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Hierarchy and Inequality in Nietzsche and Falsafa

In many ways medieval Islamic philosophy and the works of Friedrich Neitzsche couldn’t be more different. But as we see in this podcast, both provide interesting, rich challenges to modern western egalitarian ideals. Guests are Carlos Fraenkel (McGill University) and Mathias Risse (Harvard Kennedy School of Government). Produced in association with the Berggruen Institute’s Philosophy and Culture Centre.

News and Events

  • THE PHILOSOPHER'S ZONE – ABC AUSTRALIA. Talking to Joe Gelonesi about some of the main ideas in The Edge of Reason on his excellent long-running show. Listen here and also on iTunes. #
  • THE WORLD TONIGHT – BBC RADIO FOUR. I was on last might's programme talking about whether Trump is shaping or reflecting changing values and social norms. At 40:06 here. #
  • A PODCAST OF "BRAIN IN A VAT AND OTHER STORIES" IS NOW AVAILABLE. I took part in this Forum for European Philosophy Celebration of Hilary Putnam at the LSE on 8 December with Jesper Kallestrup, Chris Norris, Sarah Sawyer and Peter Dennis (Chair). The podcast is here or on iTunes. #
  • TWENTY QUESTIONS. A Q&A for the TLS in which I reveal my least favourite fictional character and hidden talents, among other things. Read here. #
  • THE EGO TRICK – SOUTH LONDON, 22 NOVEMBER. An evening with Julian Baggini hosted by South East London Humanist Group (SELHuG) and South West London Humanists. Details and booking here. #

What is Microphilosophy?

Small thoughts about big subjects; big thoughts about small things; seeds of thought, scatttered to either take root or not; plus short links to longer work. Microphilosophy is the website of the writer Julian Baggini.

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