Some of the currently trending philosophy podcasts.
Since May 2018
“Selected by Apple as 'Best of 2018.' Learn at least one new thing each day that will help you level up your health, wealth, wisdom, career, relationships, and business! Subscribe today. ”
There’s a reason it was selected by Apple as one of the best podcasts of 2018 and rightly so. Each new episode is guaranteed to provide some value-addition to your life and bring you one step closer to levelling up your health, wealth, career, or even relationships game. Tune in to listen to some interesting folks like C- and D-level executives from startups and established firms, bestselling authors and life coaches, share some words of wisdom for all.
Since Jun 2007
“David Edmonds (Uehiro Centre, Oxford University) and Nigel Warburton (freelance philosopher/writer) interview top philosophers on a wide range of topics. Two books based on the series have been published by Oxford University Press. We are currently self-funding - donations very welcome via our website http://www.philosophybites.com ”
This popular philosophy podcast which has had over 30 million + downloads in the past is perfect example of how often great things come in small packages (in this case a 20-ish minute episode). These bite-sized episodes (doing utmost justice to the podcast title) are hosted by Oxford University alumni and an award winning documentary maker for BBC radio, Dr. David Edmonds along with NIgel Warburton, a freelance philosopher and writer. Each new episode interviews top philosophers on myriad topics ranging from free will, practical ethics, Buddhism to discussing the very notion of scepticism surrounding Philosophy. The only downside - long waiting period between episodes!
Since Oct 2020
“The simplest questions often have the most complex answers. The Philosopher's Zone is your guide through the strange thickets of logic, metaphysics and ethics. ”
This yet-another-interview-format podcast (pioneered by prominent philosopher, Alan Saunders) has gained massive popularity for its top-notch content, well-credentialed guests and simple yet intriguing commentary by the host. The podcast addresses some simple everyday topics such as modern-day feminism, ethics, freedom of speech - as well as complexities found in present-day world such as voluntary euthanasia, refugee immigration and existentialism- all through the lens of philosophy. Given the the range of interest covered, from science to aesthetics, medieval philosophy to political discussions, i recommend - listen and feel you mind expand.
Since May 2009
“The Partially Examined Life is a 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 short 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. For links to the texts we discuss and other info, check out www.partiallyexaminedlife.com. We also feature episodes from other podcasts by our hosts to round out your partially examined life, including Pretty Much Pop (prettymuchpop.com, covering all media), Nakedly Examined Music (nakedlyexaminedmusic.com, deconstructing songs), Philosophy vs. Improv (philosophyimprov.com, fun with performance skills and philosophical ideas), and (sub)Text (subtextpodcast.com, looking deeply at lit and film). Learn about more network podcasts at partiallyexaminedlife.com. ”
The podcast, a brainchild of three Philosophy grads from University of Texas, is designed for philosophers and neophytes alike. Each week a short philosophical text, written by the likes of Socrates, Epicurus and Walter Benjamin are analyzed, argued and discussed, all in an informative yet entertaining manner (often with humour). Extra points to the podcast for being elementary in nature (i.e. no need to review the discussed text in advance). Rest assured, you will be rewarded for your time listening.
Since Apr 2014
“Podcast by The Art of Manliness ”
Are you a manly man or a normal man (or a wo-man (pun intended))? Regardless, I would advise every man to listen to AOM. This podcast steers the conversation towards self-improvement and building character i.e. what men can do to be a better version for themselves, their community or the world around them. Even though not every episode might pique your interest, there is something for everyone- history, physical fitness, physical sciences, behavioural sciences, nutrition, etc. P.S. Even though the title may hint otherwise, the podcasts tend to be gender-neutral in their appeal and interest.
