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What Is Justice?
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss ideas about justice.
Barrister Harry Potter on Deterrence
In this edition of a series of programmes on justice, Harry Potter examines deterrence.
Philosopher Angie Hobbs on the Veil of Ignorance
Angie Hobbs, Leif Wenar and David Runciman debate and explore the ideas of John Rawls.
Thomas Hobbes and Civil Disobedience
Criminologist David Wilson looks at Thomas Hobbes and his 'social contract' theory.
Historian Alice Taylor on Habeas Corpus
Historian Alice Taylor on the slippery justice of extrajudicial detention.
What Does It Mean to Be Me?
Barry Smith, Paul Broks, AL Kennedy and Jules Evans discuss the self.
Paul Broks on John Locke and Personal Identity
Paul Broks asks how we can be sure we are the same person that we were yesterday.
Writer AL Kennedy on Sartre and the Individual
Writer AL Kennedy explores existentialist ideas about the individual.
Philosopher Jules Evans on Jung and the Mind
Jules Evans explores Jung and the shadow inside all of us.
Philosopher Barry Smith on Descartes and Consciousness
Philosopher Barry Smith explores ideas about consciousness.
How Should We Live Together?
Melvyn Bragg and guests debate how we should live together.
Historian Justin Champion on Toleration
Professor Justin Champion examines Locke's Letter on Toleration.
Economist Kate Barker on the Free Market
Is a free market the best foundation for a fair, dynamic society?
Philosopher Angie Hobbs on Plato's Philosopher Kings
Angie Hobbs asks if the ideal state would be run by philosophers not politicians.
Philosopher Timothy Secret on Ancestor Worship
Timothy Secret on Confucius. To live well together we must first consider the dead.
What Is Love?
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas around love.
Classicist Edith Hall on Aristophanes in Plato
Classicist Edith Hall on Aristophanes's explanation of love.
Theologian Giles Fraser on Altruism
Giles Fraser discusses gene theory versus altruism with Tom Stoppard and Armand Leroi.
Psychotherapist Mark Vernon on Freud
What is love? Psychotherapist Mark Vernon looks at Freud's ideas on the Greek god Eros.
Writer Lisa Appignanesi on the Love of Children
How should we love our children? Philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau had some great ideas.
How Can I Know Anything at All?
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss how we can know anything at all.
Lawyer Harry Potter on Eyewitness Testimony
Barrister Harry Potter on whether we can believe our eyes.
Physicist Tara Shears on Falsification
How can we separate real science from mumbo jumbo? Physicist Tara Shears investigates.
Philosopher Clare Carlisle on Reality and Perception
Clare Carlisle grapples with Bishop Berkley's idea that objects only exist in our minds.
Neuropsychologist Paul Broks on Wittgenstein
Paul Broks looks at the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein and the problem of 'other minds'.
Melisende, Queen of Jerusalem
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the most powerful woman in the C12th Kingdom of Jerusalem
Quarrels, Women and Bad Magic
Why were witches mainly women? Scotland's war with Satan continues into the 17th century.
The Legacy of the Trojan War
Why do the legendary walls of a Bronze Age city still cast such a long shadow?
The History of General Elections
Greg Jenner and the team head to the polls to discover the history of General Elections.
Exploring Arabia's Empty Quarter
How Wilfred Thesiger travelled in one of the world's harshest environments in the 1940s.