Category Archives: Audio

OLP on the BBC

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Last Thursday on the BBC’s ‘In Our Time’:

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss Ordinary Language Philosophy, a school of thought which emerged in Oxford in the years following World War II. With its roots in the work of Ludwig Wittgenstein, Ordinary Language Philosophy is concerned with the meanings of words as used in everyday speech. Its adherents believed that many philosophical problems were created by the misuse of words, and that if such ‘ordinary language’ were correctly analysed, such problems would disappear. Philosophers associated with the school include some of the most distinguished British thinkers of the twentieth century, such as Gilbert Ryle and JL Austin.


Stephen Mulhall
Professor of Philosophy at New College, Oxford

Ray Monk
Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southampton

Julia Tanney
Reader in Philosophy of Mind at the University of Kent

Producer: Thomas Morris.

Click here to access the broadcast (you’ve got a full year to listen for free), and here to view the complete program (next up: Shakespeare’s The Tempest!).

Thanks to all the readers who brought this to my attention! CL

“Philosophical Biography and Autobiographical Philosophy” : Ray Monk & Stephen Mulhall LSE Podcast

Early this month, the Forum for European Philosophy hosted a dialogue between Ray Monk and Stephen Mulhall at the London School of Economics. Together, they took up the questions: Is the biography of a philosopher relevant to an understanding of his philosophy? And is philosophy itself always somewhat autobiographical?

A podcast of the event is available to download from Philosophical Biography and Autobiographical Philosophy.

Podcasts and videos of many LSE events can be found at the LSE Public Lectures and Events: podcasts and videos channel.

(Thanks to Dirk Felleman for sending the link along!)

Peter Geach Sings Frege, Russell & Wittgenstein

This is an abridged version of a recent post by Brian Leiter. The full post which includes the original Heine poem & Geach’s re-worked lyrics (both in German and in English) can be found here. Note: The mp3 file remains available though it’s now past June 5.


Shalom Lappin (King’s College London) writes:

In (I believe) 1974 Peter Geach came to the Philosophy Department at Tel Aviv University, where I was a young lecturer at the time. After his talk, there was a reception at the home of the Chair of the Department. During the reception Geach expressed the desire to sing a song that he had composed in German about Frege, Russell, Wittgenstein, the debate over definite descriptions, and other matters philosophical. I recorded the song on a cassette tape, which became part of my collection, and it accompanied me on my wanderings. It disappeared in our house here for many years until my wife came upon it unexpectedly in a drawer, this past weekend. Some additional rummaging turned up an old tape deck with stereo speakers, long unused.
Unfortunately the tape had split, but several days of analogue engineering and a transplant to a blank cassette (amazingly, still available at Mapplin, right here on the Strand) managed to restore it.

I have produced an mp3 file of the recording [available till June 5 from this link].

The sound quality is not great, but Geach’s lyrics are clear, and he is in fine voice. Enjoy.

UPDATE:  Professor Lappin writes with more information:

“Mark [Textor] points out that Geach’s song is apparently based on a poem by Heine. He has translated the song, sustaining the analogy with the poem. I include his translation of Geach, a published translation of the Heine poem, and the German original of the poem (all generously provided by Mark), below. Many thanks to him for his insights and his translation.

“This would seem to open up new lines of research in Geach scholarship. Anyone interested in pursuing them (or changing their thesis topic accordingly) should contact Mark. I am merely the sound engineer here.” . . . Read on.


New Books in Critical Theory (website): Audio interview with Avner Baz

Brandon Fiedor — host of the website New Books in Critical Theory (which features “discussions with critical theorists about their new books”) — has just posted an audio recording of an interview he recently conducted with Avner Baz (Philosophy, Tufts University), about Prof. Baz’s book When Words Are Called For: A Defense of Ordinary Language Philosophy (Harvard University Press, 2012). To listen to this interview online, please click here (and look for the audio player near the bottom of the page). Our thanks go to Brandon for letting us know of this!

In Our Time: The Continental-Analytic Split

The weekly BBC podcast In Our Time recently broadcast a conversation titled The Continental-Analytic Split with Stephen Mulhall (New College, University of Oxford), Beatrice Han-Pile (University of Essex), and Hans-Johann Glock (University of Zurich). The program’s website also features a full archive — well worth browsing through — of podcasts on philosophical (Beauty, Kierkegaard, Wittgenstein) and literary (Psychoanalysis and LiteratureProust) topics we thought might interest many of our readers. To access the full archive, please click here.

Audio: Michael Fried’s A.W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts (on Caravaggio)

Richard Neer (Art History, University of Chicago) has kindly sent us word that audio recordings of Michael Fried’s 2002 A.W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, on Caravaggio, which have since been published by Princeton University Press as The Moment of Caravaggio, are available for free online. Below are links to recordings of the individual talks. Enjoy! And many thanks to Richard for the tip.

PODCASTS: The Moment of Caravaggio

Michael Fried, J. R. Herbert Boone Professor and director of the Humanities Center, The Johns Hopkins University. In a series of six lectures, Professor Michael Fried offers a compelling account of what he calls “the internal structure of the pictorial act” in the revolutionary art of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio.

A New Type of Self-Portrait
Listen | iTunes | RSS (51:56 mins.)

Immersion and Specularity
Listen | iTunes | RSS (50:38 mins.)

The Invention of Absorption
Listen | iTunes | RSS (53:20 mins.)

Absorption and Address 
Listen | iTunes | RSS (50:54 mins.)

Severed Representations
Listen | iTunes | RSS (55:43 mins.)

Painting and Violence
Listen | iTunes | RSS (51:33 mins.)