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Philosophy Podcasts (Ranked)

A list of episodes from the trailing year of selected podcast series with associated Twitter feeds.

Updated: 2017-Aug-23 13:15 UTC. Listed episodes: 411. Hide descriptions. Rank is based on episode age and recent retweets of podcast's indicated Twitter feed. Switch to chronological view. Feedback: @TrueSciPhi.

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1.thumbnailTim Harford on Messy
Sometimes disorder can be a source of efficiency and creativity. Tim Harford explores some cases where lack of planning and order has been a boon in this interview with Nigel Warburton, based on Tim's recent book Messy. (@philosophybites, 2017-Jul-30)
2.thumbnailAnil Seth on the Real Problem of Consciousness
The Hard Problem of consciousness is the difficulty of reconciling experience with materialism. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast, in conversation with Nigel Warburton, Anil Seth, a neuroscientist, explains his alternative approach to consciousness,which he labels the 'Real Problem. Anil is a Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow. (@philosophybites, 2017-Jul-19)
3.thumbnailEpisode 170: Guy Debord's "Society of the Spectacle" (Part Two)
More on the 1967 Situtationist book. Do we buy Debord's critique? Is any merely partial critique (i.e. no revolution) just more spectacle? Is technology inherently dehumanizing? Don't these passivity/anti-technology arguments even apply to books? Could Debord's model of authenticity catch on in society as a whole? Start with part 1, or get the Citizen Edition. Please support PEL!End song: "Million... (@PartiallyExLife, 2017-Aug-21)
4.thumbnailEpisode 170: Guy Debord's "Society of the Spectacle" (Part One)
What is culture? In modern capitalism, Debord’s 1967 book describes it as all about the economy. It’s not just our jobs that keep us trapped, but our life outside of working hours is also demanded by “the system” via our activity as consumers, and this commoditization infiltrates every corner of our lives. Debord wants us to WAKE UP, break our chains, and live lives of immediacy, vitality,... (@PartiallyExLife, 2017-Aug-14)
5.thumbnailTEASER-Episode 169: Analyzing Hitchcock's "Vertigo" (Part Two)
Some audio tidbits to hint at the analytic glories in the second half of our discussion, getting deeper into the psychoanalytic/existential interpretations of the film. Get the discussion at patreon.com/partiallyexaminedlife or with a PEL Citizenship. (@PartiallyExLife, 2017-Aug-12)
6.thumbnailHoP 284 - Seeing is Believing - Nicholas of Autrecourt’s Skeptical Challenge
The debate between Nicholas of Autrecourt and John Buridan on whether it is possible to achieve certain knowledge. (@HistPhilosophy, 2017-Aug-13)
7.thumbnailMatthew Syed on Black Box Thinking
How can we learn from failure? In this episode of the Thinking Books podcast, Matthew Syed, author of Black Box Thinking discusses the importance of feedback from the world in a wide range of contexts. (@philosophybites, 2017-Jul-05)
8.thumbnailRemembering wars, lest we forget
The rituals of remembrance can be powerful and moving, but what moral lesson lies beneath? (@RadioNational, 2017-Aug-20)
9.thumbnailEp34 - Saving American Culture in a Yurt
This thirty-fourth episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast features an interview with Drs. Randall Auxier and John Shook, talking with co-hosts Eric Weber and Anthony Cashio about the institute that they and Dr. Larry Hickman (not present in this interview) co-founded, the American Institute for Philosophical and Cultural Thought. Dr. Auxier is the author of Metaphysical Grafi... (@PhilosophyBB, 2017-Aug-18)
10.thumbnailPEL Special: Combat & Classics on Rousseau's "Discourse on the Arts and Sciences"
A new podcast for the PEL Podcast Network! Meet Jeff, Lise, and Brian, who are joined by Wes and Dylan to discuss Rousseau's claim that the arts and sciences lead to "moral corruption." Get more C&C on the PEL site or at combatandclassics.org. Become a PEL Citizen to attend a C&C online seminar on Nietzsche's ”Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense” on Aug. 14, 8pm EST. Your support for P... (@PartiallyExLife, 2017-Aug-07)
11.thumbnailHPI 48 - Taking Perspective - the Jain Theory of Standpoints
The Jain theory of standpoints or non-onesidedness (anekāntavāda) makes truth a matter of perspective. (@HistPhilosophy, 2017-Aug-06)
12.thumbnailOn being vulnerable
It’s a promise as old as Buddha: make the right choices and you can put an end to your suffering. But is it the wrong end of the stick? (@RadioNational, 2017-Aug-13)
13.thumbnailMichael Puett on Ritual in Chinese Philosophy
Why does apparently trivial ritual play such an important part in some ancient Chinese philosophy? Michael Puett, co-author of The Path, explains in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. This episode of Philosophy Bites was sponsored by the Examining Ethics podcast from the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University. You can subscribe to Examining Ethics on iTunes or listen to... (@philosophybites, 2017-Jun-26)
14.thumbnailEpisode #108 ... The Frankfurt School pt. 1 - Introduction
Today we talk about The Frankfurt School. (@iamstephenwest, 2017-Aug-17)
15.thumbnailEpisode 169: Analyzing Hitchcock's "Vertigo" (Part One)
On the 1958 film and articles including Laura Mulvey's "Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema" (1975) and Robin Wood's "Vertigo" (1965). What's the nature of love/lust? Are we really just loving an image we've built while remaining fundamentally isolated? And is it just an illusionary social construct that keeps us all from feeling fundamental vertigo? Lacan, existentialism, and more! Part 2 will b... (@PartiallyExLife, 2017-Jul-31)
16.thumbnailDo victims have obligations too?
Are you a victim of crime? What are YOUR obligations? (@DavidEdmonds100, 2017-Aug-13)
17.thumbnailEp33 - Cakes, Capes, and Culture Wars
This thirty-third episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast features an interview with Dr. John Corvino of Wayne State University, talking with co-hosts Eric Weber and Anthony Cashio about religious liberty and discrimination, the topics of his most recent book, as well as the HERO award he received for 25 years of advocacy on LGBTQ+ issues. John was celebrated in 2017, receiv... (@PhilosophyBB, 2017-Aug-10)
18.thumbnailHoP 283 - Jack Zupko on John Buridan
Peter speaks to Jack Zupko about John Buridan’s secular and parsimonious approach to philosophy. (@HistPhilosophy, 2017-Jul-30)
19.thumbnailCauses, effects, and hidden powers
If there’s anything you can bank on it’s cause and effect; Stephen Mumford on an indispensable first principle. (@RadioNational, 2017-Aug-06)
20.thumbnailRationally Speaking #191 - Seth Stephens-Davidowitz on "What the internet can tell us about human nature" (Fixed)
Seth Stephens-Davidowitz and Julia discuss the insights new research gives us into which parts of the USA are more racist, what kinds of strategies reduce racism, and whether the internet is making political polarization worse. (@Rspodcast, 2017-Aug-21)
21.thumbnailEp32 - The Public Philosopher and the Gadfly: Return of the Curry!
