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Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas


43:04 | Sep 12th, 2019

In the 500th edition of the programme, Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the philosophical idea of free will. Free will - the extent to which we are free to choose our own actions - is one of the m...Show More
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This was such a fascinating conversation on free will vs. determinism. Do we make our own decisions or are we just following a predetermined...Show More

55:11 | Dec 12th, 2019

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history and social impact of coffee. From its origins in Ethiopia, coffea arabica spread through the Ottoman Empire before reaching Western Europe where, in the 1...Show More
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52:40 | Nov 14th, 2019

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the novel written by Dostoevsky and published in 1866, in which Raskolnikov, a struggling student, justifies his murder of two women, as his future is more valuable tha...Show More

51:41 | Oct 10th, 2019

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the ideas of Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) on the education of children, as set out in his novel or treatise Emile, published in 1762. He held that children are bo...Show More

47:52 | Aug 29th, 2019

Augustine's Confessions In Our Time Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss St Augustine of Hippo's account of his conversion to Christianity and his life up to that point. Written c397AD, it has many elemen...Show More
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