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The talk for February is with Dr Philip Nitschke, recorded at theEmbiggen Books store in Melbourne, on his book Damned If I Do – by Philip Nitschke with Peter Corris.

Dr. Philip Nitschke is the founder and director of the pro-euthanasia group Exit International. Dr Philip Nitschke, PhD, MBBS, BSc (Hons) is the Founder and Director of Exit International. Born in 1947 in rural South Australia, Philip studied physics at the University of Adelaide, completing a PhD at Flinders University in laser physics in 1972. Rejecting a career in the sciences, Philip instead traveled to the Northern Territory to take up work with the Aboriginal land rights activist, Vincent Lingiari and the Gurindji at Wave Hill. After the hand-back of land by Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, Philip became a NT Parks and Wildlife ranger. A serious accident to his foot saw Philip return to university, graduating from Sydney University Medical School in 1988.

In 1996, Philip became the first physician in the world to administer a legal, lethal voluntary injection under the short-lived Rights of the Terminally Ill Act of the Northern Territory in 1996. Four of Philip’s terminally ill patients used this law to end their suffering before the law was overturned in March 1997 by the Australian Parliament.

Philip Nitschke presented this reading and Q&A at at Embiggen Books on Tuesday, 10th September 2013. Thanks to Warren of Embiggen Books and to Dr Nitschke for allowing the talk to be recorded. You can follow Embiggen Books at https://twitter.com/embiggenbooks and Dr Nitschke at https://twitter.com/philipnitschke

The music you heard is “Pale Blue Dot” and “Walking In Snow With Russians” by Ice Core Scientist, whose self-titled album is available on iTunes. You can find episodes and an RSS feed at www.365DaysofPhilosophy.com. You can also subscribe via iTunes, where you can help out the show by leaving positive comments and ratings. Thanks for listening.

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Welcome to the 365 Days of Philosophy podcast, hosted by Kylie Sturgess. This episode is for April, 2013.

Damon Young is an Australian philosopher, author and commentator, and an Honorary Fellow in Philosophy at the University of Melbourne, and Founding Faculty on Melbourne's School of Life.

His latest book is Philosophy in the Garden and his first book was Distraction, published in Australia, the US and UK. His next book, for UK Pan Macmillan's School of Life series, will be on intelligent exercise. He's also also the editor, with Graham Priest, of Martial Arts and Philosophy: Beating and Nothingness.

He blogs at http://damon-young.blogspot.com.au, and uses Twitter at https://twitter.com/damonayoung.

For this interview, we discuss influential philosophers, what advice he has for those starting an interest in the subject, what place Philosophy has in the modern world, particularly in relation to scientific progress.

The music you heard is "Pale Blue Dot" and "Walking In Snow With Russians" by Ice Core Scientist, whose self-titled album is available on iTunes.

You can find episodes and an RSS feed at www.365DaysofPhilosophy.com. You can also subscribe via iTunes, where you can help out the show by leaving positive comments and ratings. Thanks for listening.

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Welcome to the third episode of the 365 Days of Philosophy podcast, hosted by Kylie Sturgess. This episode is for March, 2013. This is a Professor AC Grayling lecture recorded a few years back at ChristChurch Grammar school, on the concept of rights.

Professor Grayling has lectured in philosophy at St Anne's College, Oxford, before taking up a post in 1991 at Birkbeck, University of London, where in 1998 he became reader in philosophy, and in 2005 professor. He resigned from Birkbeck in June 2011 to found and become the first master of New College of the Humanities, an independent undergraduate college in London. He is a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford. He writes the Thinking Read column for the Barnes and Noble Review in New York, is the Editor of Online Review London, and a Contributing Editor of Prospect magazine.

Thanks again to Christ Church Grammar School and the Philosophy Department, for making this available. The music you heard is "Pale Blue Dot" and "Walking In Snow With Russians" by Ice Core Scientist, whose self-titled album is available on iTunes. You can find episodes and an RSS feed at www.365DaysofPhilosophy.com. You can also subscribe via iTunes, where you can help out the show by leaving positive comments and ratings. Thanks for listening.


The interview for February is with Nigel Warburton.

Nigel Warburton is best known for his introductory Philosophy books, which include Philosophy: The BasicsThinking from A to Z, Philosophy: The ClassicsPhilosophy: Basic ReadingsFreedom: An Introduction with ReadingsThe Art Question and A Little History of Philosophy, with reviews here (mp3) and here.

His main research area is the aesthetics of photography, which was the subject of his PhD thesis (Cambridge, 1989) and of a number of articles. Philosophy Bites - a series of over 200 interviews with contemporary philosophers - is now available as an iPhone App and his most recent book in the series, Philosophy Bites Back, was published at the end of 2012. In addition, he has created www.socialsciencebites.com and www.freespeechbites.com.

Nigel has given talks on his research in aesthetics, photography and architecture, to audiences in a wide range of institutions including Tate Modern (where he regularly teaches courses on aesthetics); he also regularly speaks to conferences of A level Philosophy and Religious students.

The music you heard is "Pale Blue Dot" and "Walking In Snow With Russians" by Ice Core Scientist, whose self-titled album is available on iTunes.

You can find episodes and an RSS feed at www.365DaysofPhilosophy.com. You can also subscribe via iTunes, where you can help out the show by leaving positive comments and ratings. Thanks for listening.

365 Days Of Philosophy - February - Nigel Warburton

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Welcome to the first episode of the 365 Days of Philosophy podcast, hosted by Kylie Sturgess. This episode is for January, 2013.

Stephen Law (BA, BPhil, DPhil) is a philosopher and senior lecturer at Heythrop College in the University of London. He also edits the philosophical journal Think, which is published by the Royal Institute of Philosophy and aimed at the general public. Professor Law is the author of a number of books, including The Philosophy Files, The Outer Limits, A Very Short Introduction To Humanism, The War For Children's Minds and Believing Bullshit. He is also the Provost for the Centre for Inquiry, UK.

He blogs at Stephen Law and Believing Bullshit, and uses Twitter at http://twitter.com/stephenlaw60.

For this interview, I opened with a question that my students always had about his career - how and why did he get into philosophy in the first place (particularly at the age of 24)? We discuss humanism, atheism, discussions about the existence of god, philosophy for all ages - and, of course (as it is Week Two), arguments... and how do you know when is it worth arguing in the first place?

The music you heard is "Pale Blue Dot" and "Walking In Snow With Russians" by Ice Core Scientist, whose self-titled album is available on iTunes.

You can find episodes and an RSS feed at www.365DaysofPhilosophy.com. You can also subscribe via iTunes, where you can help out the show by leaving positive comments and ratings. Thanks for listening.

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