This thirty-second episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast features a follow-up interview with Dr. Tommy J Curry of Texas A&M University (who featured in Ep9 before this one), on the controversy and death threats that he endured when a piece was published mischaracterizing his work in The American Conservative. Dr. Curry is the author of The Man-Not: Race, Class, Genre, a... (@PhilosophyBB, 2017-Aug-05)
22.thumbnailEpisode 168: Darwin's "Origin of Species" (Part Two)
More on Darwin's famous book. Why does it matter for philosophy, beyond providing an alternative to intelligent design? Is it really anti-religious? How can well tell if it's really a scientific theory? Talking about a species evolving trait X to enable survival sounds teleological; is it really, and is that bad? Why would the mind develop through natural selection? Continues from part 1, or jus... (@PartiallyExLife, 2017-Jul-24)
23.thumbnailHPI 47 - Jan Westerhoff on Nagarjuna
A discussion with Jan Westerhoff, an expert on the great Buddhist thinker Nāgārjuna. (@HistPhilosophy, 2017-Jul-23)
24.thumbnailWine: a matter of taste?
What a good quaffing can reveal about being objective about the subjective; raise a glass to the philosophy of wine. (@RadioNational, 2017-Jul-30)
25.thumbnailEp31 - Sports Fan I Am
In this thirty-first episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast, co-hosts Dr. Eric Thomas Weber and Dr. Anthony Cashio interview Dr. Erin Tarver, author of The I in Team: Sports Fandom and the Reproduction of Identity. Dr. Tarver is assistant professor of philosophy at Emory University's Oxford College in Georgia. She is the author of numerous essays and the co-editor of Femini... (@PhilosophyBB, 2017-Jul-31)
26.thumbnailEpisode 121: The Beauty of Illusion - David Lynch's "Mulholland Drive"
Guest Yoel Inbar joins David and Tamler to break down David Lynch’s dreamy masterpiece Mulholland Drive. (FULL SPOILERS – watch before you listen!) What’s real and what’s illusion? What happens when our illusions unravel? How do expectations affect our experience? How can artists use our expectations to manipulate our emotions? Come for the questions, stay for the answers – or at least ... (@verybadwizards, 2017-Aug-15)
27.thumbnailEpisode 168: Darwin's "Origin of Species" (Part One)
On Charles Darwin's 1859 book, ch. 1-4, 6, and 14. What are the philosophical ramifications of Darwin's theory of evolution? We go through Darwin's arguments, compare his views to other theories of evolution like Lamarck's, and talk about how an evolutionary way of looking at things has influenced philosophers. Don't wait for part 2! Get your unbroken, ad-free Citizen Edition now. Please support... (@PartiallyExLife, 2017-Jul-17)
28.thumbnailHoP 282 - Portrait of the Artist - John Buridan
The hipster’s choice for favorite scholastic, John Buridan, sets out a nominalist theory of knowledge and language, and explains the workings of free will. (@HistPhilosophy, 2017-Jul-16)
29.thumbnailEp30 - Private Government
In this thirtieth episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast, co-hosts Dr. Eric Thomas Weber and Dr. Anthony Cashio interview Dr. Elizabeth Anderson about her new book, Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (and Why We Don't Talk About It). She recently published a piece on the book on Vox.com. Dr. Anderson is the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, and the John Dewey Disti... (@PhilosophyBB, 2017-Jul-25)
30.thumbnailFree speech, campus protests, and the right to silence
University students calling for deplatforming are making a curious claim about free speech. But what is it exactly? (@RadioNational, 2017-Jul-23)
31.thumbnailEp35 - BC 5 - 10,000 Downloads Celebration and Giveaway!
This thirty-fifth episode, a short breadcrumb, is being released early to announce the fact that Philosophy Bakes Bread has reached the exciting early milestone of 10,000 episode downloads! We also wanted to put this out early, given that we're setting a deadline to enter our celebration give-away: October 1st, 2017! For the text of this episode, put out early given the deadline, see the transcr... (@PhilosophyBB, 2017-Jul-24)
32.thumbnailEpisode #107 ... Simone De Beauvoir pt .3 - Responsibility
Today we talk about part three of Simone De Beauvoir's work The Ethics of Ambiguity. (@iamstephenwest, 2017-Jul-29)
33.thumbnailEp29 - What's the Public Got to Do with It?
In this twenty-ninth episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast, co-hosts Dr. Eric Thomas Weber and Dr. Anthony Cashio interview Drs. Amanda Fulford and Naomi Hodgson, on the topics of "What is the public?" and understanding philosophy as education - sung in a Tina Turner voice: "What's the Public Got to Do with It, Got to Do with It?" Dr. Fulford is Reader in the Philosophy o... (@PhilosophyBB, 2017-Jul-22)
34.thumbnailEpisode 167: Hume on Intelligent Design (Part Two)
Continuing on David Hume’s Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion (1779), with guest Stephen West. We get further into what’s wrong with the design argument and why Hume thinks that it’s merely a verbal dispute whether we want to say that God designed the orderly universe or just say that the universe is orderly. Also, the problem of evil! Listen to part 1 first, or get the ad-free, unbro... (@PartiallyExLife, 2017-Jul-10)
35.thumbnailAaron Meskin on the Definition of Art
What is Art? That's not an easy question to answer. Some philosophers even think it can't be answered. Aaron Meskin discusses this question on this episode of Aesthetics Bites. Aesthetics Bites is a podcast series of interviews with top thinkers in the philosophy of art. It is a collaboration between the London Aesthetics Forum and Philosophy Bites and is made possible by a grant from the British... (@philosophybites, 2017-May-30)
36.thumbnailRationally Speaking #190 - Amanda Askell on "Pascal's Wager and other low risks with high stakes"
This episode features philosopher Amanda Askell, who (though not religious herself) argues that it's much trickier to rebut Pascal's Wager than most people think. (@Rspodcast, 2017-Aug-06)
37.thumbnailHPI 46 - No Four Ways About It - Nagarjuna’s Tetralemma
Nāgārjuna’s four-fold argument scheme, the tetralemma (catuṣkoṭi). (@HistPhilosophy, 2017-Jul-09)
38.thumbnailHPI 46 - No Four Ways About It - Nagarjuna’s Tetralemma
Nāgārjuna’s four-fold argument scheme, the tetralemma (catuṣkoṭi). (@HistPhilosophy, 2017-Jul-09)
39.thumbnailEp28 - Philosophy in Nature
In this twenty-eighth episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast, co-hosts Dr. Eric Thomas Weber and Dr. Anthony Cashio interview Dr. Andrea Christelle, co-founder of the Sedona Philosophy Experience, on the topic of "philosophy in nature." According to their Web site, the Sedona Philosophy Experience "was conceived by four university professors who had the crazy idea to br... (@PhilosophyBB, 2017-Jul-18)
40.thumbnailRemembering Zygmunt Bauman and Hubert Dreyfus
Bauman and Dreyfus: remembering two greats who engaged deeply with powerful forces of our time. (@RadioNational, 2017-Jul-16)
41.thumbnailEp27 - Leadership and Civic Engagement
In this twenty-seventh episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast, co-hosts Dr. Eric Thomas Weber and Dr. Anthony Cashio interview Drs. Danielle Lake, Judy Whipps, and Mike Ricco, all of Grand Valley State University. Danielle was featured in episode 12 ("That's a Wicked Problem You've Got There") of the show and was kind enough to join us again. She and Judy both teach philosop... (@PhilosophyBB, 2017-Jul-17)
42.thumbnailWho can join the political community?
