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University Faculty Philosophy Podcasts

University of Cambridge
Philosophy podcasts include Moral Sciences Club, visiting speakers, inaugural lectures, etc.

University of Chicago (Elucidations) Studio Recorded Philosophy Podcasts
"Elucidations is a monthly philosophy podcast recorded at the University of Chicago. Each month, a prominent philosopher sits down with our graduate student co-hosts to talk about his or her latest work and areas of philosophical expertise."

Northern Institute of Philosophy (10 Minute Puzzle) Studio Recorded Philosophy Podcasts
"The 10-Minute Puzzle is a podcast series dedicated to presenting in a clear, concise, and accessible manner central problems that engage contemporary philosophy."

Open University Studio Recorded Philosophy Podcasts
Assorted podcasts commissioned to accompany the Open University's philosophy courses.

University of Oxford
Occasional philosophy podcasts, helpfully categorised, including the prestigious John Locke lectures.

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Philosophy Podcast Collections on Philosophical Topics

Bioethics - Oxford Centre for Neuroethics - Bio-ethics Bites Studio Recorded Philosophy Podcasts
"Neuroethics is arguably the most rapidly advancing and exciting field of research in biomedical ethics today because it addresses head-on the two most important subjects relevant to who we are and how we live: the brain and mind."

Critical Thinking & Logic - Rationally Speaking Studio Recorded Philosophy Podcasts
"Rationally Speaking is the official podcast of New York City Skeptics. Join hosts Massimo Pigliucci and Julia Galef as they explore the borderlands between reason and nonsense, likely and unlikely, science and pseudoscience."

History of Philosophy - History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps Studio Recorded Philosophy Podcasts
"Peter Adamson, Professor of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy at King's College London, takes listeners through the history of Western philosophy, "without any gaps." Beginning with the earliest ancient thinkers, the series will look at the ideas and lives of the major philosophers... as well as the lesser-known figures of the tradition."

History of Philosophy - In Our Time - BBC Radio 4 Series Studio Recorded Philosophy Podcasts
"The history of ideas discussed by Melvyn Bragg and guests including Philosophy, science, literature, religion and the influence these ideas have on us today."

Philosophy and Literature - Entitled Opinions Studio Recorded Philosophy Podcasts
"Entitled opinions (about life and literature) conversations with Professor Robert Harrison Rosina Pierotti Professor in Italian Literature at Stanford University"

Philosophy of Mind - Phenomenal Qualities Project
"This project will explore issues connected with the exact nature of the phenomenal aspects of experience. In perceptual and related experiences subjects are aware of a range of phenomenal qualities: these are the colours, sounds, and so on, which are immediately present in conscious experience."

Philosophy of Mind - Originalism About Concepts Conference  
Podcasts of various speakers at an Institute of Philosophy one-day conference in March 2012. (Hosted by Backdoor Broadcasting Company).

Political Philosophy - Multiculturalism Bites Studio Recorded Philosophy Podcasts
"Multiculturalism is one of the most vexing political issues of our day. How can people with very different values and customs live alongside each other? What is the history of multiculturalism? What are the arguments for and against its various forms? Has it failed? Does it have a future? The Open University's Nigel Warburton interviews ten leading thinkers about the meaning and implications of multiculturalism. David Edmonds introduces each episode."

If you know of any philosophy podcasts series, not currently in this section, devoted to a particular philosophical topic, I'd be delighted to hear from you: Specialist Philosophy Podcasts Email

Assorted Philosophy Podcast Series

Minerva Philosophy Podcast Studio Recorded Philosophy Podcasts
"The podcast .... consists of bite sized interviews with specialists from various domains. Sometimes short articles, pictures and quotes are posted as well. "

New Books in Philosophy Studio Recorded Philosophy Podcasts
"New Books in Philosophy features peer-to-peer discussions with philosophers about their new ideas as expressed in their newly published books... Our goal is to bridge the academic and public spheres without shortchanging the complexity of the ideas being discussed. Expect to be challenged — we'll avoid the jargon, but we won't avoid the difficulty."

The Partially Examined Life Studio Recorded Philosophy Podcasts
"The Partially Examined Life is a philosophy podcast by some guys who were at one point set on doing philosophy for a living but then thought better of it. Each episode, we pick a text and chat about it with some balance between insight and flippancy. You don't have to know any philosophy, or even to have read the text we're talking about to (mostly) follow and (hopefully) enjoy the discussion."

Philosophy Bites Studio Recorded Philosophy Podcasts
"Podcasts of top philosophers interviewed on bite-sized topics."

Philosophy Now Studio Recorded Philosophy Podcasts
"Philosophy Now is a newsstand magazine for everyone interested in ideas. It aims to corrupt innocent citizens by convincing them that philosophy can be exciting, worthwhile and comprehensible, and also to provide some light and enjoyable reading matter for those already ensnared by the muse, such as philosophy students and academics."

Philosopher's Zone Studio Recorded Philosophy Podcasts
"At its heart, philosophy is about asking simple, even silly, questions: the sort of questions you probably asked when you were a kid. What's it all about? Why is there something rather than nothing? Does time stretch infinitely backwards as well as infinitely forward? Sometimes, these simple questions have complex answers, and The Philosopher's Zone is your guide through the strange thickets of logic, metaphysics and ethics."

SuchThatCast Studio Recorded Philosophy Podcasts
"SuchThatCast is a podcast dedicated to getting to know some of the most influential philosophers (broadly speaking) of today. It seeks to provide an alternative to most other philosophy podcasts (many of which are excellent), by taking the form of a face-to-face conversation...partly funded by the Faculty of Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Twente."

Very Bad Wizards Studio Recorded Philosophy Podcasts
"Very Bad Wizards is a collaboration between Tamler Sommers, a philosopher at the University of Houston, and David Pizarro, a psychologist at Cornell University. We first met at a conference on ethics a few years ago, and have been arguing (and occasionally agreeing) about morality ever since. At some point we realized that our conversations were entertaining (and crazy) enough that other people might enjoy eavesdropping. With that in mind we began recording a series of podcasts, and created this website to give them a proper home. "

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