Best Philosophy podcasts we could find (Updated August 2019)
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Point of Inquiry
Point of Inquiry is the Center for Inquiry's flagship podcast, where the brightest minds of our time sound off on all the things you're not supposed to talk about at the dinner table: science, religion, and politics.Guests have included Brian Greene, Susan Jacoby, Richard Dawkins, Ann Druyan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Eugenie Scott, Adam Savage, Bill Nye, and Francis Collins.Point of Inquiry is produced at the Center for Inquiry in Amherst, N.Y.
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 five New York Times bestsellers. His books include 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 and public lectures ...
Philosophy 247
David Edmonds interviews leading philosophers about moral issues that effect us 24/7.
What is happening to our economy and our politics? Are we stuck forever in this corporate dystopia? What can we learn from the failures of radical politics over the last 100 years? Tom O'Brien talks in depth to experts from the fields of Political Economy, Politics, Science, Philosophy, Complexity, Mathematics, Music, and the Environment.
In Our Time
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas
Aspen Ideas to Go
Aspen Ideas to Go is a show about big ideas that will open your mind. Featuring compelling conversations with the world’s top thinkers and doers from a diverse range of disciplines, Aspen Ideas to Go gives you front-row access to the Aspen Ideas Festival and other events presented by the Aspen Institute.
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.
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.
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.
Arts & Ideas
Leading artists, writers, thinkers discuss the ideas shaping our lives & links between past & present and new academic research.
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.
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 ...
Speaking of Racism
A podcast dedicated to frank, honest, and respectful discussions on race and racism.
Christina P. is a comedian and exhausted mother of two young boys. WMMA explores all thing parenting - from colossal mom fails to the quiet rage you feel when your toddler won't nap. Emails, voicemails and video submissions are welcome! (213) 375-5184
Philosophy? WTF??
What is Philosophy? Why should we bother with it? Join Danny O'Donnell and Dr. Michael Alsford as they grapple with the big ideas in a unique and accessible way. Send us an email: philosophywtf@gmail.comCheck out our article about the podcast here! Get into Mike and Danny's heads for free! Discuss our episodes on our Facebook group: us on Twitte ...
Podcast by Philosophy Talk Starters
Ever wanted to know how music affects your brain, what quantum mechanics really is, or how black holes work? Do you wonder why you get emotional each time you see a certain movie, or how on earth video games are designed? Then you’ve come to the right place. Each week, Sean Carroll will host conversations with some of the most interesting thinkers in the world. From neuroscientists and engineers to authors and television producers, Sean and his guests talk about the biggest ideas in science, ...
The Essay
Leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond, themed across a week - insight, opinion and intellectual surprise.
Christopher Lydon in conversation on arts, ideas and politics
Philosophy Bites
David Edmonds (Uehiro Centre, Oxford University) and Nigel Warburton (freelance philosopher/writer) interview top philosophers on a wide range of topics. Two books based on the series have been published by Oxford University Press. We are currently self-funding - donations very welcome via our website
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.
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 ...
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, Support this podcast:
Podcast by Toby Buckle
On Being
Groundbreaking Peabody Award-winning conversation about the big questions of meaning, hosted by Krista Tippett. Every Thursday a new discovery about the immensity of our lives — and frequent special features like poetry, music and Q + A with Krista.
The Daily Stoic
The audio companion to's daily email meditations, read by Ryan Holiday.Each daily reading will help you cultivate strength, insight and wisdom necessary for living the good life. Every word is based on the two-thousand plus year old philosophy that has guided some of history’s greatest men and women.Learn more at:
Podcast host Danny Whittaker interviews leading psychologists, philosophers, academics and authors for tips and advice on how to improve your mind, your life and your mental health.
Yaron Brook Show
Yaron Brook discusses news, culture and politics from the principled perspective of Ayn Rand's philosophy, Objectivism. Want more? Visit and become a Yaron Brook Show supporter to get exclusive content and support the creation of more content like this!
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.
Join intellectual phenomenon Dr. Jordan Peterson and his daughter Mikhaila for enlightening discourse that will change the way you think. This podcast breaks down the dichotomy of life through interviews and lectures that explain how individuals and culture are shaped by values, music, religion, and beyond. It will give you a new perspective and a modern understanding of your creativity, competence, and personality.
Learn how to self-actualize! How to find and develop your life purpose, master your emotions, raise your awareness, build powerful relationships, and understand life at a deep level.
Radical Philosophy
Food for Thought, lets get radical for philosophy!
This is the daily podcast of the World Socialist Web Site ( The World Socialist Web Site provides detailed coverage of international events , incisive social analysis, and a clear political orientation for working people around the world.
