shestov is one of the great forgotten modern philosophers, and now could be the time to rediscover him. His was a philosophy of hope in the face of hopelessness, and the parallels between his time and our own are compelling.

28 minAUG 30
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Lev Shestov: staying awake in the dark

Latest Episodes

Philosophy in a nutshell pt 4: Nietzsche and nihilism

"God is dead, and we have killed him" — a statement that's fuelled the popular misapprehension of Nietzsche as a crusading atheist, or militant nihilist. In fact, he was neither of those things, and "God is dead" is a much more interesting proposition than is often thought.

28 min13 h ago
Comments
Philosophy in a nutshell pt 4: Nietzsche and nihilism

Philosophy in a nutshell pt 3: Derrida and the text

In 1967, French philosopher Jacques Derrida wrote "There is nothing outside the text". Or did he? It's a bad translation that's launched a thousand bad interpretations - but it's gone on to become a key element of Derrida's work.

28 min1 w ago
Comments
Philosophy in a nutshell pt 3: Derrida and the text

Philosophy in a nutshell pt 2: Confucius, wealth and politics

In the Analects, Confucius is recorded as saying "When a country is well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. When a country is badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of". It's an interesting aphorism to consider in the light of China today, as the government seeks to promote Confucian ethics, while at the same time running an economy that's delivered vast wealth to a small political elite.

28 min2 w ago
Comments
Philosophy in a nutshell pt 2: Confucius, wealth and politics

Philosophy in a nutshell pt 1: The aphorism

First program in a series exploring famous philosophical fragments. Philosophy is often thought of as proceeding via elaborate conceptual systems. But sometimes, a choice phrase is all you need to get you thinking.

28 min3 w ago
Comments
Philosophy in a nutshell pt 1: The aphorism

Politics at the extremes

Politics has never been a gentle pursuit, but these days the gloves are well and truly off. How did we get here? What are the implications for political philosophy, and for politics in general? As for where we might be headed, there are fascinating – if rather terrifying – clues in the work of French thinker René Girard.

28 minSEP 27
Comments
Politics at the extremes

PRESENTS — Ideas

Ideas is a program from CBC Canada and it's about... well, ideas. Each episode takes a concept and dives deep into its past, present and possible future. Whether you're interested in the meaning of community, the history of the saxophone, the environmental downside to jean manufacturing, the lure of political authoritarianism or our cultural obsession with serial killers, Ideas has an idea that's going to keep you listening. Pulling apart concepts, seeing how they work, and discovering why they still matter today: check out Ideas for a fresh take on contemporary thought and intellectual history.

6 minSEP 22
Comments
PRESENTS — Ideas

Progressive Islam

Progressive Muslim thought seeks to establish an Islam that's equipped for the modern world - and still embedded within the Islamic intellectual tradition.

34 minSEP 20
Comments
Progressive Islam

The abominable heretic

In July 1656, the young philosopher Baruch Spinoza was cast out of his Jewish community for "abominable heresies". We don't know what those crimes were, but we do know that Spinoza has remained a polarising figure within Judaism ever since.

29 minSEP 13
Comments
The abominable heretic

Shifting the frame on COVID-19

When we think about COVID-19 as a medical issue first and foremost, what are we missing? This week we explore the ways in which legal, economic, cultural and ethical perspectives on COVID-19 could be just as important as the medical.

28 minSEP 6
Comments
Shifting the frame on COVID-19

Lev Shestov: staying awake in the dark

Lev Shestov is one of the great forgotten modern philosophers, and now could be the time to rediscover him. His was a philosophy of hope in the face of hopelessness, and the parallels between his time and our own are compelling.

28 minAUG 30
Comments
Lev Shestov: staying awake in the dark

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