Not everyone has access to the same rights in a democratic country. Are our ideas of political membership changing in a globalised world? With Seyla Benhabib. (@DavidEdmonds100, 2017-Jul-19)
43.thumbnailEpisode 167: Hume on Intelligent Design (Philosophize This! Crossover) (Part One)
On David Hume’s Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion (1779). How would a scientifically minded person argue for the existence of God? In Hume’s dialogue, a character named Cleanthes argues from this point of view for God’s existence based on the complexity and order apparent in nature: It looks designed. But how good is that argument, and is it enough to prove an infinite God of the traditi... (@PartiallyExLife, 2017-Jul-03)
44.thumbnailEpisode #106 ... Simone De Beauvoir pt. 2 - The Ethics of Ambiguity
Today we talk about the first half of The Ethics of Ambiguity by Simone De Beauvoir. (@iamstephenwest, 2017-Jul-19)
45.thumbnailHoP 281 - Monica Green on Medieval Medicine
An interview with Monica Green reveals parallels between medicine and philosophy in the middle ages. (@HistPhilosophy, 2017-Jul-02)
46.thumbnailEp26 - BC5 - Thanks & an Outtake
This twenty-sixth episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast is a special "breadcrumb" episode with Dr. Annie Davis Weber, who was featured in Episode 25. We have some thanks to give for listener feedback and we had a big laugh after recording an episode, about a line that ended up in the episode with Annie. Thanks for feedback from Thomas O'Connor for his tweet, as well as on... (@PhilosophyBB, 2017-Jul-12)
47.thumbnailEnid Blyton—the moral of the story
She might not be in vogue these days, but for one Cambridge philosopher Enid Blyton is serious moral business. (@RadioNational, 2017-Jul-09)
48.thumbnailEpisode 166: Spinoza on Politics and Religion (Part Two)
Concluding on the Tractatus Theologico-Politicus (1670) and Tractatus Politicus (1677). What's the relationship between ethics, reason, and revelation? What could "faith" possibly mean to a hard-core rationalist like Spinoza? Is it possible to buy into the non-denominational "true religion" without believing any of the dogmas of traditional religion at all? And what kinds of limits on free speech ... (@PartiallyExLife, 2017-Jun-26)
49.thumbnailProfiling
Profiling is commonplace? But is it ethical? (@DavidEdmonds100, 2017-Jul-10)
50.thumbnailRationally Speaking #189 - Stephan Guyenet on "What causes obesity?"
In this episode Julia sits down with neuroscientist and obesity researcher Stephan Guyenet, to talk about what scientists know so far about the causes of obesity, and in particular the brain's role in regulating weight gain. (@Rspodcast, 2017-Jul-23)
51.thumbnailEpisode 120: Clap Your Hand for Robert Wright
Special guest Robert Wright joins the podcast to discuss his latest book "Why Buddhism is True." What is the Buddhist conception of not-self? When we become aware that the boundaries between us and the world are fluid, what is the “we” that arrives at this insight? Can daily meditation make you less of a dick? How does evolutionary psychology bear on these questions? Plus, Dave horrifies Ta... (@verybadwizards, 2017-Jul-25)
52.thumbnailHPI 45 - Motion Denied - Nagarjuna on Change
Nāgārjuna applies his emptiness theory to motion, change, and cognition. (@HistPhilosophy, 2017-Jun-25)
53.thumbnailEp25 - Assessing Assessment
In this twenty-fifth episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast, co-hosts Dr. Eric Thomas Weber and Dr. Anthony Cashio interview Dr. Annie Davis Weber of the University of Kentucky on "Assessing Assessment: The Philosophy Behind Measuring Student Success in Higher Education." Dr. Annie Davis Weber is Assistant Provost for Strategic Planning and Institutional Effectiveness at ... (@PhilosophyBB, 2017-Jul-05)
54.thumbnailEp24 - BC4 - Teaching Kids about Pessimism
This twenty-fourth episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast is another "breadcrumb" with Dr. Mariana Alessandri of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. In this breadcrumb, we talk about how to talk to our kids about the little engine that couldn't, or quixotic pessimism, the focus of our full-length episode 22. Episode 22 of the show was titled "The Little Engine that Co... (@PhilosophyBB, 2017-Jul-05)
55.thumbnailAn answer for Carlo Rovelli and his quantum question
Carlo Rovelli is a physicist in need of a philosopher, and we’ve found one who's happy to help. (@RadioNational, 2017-Jul-02)
56.thumbnailEpisode #105 ... Sartre and Camus pt. 6 - The Self
Today a cloudy, muddled brain weary from fighting off sickness talks about Sartre's view on the self. Thank you for your patience. (@iamstephenwest, 2017-Jul-09)
57.thumbnailEpisode 166: Spinoza on Politics and Religion (Part One)
On Benedict de Spinoza’s Tractatus Theologico-Politicus (1670), ch. 12-20 and the Tractatus Politicus (1677). What’s the relationship between ethics and political power? Given that religious factions tend to create strife, what’s the optimal role of the government in mitigating that damage? Is theocracy in any way a good idea? Don’t wait for the rest of the discussion! Get the ad-free, unb... (@PartiallyExLife, 2017-Jun-19)
58.thumbnailEp23 - BC3 - Who Bakes Bread Anymore?
