Best Philosophy podcasts — Answering the world's biggest questions (Updated May 2019; image)
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In Our Time
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas
Join neuroscientist, philosopher, and best-selling author Sam Harris as he explores important and controversial questions about the human mind, society, and current events. Sam Harris is the author of The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, The Moral Landscape, Free Will, Lying, Waking Up, and Islam and the Future of Tolerance (with Maajid Nawaz). The End of Faith won the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction. His writing has been published in more than 20 languages. Mr. Harris and his work ...
Philosophy Bites
top philosophers interviewed on bite-sized topics
Intelligence Squared is the world’s leading forum for debate and intelligent discussion. Live and online we take you to the heart of the issues that matter, in the company of some of the world’s sharpest minds and most exciting orators. Join the debate at and download our weekly podcast every Friday.
The logic of personal, philosophical and political freedom
Philosophize This!
Beginner friendly if listened to in order! For anyone interested in an educational podcast about philosophy where you don't need to be a graduate-level philosopher to understand it. In chronological order, the thinkers and ideas that forged the world we live in are broken down and explained.
Philosophy Now
Podcasts from, home of the most widely read philosophy magazine in the world, Philosophy Now.
Peter Adamson, Professor of Philosophy at the LMU in Munich and at King's College London, takes listeners through the history of philosophy, "without any gaps".
From Altruism to Wittgenstein, philosophers, theories and key themes.
A Philosophy Podcast and Philosophy Blog
Infants on Thrones
The Philosophies of Men, Mingled with Humor
Another Round
Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton cover everything from race, gender and pop culture to squirrels, mangoes, and bad jokes, all in one boozy show.
Founder of Onnit, and modern philosopher Aubrey Marcus asks the important questions: How do we find our purpose, wake up to who we truly are, have a few more laughs, and human being a little better? The Aubrey Marcus Podcast brings in world class guests from the fields of athletics, health, business, fitness, science, relationship and spirituality, and asks them to open up about the failures and successes that define their wisdom and character. Follow me on social @AubreyMarcus to keep up wi ...
Very Bad Wizards
Very Bad Wizards is a podcast featuring a philosopher (Tamler Sommers) and a psychologist (David Pizarro), who share a love for ethics, pop culture, and cognitive science, and who have a marked inability to distinguish sacred from profane. Each podcast includes discussions of moral philosophy, recent work on moral psychology and neuroscience, and the overlap between the two.
Unabridged philosophy audiobooks including writing by Plato (Parmenides), Aristotle (Economics), Cicero (On Moral Duties) and Plotinus (Enneads). Topics discussed include ethics, justice, law, logic, metaphysics, God, happiness, love and beauty. Each book has been streamlined by merging separate LibriVox recordings into a single seamless whole with no interruptions. Painting: La Perle et la vague by Paul-Jacques-Aimé Baudry.
We surprise some of the world's brightest minds with ideas they're not at all prepared to discuss. With host Jason Gots and special guests Neil Gaiman, Alan Alda, Salman Rushdie, Mary-Louise Parker, Richard Dawkins, Margaret Atwood, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, Saul Williams, Henry Rollins, Bill Nye, George Takei, Maria Popova, and many more . . .You've got 10 minutes with Einstein. What do you talk about? Black holes? Time travel?Why not gambling? The Art of War? Contemporary parenting?Some ...
Marty Leeds Mathemagical Radio Hour explores science, spirituality and everything in between.
The simplest questions often have the most complex answers. The Philosopher's Zone is your guide through the strange thickets of logic, metaphysics and ethics.
A podcast about ideas. Former Labour Party leader Ed Miliband, and Sony Award-winning radio host Geoff Lloyd talk to smart thinkers from around the world.
Alan Watts Podcast
Alan Watts is one of the most widely read philosophers of the 20th century. In addition to his 28 books, Alan Watts delivered hundreds of public lectures and seminars the recordings of which have been preserved in the archives of the Electronic University. Alan's eldest son Mark Watts has reviewed and cataloged these talks to prepare them for public broadcast. In 2005 Amber Star of created Alan Watts podcast to help disseminate these lectures to a new iPod listening generation . ...
Point of Inquiry
Launched in 2005, Point of Inquiry is the premier podcast of the Center for Inquiry. Point of Inquiry critically examines topics in science, religion, philosophy, and politics. Each episode takes on a specific issue and features in-depth discussions with leading scientists, researchers, and writers.
