http://www.abc.net.au/rn/philosopherszone/stories/2010/3091992.htm Ebenezer Scrooge is one of the few people you are allowed to hate at Christmas, or at least you’re allowed to ‘dislike’ what he stands for. Miserly and lacking in empathy, Scrooge is essentially a joyless, friendless, humourless, lonely old man. But was he morally bad as common wisdom would have it? Our guest this week says NO. Ebenezer Scrooge was as a man of ethical principle.
http://www.abc.net.au/rn/philosopherszone/stories/2010/3080215.htm It is of uncertain date and the name of its author is not known. Its title does not easily translate into English. In China, where it is known as the Dao De Jing, it has been hugely influential for more than two and a half thousand years. This week, we explore this enigmatic masterpiece and ask what it has to say to the world today.
http://www.abc.net.au/rn/philosopherszone/stories/2010/3088200.htm Born in 341 BC, Epicurus set up a philosophical school which was unusual for its time - it allowed women and slaves to join. He also developed ideas about pleasure and the good life, but would likely turn in his grave were he to know how the term ‘Epicurean’ has come to be used in the 21st century.
They are among the most loved, or most feared, villains in science fiction. But what is it that makes Daleks such great baddies? What constitutes evil and why do the Daleks represent a very specific idea about rationality and morality? This week, we talk to a philosopher about what the Daleks have to tell us - in their mechanical, screechy voices - about who we are.
Director of Studies - Politics
Homerton College & Fellow St Edmund’s College
University of Cambridge, United Kingdom