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How Can You Truly Know A Person? In conversation with David Brooks

How Can You Truly Know A Person? In conversation with David Brooks

Nick Spencer speaks with New York Times journalist David Brooks. 04/06/2024

This series of Reading our Times has looked at a number of scientific issues that have cast questions of, and sometimes shadows on, human personhood. So, in our final episode this series, we are asking specifically about that personhood.

What does it means to be a human person? And how do we come to know that personhood – not philosophically, not empirically but, well, personally. In an age in which technology threatens to remake us, even despite our intentions, how can we come to know and honour our deepest existence?

In this week’s episode, Nick Spencer speaks to David Brooks about his book How To Know a Person.

You can buy a copy of David’s book here.


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Nick Spencer

Nick Spencer

Nick is Senior Fellow at Theos. He is the author of a number of books and reports, including Magisteria: the entangled histories of science and religion (Oneworld, 2023), The Political Samaritan: how power hijacked a parable (Bloomsbury, 2017), The Evolution of the West (SPCK, 2016) and Atheists: The Origin of the Species (Bloomsbury, 2014). He is host of the podcast Reading Our Times.

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Posted 4 June 2024

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