A distinguished LSE panel discuss the life and work of the Harvard philosopher Hilary Putnam. The panel includes Julian Baggini, Professor Jesper Kallestrup, Professor Chris Norris, Dr Sarah Sawyer, and Dr Peter Dennis as chair. Hilary Putnam was an American philosopher, mathematician, and computer scientist. He made important contributions to philosophy of science, mathematics, epistemology, […]

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In this BBC episode of In Our Time, Melvyn Bragg discusses Logical Positivism, an early 20th century philosophical movement. It began in Vienna after the First World War with the Vienna Circle, a group of philosophically-trained scientists and scientifically-trained philosophers who sought to rethink philosophy in connection with the nature and foundations of knowledge. Their […]

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Grant Bartley from Philosophy Now discusses the ideas of the 19th century German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer with Christopher Janaway of the University of Southampton and Daniel Came of St Hugh’s College, Oxford on Philosophy Now Radio Podcast https://philosophynow.org Arthur Schopenhauer is perhaps most famous for his extreme pessimism. Seeing the world as something horrific and […]

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Grant Bartley from Philosophy Now and guests John Callanan from King’s College, London, and Andrew Ward from the University of York discuss the 18th century German philosopher Immanuel Kant. https://philosophynow.org

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Nigel Warburton reads a few short parts from his book “Philosophy: The Classics” on John Stuart Mill’s political and ethical theory. You can find his book here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0415356296/virtualphilos-21 and his website here: http://virtualphilosopher.com. He also does the Philosophy Bites podcast with David Edmonds.

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What are the acceptable limits of individual freedom? John Stuart Mill addressed this question in his classic defence of liberalism, On Liberty (1859). Richard Reeves briefly discusses Mill’s On Liberty in this episode of Philosophy Bites. The podcast can be found here: http://philosophybites.com

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There is, in the Zeitgeist, discussion of gender as both a social construct, as well as some innate part of one’s very identity. But these two ideas of gender are in obvious conflict and cannot both be right. Rebecca Reilly-Cooper discusses such issues of gender with Joe Gelonesi on the Philosopher’s Zone, arguing against gender […]

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Chalmers here discusses how he came to philosophy and his interest in the nature of consciousness and the so-called “hard problem”. He also discusses artificial intelligence, the nature of the universe, free will, personal identity, mind-uploading, and the nature of philosophy itself. This is from the Moscow Center for Consciousness Studies : http://hardproblem.ru/lang-pref/en/about/ They also […]

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This essay is from William James’s “Essays in Radical Empiricism”. He presents a kind of neutral monist view. This is a LibriVox recording, read by D.E. Wittkower.

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Some wonderful Schopenhauerian prose from LibriVox, read by D.E. Wittkower. 1 On the Sufferings of the World 00:21 2 On the Vanity of Existence 33:58 3 On Suicide 46:44 4 Immortality: a Dialogue 1:00:55 5 Psychological Observations 1:12:10 6 On Education 2:04:43 7 Of Women 2:23:10 8 On Noise 2:59:35 9 A Few Parables 3:12:14

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