Since Nov 2017
“A show about what you’re not supposed to say. Thaddeus Russell, author of A Renegade History of the United States, interviews people who break the rules of conventional discourse and expand the realm of the possible. ”
Pack your bags and let Thaddeus Russel shake you out of your comfort zone. His choice of podcast guests range from comedians, political activists to pornstars and drugdealers; basically anyone who has dared to walk off the tried and tested path (was born to stand-out) with their profession, beliefs, preferences or ideologies. Each episode guarantees you be offended, enlightened, laughing at or crying to at some point (or maybe all together, who knows), but one thing is for sure, it will make you pause and think.
Since Jul 2009
“Elucidations is an unexpected philosophy podcast produced in association with the University of Chicago. Each month, Matt Teichman sits down with a person of philosophical interest to discuss their view on a topic. Now and again, he is joined by an awesome co-host. Some of the guests are philosophy professors, some of the guests are other kinds of professors, and some of the guests are not professors. Either way, the goal is to develop a feel for how the guest’s perspective hangs together interactively. See <a style='color:grey;' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ”
This is a great podcast that lives up to its name. It dives into an encyclopaedic range of philosophical topics, elucidating each of them in a way thats accessible, concise and never boring. The format is one-on-one interviews mostly with contemporary philosophers and philosophy professors talking about their research. With the tone being slightly more technical and the episode length little longer than Philosophy Bytes, this one manages to be more in-depth and sophisticated, perfect for philosophy aficionados out there.
Since Jun 2013
“Beginner friendly if listened to in order! For anyone interested in an educational podcast about philosophy where you don't need to be a graduate-level philosopher to understand it. In chronological order, the thinkers and ideas that forged the world we live in are broken down and explained. ”
This is the philosophy class you wish you had in your undergrad! When listened in order, the podcasts covers philosophical ideas (from well-known to very obscure) that forged the world we live in. If you are a philosophy student, this is that one podcast, you would actually feel like donating to.
Since Aug 2012
“Very Bad Wizards is a podcast featuring a philosopher (Tamler Sommers) and a psychologist (David Pizarro), who share a love for ethics, pop culture, and cognitive science, and who have a marked inability to distinguish sacred from profane. Each podcast includes discussions of moral philosophy, recent work on moral psychology and neuroscience, and the overlap between the two. ”
This podcast featuring a clever banter between a philosopher (Tamler Sommers) and a psychologist (David Pizzaro) is everything you could have asked for and much more. Their discussions on topics including ethics, pop culture, and cognitive science are passionate, knowledgeable and (at times, ok most times) funny. The crux of their discussions surround moral philosophy and moral psychology (with an added touch of random dirty jokes and f bombs).
Since Jun 2015
“We surprise some of the world's brightest minds with ideas they're not at all prepared to discuss. With host Jason Gots and special guests Neil Gaiman, Alan Alda, Salman Rushdie, Mary-Louise Parker, Richard Dawkins, Margaret Atwood, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, Saul Williams, Henry Rollins, Bill Nye, George Takei, Maria Popova, and many more . . . You've got 10 minutes with Einstein. What do you talk about? Black holes? Time travel? Why not gambling? The Art of War? Contemporary parenting? Some of the best conversations happen when we're pushed outside of our comfort zones. So each week on Think Again, we surprise smart people you've probably heard of with hand-picked gems from Big Think's interview archives on every imaginable subject. The conversation could go anywhere. SINCE 2008, BIG THINK has captured on video the best ideas of the world’s leading thinkers and doers in every field, renowned experts including neurologist Oliver Sacks, physicist Stephen Hawking, behavioral psychologist Daniel Kahneman, authors Margaret Atwood and Marylinne Robinson, entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, painter Chuck Close, and philosopher Daniel Dennett. ”
Some of the best conversations happen when we're pushed outside of our comfort zones, or so the host, Jason Gots, claims. To prove that, every week some of the world’s leading thinkers and doers are surprised with questions on any and every imaginable subject. What ensues is smart, engaging and funny interviews with smart people who are compelled to ‘think on their feet’. Some renowned guests include author Salman Rushdie and physicist Stephen Hawking.