Philosophy for our times: cutting edge debates and talks from the world's leading thinkers
Thinking and Being
Socrates famously claimed 'the unexamined life is not worth living'. Yet from surfing to sex, playing an instrument to riding a bike, our most joyous moments are not when we are lost in thought but when we are lost in experience. Do we reflect too much and should we explore being more, or is this a hippie illusion?
Strange New Worlds
From writing to art, the intense to the light hearted, imagination transports us to untold fantasy worlds. Yet Picasso claimed "everything you can imagine is real". Should we dismiss this as the overblown claims of a celebrity artist, or might what we take to be reality actually be the product of imagination?
The Universe Code
Is information fundamental?
We think information provides facts about the world around us. Yet some now claim that information is primary, more fundamental than matter. Could information provide the ultimate constituents of the world? Or is this a delusion borne from the specific and passing vocabulary of a digital age?
Politics and Passion
The Labour Party is in its greatest crisis. Reduced to piecemeal politics and retail offers, it has lost its purpose. In the midst of a fraught leadership contest, Labour's chief philosopher Jon Cruddas asks: how can Labour rediscover its sense of virtue and the good life? "A maverick... extraordinarily candid" Guardian
Cycles of Wonder
Can Science revive spirituality? The Science Delusion author Rupert Sheldrake explores a new paradigm. "An excellent scientist… the kind that in an earlier age discovered continents" New Scientist
Desire, Dreams and Happiness
Can we ever arrive?
Many think wealth, love and fame bring happiness. But Proust warned that while desire makes life blossom, possession makes it wither. Is there more value in desire and aspiration than in arrival? And if so should we seek better dreams and fantasies to enrich our lives?
Of Lies and Necessity
Is honesty a fantasy?
We demand honesty as a core value from politicians and lovers alike. Yet small and not-so-small lies have a habit of creeping into our lives. Is it possible to be completely honest - and would it be desirable? Is lying a necessity for life or should we insist on honesty as a means for social cohesion and trusting relationships?