Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the work of key philosophers and their theories.
Fri 7 Aug 2015
Paul Broks looks at the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein and the problem of 'other minds'.
Thu 6 Aug 2015
Clare Carlisle grapples with Bishop Berkley's idea that objects only exist in our minds.
Wed 5 Aug 2015
How can we separate real science from mumbo jumbo? Physicist Tara Shears investigates.
Tue 4 Aug 2015
Barrister Harry Potter on whether we can believe our eyes.
Mon 3 Aug 2015
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss how we can know anything at all.
Fri 31 Jul 2015
How should we love our children? Philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau had some great ideas.
Thu 30 Jul 2015
What is love? Psychotherapist Mark Vernon looks at Freud's ideas on the Greek god Eros.
Wed 29 Jul 2015
Giles Fraser discusses gene theory versus altruism with Tom Stoppard and Armand Leroi.
Tue 28 Jul 2015
Classicist Edith Hall on Aristophanes's explanation of love.
Mon 27 Jul 2015
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas around love.
Fri 24 Jul 2015
Timothy Secret on Confucius. To live well together we must first consider the dead.
Thu 23 Jul 2015
Angie Hobbs asks if the ideal state would be run by philosophers not politicians.
Wed 22 Jul 2015
Is a free market the best foundation for a fair, dynamic society?
Tue 21 Jul 2015
Professor Justin Champion examines Locke's Letter on Toleration.
Mon 20 Jul 2015
Melvyn Bragg and guests debate how we should live together.
Fri 17 Apr 2015
Philosopher Barry Smith explores ideas about consciousness.
Thu 16 Apr 2015
Jules Evans explores Jung and the shadow inside all of us.
Wed 15 Apr 2015
Writer AL Kennedy explores existentialist ideas about the individual.
Tue 14 Apr 2015
Paul Broks asks how we can be sure we are the same person that we were yesterday.
Mon 13 Apr 2015
Barry Smith, Paul Broks, AL Kennedy and Jules Evans discuss the self.
Fri 10 Apr 2015
Historian Alice Taylor on the slippery justice of extrajudicial detention.
Thu 9 Apr 2015
Criminologist David Wilson looks at Thomas Hobbes and his 'social contract' theory.
Wed 8 Apr 2015
Angie Hobbs, Leif Wenar and David Runciman debate and explore the ideas of John Rawls.
Tue 7 Apr 2015
In this edition of a series of programmes on justice, Harry Potter examines deterrence.
Mon 6 Apr 2015
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss ideas about justice.
Fri 3 Apr 2015
Neuropsychologist Paul Broks looks at the idea of leading a good life by being selfish.
Thu 2 Apr 2015
Naomi Appleton explores the Buddha's Four Noble Truths.
Wed 1 Apr 2015
Justin Champion looks at the roots of our culture's belief in the moral power of hard work
Tue 31 Mar 2015
Philosopher Jules Evans asks Gus O'Donnell how to measure the good life.
Mon 30 Mar 2015
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss how to live a good life.
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