Jacques Marie Emile Lacan, who died in 1981, was a French psychoanalyst and follower of Freud, but his influence has extended far beyond the boundaries of psychiatry: to philosophy, critical theory, literary theory, sociology, feminist theory, film theory and clinical psychoanalysis. And all this despite a literary style of forbidding complexity. This week, we take courage and try to penetrate his thought.
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Zombies have been enjoying a bit of a revival, lately (though perhaps ‘enjoy’, which implies inner consciousness, is not the word we want here). The Hollywood zombie is a revenge-seeking corpse with a fervent hunger for human flesh, the traditional Haitian zombie is a kind of robotic slave but the philosophical zombie is a hypothetical figure: a creature like us in every respect but with no inner life. So what does the zombie have to teach us about the nature of human consciousness?
Professor – School of Philosophy
Australian National University
David Chalmers - personal homepage – https://researchers.anu.edu.au/researchers/chalmers-dj
David Chalmers - university homepage – https://researchers.anu.edu.au/researchers/chalmers-dj
Zombies - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy – http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/zombies/
David Chalmers Sings "The Zombie Blues" (Youtube) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyS4VFh3xOU
Zombies on the web - compiled by David Chalmers – http://consc.net/zombies.html
Online papers on consciousness - compiled by David Chalmers – http://consc.net/online
All in the Mind on zombies and consciousness - 2002 – http://www.abc.net.au/rn/allinthemind/stories/2002/534412.htm
Since the 1960s, McLuhan famously avoided taking what he called a ‘moralistic’ stance on the goodness or badness of electric media. But close readers of his major writings are in for a surprise. What emerges is distinctively conservative: tribalistic, stringently moralistic and opposed to the liberal, modernist, individualist age of modernity. This week, The Philosopher’s Zone investigates McLuhan the right-wing moralist.
Guests Grant Havers, Professor of Philosophy and Politics
Department of Philosophy, Trinity Western University, Canada
Further Information Grant Havers - university homepage (http://twu.ca/academics/faculty/profiles/havers-grant.html)
Article - The right-wing postmodernism of Marshall McLuhan (by Grant Havers)
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