This twenty-third episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast is a special edition of the show that we call a "breadcrumb." A Breadcrumb is a short, 8-20 minute episode that was cut off from a longer show, that's a collage of little clips, or that is a response to listener feedback. Today's breadcrumb episode features Dr. Mariana Alessandri of the University of Texas Rio Grande V... (@PhilosophyBB, 2017-Jun-30)
59.thumbnailPlato's Republic
Is it always better to be just than unjust? That is the central question of Plato's Republic, discussed here by Melvyn Bragg and guests. Writing in c380BC, Plato applied this question both to the individual and the city-state, considering earlier and current forms of government in Athens and potential forms, in which the ideal city might be ruled by philosophers. The Republic is arguably Plato's b... (@BBCInOurTime, 2017-Jun-29)
60.thumbnailEp22 - The Little Engine that Couldn't
In this twenty-second episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast, co-hosts Dr. Eric Thomas Weber and Dr. Anthony Cashio interview Dr. Mariana Alessandri of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) on the topic of "The Little Engine that Couldn't." Dr. Alessandri is an assistant professor of philosophy at UTRGV. She has published in The New York Times, Times Higher Ed... (@PhilosophyBB, 2017-Jun-29)
61.thumbnailHoP 280 - Get to the Point - Fourteenth Century Physics
Ockham, Buridan, Oresme and Francis of Marchia explore infinity, continuity, atomism, and the impetus involved in motion. (@HistPhilosophy, 2017-Jun-18)
62.thumbnailThe military, moral injury, and Nancy Sherman
This year’s Alan Saunders Memorial Lecturer—Nancy Sherman—has something to say about the military. (@RadioNational, 2017-Jun-25)
63.thumbnailEpisode 165: Spinoza on Biblical Criticism (Part Two)
Continuing on the Tractatus Theologico-Politicus (1670), ch. 1–11. We go more into natural laws vs. ordinances; does it make sense to say that God makes rules for people? Also, how does Spinoza deal with alleged miracles given that natural laws are absolute regularities? Continued from part 1, or get the ad-free Citizen Edition now. Please support PEL! Get The Rise and Fall of Dodo at nealstephe... (@PartiallyExLife, 2017-Jun-12)
64.thumbnailEp21 - BC2 - What to Do About Wicked Problems? Voicemail & Response Breadcrumb
This twenty-first episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast is a special edition of the show that we call a "breadcrumb." A Breadcrumb is a short, 8-20 minute episode that was cut off from a longer show, that's a collage of little clips, or, as in this case, that is a response to listener feedback. Today's breadcrumb episode is a bigger version of what in the past we called a "Y... (@PhilosophyBB, 2017-Jun-24)
65.thumbnailEpisode 119: A Brief History of Values
What happens when we discover why we believe the things we believe? What if we discover that our values are the product of our cultural tradition, or personal experience, or natural selection? Should we be more skeptical of our values once we learn their history? Plus, data on Google porn searches reveal that you're all a bunch of sick fucks. (@verybadwizards, 2017-Jul-12)
66.thumbnailEp20 - Is the Cross Examined Life Worth Living?
In this twentieth episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast, co-hosts Dr. Eric Thomas Weber and Dr. Anthony Cashio interview Chris Tatem, a Clerk of Courts in Wyoming and the host of the Cross Examined Life podcast. Chris has always been interested in philosophical questions. Early on, he asked his teachers and parents endless questions. At an early age, he wrote Socratic dia... (@PhilosophyBB, 2017-Jun-22)
67.thumbnailRationally Speaking #188 - Robert Kurzban on "Being strategically wrong"
In this episode, recorded live at the Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism, Julia interviews evolutionary psychologist Rob Kurzban, author of "Why Everyone (Else) is a Hypocrite." (@Rspodcast, 2017-Jul-09)
68.thumbnailHPI 44 - It All Depends - Nagarjuna on Emptiness
Nāgārjuna founds the Madhyāmaka (“middle way”) Buddhist tradition by “relinquishing all views” and arguing that everything is “empty.” (@HistPhilosophy, 2017-Jun-11)
69.thumbnailOn prison sentencing: what matters?
A philosopher receives a 12-year jail sentence for having sex with someone who can’t speak. Then things get interesting. Peter Singer and Marcia Baron on suffering as a guide to sentencing. (@RadioNational, 2017-Jun-18)
70.thumbnailEpisode 165: Spinoza on Biblical Criticism (Part One)
On Benedict de Spinoza's Tractatus Theologico-Politicus (1670), ch. 1–11. For Spinoza, the Bible was a political issue, and he was interested in a way to read it that didn't lead to people fighting wars and persecuting each other. Spinoza argues that a respectful reading is one that looks for the central message and doesn't paper over many places where the text was tailored to its original audie... (@PartiallyExLife, 2017-Jun-05)
71.thumbnailShelly Kagan on Death and Deprivation
The process of dying can be horrible for many, but is there anything bad about death itself? The obvious answer is that deprives us of something that we might otherwise have experienced. But that leads to further philosophical issues...Shelly Kagan discusses some of these with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. (@philosophybites, 2017-Apr-18)
72.thumbnailElisabeth Schellekens Dammann on Disagreement About Taste
We certainly disagree about aesthetic judgments in a range of cases. But is anyone right? Is there no disputing about taste? Are all tastes equal? Elisabeth Schellekens Damman discusses disagreement about taste in this episode of Aesthetics Bites. Aesthetics Bites is a podcast series of interviews with top thinkers in the philosophy of art. It is a collaboration betwen the London Aesthetics Fo... (@philosophybites, 2017-Apr-18)
73.thumbnailHoP 279 - Quadrivial Pursuits - the Oxford Calculators
Bradwardine and other thinkers based at Oxford make breakthroughs in physics by applying mathematics to motion. (@HistPhilosophy, 2017-Jun-04)
74.thumbnailEp19 - On Anger and Forgiveness
In this nineteenth episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast, co-hosts Dr. Anthony Cashio and Dr. Eric Thomas Weber interview Dr. Martha Nussbaum of the University of Chicago on the topic of "Anger and Forgiveness," the subject of her recent book by that name, which is available both as a printed book and as an audio book. Dr. Nussbaum has been named one of the most influentia... (@PhilosophyBB, 2017-Jun-14)
75.thumbnailCarlo Rovelli and his quantum problem
Carlo Rovelli on the desperate need for some conceptual engineering to dig quantum thinking out of a deep black hole. (@RadioNational, 2017-Jun-11)
76.thumbnailREISSUE-Ep. 24: Spinoza on God and Metaphysics
Discussing Spinoza's Ethics (1677), books 1 and 2. God is everything, therefore the world is God as apprehended through some particular attributes, namely insofar as one of his aspects is infinite space (extension, i.e. matter) and insofar as one of his aspects is mind (our minds being chunks or "modes" of the big God mind). A 2010 discussion with a new intro by Dylan and Mark. Get ep. 25 that con... (@PartiallyExLife, 2017-May-29)
77.thumbnailNakedly Examined Music: Steve Hackett, Nik Kershaw, Ken Stringfellow, Robbie Fulks
PEL Network crossover magic, featuring clips (a full song plus explanation) from four recent episodes of Mark's other podcast. Hear the full episodes and many more at nakedlyexaminedmusic.com. Steve was the guitarist for Genesis in the 70s, Nik wrote 80s hits like "Wouldn't It Be Good," Ken played with The Posies, Big Star, and R.E.M., and Robbie will change the way you think about country music. ... (@PartiallyExLife, 2017-May-26)
78.thumbnailHPI 43 - We Beg to Differ - the Buddhists and Jains
An introduction to philosophical developments in Buddhism and Jainism up to the time of Dignāga in the sixth century AD. (@HistPhilosophy, 2017-May-28)
79.thumbnailRationally Speaking #187 - Jason Weeden on "Do people vote based on self-interest?"
