Philosophy F.O.T.

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Philosophy For Our Times

The IAI seeks to challenge the notion that our present accepted wisdom is the truth. It aims to uncover the flaws and limitations in our current thinking in search of alternative and better ways to hold the world.

 The Institute of Art and Ideas is committed to placing philosophy and big ideas at the heart of public life - building philosophy for our times.

Described by Total Politics as "Europe's answer to TED", the IAI hosts the world’s largest philosophy and music festival, HowTheLightGetsIn and curates hundreds of debates, and talks, a year with the world’s leading thinkers.

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E103 | The Tyranny of Evidence | Rupert Read

Tuesday 17th July 2018

In a post-truth world, the evidence of experts is constantly being called into question. But is abandoning the expertise of learned folk a little extreme? Green Party politician and philosopher Rupert Read takes us through the tyranny of evidence.

E102 | Russia, China and the New World Order | Rana Mitter, Stephen King, George Galloway

Tuesday 10th July 2018

China may be on the way to replacing the US as the world's dominant economic power, but with Russia also growing its reach, could the future be more dangerous still? Do we face an uncontainable multipolar world with many nations vying for power? Or should we applaud a break from US global dominance and look forward to a more equal future? Mary Ann Sieghart asks Oxford historian Rana Mitter, HSBC chief economist Stephen King and politician George Galloway to envisage the world's future.

E101 | Corruption and Climate Change | Piers Corbyn

Friday 6th July 2018

Is science more sinister than an honest pursuit of the truth? Is there enough evidence to support man-made climate change? Usually, we associate climate change critics with the right but this time the counter-narrative comes from outspoken astrophysicist Piers Corbyn, who situates himself even further on the left than his brother, UK's Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

E100 | The Fractured Mind | Bence Nanay

Tuesday 26th June 2018

Is it better for us to resist temptations or avoid them altogether? Philosopher of perception and action Bence Nanay argues that our ability to say no is connected with the fragmentation of our minds.

E99 | How to make the right decision | Bence Nanay, Naomi Goulder, Barry C. Smith

Tuesday 19th June 2018

From quitting a job or relationship in the heat of an argument to taking on a new project in a flush of excitement, we think emotional decisions are often bad decisions. But might it be that emotion is the best guide to action and, as Hume thought, reason is and should be the slave of the passions? Or is this a quick route to chaos and conflict? Philosophers Bence Nanay, Naomi Goulder and Barry C. Smith debate what it means to be on the right path.

Bonus Episode: The Philosophy of Action

Friday 15th June 2018

Can philosophy help us make real life decisions? Can actions speak louder than words? Our producer interviews philosophers Bence Nanay, Angie Hobbs, Christopher Hamilton, Barry Smith, Shahidha Bari, and performance artist Emma Sulkowicz about the power of ideas in their lives.

Bonus Episode: Q&A With David Nutt | LSD, Cannabis and Mental Health

Tuesday 12th June 2018

It's Philosophy Fest! A week of bonus content to celebrate our hundredth episode of Philosophy For Our Times. Today's bonus content is an audience Q&A with psychiatrist David Nutt, which followed on from his talk, The Science of Psychedelics. David fields questions on synthetic cannabis in prisons, whether LSD can make you a genius, and treating addiction with psychedelic drugs. We released the talk as episode 97 if you'd like to take a listen to that first.

E98 | The Science of Psychedelics | David Nutt

Tuesday 12th June 2018

Is our attitude to drugs harming mental health patients? Imperial College psychiatrist and former UK government drugs adviser David Nutt argues for an evidence based revolution in drugs policy.

Bonus Episode: The Rojava Revolution | Elif Sarican

Monday 11th June 2018

To celebrate our 100th episode of Philosophy for Our Times, we're treating you to a week of bonus content. To kick off, here's an interview with Elif Sarican, a Kurdish rights activist, about the experiment in direct democracy currently taking place in Northern Syria.

E97 | Elite Rule | Carne Ross, Yassmin Abdel Magied, Hugo Drochon

Thursday 7th June 2018

Does our abuse of 'elites' ignore their necessity, or should all elites be challenged and dissolved?Author of The Leaderless Revolution Carne Ross, Political Theorist at Cambridge Hugh Drochon, and activist Yassmin Abdel Magied put elites on trial.

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