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Jay's Analysis
Jay Dyer is an author, lecturer, and television presenter known for his popular philosophy and film-focused site,, as well as writing Esoteric Hollywood: Sex Cults and Symbols in Film, and co-creating, co-writing and co-presenting the television series Hollywood Decoded with Jay Weidner on the Gaia network. Jay's graduate work focused in analytical philosophy and the interplay of espionage, geopolitics and propaganda, while in the last few years Jay has been a guest on count ...
Rebel Wisdom
We uncover the most rebellious ideas in philosophy, human potential and transcendence to find direction through the chaos of the times.
Awesome Etiquette
Hosts Lizzie Post and Daniel Post Senning answer audience questions about modern etiquette with advice based on consideration, respect, and honesty. Like their great-great-grandmother, Emily Post, Lizzie and Dan look for the reasons behinds the traditional rules to guide their search for the correct behavior in all kinds of contemporary situations. Test your social acumen and join the discussion about civility and decency in today's complex world.
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Bob Murphy Show
The podcast promoting free markets, free minds, and grateful souls.
Owls at Dawn
Two dudes from SoCal who studied philosophy, politics, and religion around the globe who decided to start a podcast where we could bullshit with impunity.
The Ripple Effect Podcast has historians on like Dan Carlin, musicians like Rou from Enter Shikari, scientists like Cara Santa Maria, alternative researcher like James Corbett, stand-up comedians like The Amazing Jonathan, health & medicine experts like Dr. Burzynski, filmmakers like Adam Scorgie, authors like Daniele Bolelli and many more guests in hopes to bring our listeners interesting people, and interesting conversations, with the goal of "Provoking Thought & Starting A Ripple."
Everyday Ethics
Provocative weekly debate on moral, religious and ethical issues. From BBC Radio Ulster
An examination of scientific inquiry through a discussion of the history and philosophy of the scientific endeavor.
A weekly discussion of theology from a Lutheran perspective.
Podcast – Naval
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 ...
David Gardner, co-founder of The Motley Fool, is among the most respected and trusted sources on investing. As a best-selling author, hugely successful stock picker, and financial authority, David has led The Motley Fool’s growth into a worldwide investment and financial advisory services company. Each week David shares his insights into today's most innovative and disruptive publicly traded companies -- and how to profit from them by following his signature “Rule Breaker Investing” principles.
Not Overthinking
The weekly podcast about happiness, creativity, and the human condition. It's us, Ali and Taimur Abdaal, occasionally joined by guests, talking about things to help us think, do, and be better.Things like social interaction, lifestyle design, mental models... Things that are hard to examine, but important to explore. And hopefully, things that make for a fun and interesting chat every week.We'd love for you to join us.
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In this weeks cast ... as with the previous 55 but by no means establishing it in any way as some sort of natural law. I mean, yes these podcasts have been coming out every Wednesday for over a year now so I guess you could be excused for thinking that number 56 was inevitable, that it was a universal law that it had to come out today. But you’ ...…
Juliet Grayson joins us to discuss (get ready for it...) Pesso Boyden System Psychomotor, a unique form of therapy designed to help clients identify emotional deficits and create ‘new memories’ using therapeutic role play scenarios known as "structures".*** SHOW NOTES ****** PATREON *** ...…
Memory takes different forms. Memories can be encoded in the strength of neural connections in our brains, but there’s a sense in which photographs and written records are memories as well. What did people do before such forms of memory even existed? Lynne Kelly is a science writer and researcher who specializes in forms of memory in the ancien ...…
More at 1994, Congress eliminated federal funding for college education in prisons. It was, they argued, unjust for prisoners to be eligible for Pell grants when ordinary citizens could not afford higher education. However, research suggests that education in prisons has positive co ...…
Should the lifestyle choices we make affect our right to treatment?
Time. Founding moments. legitimacy. Commensuration. Liberal Democracy. The State. Immigration. Criminal Justice.By Toby Buckle.
Breastfeeding - Professor Fiona Woollard discusses why there is shame associated with breastfeeding especially in public places, the philosophical mistakes surrounding the way we talk and think about infant feeding decisions and if there was a dollar value placed on human milk would raise the status of women.…
"According to the Real: What is Non-Philosophy?" - Owls at Dawn, Episode 97 Main Segment: Taylor Adkins joins OaD to chat about the enigmatic stylings of François Laruelle’s non-philosophical project. Intro to Textual Machines: Toward ...…
Coluccio Salutati and Leonardo Bruni combine eloquence with philosophy, taking as their model the refined language and republican ideals found in Cicero.By Peter Adamson.