This episode features psychologist Jason Weeden, arguing that self-interest is a much bigger determinant of voter behavior than most political scientists think it is. (@Rspodcast, 2017-Jun-26)
80.thumbnailEpisode 118: We Don't Love Them Hoax
David and Tamler try to put the topic of campus politics to bed once and for all – with limited success. First, we get into a big fight about the prevalence and danger of political correctness in American universities. We junked that recording, and tried to distill our best points into a new one. (Trust us – it was for the best.) We also narrow down all the topic recommendations from our belov... (@verybadwizards, 2017-Jun-28)
81.thumbnailWilliam Godwin: rebel for love, happiness, and anarchy
The Utilitarians have given us a big idea to live by, transforming life in ways we take for granted today. One of their number challenges us to take it further. (@RadioNational, 2017-Jun-04)
82.thumbnailEp18 - Creating Community through Dialogue
In this eighteenth episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast, co-hosts Dr. Anthony Cashio and Dr. Eric Thomas Weber interview Dr. Chris Long of Michigan State University on the topic of "Creating Community through Dialogue." Chris is a co-founder of The Public Philosophy Journal and is Dean of the College of Arts and Letters at Michigan State. Dr. Long's research has focused o... (@PhilosophyBB, 2017-Jun-05)
83.thumbnailEpisode 164: Dostoyevsky’s “The Idiot” on Perfection (Part Two)
More on the novel with guest Corey Mohler, considering Dostoyevsky qua existentialist in terms of his analysis of the crisis of meaning and his consequent views on religion. Listen to part 1 first, or get the unbroken, ad-free Citizen Edition. Get a Dostoyevsky T-shirt! End song: "Don Quixote" by Nik Kershaw, as interviewed on Nakedly Examined Music #37. Please visit Talkspace.com/examined (use co... (@PartiallyExLife, 2017-May-22)
84.thumbnailHoP 278 - Sara Uckelman on Obligations
Sara Uckelman soundly defeats Peter in the medieval logical game of “obligations.” (@HistPhilosophy, 2017-May-21)
85.thumbnailWhy Care about Privacy?
Is privacy really a fundamental value? With Annabelle Lever. (@DavidEdmonds100, 2017-Jun-04)
86.thumbnailEp17 - The Wisdom in Humor
In this seventeenth episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast, co-hosts Dr. Anthony Cashio and Dr. Eric Thomas Weber interview the New York Times Best-selling authors of Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar, Tom Cathcart and Daniel Klein. Danny Klein has written comedy for Lily Tomlin, Flip Wilson, and others, and published scores of fiction and non-fiction books—from thri... (@PhilosophyBB, 2017-May-31)
87.thumbnailMottainai: a philosophy of waste
Mottainai combines elements of Buddhism and Shinto to create a nuanced approach to the environment and wasteful practices. (@RadioNational, 2017-May-28)
88.thumbnailEpisode 164: Dostoyevsky’s “The Idiot” on Perfection (Part One)
On Fyodor Dostoyevsky's philosophical novel from 1869. Could a morally perfect person survive in the modern world? Is all this "modernity," which so efficiently computes our desires and provides mechanisms to fulfill them, actually suited to achieve human flourishing? Dostoyevsky's Russian existentialism says no! Visit Talkspace.com/examined; use code "EXAMINED" for 30% off your first month of onl... (@PartiallyExLife, 2017-May-15)
89.thumbnailHPI 42 - In Good Taste - The Aesthetics of Rasa
Bharata’s Nātya-Śāstra and later works from Kashmir explore the idea of rasa, an emotional response to drama, music, and poetry. (@HistPhilosophy, 2017-May-14)
90.thumbnailEpisode #104 ... Sartre and Camus pt. 5 - Consciousness is Freedom
Today we talk about Sartre's view of consciousness and the notion of radical freedom. (@iamstephenwest, 2017-Jun-01)
91.thumbnailEp16 - On Disability and American Philosophy
This sixteenth episode of Philosophy Bakes Bread aired on WRFL Lexington, 88.1 FM, on Monday, April 17th of 2017, and was a special episode on the subject of disability and American philosophy. It was another special episode recorded on location at a conference, except for Eric Weber, who skyped in from a closet in Ohio. This episode features four guests who were all on a panel at the annual gath... (@PhilosophyBB, 2017-May-24)
92.thumbnailAndy Clark on The Extended Mind
Andy Clark, who with David Chalmers proposed the theory of the extended mind, explains what he means by this idea in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. (@philosophybites, 2017-Mar-18)
93.thumbnailEpisode 027: Lori Gruen on Prisons
Myisha Cherry chats with philosopher Lori Gruen about carceral spaces, teaching philosophy in prisons, the animal, prisoner, and blacks analogy, is animal rights for white people, and much more. (@myishacherry, 2017-Jun-14)
94.thumbnailRationally Speaking #186 - Tania Lombrozo on “Why we evolved the urge to explain”
Humans have an innate urge to reach for explanations of the world around us. This episode features psychologist and philosopher Tania Lombrozo, discussing her research on what purpose explanation serves. (@Rspodcast, 2017-Jun-11)
95.thumbnailEpisode 117: Extended Minds, Extended Foreskins
