By Patrick D. O'Connor
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A podcast exploring Philosophy, Politics, Current Affairs, Literature and Film.
||CleanOn Denial, Conspiracy and Post-Truth with Keith Kahn-Harris||This week I discuss the nature of denial, post-truth, and conspiracy theories with Dr Keith Kahn-Harris. We ended up talking about Holocaust denial, anti-vaxxing, climate change, and the resurgence of flat-earth theory. Keith tries to unpick the similar||29 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOn Dirt with Olli Lagerspetz||This week I am talking to Olli Lagerspetz about his recent book A Philosophy of Dirt (Reaktion, 2018). This book is a fascinating exploration of what we mean by dirt, how we can use Philosophy to examine it, and whether dirt is an objective or subject||22 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOn Metaphysics, Objects and Decent Politics with Graham Harman||This week I had a fantastic conversation with Prof. Graham Harman about his unique theory of Object-Oriented Philosophy. Our discussion was wide-ranging, we discussed Graham’s background, metaphysics, HP Lovecraft, art, architecture, Bruno Latour, con||15 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOn the Geography and Politics of Light with Tim Edensor||I had a fascinating discussion with Tim Edensor this week on the geography and politics of light. Tim has a brilliant talent for making us think differently about something we take for granted. During our chat we talked about our changing perceptions||8 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOn Forensic Linguistics with David Wright||This week I am talking about forensic linguistics with Dr David Wright from Nottingham Trent University. We chatted about how forensic linguistics is used in crime detection, authorship analysis, expert witnessing, aiding policing investigation as well||1 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHorror, Ghosts and Monsters with Sorcha Ní Fhlainn||This week, as we approach All Hallows Eve, we turn to the ghastly, the monstrous, the shocking, the ghoulish, the spooky and the downright eerie. I am talking to Dr Sorcha Ní Fhlainn who is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies and American Literature. She||25 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOn US Politics, Edmund Burke and Trump with Michael Baranowski||With the upcoming US elections I thought it would be a good time to see what a political philosopher has to say about it all. I am joined by Michael Baranowski who is a political scientist from Northern Kentucky University. We talked about Mike’s int||18 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOn the Law, Consent and MeToo with Heidi Matthews.||This week I had a really interesting discussion with Prof. Heidi Matthews about law, consent, and the MeToo movement. Heidi is an Assistant Professor of law at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. She co-directs the Nathanson Centre on Transnational H||11 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOn Sex Robots and Personhood with Kathleen Richardson||This week I talk to Dr Kathleen Richardson about sex robots and notions of personhood, consent, loneliness and inter-dependence between humans. Kathleen is a professor of Ethics and Culture of Robots and AI at De Montfort University. She completed her||4 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOn Emile Zola with Dan Rebellato||This week I am talking about the great French novelist Emile Zola with Prof. Dan Rebellato of Royal Holloway University. We talk about Zola's life, his novels, the place of philosophy in his work, and Zola's famous "J'accuse...!" which is celebrating it||27 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Philosophy of Football with Stephen Mumford.||This week I am talking about football with Prof. Stephen Mumford. We talk about how football makes you think, the role of causes, dispositions, luck, space and of course victory. Stephen also explain why football is a far superior game to rugby. Stephen||20 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOn the Mind and Panpsychism with Philip Goff||This we talk about all things mind. Philip Goff is a philosopher and consciousness researcher at Durham University. He works mainly on the problem of how to integrate consciousness into our scientific worldview. Goff’s 2017 book Consciousness and Fund||13 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Cultural History of Gay Rights in Britain with Don Milligan||Dr Don Milligan gives us a cultural history of the gay rights movement in Britain. Don taught a course on the theory and practice of anti-capitalism at Manchester Metropolitan University. His researches examines how commercial society gives rise to po||6 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroducing Byung-Chul Han with Austin Hayden Smidt||This week I am talking to Austin Hayden Smidt about the German-Korean philosopher Byung-Chul Han. Han is not well know in the Anglophone world, so we took this opportunity to try and introduce some of the key themes of his philosophy. This interview i||30 8 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJessica Jones, Sexual Violence and Overcoming Trauma with Anna Dawson||Anna Dawson is an award winning teacher and lecturer in Film and TV studies at Nottingham Trent University. She has worked in the film industry, as a film journalist, and written study guides about the Lord of the Rings and The Matrix. She resear||23 8 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBONUS - Nietzsche and Dr Who with David Deamer||Dave and I like to talk. And we did. Here we are talking about Nietzsche, and Dr Who.