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A History of Ideas
This major new 60-part radio series offers a fresh take on some of the big philosophical questions of our age.
- Updated Wednesday 15th July 2015
- Intermediate level
- Posted under Radio
What does it mean to be free?
A new history of ideas presented by Melvyn Bragg but told in many voices.
Melvyn is joined by four guests with different backgrounds to discuss a really big question. This week he's asking what does it mean to be Free?
Helping him answer it are philosopher Angie Hobbs, criminal barrister Harry Potter, neuropsychologist Paul Broks and theologian Giles Fraser.
For the rest of the week Angie, Giles, Harry and Paul take us further into the history of ideas with programmes of their own.
Between them they'll talk about Isaiah Berlin's distinction between positive and negative freedom, JS Mill's thoughts on individual liberty and the state; what neuroscience has to say about the age old philosophical debate about Freewill and whether freedom is over-rated as a political, moral and psychological concept.
Episodes in this series
|Neuropsychologist Paul Broks on Wittgenstein||This episode explores other minds and how we can't know whether our mind thinks the same as every other mind. Read more|
|Philosopher Clare Carlisle on Reality and Perception||If a tree falls in a forest and nobody is there to hear it, does it make a sound? Matter and perception is discussed... Read more|
|Physicist Tara Shears on Falsification||Is science always based on fact? Can a theory only be described as scientific when it can be proven false? Read more|
|Lawyer Harry Potter on Eyewitness Testimony||Can we believe evidence we see with our own eyes? David Hume's thinking is explored regarding this question. Read more|
|How can I know anything at all?||This week's 'A history of ideas' looks at how we can know anything at all. Read more|
|Writer Lisa Appignanesi on the Love of Children||Lisa Appignanesi explores the bond between mother and child and initial instincts to raise children. Read more|
|Psychotherapist Mark Vernon on Freud||Mark Vernon looks at Freud's ideas on the Greek God Eros being a force field of love. Read more|
|Theologian Giles Fraser on Altruism||Giles Fraser explains why our genes determine our concern for others. Read more|
|Classicist Edith Hall on Aristophanes in Plato||Edith Hall, from a classical perspective, explains why humans are in search of love. Read more|
|What is love?||Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the big question: "What is love?" Read more|
|Philosopher Timothy Secret on Ancestor Worship||Timothy Secret talks about respect and obedience to your parents an honoring ancestors through grave tending. Read more|
|Philosopher Angie Hobbs on Plato's Philosopher Kings||Should the state be run by philosophers, not people who want power.? Angie Hobbs explores this question. Read more|
|Economist Kate Barker on the Free Market||Kate Barker looks into the father of Economics, Adam Smith's, views on the Free Market and how vital it is to us. Read more|
|Historian Justin Champion on Toleration||Locke's theory on Toleration is examined by Professor Justin Champion. Read more|
|How should we live together?||This week's 'A history of ideas' asks 'How should we live together?' Read more|
|How do I live a good life?||How do I live a good life? Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss this question. Read more|
|How has technology changed us?||This week's 'A History of Ideas' explores the role of technology is relation to how we live our lives. Read more|
|What makes us human?||The programmes on this week's 'A History of Ideas' discusses theories around what makes us human. Read more|
|What does it mean to be me?||This week on A History of Ideas, Melvyn Bragg's' philosophical question is: "What does it mean to be me?" Read more|
|How did everything begin?||This week's A History of ideas looks at Creationism. Read more|
|How can I tell right from wrong?||Morality is discussed during this week's 'A History of Ideas' Read more|
|Why are things beautiful?||Melvyn and guests examine ideas around what is beautiful during this week's A History of Ideas Read more|
|What does it mean to be free?||Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss concepts around freedom in this week's programmes. Read more|
Originally published: Wednesday, 15th July 2015
- Body text - Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0: The Open University
- Image 'History of Ideas animation ' - Copyright: Copyright: BBC
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