Philosophy

Last Edited: 02-Jan-2016 A Global British Comedy Collaborative document. Edited by John Lucas
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The Philosopher's Arms
  1. the Experience Machine
  2. A Robot Daughter
  3. The Ultimatum Game
  4. Moral Disgust

  5. Theseus' Ship
  6. What Makes a Fake a Fake?
  7. Sorites' Heap
  8. moral reason to obey the law

  9. Free Riders
  10. Exploitation
  11. Free Will
  12. Moral Blame

  13. Enhancement
  14. Trolleyology
  15. Induction
  16. Sex Equality

  17. Lying and Misleading
  18. Weakness of Will
  19. Hate Speech
  20. Future People
Matthew Sweet
Producer David Edmonds, Estelle Doyle,
Marya Burgess, Luke Mulhall


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The Public Philosopher
  1. Should universities give preference to applicants
    from poor backgrounds?
  2. Should a banker be paid more than a nurse?
  3. Should we bribe people to be healthy?

  4. How far should an open society go on accepting
    outsiders?
  5. Is the American vision of individual responsibility
    for one's own success a myth?
  6. Is rape worse than other violent crime?

  7. Morality and the State
  8. Why Vote?
  9. National Guilt

  10. Why Democracy?
Michael Sandel
Producer: Adele Armstrong

Producer: Mukul Devichand

Producer: David Edmonds

Producer: Ian Muir-Cochrane
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15-Aug-2012 In Pursuit of Dignity
Edward Stourton
Producer: Mark O'Brien
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The Ideas That Make Us
  1. Idea
  2. Fame
  3. Love
  4. Agony
  5. Justice

  6. Liberty
  7. Comedy
  8. Hospitality
  9. Wisdom
  10. Peace

  11. Psyche
  12. Charisma
  13. Irony
  14. Nemesis
  15. Virtue
Bettany Hughes
Producer: Dixi Stewart 


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A History of Ideas
  1. What Does It Mean to Be Free?
  2. Positive and Negative Freedom
  3. Individual Freedom and the State
  4. Religious Freedom
  5. Free Will and the Brain
  6. Why Are Things Beautiful?
  7. the Philosophy of Good Taste
  8. the Mathematics of Beauty
  9. Beauty and Evolution
  10. Beauty and Morality
  11. How Can I Tell Right from Wrong?
  12. Moral Character
  13. Morality and the Brain
  14. Morality and the Law
  15. the Value of Conscience
  16. How Did Everything Begin?
  17. Creation Myths
  18. the Big Bang
  19. Thomas Aquinas
  20. William Whiston's Comet Theory
  21. What Makes Us Human?
  22. Humans, Apes and Carl Linnaeus
  23. Seneca and Facing Death
  24. Noam Chomsky and Human Language
  25. Wittgenstein and Blade Runner
  26. How Has Technology Changed Us?
  27. Has technology rewired our brains?
  28. Francis Bacon
  29. Medical technology
  30. tools and human evolution
  31. How Do I Live a Good Life?
  32. Aristotle and Flourishing
  33. Max Weber and the Protestant Ethic
  34. the Buddha's Four Noble Truths
  35. Ayn Rand and Selfishness
  36. What Is Justice?
  37. Deterrence
  38. the Veil of Ignorance
  39. Thomas Hobbes and Civil Disobedience
  40. Habeas Corpus
  41. What Does It Mean to Be Me
  42. John Locke and Personal Identity
  43. Sartre and the Individual
  44. Jung and the Mind
  45. Descartes and Consciousness
  46. How Should We Live Together?
  47. Toleration
  48. the Free Market
  49. Plato's Philosopher Kings
  50. Ancestor Worship
  51. What Is Love?
  52. Aristophanes in Plato
  53. Altruism
  54. Freud
  55. the Love of Children
  56. How Can I Know Anything at All?
  57. Eyewitness Testimony
  58. Falsification
  59. Reality and Perception
  60. Wittgenstein


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