David and Tamler break down a recent classic in the philosophy of mind: "The Extended Mind" by Andy Clark and David Chalmers. What is boundary of your mind? Is it contained with your body, or does it extend to the external environment--to your laptop, notebook, smartphone and more? Is this a purely terminological question, or one with practical and moral significance? And what is the role of ... (@verybadwizards, 2017-Jun-13)
96.thumbnailEpisode 163: Guest Stewart Umphrey on Natural Kinds (Part Two)
Continuing our interview about Natural Kinds and Genesis: The Classification of Material Entities. Buy Stewart's book at www.rowman.com and use the code LEX30AUTH17 to get 30% off. (@PartiallyExLife, 2017-May-08)
97.thumbnailAwesome ethics and the art of mushroom blading
Forget the meaning of life; an ethical definition of awesome is far more important. (@RadioNational, 2017-May-21)
98.thumbnailHoP 277 - Trivial Pursuits - Fourteenth Century Logic
The scholastics discuss the ambiguity of terms, the nature of logical inference, and logical paradoxes, and play the game of “obligations.” (@HistPhilosophy, 2017-May-07)
99.thumbnailEpisode #103 ... Sartre and Camus pt. 4 - The Quest For Certainty
Today we tell a story from the history of philosophy in an attempt to prepare us for understanding the Phenomenology of Sartre. (@iamstephenwest, 2017-May-24)
100.thumbnailEpisode 163: Guest Stewart Umphrey on Natural Kinds (Part One)
On Natural Kinds and Genesis: The Classification of Material Entities (2016). Are general terms like "water" or "dog" just things that we made up to order the world? Aristotle thought that some universals constitute natural kinds, with a nature that explains their behavior. "Kinds" were replaced with "laws," but Stewart wants us to reconsider, and bring back "natural philosophy" in the process. (@PartiallyExLife, 2017-May-01)
101.thumbnailStones rolling and the joy of ordinary objects
The structure of the universe is written in stone—maybe. Dana Goswick talks metaphysics. (@RadioNational, 2017-May-14)
102.thumbnailRobots and Retribution
Who will we blame in the future? (@DavidEdmonds100, 2017-May-17)
103.thumbnailWhen tragedy strikes -- a loving and determined mother's philosophy for moving forward
When the unthinkable happened to Liz Tullis' son Conrad, the loving and determined mother moved forward in a way that is both an inspiration and a roadmap for all of us who experience tragedy in our lives. When Conrad was 17 months old, he fell into a swimming pool by accident, and was submerged for unknown minutes before he was discovered. Conrad suffered severe brain damage. His mom ... (@ChristopherCafe, 2017-May-31)
104.thumbnailHPI 41 - Monima Chadha on Indian Philosophy of Mind
Monima Chadha takes Peter through Buddhist-Hindu debates over mind and self. (@HistPhilosophy, 2017-Apr-30)
105.thumbnailStephen Davies on Art and Evolution
Why do we have art at all? There must be some evolutionary explanation. In this episode of the Aesthetics Bites podcast series, Stephen Davies discusses some of the evolutionary theories about where art came from in conversation with Nigel Warburton. Aesthetics Bites is a podcast series of interviews with top thinkers in the philosophy of art. It is a collaboration between the London Aesthetics ... (@philosophybites, 2017-Mar-01)
106.thumbnailEileen John on Art and Morality
In this episode of Aesthetics Bites, Eileen John discusses some of the ways that art explores moral questions. Nigel Warburton is the interviewer. Aesthetics Bites is a series of interviews with top thinkers in the philosophy of art. It is a collaboration between the London Aesthetics Forum and Philosophy Bites and is made possible by a grant from the British Society of Aesthetics. (@philosophybites, 2017-Mar-01)
107.thumbnailSwearing
Matthew Sweet examines knotty philosophical conundrums in an abstract pub. (@DrMatthewSweet, 2017-Feb-27)
108.thumbnailPEL Special: Phi Fic on James Baldwin’s Fiction
On the short stories "This Morning, This Evening, So Soon" (1960) and "Sonny’s Blues" (1957). Mark joins the Phi Fic crew (go subscribe at phificpodcast.com!) to supplement PEL ep. 162 by delving into Baldwin's fiction, which is actually pretty similar to his biographical essays. (@PartiallyExLife, 2017-Apr-24)
109.thumbnailEpisode 116: Pain, Pleasure, and Peer-Reviewed Penises
David and Tamler break down the latest small-stakes academic controversy--yes the one about conceptual penises. Does the recent "Sokal-like" hoax expose the ideological extremism of gender studies? Or does it show that certain portions of the "skeptic" community are susceptible to the same biases as their opponents? In the main segment they discuss the problems with measuring pain, pleasure, and ... (@verybadwizards, 2017-May-31)
110.thumbnailA deathly conversation: Part 3
When I die will I be dead? Sam Baron with a final look at the ultimate mystery (@RadioNational, 2017-May-07)
111.thumbnailRationally Speaking #185 - Hans Noel on "The role of ideology in politics"
Julia talks with political scientist Hans Noel about why the Democrats became the party of liberalism and the Republicans the party of conservatism. (@Rspodcast, 2017-May-28)
112.thumbnailHoP 276 - Back to the Future - Foreknowledge and Predestination
Scotus, Ockham, and Bradwardine ask how we can be free if God knows and chooses the things we will do in the future. (@HistPhilosophy, 2017-Apr-23)
113.thumbnailCake or Biscuit?