||17 8 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDeleuze and Cinema with David Deamer||Here I talked with my friend Dr David Deamer about French Philosopher Gilles Deleuze. Dave explains to me what Deleuze was about, and then we go on to talk about how Deleuze is important for understanding cinema, and what Deleuze teach us about film, o||16 8 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWill Large teaches Patrick about Heidegger||Here Dr William Large from the University of Gloucestershire talks about one book, Martin Heidegger's magnum opus, Being and Time. Here we try to get to the bottom of this endlessly fascinating book, looking at some of the key moments from the text s||9 8 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSocial Justice and Cooperation with Cilla Ross||In 1844 the Rochadale Pioneers established the principles of the cooperative movement. This was the spark that created the development and growth of the cooperative movement. Coops can be found in all parts of the world today, from business to housing,||2 8 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVitalism and Bergson with Mark Sinclair||Mark Sinclair is a philosopher and scholar at Roehampton University. He specialises in the history of modern philosophy, especially in it's French incarnation. We spoke about about the history of vitalism in Philosophy, looking at some of it's key figur||26 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrump, Lyotard and_Education with Keith_Crome||Keith Crome is scholar of ancient philosophy, postmodernism and education. He is a Philosophy lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan Univeristy. He is a specialist in the 20th Century thinker Jean Francois Lyotard, and has composed a monograph on this to||20 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTranshumanism, Technology and Apocalypse with Mark O'Connell||I spoke with Mark O'Connell about the impact of the philosophy of transhumanism. Mark is the author of a lovely book called To Be a Machine: Adventures Among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers -which I reccommend you all read. This book blends philosophy, lit||12 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConsciousness, Humanism and the NHS with Raymond Tallis||I had this conversation with Raymond Tallis before Christmas. Raymond Tallis is one of Britain's leading philosophers. His career was in medicine, which he studied at Oxford Univeristy. He became a Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of M||5 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBuddhism, Atheism and Education with David Webster||This week I spoke to Dr David Webster from the Univeristy of Gloucstershire. Dave is a specialist in Buddhism, in particular the Pali canon. He talks about his life, religion, atheism and the future of education. He is the author of a brilliant little p||28 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTechnology, Capitalism, The Common with Andreas Wittell||Andreas Wittell is a colleague of mine, and a person I love to talk to. Andreas is a lecturer in Communications. We chatted mainly about the changing nature of technology, equality, sharing, and how the Internet can be sometimes even be good! You can||21 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOn Safe Spaces, No-Platforming and Neo-liberalism in the University with Liz Morrish||This week Dr Liz Morrish is talking with us about all things university. Liz is an Associate Fellow at York St John university who works in the emerging discipline of critical university studies. We discussed what neo-liberalism is, how it change||15 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrump's Intellectual Origins with Timothy Shenk||Timothy Shenk speaks with me about the history of the ideas that directly led to the rise of Trumpism. Looking at figures like James Burnham and Samuel Francis, Tim discusses how there has been a long-standing dissenting conservatism defined by economi||7 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOn Idiots, Drones and Wonder Woman with Neal Curtis||Neal Curtis from the University of Auckland stopped by one morning to talk about his book Idiotism: Capitalism and the Privitization of Life. He also talked about sovereignty and superheroes, and the ethics and politics of drone warfare, and h||31 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Fall down the well, you won’t regret it!
Eminently listenable. I found the exchanges between the host and guest(s) to be sharp and insightful. This podcast isn’t afraid to move between a range of ideas and fields (philosophy, politics, history, theory, economics). A new favourite on my list!