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  1. PZ 20061230 - Philosophy 101

    Yes, but what is it that philosophers do exactly? Do they ask hard questions or come up with hard answers or both? Does what they do differ from what scientists do, and why don’t scientists care about philosophy? This week, we ask three philosophers what they do and why they do it.

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  2. PZ 20061223 - Seasonal Skepticism

    At a time of year when supernatural events are on many minds - angelic visitations, a baby born of a virgin - The Philosopher’s Zone looks at the paranormal and at how one Australian university teacher is helping his students to learn how to evaluate claims about the miraculous.

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  3. PZ 20061209 - Metaphysics in Australia

    God, freedom and immortality - three of the key concerns of metaphysics - were given short shrift by major philosophical movements in the twentieth century. Yet, not in Australia. In a talk delivered this year at the Melbourne Writer’s Festival, the philosopher John Bigelow of Monash University looks at why metaphysics is big down under.

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  4. PZ 20061202 - The business of ethics

    You’re in business, so that means you’re in business to make money: for yourself, your bosses, your shareholders. But what about the customer and what about people who might suffer from the consequences of your activities? This is a philosophical question and it’s a question which philosophers are finally starting to address.

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  5. PZ 20061118 - Interpreting culture

    The distinguished American anthropologist Clifford Geertz died last month. This week, we take a respectful but sceptical look at his work, its origins in philosophy and its consequences for philosophy.

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  6. PZ 20061111 - Where philosophy gets done

    Philosophy seems like a fairly abstract subject, but it has to be done in physical spaces by solid, physical people. This week, we look at the physical circumstances, in which philosophy gets done, from the city-states of ancient Greece to the bathroom and the shower (because you never know when a good idea might occur to you).

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  7. PZ 20061104 - Converging on happiness

    This week we look at the importance - or, perhaps, the irrelevance - of happiness with a philosopher who has studied Aristotle and a motivational speaker who writes self-help books, and we find that, curiously, their ideas on the subject converge.

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  8. PZ 20061014 - The philosophy of war

    This week, The Philosopher’s Zone goes to war and asks a basic question: is war an issue of national survival or an instrument of state policy? And what might the Israeli attack on Lebanon have to tell us about these issues?

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  9. PZ 20061007 - What Is Civilisation?

    Why is civilisation an important idea? Is it about art, or is it a social and political concept, as suggested in the phrase ‘the clash of civilisations’? Melbourne philosopher John Armstrong tackles some big questions.

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  10. PZ 20060930 - How Not To Be Unconscious

    More from the conference held in April at the Center for Consciousness Studies of the University of Arizona. We hear from a speaker who works at that university on the neural basis of consciousness and the functions of sleep: Giulio Tononi. He’s a scientist, not a philosopher, but he addresses philosophical questions with admirable clarity.

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