Is a Jaffa Cake a cake or a biscuit? A tough question for Matthew Sweet and the drinkers at The Philosopher's Arms, a pub offering both beer and philosophy. Among those helping him resolve this important conundrum are a Cambridge professor of philosophy and a former winner of the Great British Bake Off, who will be turning up in the pub with a very large, and possibly quite tasty, Jaffa Cake. Pr... (@DrMatthewSweet, 2017-Feb-20)
114.thumbnailEpisode #102 ... Heidegger pt. 3 - Authenticity
Today we talk about Martin Heidegger and his concept of Authenticity. (@iamstephenwest, 2017-May-12)
115.thumbnailEpisode 162: James Baldwin on Race in America (Part Two)
Continuing on I Am Not Your Negro, "Notes of a Native Son" (1955), and The Fire Next Time (1963). We (and Law Ware) discuss Baldwin's critique of the American dream, how to oppose the inhumanity of others without becoming inhuman yourself, and Baldwin's take on religion. Plus, was the the documentary actually good as a film? (@PartiallyExLife, 2017-Apr-17)
116.thumbnailConfucius says …
Roger Ames on what Confucius might say to the modern world. (@RadioNational, 2017-Apr-30)
117.thumbnailPhilip Schofield on Jeremy Bentham's Auto-Icon
Jeremy Bentham (1748 - 1832) left instructions that his body should be turned into a kind of relic-statue, an auto-icon, after his death. The result is now in University College London. Bentham expert Philip Schofield discusses this fascinating object, and why Bentham was so keen it should be made, in this episode of the Philosophy Sites podcast series. (@philosophybites, 2017-Feb-15)
118.thumbnailHypocrisy
What's wrong with hypocrisy? The Philosopher's Arms, everyone's favourite abstract pub, is back with a pint and a philosophical conundrum. This week, presenter Matthew Sweet is joined at at the bar by philosopher Lisa Bortolotti and political scientist David Runciman. Plus human rights activist, Peter Tatchell, who in the past has publicly exposed people whom he has accused of hypocrisy. Produce... (@DrMatthewSweet, 2017-Feb-13)
119.thumbnailHPI 40 - Mind out of Matter - Materialist Theories of the Self
Pāyasi and the Cārvāka anticipate modern-day theories of mind by arguing that there is no independent soul; rather thought emerges from the body. (@HistPhilosophy, 2017-Apr-16)
120.thumbnailEpisode 162: James Baldwin on Race in America (Part One)
On the film I Am Not Your Negro and the essays "Notes of a Native Son" (1955) and The Fire Next Time (1963). With guest Law Ware. Baldwin diagnoses our racism-related psycho-social maladies, but how can we best translate his observations into generally applicable philosophical theory? (@PartiallyExLife, 2017-Apr-10)
121.thumbnailEp 15 - Part II of II on Teaching Philosophy to First-Gen College Students
This fifteenth episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast features an interview with Dr. Jackie Kegley of California State University Bakersfield and Dr. Bertha Alvarez Manninen of Arizona State University, on the topic of the value of and challenges for Teaching philosophy to first generation college students. Listen for our “You Tell Me!” questions and for some jokes in ... (@PhilosophyBB, 2017-Apr-26)
122.thumbnailThe other L word
The topic that’s sure to crash a conversation; the existentialists had a crack at it, but it might not be the best approach. (@RadioNational, 2017-Apr-23)
123.thumbnailEpisode 026: Elizabeth Barnes on Disability and Well-Being
Myisha Cherry chats with philosopher Elizabeth Barnes about theories of disability, abnormal bodies and a flourishing life, diabilty pride, valuing disability, and much more. (@myishacherry, 2017-May-17)
124.thumbnailChris Frith on The Point of Consciousness
Why do we have consciousness at all? Neuroscientist Chris Frith discusses this question with Nigel Warburton in this episode of Mind Bites which is part of a series made in association with Philosophy Bites for Nick Shea's AHRC-funded Meaning for the Brain and Meaning for the Person project. (@philosophybites, 2017-Feb-03)
125.thumbnailRationally Speaking #184 - Gregory Clark on "What caused the industrial revolution?"
This episode features economic historian Gregory Clark, author of A Farewell to Alms and one of the leading scholars of the industrial revolution. (@Rspodcast, 2017-May-14)
126.thumbnailHoP 275 - Keeping it Real - Responses to Ockham
Walter Burley flies the flag for realism against Ockham and other nominalists. (@HistPhilosophy, 2017-Apr-09)
127.thumbnailEpisode 115: Which Field is More [email protected]%ed: Philosophy or Psychology?
David and Tamler go ambulance chasing for scandals in their own fields. Inspired by a tweet from Jay Van Bavel, they argue about which of their disciplines--philosophy or psychology--is more completely and irredeemably fucked. Is the recent controversy at the feminist philosophy journal Hypatia diagnostic of larger problems in philosophy? Can the replication crisis ever be solved? Can philosophy r... (@verybadwizards, 2017-May-16)
128.thumbnailEp14 - BC1 - How to Begin Philosophy with Children
This fourteenth episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast is a special new edition of the show. It's the first of what we are calling a "Breadcrumb." A Breadcrumb is a short, 8-15 minute episode that was cut off from a longer show, or that's a collage of little clips. We may occasionally also record short Breadcrumb episode to have a little more time for a proper "You Tell Me"... (@PhilosophyBB, 2017-Apr-22)
129.thumbnailEpisode #101 ... Heidegger pt. 2 - Science and Technology
Today we discuss Martin Heidegger and his views on Modern Technology. (@iamstephenwest, 2017-Apr-30)
130.thumbnailRoger Bacon
The 13th-century English philosopher Roger Bacon is perhaps best known for his major work the Opus Maius. Commissioned by Pope Clement IV, this extensive text covered a multitude of topics from mathematics and optics to religion and moral philosophy. He is also regarded by some as an early pioneer of the modern scientific method. Bacon's erudition was so highly regarded that he came to be known as... (@BBCInOurTime, 2017-Apr-20)
131.thumbnailEpisode 161: White Privilege (Peggy McIntosh, Charles Mills, et al) (Part Two)
Continuing with guest Law Ware on the philosophical underpinnings of the rhetoric of white privilege, with readings as listed in part 1. (@PartiallyExLife, 2017-Apr-03)
132.thumbnailHow Unfairness Drives Us Crazy
Dr. Molly Crockett on whether we are hard-wired to reject an unfair deal. (@DavidEdmonds100, 2017-Apr-22)
133.thumbnailFinding Meaning and Happiness After Tragic Loss
How can we not only help one another function, but thrive in the world, while still suffering greatly from life's most extreme slings and arrows, such as the tragic and untimely loss of a loved one? How do we learn to become comfortable bumbling through the darkness? And how do we best go about illuminating deeply sorrowful situations for one another in ways that enable us not only to keep o... (@ChristopherCafe, 2017-May-08)
134.thumbnailLove has its reasons
Be careful with your intuitions about love; they might be all wrong. (@RadioNational, 2017-Apr-16)
135.thumbnailHPI 39 - The Wolf’s Footprint - Indian Naturalism
The Cārvāka or Lokāyata tradition rejects the efficacy of ritual and belief in the afterlife, and restricts knowledge to the realm of sense-perception. (@HistPhilosophy, 2017-Apr-02)
