Philosophy for our times: cutting edge debates and talks from the world's leading thinkers
Terrorism and the Truth
Is the threat real?
From 9/11 to 7/7, terrorist atrocities leave tragedy in their wake. Yet since 2001, 53 people have been killed in the UK by terror attacks. 27,000 have been killed on the roads. Is terrorism more fantasy than reality? Should we ignore dramatic headlines, end mass surveillance and feel safe? Or is the threat real and substantial?
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?
After the End of Truth
A generation raised on Foucault and Derrida has learned to distrust claims to objective truth. Yet the mantra that 'there is no truth' is a paradox. Do we need a new conception of fantasy and reality to free us from the tyranny of truthmakers and the paradoxes of postmodernists alike?
The Tyranny of Evidence
From climate change to cancer scares we're in love with "the evidence". Philosopher and Green politician Rupert Read wants to end the affair. "A methodology to deal with risks to our planet" Nassim Taleb
Are Hospitals Bad For Us?
We ring-fence NHS spending, and western countries spend ever more on medicine. But a third of all deaths are due to medical intervention and some argue poverty makes a bigger difference than pathogens. Is it a fantasy to believe that medical technology can solve health problems? Should we spend more on social justice and less on hospital medicine?
The Reality of Feeling
Reason and Emotion
From the exhilaration of love to the depths of nihilistic despair, we think emotion clouds our access to the cold hard stuff of reality. Yet Einstein claimed intuition was a sacred gift and the rational mind only its servant. Are feelings a truer guide to reality than reason?
The Death of God and the War On Terror
How did the death of God give birth to Western capitalism and the religious fundamentalism that thrives under its wing? Terry Eagleton, one of Britain’s most influential cultural critics, reveals the unspoken history of our supposedly faithless world. “Rich and compelling” John Gray