Philosophy for our times: cutting edge debates and talks from the world's leading thinkers
Error, Lies and Adventure
Should we embrace our mistakes?
For politicians and journalists, church leaders and chief executives, errosr are something to be covered up, ignored or denied. Bus is this a mistake? Could it be that errors are the source of our inspiration and of future advances - the very stuff of adventure?
Mummy's Little Secret
Should we lie to children?
From Father Christmas to the Tooth Fairy, we are charmed by the fantasies we tell our children. Yet we do not condone telling lies to adults. We no longer beat our children; is it time to start telling them the truth as well? Would this create a more honest, open culture, or tarnish childhood?
Beyond Left and Right
The Future of British Politics
Since the French Revolution, the left-right divide has defined the political map. But is it still relevant? Might it be time to abandon the opposition between progressive and conservative politics? Or is it still clear where progress lies and all the more important to seek to bring it about?
The Philosopher’s Guide to Style
You’re so vain, you probably think this talk is about you. Luckily for you, it is. Shahidha Bari puts a comb through the hair of Kant and freshens up Foucault to work out how philosophy holds up a mirror to ourselves. “Formidable” Times
Ethics, Darwin and Dante
Purpose and the Pursuit of Happiness
Is there a purpose to life? Nietzsche teased "only the English strive for happiness". Are we right to focus on practical goals and abandon any deeper purpose? Or is a goal independent of our everyday pursuits essential to our being?