Tyler Cowen engages today’s deepest thinkers in wide-ranging explorations of their work, the world, and everything in between. New conversations every other Wednesday. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.
Akimbo is an ancient word, from the bend in the river or the bend in an archer's bow. It's become a symbol for strength, a posture of possibility, the idea that when we stand tall, arms bent, looking right at it, we can make a difference. Akimbo's a podcast about our culture and about how we can change it. About seeing what's happening and choosing to do something. The culture is real, but it can be changed. You can bend it.
Arts & Ideas
Leading artists, writers, thinkers discuss the ideas shaping our lives & links between past & present and new academic research.
Moral Maze
Combative, provocative and engaging live debate examining the moral issues behind one of the week's news stories. #moralmaze
The Drunken Taoist is a bi-monthly podcast by writer/martial artist/college professor/whatever-label-you-feel-like-adding Daniele Bolelli. One of the monthly episodes features discussions and interviews with one or more guests. The other includes the infamous Bolelli rants and verbal Tai Chi with co-host Rich Evirs. Topics covered by the show include the common thread is whatever makes life intense, passionate and worth living. Anything that meets this requirement is fair game-regardless of ...
Four Thought
Thought-provoking talks in which speakers explore original ideas about culture and society through their own thinking, experience and stories. Recorded in front of audiences at events around the UK.
Dogma Debate
Los Angeles comedian, David Smalley, discusses religion and politics with preachers, pastors, comedians, and people of different world views.
Sean Carroll hosts conversations with the world's most interesting thinkers. Science, society, philosophy, culture, arts, and ideas.
Significant international thinkers deliver the BBC's flagship annual lecture series
Beyond Good and Evil, by Friedrich Nietzsche A searing indictment of concepts like “truth” and “language” Beyond Good and Evil, by Friedrich Nietzsche is a deeply thought provoking book that forms one of the keystones of modern thought and politics. In this book, Nietzsche takes the position that our subservience to fixed perspectives that are forced on us by our language and our ideals make us incapable of perceiving reality. He propounds the theory that ideals are not fixed but change over ...
In a world marked by wicked social problems, The Minefield helps you negotiate the ethical dilemmas, contradictory claims and unacknowledged complicities of modern life.
That's Deep Bro
Christina P. is a comedian with a BA in Philosophy who loves getting deep on all sorts of subjects - cults, buddhism, the meaning of life, music, relationships, parenting, pop culture and farts. TDB covers all the topics you never talk about in every day life - but should. Quit your job, turn off the TV, join an ashram. Let's get weird. It's time for That's Deep Bro.
Hi-Phi Nation
Hi-Phi Nation is philosophy in story-form, integrating narrative journalism with big ideas. We look at stories from everyday life, law, science, popular culture, and strange corners of human experiences that raise thought-provoking questions about things like justice, knowledge, the self, morality, and existence. We then seek answers with the help of academics and philosophers. The show is produced and hosted by Barry Lam of Vassar College.
The Wright Show
Conversations with a series of people who have nothing in common except that program host Robert Wright is curious about what they’re thinking.
What does Enlightenment mean? Former criminalist, Eldon Taylor, believes that true enlightenment can only come when you learn to take charge of your own thoughts. Can you state that your beliefs truly are your own and not just adopted from ideas that are politically correct and mass approved? According to Eldon Taylor, free thinking is difficult for many reasons, ranging from the psychology of your being to the mass attempts to mold your thinking for the convenience of others! Join Eldon Tay ...
Daniel Lobell learns Philosophy despite his poor academic skills, each week he is joined by comedians ( Lewis Black, Maria Bamford, Bill Burr, Aisha Tyler, Artie Lange, Carl Reiner, Marc Maron, Todd Glass, Colin Quinn etc. ) they tackle all the big and small questions and try to gain a deeper understanding of life.
A weekly 'informal and informative' philosophy podcast inspiring and supporting students, teachers, academics and free-thinkers worldwide. All episodes are available at
Christopher Lydon in conversation on arts, ideas and politics
The Partially Examined Life is a philosophy podcast by some guys who were at one point set on doing philosophy for a living but then thought better of it. Each episode, we pick a short text and chat about it with some balance between insight and flippancy. You don't have to know any philosophy, or even to have read the text we're talking about to (mostly) follow and (hopefully) enjoy the discussion. For links to the texts we discuss and other info, check out
Welcome to the Jordan Peterson Archive Podcast. This podcast features audio from Jordan Petersons lectures, interviews, discussions and talks. We only feature short clips!Instagram: @JordanPetersonArchiveFacebook Page: @JordanPetersonArchiveCopyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for "fair use" for purposes such as criticism, commenting, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might ...
