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Ecstasy, Carpe Diem, Hetta Howes on medieval ecstasy

Philosophers Jules Evans and Roman Krznaric and Canon Angela Tilby join Rana Mitter to discuss living in the moment. Plus Hetta Howes's research into medieval attitudes to ecstasy.

Why we need to seize the moment and lose control more often is discussed by philosophers Jules Evans and Roman Krznaric and Canon Angela Tilby. And presenter Rana Mitter is joined by 2017 New Generation Thinker Hetta Howes, whose research looks at medieval attitudes to ecstasy.

'Carpe Diem Regained: The Vanishing Art of Seizing the Day' by Roman Krznaric is out now
Jules Evans is a 2013 New Generation Thinker who blogs at His book The Art of Losing Control is out now.
Canon Angela Tilby is a contributor to Radio 4's Thought for the Day. Her website is
Dr Hetta Howes is at Queen Mary The University of London.

You can hear Haemin Sunim at the Free Thinking Festival here

New Generation Thinkers is a scheme run by BBC Radio 3 and BBC Arts with the Arts and Humanities Research Council to find academics who can turn their research into radio and television. You can find out more via the Free Thinking website.

Producer: Luke Mulhall.

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45 minutes


Role Contributor
Interviewed Guest Jules Evans
Interviewed Guest Roman Krznaric
Interviewed Guest Angela Tilby
Interviewed Guest Hetta Howes
Producer Luke Mulhall


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