Philosophy for our times: cutting edge debates and talks from the world's leading thinkers
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Morality in a globalised world
Loved ones come first. Yet this has less to do with morality than with self interest. Is the truly moral course to regard geographical distance and personal connection as irrelevant to how we treat others? Or would this result in a calous disregard for those most important to us?
Political Power and the End of an Ethernet Cable
The Open Society and its Enemies
Privacy and security in the digital age
Oligarchs and government spies know where we are, what we want, and even our innermost thoughts. Who can protect us? Are whistleblowers like Snowden the white knights of the digital age? Or is the pursuit of radical openness itself the real threat we face?
The Persecution of Heretics
Secrets of the Mind
Can science explain consciousness?
We have no explanation of consciousness. Yet from the origins of life to the workings of the atom, science has provided answers when none were thought possible. Might we be about to crack consciousness as well? An impossible fantasy or an exciting adventure for mankind?
The Limits of My World
Philosophy's linguistic turn
Language has been the focus of philosophical enquiry for the last century. But was the 'linguistic turn' a wrong turn, leading to a barren discipline without 'real world' influence? Is it time for a fresh approach to the big issues, or would this be a capitulation to intellectual fantasy?
Stories of Desire
Can desire help us make sense of the world?
Postmodernism undermined the dream of a definitive account of reality. Yet we still need some way to make sense of ourselves and the world. Might the Deleuzean metaphor of desire provide a way forward? Can desire better account for what makes us human, or is this continental confusion?