Philosophy for our Times features debates and talks with the world’s leading thinkers on today’s biggest ideas. This live recording podcast is brought to you by the Institute of Art and Ideas – described by Total Politics as “Europe’s answer to TED” and host to the annual philosophy and music festival HowTheLightGetsIn.Visit for more.
The Essay
Leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond, themed across a week - insight, opinion and intellectual surprise.
Philosophy 247
David Edmonds interviews leading philosophers about moral issues that effect us 24/7.
RSA Events
The RSA hosts one of the world’s leading public events programmes, delivering over 100 lectures, talks, screenings and debates a year.These events provide a platform for our most exciting public thinkers, and encourage intelligent exploration of today’s most urgent social challenges.Our public programme welcomes speakers from across the world and across disciplines – all united by a belief in the power of ideas to inspire and motivate social change.
Short & Curly
A fast-paced fun-filled ethics podcast for kids and their parents that asks those curly questions. From banning lollies to trusting robots, and from colonising other planets to eating pets, Short & Curly covers it all.
Bruce Lee Podcast
Join Bruce Lee's daughter Shannon Lee and cultural anthropologist Sharon Ann Lee for a conversation about the life and philosophy of Bruce Lee. Bruce Lee was a famous martial artist, movie star and cultural icon--but his philosophy has caught fire around the world inspiring millions searching for meaning and consciousness. Each episode will dig deep into Bruce’s philosophy to provide guidance and action on cultivating your truest self.“Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless like water. Now ...
Harvard political philosopher Michael Sandel examines the thinking behind a current controversy
The official podcast of best selling author and critically acclaimed filmmaker Tariq Elite Nasheed.
Stoic Meditations
Occasional reflections on the wisdom of Ancient Greek and Roman philosophers. More at Please consider supporting Stoic Meditations. (cover art by Marek Škrabák; original music by Ian Jolin-Rasmussen, Become a supporter of this podcast:
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Today we discuss the work of Antonio Gramsci. Support the show on Patreon! for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
We tell ourselves that if we just get paid more or get promoted, we’ll stop being so miserable at work. Or we dream for months in advance about some vacation to paradise, only to find, once we arrive, that the hotel was not quite as glamorous as the photographs on the website implied. Maybe we do get that promotion or that raise and it does all ...…
Emanuel and Tyler Cowen discuss the importance of doctors, IQ versus EQ medicine, venture capital in biotech, reforming medical training, his brothers, the right to try, and more. Follow Tyler on Twitter More CWT goodness: Facebook Twitter Instagram Email
I sat down at South by SouthWest (SXSW) with Aubrey Marcus Podcast veteran Aaron Alexander for a live recording of my show. Like the podcast boss and best friend he is, he turns the tables on me asks me about my developing personal philosophy. Through the conversation I realize that my inner critic, and manic desire to chase down my fears isn’t ...…
The marketing of the status quo
Matthew Sweet hears from Naomi Wolf about ways in which the state interfered in the private lives of its citizens in the 19th century, resulting in a penal codification of homosexuality with long-reaching consequences. They're joined by literary scholar Sarah Parker who tells the story of Michael Field, the pseudonym of two female poets and dra ...…
Is there a danger in seeing hardship as something that simply needs to be overcome, and which can be overcome given the right technologies or policies, rather than something that is intrinsic to life?By ABC Radio National.
More great books at LoyalBooks.comBy Plato.
More great books at LoyalBooks.comBy Friedrich Nietzsche.
