BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking

Tuesday 1 November / 6.30pm - 8pm / The Box / FREE


French anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss famously said that ‘animals are good to think with’. BBC Radio 3’s flagship arts and ideas programme, Free Thinking, puts that claim to the test by asking the beastly question: how do the ways in which we think about animals reveal what we think about ourselves?


From a best friend to a tasty snack or something we must carefully husband to a threat we must eradicate, we humans think about animals in lots of ways. But how has our thinking about animals changed over time, and what does that tell us about our shifting attitudes toward the natural world and our place in it? Hear the views of a medievalist who studies bestiaries and mermaids, a French scholar who explores the history of the ‘human zoo’, and a political theorist who argues that we should extend human rights to animals.


The broadcast will also preview upcoming events organised by the University of Liverpool as part of their Being Human festival programme.


Join the discussion with presenter Rana Mitter and his panel: Sarah Peverley, Charles Forsdick, Alasdair Cochrane and a special non-human guest.


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