Philosophy for our times: cutting edge debates and talks from the world's leading thinkers
Cycles of Wonder
Science and Religion
Can Science revive spirituality? The Science Delusion author Rupert Sheldrake explores a new paradigm of science and religion. "An excellent scientist… the kind that in an earlier age discovered continents" New Scientist
The Universe Code
Is information fundamental?
We think information provides facts about the world around us. Yet some in quantum physics 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?
Are there alternatives?
As China and Russia adopt their own variants, the reign of capitalism seems absolute. Yet there are many who wish for an alternative and some who claim a final crisis is in the making. Is there a radical alternative that we have not yet discovered? Or is the reality that capitalism is the only viable economic system?
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 a product of the power of imagination?
Politics and Passion
Confronting a Crisis of the Left
The Labour Party and left wing politics 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
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?