Philosophy for our times: cutting edge debates and talks from the world's leading thinkers
War and Peace
The politics of conflict
Peace on earth has been the cry of idealists throughout the ages. Yet it is warfare and violence that sell newspapers and films, not heaven and tranquility. Is world peace a mistaken goal which if achieved would leave us seeking risk, danger and excitement, or is it still the essential political goal?
The Greatest Adventure
Romantic love is central to our culture, our novels, films and lives. Yet historians argue it is a modern western invention. Might we be more fulfilled if we gave up chasing this romantic ideal or does it still offer us the most exciting adventure of our lives?
The End of Theory
The rise of big data
Big data is the phrase on everyone's lips. But in an age when we can collect information in unimaginable quantities, will we replace simplifying theories with complex real patterns? Might big data be the end of theory? Can we give up on 'why' questions in favour of 'what' answers, or will we always need the big picture?
Rock and Roll Politics
In our cynical satirical culture, is constructive political comedy possible? Award-winning political columist Steve Richards shows us how with his highly acclaimed one man show.“Unmissable” Guardian
The New Inquisition
Are We All Bipolar Now?
The Limits of Logic
Should we embrace the irrational?
Logicians don't rule the world or get the most done. Could it be that a consistent world view is neither desirable nor achievable? If we abandon the straightjacket of rationality might this lead to a more powerful and exciting future, or is it a heresy that leads to madness?