The Philosopher's Zone - Program podcast

ABC Radio National

Society & Culture, Philosophy

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The Philosopher's Zone looks at the world of philosophy and at the world through philosophy. The program addresses the big philosophical questions and arguments. It also explores what philosophical analysis can contribute to our understanding of some of the fundamental and perplexing issues that face the world today.


Philosophy can be both pedantic and combative. But is this the reason women drop out in droves? Mary Midgely recalls a brief golden period when women ruled.

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Fuelling free will

February 26th, 2017

Alfred Mele has spent four years and four million dollars to try to get to the bottom of free will. He learnt that it was like petrol.

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For all my Valentines

February 19th, 2017

Two plus: Carrie Jenkins untangles the moral from the metaphysical in romantic love.

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On Parfit

February 12th, 2017

Derek Parfit was known to brush his teeth whilst reading Kant. He wanted to solve big conundrums, and discover what ultimately matters in a morally diverse universe? Garrett Cullity recalls his brilliant doctoral supervisor.