MINISTRY OF IDEAS IS
A PODCAST ABOUT THE IDEAS
THAT SHAPE OUR WORLD.


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Introducing Ministry of Ideas

Ministry of Ideas is a podcast devoted to exploring the philosophy, history and ideas of our world. 


SEASON TWO


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EPISODE 12: CHILD's PLAY

We shouldn’t be dismissive of the popularity of children’s literature among adults, as it is often in these works of fiction that powerful themes such as death, love, and virtue are most deeply and imaginatively explored.

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EPISODE 13: CONSUMED

Cannibalism has been used for centuries to define the lowest form of humanity, but the story isn't as straightforward as it may seem. Turns out, there may be a logic - or even a love - to eating people.

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EPISODE 15: PROGRESSIVE SOULS

Religious people have played an important role in progressive politics in the US for its entire history. Contemporary leftists should look to build bridges and include religious voices in the pursuit of a more just and sustainable society.

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EPISODE 16: SPIRITUAL MACHINES

Every culture has had a teleological vision that gives purpose and meaning to our lives, but is the transhumanist vision the one we want?

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    EPISODE 17: TOMORROW, TODAY

    World’s fairs were created to celebrate industry, technology, imperialism, western supremacy, and progress; but they also led to unexpected critiques and movements that challenged those very purposes.

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    EPISODE 18: MORAL LUCK

    We judge people for what they intentionally do, not for what happens by accident. But it turns out that there are reasons why luck often impacts our moral judgments—and reasons why we should let it.

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    EPISODE 19: DEmocratic Deficit

    What is behind the contemporary struggle of global democracy?

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    EPISODE 20: NOTHING MATTERS

    Between the Buddhist doctrine of ‘emptiness,’ the Jewish idea of Ayin, and the quantum mechanical zero-point energy of a vacuum, it turns out there’s quite a lot to be said about Nothing.

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    SEASON ONE


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    Episode 2: SERIOUSLY Funny

    What happens when politics becomes comedy and the jester becomes the king? 

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    Episode 3:Generation Why?

    Who gets to define generational cohorts and do they obscure more than illuminate?

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    EpIsode 10: Enlightened cynicism

    Trust in government, media, organized religion, businesses and even democracy is at historic lows. But what if the answer to declining faith in institutions isn’t more hope, but more cynicism?

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