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Being Certain: Meet the Panelists (02:04)


Musician and Church of England priest Richard Coles introduces musician Andrew Bowie, former conservative MP Edwina Currie, and "Philosopher's Magazine" co-founder Julian Baggini.

Andrew Bowie: the Pitch (03:37)

Bowie discusses Kant's position on good will and Theodor Adorno's assertion that everyone living has convictions. The "additional factor" looks at which convictions we act upon and why.

Edwina Currie: the Pitch (03:31)

Currie criticizes citizens boycotting the vote without becoming politically active. She discusses the movement to question authority that began after World War II; apathy can breed extremism.

Julian Baggini: the Pitch (02:16)

As an atheist, Baggini tries to hold convictions without being dogmatic. This balancing act should apply to political participation.

Theme One: Is Having Convictions Dangerous? (12:19)

Baggini believes convictions can be dangerous, depending on the situation. Currie and Baggini debate whether belief in a flawed system or greed caused the 2008 financial crisis. Panelists discuss sustaining social values while privatizing public services.

Theme Two: Does Changing Society Require Conviction? (11:06)

Currie uses Margaret Thatcher as an example of a conviction politician who used pragmatism; Bowie points out the need for government checks and balances. Baggins discusses means versus ends; acting on conviction requires knowledge and reason.

Theme Three: Should We Abandon Our Convictions? (10:34)

Coles asks whether Tony Blair abandoned his convictions to create change. Panelists debate whether the media was one-sided about the financial crisis. Bowie recalls changing his views on state-run industries. Currie explains her views on equality, freedom, and conservatism.

Credits: Being Certain (00:22)

Credits: Being Certain

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From Galileo to Mandela, history is made by those with strong convictions. Yet as Nietzsche argued and Islamic State attest, those most convinced of their righteousness are often the most dangerous. Should politicians and the rest of us avoid convictions and see them as dangerous fantasies, or is conviction essential to leadership and action? The Panel Philosophers Julian Baggini and Andrew Bowie and former Conservative politician Edwina Currie are convinced about conviction. Richard Coles hosts.

Length: 47 minutes

Item#: BVL145264

ISBN: 978-1-64347-137-2

Copyright date: ©2015

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