David's new book, This View of Life … In what sense, if any, could evolution be conscious? … The need to complete the Darwinian revolution … An evolutionary psychology discussion makes Bob tape his mouth shut … How successful groups avert the tragedy of the commons … Convergent cultural evolution … David: Evolution shows that neither laissez fa ...…
It used to be that having a “bird brain” was an insult. Now, it’s practically a compliment! Turns out the brain of a bird, which is small enough to fit into a nut, is full of neurons. These animals are capable of complex cognition — they can solve problems, count, understand cause and effect, and even communicate in ways that resemble language. ...…
Knowledge Fight podcast host Dan Friesen joins Derick Varn to discuss the political and cultural significance of Alex Jones. The Knowledge Fight explores how Alex Jones "intentionally misleads his listeners for fun and profit." The podcast explores "the art of the con" and "breaks down scam artists from the worlds of politics, religion, and of ...…
Writer Polly Coles reads Islanders, the second of her essays in search of what makes a true Venetian. Beginning each essay with an object or a place, she traces a cultural and historical thread through to living individuals who are contributing to a rich and diverse contemporary Venetian culture. She argues the true Venetian does not have to be ...…
Podcast: Apple · Spotify · Overcast · Download When you’re finally wealthy, you’ll realize it wasn’t what you were seeking in the first place. Transcript When you’re wealthy, you’ll realize it wasn’t what you were seeking Nivi: The last tweet on the topic of working for the long term is that “When you’re finally wealthy, you’ll realize it wasn’ ...…
We’re joined this week on Gear Tasting Radio by former Navy SEAL and longtime ITS contributor, Nick Hays, to discuss his upcoming book Elite. We cover everything from steps to remove negativity in your life to why a routine can help recenter you. Check out the episode intel for more information on how to pre-order your copy of Elite! For Episod ...…
'What is a woman?' has become a contentious question with practical implications. The philosopher Kathleen Stock gives an account of the category 'woman' and how we should think about it. She gives a different answer to this question which Amia Srinivassan addressed in a previous Philosophy Bites interview on this topic.…
Jonathan Sumption argues that the law is taking over the space once occupied by politics. Lord Sumption was until recently a justice of the UK’s Supreme Court, as well as being a distinguished historian. In this lecture, recorded before an audience at Middle Temple in London, Lord Sumption says that until the 19th century, law only dealt with a ...…
A few years ago a study by Brad Bushman at Ohio State University found a link between low blood sugar and arguments between spouses. It pretty much confirms the experiences of anyone who has ever been in a relationship and found themselves fighting right around lunch or dinner time for no good reason. The colloquial term for this? Being hangry. ...…
Infinite Jest is a book meant to be an actively read –it’s meant to take a certain amount of work to finish it and try to figure out what’s going on. While David Foster Wallace, the author, spends words and words in beautiful descriptions, he purposefully omitted, exchanged, and told through the characters lenses parts of the story. In this epi ...…
Subscribe via Apple Podcasts • Subscribe via Spotify • Subscribe via Google Play Music • Subscribe via RSS • Subscribe via Stitcher • Subscribe via Overcast • Subscribe in Castbox • Subscribe via Android • Subscribe via PodBean Dominique DuBois Gilliard is the Director of Racial Righteousness and Reconciliation for the Love Mercy Do Justice (LM ...…
More great books at LoyalBooks.comBy Plato.
More great books at LoyalBooks.comBy Friedrich Nietzsche.
Writer Polly Coles reads Making Up the City, the first of her essays in search of what makes a true Venetian. Beginning each essay with an object or a place, she traces a cultural and historical thread through to living individuals who are contributing to a rich and diverse contemporary Venetian culture. She argues the true Venetian does not ha ...…
Podcast: Apple · Spotify · Overcast · Download Most advice is people giving you their winning lottery ticket numbers. Transcript The best founders listen to everyone but make up their own mind Nivi: Regarding the guy who gets rich in five years, one of the tweets that you had on the cutting room floor was: avoid people who got rich quickly, the ...…
The left has traditionally seen itself as progressive, with history and morality on its side. But is history on anyone's side? And as for morality, don't all politicians think they're in the right? Should the left then give up its claim to the moral high ground and argue for policies on pragmatic grounds alone? Or would this be to undermine its ...…
Celebrate the conservative victory - but wars are not won by merely dodging bullets! Audio: ▶️ Donate Now: ▶️ Sign Up For Our Newsletter: Your support is essential to Freedomain Radio, which is 100% fu ...…
In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Benjamin Wittes about both volumes of the Mueller Report. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at
