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  • From the Vaults: Frantz Fanon and Political Activism


    Michael Burns/ Madhu Krishnan/ John Narayan   Listen to the recording here   A revolutionary thinker who drew upon influences from philosophy, political theory, and psychoanalysis, Fanon is best known for his fierce championing of Algerian liberation and his reflections on the psychological impact of colonialism and imperialism. Now that the philosophical value of Fanon’s work is … Continued

  • From the vault: The Philosophy of Race


    Kwame Anthony Appiah / Priyamvada Gopal/ Nasar Meer   Listen to the podcast here or on YouTube   Race continues to shape the political, cultural, and economic character of our societies, with communities and resources determined along racial lines. But what is race and why is it so significant? Is it simply another form of … Continued

  • From the vaults: The Politics of Memorials


    Michelle Codrington-Rogers/ Margaret O’Callaghan/ Rahul Rao   Listen to the recording here or on YouTube   Memorials have been fiercely debated in recent times. What roles do memorials play in a society and how do these acts of remembering contribute to a community’s sense of identity? What gets remembered and what forgotten, and who decides? … Continued

  • From the vault: What Are Prisons For?


    Christopher Bennett/ Kimberley Brownlee/ Andrew Neilson   Listen to the podcast here   Many of those who want a small state are also committed to a highly expensive criminal justice apparatus that has little demonstrable deterrent effect. But are there other, more direct arguments against the use of imprisonment as a dominant form of punishment? … Continued

  • From the vaults: Who Is a Refugee?


    Ahmad Al-Rashid/ Phillip Cole/ Elspeth Guild   Listen to the recording here or on YouTube   Some people crossing borders are called refugees while others are not. But who is a refugee? What precisely is the relationship between migration and seeking refuge? Can we justify the distinction between refugees, migrants, and displaced people? Our panel discuss whether … Continued

  • From the vaults: A Right to Be an Independent State?


    John Breuilly/ Cara Nine   Listen to the podcast here   Recent years have seen numerous calls for independence: in Kosovo, South Sudan, Scotland, Catalonia, and in Eastern parts of Ukraine. Are all declarations of independence created equal, or are some more legitimate than others? What gives a territory the right to become an independent … Continued

  • From the vaults: Sovereignty


    Serena Ferente/ Carmen Pavel/ David Runciman   Listen to the recording here or on YouTube   The Brexit debate saw a revival in talk of ‘sovereignty’. But what exactly is it, and why is it so highly prized? What are its essential features and what are its limits? In a globalized world, is sovereignty something modern states … Continued

  • From the vault: A Right to Migrate?


    Chris Bertram/ Emily Dugan/ Matthew Gibney/ Madeleine Sumption   Listen to the podcast here   Most people would agree that we have a right to leave our country of origin. But since leaving one country usually means arriving in another, do we also have a right to immigrate? If so, how can this be reconciled with a state’s … Continued

  • From the vaults: Being Alone


    In this podcast, we explore the idea of loneliness and solitude, in philosophy, art and politics, as well as in our own lives.

  • From the vaults: Feminism


    What is the future for feminism? How does feminism interact with concerns about other forms of oppression, such as those based on race and class?

  • From the vaults: The Good Life


    What makes a life good? Is the good life a happy life? We address the meaning and significance of the ‘good life’ today.

  • From the vaults: Sleep


    Marina Benjamin, Russell Foster and Simon Morgan discuss the science, literature and philosophy of sleep.

  • From the vaults: Protest Art


    Sacha Golob/ Robert Montgomery/ Stephanie Schwartz   Listen to the recording here or on YouTube   What is protest art? What are its limits and what are its possibilities? Might there be a unique role for art in protest or does the political statement diminish the art? And once a piece of art becomes popular … Continued

  • From the vaults: A Right to Be Believed?


    Louise Ellison/ Gloria Origgi/ Stephen Vullo   Listen to the podcast here   Sexual offences have frequently gone unpunished because victims have not been believed. This stands in the way of justice and constitutes an additional wrong; according to one victim, not being believed by the police ‘was almost worse than the rape itself’. In light of … Continued

  • From the Vaults: Streaming Consciousness


    Eimear McBride/ Kaye Mitchell   Listen to the podcast here or on YouTube   Is it possible to express the richness, variety, and depth of our inner experience, our thoughts and feelings? If so, what is the best way to do it? Should we turn to literature or to philosophy? And what can they teach … Continued

  • From the vaults: Reason and Rhetoric


    John Crace/ Catarina Dutilh Novaes/ William Outhwaite/ Jo Phillips   Listen to the podcast here   Even in so-called mature democracies, political discussion often turns ugly. Recently we have seen accusations of deception and name-calling in the Brexit debate, of negative campaigning in the last London mayoral election, and of unrestrained personal attacks in US politics. Does … Continued

  • From the vaults: Bad Language


    In this episode, Emma Byrne, John Gallagher and Rebecca Roache navigate the deeper issues around swearing, slurring, and slander.

  • From the vaults: Parallel Universes


    Fay Dowker/ Eleanor Knox / Simon Saunders   Listen to the recording here or on YouTube   Is Schrödinger’s cat alive or dead? This thought experiment was devised to illustrate a fundamental puzzle in quantum mechanics. A radical solution is that the cat is both alive and dead, but in different, parallel universes. This is the … Continued

  • From the vaults: On the Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in Science


    Eleanor Knox, Bryan Roberts, and Mairi Sakellariadou discuss why is it that abstract pieces of mathematics, like imaginary numbers, often later turn out to be surprisingly effective in describing the natural world

  • From the Vaults: The Trouble with Numbers


    Nicholas Bingham/ Tim Button/ Mary Leng/ Adam Ostaszewski   Listen to the recording here or on YouTube   How seriously should philosophical worries about mathematics be taken? And should mathematical results ever force our philosophical hands? Philosophers and mathematicians have often found plenty to disagree about throughout history, but there have been many fruitful interactions … Continued

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