Oliver Burkeman explores negativity as a surprising pathway to meeting your goals.
Writer Amit Chaudhuri explores the idea of exile and modern, secular homelessness.
Mark O'Connell argues that in an age of strong opinions, we should embrace ambivalence.
The writer Tom Dyckhoff looks at the life and work of Richard Buckminster Fuller.
TV producer John Lloyd discusses the life of American architect Richard Buckminster Fuller
Journalist Nichi Hodgson asks whether there's scope for an ethical code for producing porn
Bertrand Russell considers the roles of state control in a progressive society.
Conflicts, big and small - what do they have in common? Evan Davis and guests discuss.
Brian Cox, Robin Ince and guests ask whether science needs war to drive it.
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the philosophy of Epicureanism.
Comedian Andy Zaltzman spends a week living by the rules of Epicurean philosophy.
Melvyn Bragg and guests examine the 20th century philosophy of existentialism
Will Self asks some of Britain's key opinion-makers about the nature of our existence.
The German best selling author and lawyer discusses ideas about guilt and retribution.
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss free will.
Pints and philosophical puzzles with Matthew Sweet. Do we have free will?
Sarah Dunant delves into the past for alternative stories to help frame today's anxieties.
Edward Said considers how far an intellectual should participate in the public sphere.
Melvyn Bragg and guests take a long hard look at the idea of guilt.
Combative, provocative and engaging debate chaired by Michael Buerk.
Alistair Cooke recalls when the private life of a politician was a taboo topic.
Edward Said explores the role of intellectuals from different cultures and backgrounds.
Comedian Nick Revell explains why he manages to be optimistic - despite all the evidence.
Can Humanism include belief in God? Ernie Rea and guests discuss.
The history and legacy of classical Humanism, invented by Cicero.
Anne McElvoy invites Sarah Ditum and Kate Andrews to explore each other's perspective.
Has our sense of collective belonging been lost?
If the economic struggle for survival is over, do we now need to work out how to live?
Lucy Mangan talks to Bea Harvie, a young carer, about responsibility.
Professor Kirkwood discusses meeting the challenge of an older population.