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Bettany Hughes enquires into changing ideas of wisdom by watching a football match and going to a synagogue to hear the Song of Deborah being sung.

The Ideas That Make Us is a Radio 4 series which reveals the history of the most influential ideas in the story of civilisation, ideas which continue to affect us all today.

In this 'archaeology of philosophy', the award-winning historian and broadcaster Bettany Hughes begins each programme with the first, extant evidence of a single word-idea in Ancient Greek culture and travels both forwards and backwards in time, investigating how these ideas have been moulded by history and have shaped the human experience. In the fourth programme of this series, Bettany enquires into changing ideas of wisdom with footballer Eniola Aluko, philosopher Professor Angie Hobbs, Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, and papyrologist Professor Dirk Obbink.

Other ideas examined in this series are liberty, comedy, hospitality and peace.

Producer: Dixi Stewart.

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15 minutes

Last on

Thu 30 Jan 2014 13:45

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