Listen to Philosophy

12 10 2007

As most of you probably know, this years John Locke Lecture by Bob Stalnaker has been made available as mp3 on the Oxford philosophy page here. I found this to be a great thing, and I really hope it will set a new trend. It not only gives you the chance to listen to one of todays pre-eminent philosophers while, say, cleaning the kitchen; you can actually pause him or make him repeat those bits that you didn’t get straight away. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to rewind and replay some of the talks you have heard at conferences over the years? Well, the good ones, anyway…

So here is some more philosophical stuff that can be listened to on the World Wide Web. Of course, there is Philosophy Talk, a weekly show run by John Perry and Ken Taylor with well over 100 episodes by now, all available from their archives. And there’s Philosophy-Bites, where Nigel Warburton and David Edmonds present ‘pod casts of top philosophers interviewed on bite-sized topics’. Their latest episode, ‘aired’ on October 8, features Anthony Kenny on his New History of Philosophy, and past episodes include Tim Williamson on vagueness, Simon Blackburn on moral relativism, and Tim Crane on mind and body, to name but three. But there’s more. On Learnoutloud, you can listen to the whole of Plato’s Republic (or download it, well over half a gigabyte). They also showcase a 7 minute piece of Wittgenstein’s Tractatus, and a whole lecture series on Heidegger’s Being and Time (personal favourite: The One, part II).

So to all those setting up conferences with great philosophers: record and post!

Posted by Miguel.

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