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Disquieted Life Podcast

03 Shakespeare with Sarah Beckwith

20:04, Fri 20 May 2022

On the third episode of the series, Emma talks to Professor Sarah Beckwith about mental health and the works of William Shakespeare.

‘You can be alive, but have you taken on your life. Those are very very different things.' – Sarah Beckwith, Katherine Everett Gilbert Distinguished Professor of English

On this episode:

  • Sarah Beckwith is Katherine Everett Gilbert Distinguished Professor of English at Duke University. She works on medieval and early modern drama and the philosophy of ordinary language. Her books include Shakespeare and the Grammar of Forgiveness and, forthcoming, The Book of Second Chances.
  • Jonathan Cullen is a British actor who has appeared on stage, film and television.

(MP3 format, 42 MB)


02 Cavell with Paul Standish

19:58, Fri 20 May 2022

The second episode in the series sees Emma talk to Paul Standish about mental health and the ideas of the thinker Stanley Cavell.

‘A lot of the problems we’re seeing as mental problems and psychological problems are part of the human condition, and learning to live well with that seems to me what we should be looking for in terms of mental health.’ – ­ Paul Standish

On this episode:

  • Paul Standish is Professor of Philosophy of Education at the Institute of Education, University College London. He has served as Chair of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain and Editor of the Journal of Philosophy of EducationHis books include ‘The Therapy of Education’ and ‘Stanley Cavell and the Education of Grownups.’

(MP3 format, 32 MB)


01 Freud with Adam Phillips

19:55, Fri 20 May 2022

In the first episode of ‘Disquieted Life’, Emma talks to the psychoanalyst Adam Phillips about mental health and the ideas of the physician and writer Sigmund Freud.

‘Medicine is not a good model for so-called mental health, because there isn’t something really called mental health, people are more or less unhappy, more or less troubled, more or less feel their lives are not their own.' – Adam Phillips

 On this episode:

  • Adam Phillips was formally principal child psychotherapist at Charing Cross Hospital in London. Today he is one of Britain’s leading psychoanalysts and writers. He is the author of many books including ‘Terrors and Experts’ and ‘Going Sane.’

(MP3 format, 34 MB)


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About the podcast:

Emma Williams talks to interesting people from the worlds of philosophy and the arts about mental health. Emma and her guests reflect on what different writers and thinkers would say on the topic of mental health, and gain new insights into the human condition. Inspired by Samuel Beckett's idea: 'you're on earth, there's no cure for that', this podcast series is created as part of the research project on 'Philosophy, Mental Health and Education.'
Funded by the British Academy and Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain.