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Past Present Future

Past Present Future is a bi-weekly History of Ideas podcast with David Runciman, host and creator of Talking Politics, exploring the history of ideas from politics to philosophy, culture to technology. David talks to historians, novelists, scientists and many others about where the most interesting ideas come from, what they mean, and why they matter.Ideas from the past, questions about the present, shaping the future. Brought to you in partnership with the London Review of Books.New episodes every Thursday and Sunday. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

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Recent Episodes of Past Present Future


The History of Bad Ideas: Anti-Suffragettes

The History of Bad Ideas: Anti-Suffragettes

In this episode of our series on the lingering hold of bad ideas David talks to the writer and broadcaster Helen Lewis about the arguments made at the turn of the last century against giving the vote to women. Why were so many women against female enfranchisement? What did attitudes to women in politics reveal about the failings of men? And where can the echoes of these arguments still be heard today?


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Episode 66 12 May 2024 54m and 11s


The History of Bad Ideas: Taxonomy

The History of Bad Ideas: Taxonomy

For the latest episode in our series about the hold of bad ideas, we welcome back the geneticist Adam Rutherford to talk about Linnaean taxonomy, a seemingly innocuous scheme of classification that has had deeply pernicious consequences. From scientific racism to social stratification to search engine optimisation, taxonomy gets everywhere. Can we escape its grip?


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Next time on The History of Bad Ideas: Helen Lewis on w...

Episode 65 9 May 2024 46m and 50s


The History of Bad Ideas: Antisemitism

The History of Bad Ideas: Antisemitism

Today’s bad idea is one with a very long history: David talks to the historian Christopher Clark about antisemitism and the reasons for its endless recurrence. What has made discrimination against the Jews different from other kinds of violent prejudice over the course of European history? How did the ‘Jewish Question’ become the battleground of German politics? Why do so many Christians have a love-hate relationship with Judaism? And where does the state of Israel fit into this story?


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Episode 64 5 May 2024 49m and 49s


The History of Bad Ideas: Facebook Friends

The History of Bad Ideas: Facebook Friends

In today’s episode about seemingly good ideas gone badly wrong David talks to the philosopher and journalist Kathleen Stock about Facebook Friends, something that was meant to make us happier and better connected but really didn’t. How did online friendship become so performative? Does its failings say more about Facebook and its business models or does it say more about us? And why are academics so susceptible to the madness of social media?

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Episode 63 2 May 2024 50m and 4s


The History of Bad Ideas: The Gold Standard

The History of Bad Ideas: The Gold Standard

In the second episode in our series on bad ideas David talks to the political economist Helen Thompson about the gold standard, which was meant to anchor the world economy until it all fell apart a hundred years ago. Why does gold so often appear like a stable basis for money in an unstable world – and why not silver? What made the gold standard a source of instability instead?  How can money work if it has no material basis? And is quantitative easing a bad idea as well?


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Episode 62 28 April 2024 44m and 42s


The History of Bad Ideas: Eugenics

The History of Bad Ideas: Eugenics

For the first episode in our new series about the hold of bad ideas David talks to the geneticist and science broadcaster Adam Rutherford about eugenics: from its origins in the 19th century through its heyday in the 20th century to its continuing legacy today. Is eugenics bad science, bad morality, bad politics – or all three? What are the fears that keep drawing people back to trying to control the consequences of human reproduction? And is a new age of consumerist eugenics upon us?


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Episode 61 25 April 2024 55m and 24s


The History of Freedom w/Lea Ypi: Liberation Movements

The History of Freedom w/Lea Ypi: Liberation Movements

In our final episode David and Lea discuss liberation movements, from post-colonial liberation to women’s liberation, gay liberation and animal liberation. What, if anything, do these movements have in common? Is liberation about equality or is it about difference? And who needs liberating next – children?


You can hear our bonus episodes for this series by signing up to PPF+ www.ppfideas.com In the first bonus episode – available now – David and Lea answer listeners’ questions about AI, technology, online surveillance and brains-in-a-vat: what happens to freedom if we’re living in a computer simulation?


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Episode 60 21 April 2024 56m and 4s


The History of Freedom w/Lea Ypi: Existentialism and Psychoanalysis

The History of Freedom w/Lea Ypi: Existentialism and Psychoanalysis

In the penultimate episode in this series David and Lea discuss two twentieth-century philosophies of freedom and the human psyche. What can existentialism teach us about the nature of free choice under conditions of despair? Is there any escape from bad faith? And what can individuals – or even entire societies – learn about their freedom from being put on the couch?


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Coming next on the History of Freedom: Liberation Movements


Episode 50 18 April 2024 51m and 23s


The History of Freedom w/Lea Ypi: Existentialism and Psychoanalysis

The History of Freedom w/Lea Ypi: Existentialism and Psychoanalysis

In the penultimate episode in this series David and Lea discuss two twentieth-century philosophies of freedom and the human psyche. What can existentialism teach us about the nature of free choice under conditions of despair? Is there any escape from bad faith? And what can individuals – or even entire societies – learn about their freedom from being put on the couch?


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Coming next on the History of Freedom: Liberation Movements


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Episode 59 18 April 2024 51m and 23s


The History of Freedom w/Lea Ypi: Anarchism and Nihilism

The History of Freedom w/Lea Ypi: Anarchism and Nihilism

In our series about different ideas of freedom David and Lea have reached anarchism and nihilism. What is the positive vision of human freedom behind the anarchist rejection of the established order? What can nineteenth-century anarchists teach us about freedom in the twenty-first century? And if nihilists are against everything, what are they for?


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Coming up next: David and Lea discuss existentialism and psychoanalysis.


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Episode 58 14 April 2024 50m and 14s

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