Discussing the TV show (2011-2019) based on the books by George R.R. Martin. What's the role of a mass-consumed fantasy series in today's society? Is it our "fantasy" to have all these horrible things happen to us? Is this an edifying prompt to engage in public moral thinking, or a spectacular distraction of the kind that those Marxist theorist ...…
Discussing the TV show (2011-2019) based on the books by George R.R. Martin. What's the role of a mass-consumed fantasy series in today's society? Is it our "fantasy" to have all these horrible things happen to us? Is this an edifying prompt to engage in public moral thinking, or a spectacular distraction of the kind that those Marxist theorist ...…
Most people in the modern world — and the vast majority of Mindscape listeners, I would imagine — agree that humans are part of the animal kingdom, and that all living animals evolved from a common ancestor. Nevertheless, there are ways in which we are unique; humans are the only animals that stress out over Game of Thrones (as far as I know). ...…
More at actively seek to create and consume art, and the philosophical branch of aesthetics has long investigated its fundamental questions: What is beauty? What is art? What is good taste? Now researchers are applying the tools of neuroscience in an attempt to find answers to these questions. But ...…
Seneca dispels the stereotype of Stoics going through life with a stiff upper lip by explicitly advocating suffering for those we love. What marks the Stoic is not that she doesn't suffer, but how she handles suffering. Send in a voice message: Become a supporter of this podcast: ...…
On this day in 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. Her solo exploits are well known. Less so is that Earhart had already made the same flight less than five years prior. Unable to make a living as a female pilot, Earhart was working a job as a social worker. Then one day the phone rang. On the other end ...…
I'm sick as a dog, but there's no "sick time" in Masonic Education. So join me for a succinct episode featuring two articles and some news. Hope everyone has a wonderful week! App extras include the pieces we read on the show. Links Franklin's Fortune - Use Promo Code WCY Support the show!http://www.wcyp ...…
More great books at LoyalBooks.comBy Plato.
More great books at LoyalBooks.comBy Friedrich Nietzsche.
Hello! Private school pupils are 7x as likely to get a place at Oxford or Cambridge as those from state comprehensives. But why does access to the UK’s top universities matter and what can we do to widen it? This week Vee Kativhu tells us her story of (finally) applying to Oxford’s Lady Margaret Hall on their new foundation year scheme. Then ac ...…
Lots of confusion is caused by the nature of language. This is a narration of the article "There Are No Objective Definitions", which you can read here:
Life may be meaningless, but is it hopeless? This week the Dawdlers do a little Short on depression. Don't?...enjoy this?By The Dawdler's Philosophy.
In this debate, Yaron Brook and Sam Arnold take sides as they face off on the value of capitalism versus democratic socialism. Yaron Brook advocates for Capitalism, Sam Arnold for Democratic Socialism as they argue which one is the moral and practical system.Hosted by Government and Law, Lafayette College on March 12, 2019 as part of the Mills ...…
Podcast: Apple · Spotify · Overcast · Download Apply specific knowledge with leverage and eventually you will get what you deserve. Transcript On a long enough time scale you will get paid Nivi: We’re still talking about working for the long term, the next tweet on that topic is “Apply specific knowledge with leverage and eventually you will ge ...…
On this edition of Middle Theory, we cover a campaign stop with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, after which we weigh in on the economic implications of socialism.By Micah Hanks.
Read the full text: Murray Bookchin (1921-2006) was an anarchist and libertarian socialist political theorist, historian, and author. He is perhaps best remembered as a thinker who fused critical ecology with anarchist thought, but his concept ...…
Christian List is Professor of Philosophy and Political Science at the London School of Economics and a Fellow of the British Academy. He works at the intersection of philosophy, economics, and political science, with a particular focus on individual and collective decision-making and the nature of intentional agency. Recently, a growing part o ...…
Today we present Dr. Peterson's conversation with journalist, performance artist, and comedian, Milo Yiannopoulos. Recorded April 11, 2019.
Can science potentially reveal everything, giving us a "God's eye view" of the world? Some hope that the answer is (or will one day be) Yes - other more cautious observers wonder if science can ever overcome its blind spot.By ABC Radio National.
In Book 3 of the Meditations Marcus Aurelius tells himself to stop trying to read the minds of others and to pay attention to his own mind, his own tasks in the here and now. support the show by going to Steve Karafit.
Hello good sir! If you do not mind me saying, you look as if you’re in limbo. Lost? It might please you to know that most of the tourists, and the locals for that matter, don’t know where they’re heading in these parts. If I could be so bold as to make an assessment, I would take you for the sophisticated type but with a little bit of an edge? ...…
Was Gemistos Plethon, the last great thinker of the Byzantine tradition, a secret pagan or just a Christian with an unusual enthusiasm for Platonism?By Peter Adamson.
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