The jazz DJ Tom Reney has been telling people for 40 years about the true American art form. This hour he’s telling people about himself for a change: the inner life of a taste-maker, in the fool-proof form of the BBC’s longest-running radio innovation, Desert Island Discs. The premise is simple enough: that the music you can’t live without is ...…
As he enters a woodland, perfumer, Roja Dove can be overwhelmed. This legendary nose of the perfume industry can identify 800 different scents blindfolded. Place him in a forest and he can sense narratives of sex, birth, decay and death. Roja joins Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough for a walk in the woods to discuss how the base notes of the forest ...…
Yaron Brook, former President and Executive Director of the Ayn Rand Institute, and Peter Kadzis, Editor of the Boston Phoenix and former contributor to Money, Forbes, and the Boston Business Journal, join Ford Hall Forum President Dominick Ianno to debate the lessons learned during the financial crisis – from bailouts to reforms to our efforts ...…
In a fitting act of reciprocity, Tom Woods has Bob on his show for episode 1307 (which originally ran in December 2018), much like Bob had Tom on his show for episode 1. Bob explains how he got into Austrian economics and libertarianism.Mentioned in the Episode and Other Links of Interest: The website for The Tom Woods Show. The website for Con ...…
This is an audio version of Vervaeke & (Green)Hall: Bullshit & Simulated Thinking which was published on the Rebel Wisdom YouTube site on August 1st 2019. This is the second 'explorations in meaning' conversation between Jordan (Green)Hall and John Vervaeke, a unique dialogue between two of the most pioneering thinkers we've featured on the cha ...…
One way to look at an iconic or important landmark like the White House is with reverence. This is the seat of a global power. This is where Kennedy stared down the Cuban Missile Crisis. It represents freedom, justice, and the pursuit of happiness. Another way would be with a slightly more cynical eye: This is a house built by slaves. It’s actu ...…
Nina Simone - singer, pianist, civil rights activist and black feminist icon -- Kevin Legendre, Ayanna Witter-Johnson and Zena Edwards discuss her achievements and legacy. Producer: Zahid WarleyBy BBC Radio 3.
Finding yourself at a party and want to know if someone else is practicing Stoicism? Ask them what they think is the chief good and the chief bad. --- Support this podcast:
This week, Point of Inquiry welcomes actor, comedian, and former Jehovah's Witness, Jerry Minor. Minor has been a cast member and writer on Saturday Night Live and appeared on HBO's Mr. Show and various other television and film spots throughout his career. He joins Jim Underdown to dive into his life during and after being a Jehovah’s Witness. ...…
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the ideas and life of one of the greatest mathematicians of the 20th century, Emmy Noether. Noether’s Theorem is regarded as one of the most important mathematical theorems, influencing the evolution of modern physics. Born in 1882 in Bavaria, Noether studied mathematics at a time when women were generally denied ...…
How to fight for democratic rights in Hong Kong / Trump orders indefinite jailing of detained immigrant families, attacks birthright citizenship / GM autoworker speaks out on UAW corruption, upcoming contract fightBy The International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI).
Jason Bermas is a researcher, activist & documentary filmmaker. Check out his films Invisible Empire, Fabled Enemies, 9/11 Loose Change, SHADE and his YouTube Channel discusses
Where is the richest, smartest, greenest, healthiest, and happiest place to live? You might be imagining an idyllic mountain valley somewhere, but our guest, Edward Glaeser, is here today to tell you that the heart of the city is the place to be.
Jay on Film. Welcome to the new show format. Now, we’re going to cover 3 films with similar themes a few times a week and hopefully a few days ahead of time so you nerds have time view or review them! The new format will allow me to streamline the process and integrate the old “esoteric” approach in with *other* types of films that aren’t just ...…
Matt Dillahunty and Jay Dyer square off in a long-requested discussion about the existence of God and the validity of the transcendental argument. Matt Dillahunty is a well known public speaker and debater who has appeared in debates with Dr. Jordan Peterson and remains a skeptic, while Jay Dyer is a philosopher and author. The debate will be m ...…
Matt Dillahunty and Jay Dyer square off in a long-requested discussion about the existence of God and the validity of the transcendental argument. Matt Dillahunty is a well known public speaker and debater who has appeared in debates with Dr. Jordan Peterson and remains a skeptic, while Jay Dyer is a philosopher and author. The debate will be m ...…
Presenter Seán Williams discusses Beethoven the man and. Through a series of readings we learn what inspired the composer’s work.By BBC Radio 3.
