Featured episodes from the Forum’s podcast

 

The State, Borders, and People

Refugee crises, independence movements, Brexit: so many political problems in recent times stem from the how we envisage the proper relationship between states and people. In this week’s collection, we’re probing the historical, philosophical, and political ideas behind the headlines.

 

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LIFE AS WE KNOW IT

What is it like to be a human?

 


 

 


 

MAKING A STATEMENT

Language, speech, and being understood

 


 

Protest Art

Does a political statement diminish the art? Once a work becomes popular in the art world, can it still be protest art? We explore what protest art has been, what it is, and what it might be.

 


 

STRANGER THAN FICTION

There may be more things in Heaven and Earth than dreamt of in science fiction…

 


 

 


 

STATES OF MIND

The things we think and feel, why we think and feel them, and what it tells us about being human

 


 

 


 

LINES OF THOUGHT

From Aristotelianism and Darwinism to empiricism and existentialism, we’re looking at some of the big philosophical traditions

 


 

 


 

MENTAL HEALTH

From philosophical foundations and political consequences to suffering as learning and philosophy as therapy, this week we’re focusing on mental health, mental illness, and getting by

 


 

 


 

THINKERS

The life and work of some remarkable thinkers

 


 

 


 

DEMOCRACY

Democracy, its institutions, and its challenges and limitations

 


 

 


 

ANIMAL MINDS

From whales to microbes, Jonathan Birch discusses animal intelligence with philosophers, scientists, and writers