Darwin, Freud and Marx
This year is the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth. In this edition of Night Waves, Rana Mitter will be trying to put Darwin in a different sort of perspective – how does he compare to two of the other giants born in the nineteenth century – Marx and Freud? Its not a one man job so Rana is joined by a group of distinguished advocates. Making the case for Darwin is the political philosopher John Gray, author of the book Straw Dogs. Speaking for Marx is Jonathan Rée, one of the editors of The Concise Encyclopaedia of Western Philosophy, and speaking for Freud, we have Lisa Appignanesi, author of Mad, Bad and Sad: A history of women and the mind doctors from 1800. Down the line from Atlanta, is Sander L Gilman, a social historian who is well known for his contributions to Jewish studies and the history of medicine. So join Rana and his panel to find out what matters more – natural selection, historical materialism or the unconscious?
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