Anindya Raychaudhuri discusses Kipling's Jungle Books with children's novelist Frances Hardinge and academic Sue Walsh, recorded in front of an audience at Imperial College Union. How does Kipling use language to create character and discuss identity? And can we separate the adventure and storytelling from the imperialist baggage of the Jungle ...…
This is an audio version of Jay Shapiro, the state of the Intellectual Dark Web which was published on the Rebel Wisdom YouTube site on August 13th 2019. Over a year since the 'Intellectual Dark Web' was announced, where is it at? Jay Shapiro is a filmmaker who made a celebrated documentary with two figures linked with the IDW, Sam Harris and M ...…
In several of Seneca’s letters he speaks about the power of bloodletting as a medical practice. In one, he actually remarks—with some superiority—how earlier generations had not yet discovered bloodletting and suffered for it. Marcus Aurelius hints at some other medical practices. He speaks of the treatment for ophthalmia—inflammation of the ey ...…
Enter a world where huts walk on chicken legs, fish grant wishes and Baba Yaga sharpens her iron tooth with writers Marina Warner and Sophie Anderson. Presented by Victoria Donovan.Producer: Torquil MacLeodBy BBC Radio 3.
To have whatsoever they wish is not in people's power; it is in their power not to wish for what they have not, but cheerfully to employ what comes to them. --- Support this podcast:
Dr Mark Williams believes we need to preserve the traditional GP home visit. Alongside new acute visiting services and an emerging role for artificial intelligence, he thinks the traditional home visit still plays a vital part in the delivery of good healthcare and can even be a lifeline back into society. "The truth is that home visits give us ...…
On the 79th anniversary of the assassination of Leon Trotsky / Autoworkers determined to fight as UAW contract deadline approachesBy The International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI).
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Matt McCarthy about his book "Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic." They discuss the problem of drug resistant bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses, and the failure of the pharmaceutical industry to keep pace with evolution. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and r ...…
Starting in the 1970s, political scientist Francis Fukuyama says the world saw a significant expansion of democracy. Dozens of countries were becoming democracies and by 2008, more than 100 democracies existed around the globe. Now, says Fukuyama, liberal democracy is being challenged by populist nationalist leaders and they’re fanning the flam ...…
Moderator Jeff Jacoby of the Boston Globe asks Yaron Brook, former President of the Ayn Rand Institute and Deborah Kincade Rambo, LICSW, President of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston: is charity an expression of virtue? Brook delves into Ayn Rand’s beliefs that charity should be undertaken only in self-interest and not out of a s ...…
Forests are the perfect place for outlaw artists to enact their vision. Just fourteen stops from Soho on the Central Line, Epping Forest provides a particularly convenient place to lose yourself and hide from worldly distractions.Sculptor, Jacob Epstein used Epping as artistic inspiration and venue for innumerable affairs. But was he lost in th ...…
This program is a discussion of the beginnings of Lutheranism in America, and the splits which occurred in the nineteenth century.
Hannah Cox is National Manager of the organization Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty. She is conservative/libertarian on standard policy issues, and is a strong advocate of the 2nd Amendment, but even so--perhaps surprisingly to some--she is also very alarmed with the State's abuses in the criminal justice system.Mentioned in the ...…
Model, actor and entrepreneur Lily Cole explores how tech-focused innovation and planet-centric design can help us tackle the climate crisis and work towards a better world in the future.This event was recorded live at Wilderness Festival on Saturday 31st July 2019. Discover more about this event here: ...…
Sustainability expert Solitaire Townsend delivers a dose of climate optimism and shares how to feel good by doing good.This event was recorded live at Wilderness Festival on Saturday 31st July 2019. Discover more about this event here: ...…
A panel gathers to explore the policy ideas urgently needed to address climate emergency, and how they could become reality.This event was recorded live at Wilderness Festival on Saturday 31st July 2019. Discover more about this event here:…
Campaigner Gina Martin shares her top tips for aspiring change-makers.This event was recorded live at Wilderness Festival on Saturday 31st July 2019. Discover more about this event here: RSA.
Economist Guy Standing asks: what it would take for us to be a happier, more equal and prosperous society?This event was recorded live at Wilderness Festival on Saturday 31st July 2019. Discover more about this event here:…
The Guardian’s John Harris speaks to the environmental campaigners putting climate change at the top of the public agenda.This event was recorded live at Wilderness Festival on Saturday 31st July 2019. Discover more about this event here:…
Rt Hon Michael Gove MP and Sir Ian Cheshire are joined by an expert panel at the launch of the RSA Food, Farming and Countryside Commission final report.We have worked with farming and food businesses, public health and citizens groups, environment and economics experts and many more to understand how we can respond more effectively and urgentl ...…
What does it mean to be young in the UK today? A group of writers and activists share their stories with author and editor Nikesh Shukla.One in four people under twenty-five in the UK will be affected by mental illness. Over half of people under twenty-five have looked for advice on homelessness. University fees are rising, job opportunities ar ...…
Leading designers explore the role of cross-cultural exchange in making design a force for change both locally and globally. With Morag Myerscough RDI and Abdulrahman Gazzaz, Bricklab.This event was recorded live at Monday 8th July 2019. Discover more about this event here:…
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