136.thumbnailA World in which there are no "Others"
Why do most live in a "consciousness of separation," in which "I am I, and from my skin outward, I am not?" How can we transcend this notion of separation, and come to realize there is one continuous consciousness and energy, and that we are one with everything? One way is through music. The life mission of musician Memo Mendez Guiú, one of Mexico's most celebrated songwriters, directors, p... (@ChristopherCafe, 2017-May-05)
137.thumbnailA Better Love
On our season finale, we follow a mother's love through the stages of life to seek wisdom about what love is, what love does, and why love happens. We follow five mothers at five different stages of motherhood, from the joys and anxieties of birth, letting go, coming back, being proud, and saying goodbye. We then turn to the philosophy of love and life, to figure out the role of love in the shap... (@HiPhiNation, 2017-May-03)
138.thumbnailA Better Love
On our season finale, we follow a mother's love through the stages of life to seek wisdom about what love is, what love does, and why love happens. We follow five mothers at five different stages of motherhood, from the joys and anxieties of birth, letting go, coming back, being proud, and saying goodbye. We then turn to the philosophy of love and life, to figure out the role of love in the shap... (@HiPhiNation, 2017-May-03)
139.thumbnailEpisode 161: White Privilege (Peggy McIntosh, Charles Mills, et al) (Part One)
Is the rhetoric of "White Privilege" just the modern way of acknowledging historical and systemic truths of racism, or does it point to a novel way for acknowledging injustice, or does it on the contrary obscure these insights by involving confused claims about group responsibility and guilt? Readings include articles by Peggy McIntosh, Charles W. Mills, George Yancy, Tim Wise, Lewis R. Gordon, La... (@PartiallyExLife, 2017-Mar-27)
140.thumbnailEp13 - Philosophy for Children
In this thirteenth episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast, co-hosts Dr. Anthony Cashio and Dr. Eric Thomas Weber interview Dr. Jana Mohr Lone of the University of Washington on the topic of philosophy for children. Dr. Lone is the Director and founder of the University of Washington's Center for Philosophy for Children. The Center brings philosophers and students trained ... (@PhilosophyBB, 2017-Apr-12)
141.thumbnailA deathly conversation: part two
Philosopher of time Sam Baron is determined to lift the veil on the unknown. In the second of his conversations he turns to writer Brooke Davis, for whom life and death loom large. (@RadioNational, 2017-Apr-09)
142.thumbnailKeith Frankish on Conscious Thought
One distinctive feature of human beings is that we can represent aspects of the world to ourselves, and also counterfactual situations. We do this through our conscious thoughts. Keith Frankish discusses this phenomenon in this episode of Mind Bites, which was made as part of Nicholas Shea's ASHRC-funded Meaning for the Brain and Meaning for the Person project. (@philosophybites, 2017-Jan-14)
143.thumbnailHoP 274 - Susan Brower-Toland on Ockham’s Philosophy of Mind
An interview with Susan Brower-Toland covering Ockham’s views on cognition, consciousness, and memory. (@HistPhilosophy, 2017-Mar-26)
144.thumbnailEpisode 114: Great Vengeance and Furious Anger (Top 5 Movies About Revenge)
Somehow, after 113 episodes David and Tamler have never done a top 5 movie episode about revenge (so unbelievable that we had to double-check). That changes today. Among the things we learned: good revenge movies are harder to find than we thought, revenge (at least, movie revenge) is messy, and David knows at least one movie that Tamler has never heard of. Plus, should Jews be celebrating the kil... (@verybadwizards, 2017-May-04)
145.thumbnailReinventing Education -- A Way Forward
Jeff Sandefer shakes things up, in the best sense. The Harvard Business School graduate, Socratic Method maestro, and Austin-based entrepreneurial wunderkind is front and center in the effort to reinvent the way we go about educating one another. Co-founder of the pioneering Acton School of Business (www.ActonMBA.org), and of Acton Academy (www.ActonAcademy.org), Jeff is revolutionizing the ... (@ChristopherCafe, 2017-Apr-29)
146.thumbnailRationally Speaking #183 - L. A. Paul on "Transformative Experiences"
In this episode, philosopher L. A. Paul and Julia discuss real life examples of transformative experiences -- such as having children -- and debate how to deal with them. (@Rspodcast, 2017-Apr-30)
147.thumbnailEpisode 160: Orwell on Totalitarianism and Language (Part Two)
Continuing with 1984. How does the book relate to real-world politics? Is this something that we should actually be afraid our society will turn into? Was he predicting history, or was it satire, or what? We discuss the the realms of intimacy vs. surveillance, how a state might "contain" a mind that it controls, and "doublethink." (@PartiallyExLife, 2017-Mar-20)
148.thumbnailEpisode #100 ... Heidegger pt. 1 - Phenomenology and Dasein
Today we begin our discussion of the philosophy of Martin Heidegger by looking at his roots in Phenomenology and his revolutionary concept of Dasein. (@iamstephenwest, 2017-Apr-14)
149.thumbnailA deathly conversation
Death: we don't like to talk about it much yet it' core to the human experience. Time specialist Sam Baron has decided to tackle the beast in three probing sessions. First up, two bedrock views: the epicurean and the existentialist. (@RadioNational, 2017-Apr-02)
150.thumbnailWhy We Must Embrace Big, Scary Ideas
Kris Kimel is a believer in and embracer of big, scary, wonderfully dangerous, potentially world-changing ideas. And he lives what he believes in and embraces. Kris is co-founder and board chairman of Space Tango (SpaceTango.com), a company that “utilizes the unique environment of microgravity to discover, design and commercialize solutions for applications on Earth.” And, Kris fo... (@ChristopherCafe, 2017-Apr-24)
151.thumbnailHPI 38 - A Day in the Life - Theories of Time
Ancient Indian cosmology and the Vaiśeṣika defense of the reality of time and space. (@HistPhilosophy, 2017-Mar-19)
152.thumbnailAmia Srinivasan on What is a Woman?
'What is a woman?' may seem a straightforward question, but it isn't. Feminist philosophers from Simone de Beauvoir onwards have had a great deal to say on this topic. Amia Srinivasan gives a lucid introduction to some of the key positions in this debate in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. She is talking to Nigel Warburton. (@philosophybites, 2017-Jan-01)
153.thumbnailAll the Good Coaches
There are now, at last official count, 999 million billion gazillion coaches of all sorts, in the U.S. alone. But what virtues and best practices does the cream of the crop among coaches embody and exemplify? Jeremy Colb is a stand-out All-Star Cheer and Tumble Coach (see PlatinumCheerStars.com) -- indeed he represents the Platonic ideal among coaches, in my humble opinion. Jerem... (@ChristopherCafe, 2017-Apr-23)
154.thumbnailCitizenship Tests
Thom Brooks says that citizenship tests are often absurd (@DavidEdmonds100, 2017-Apr-04)
155.thumbnailEpisode 160: Orwell on Totalitarianism and Language (Part One)
On the novel 1984 (1949) and the essays “Politics and the English Language” (1946) and “Notes on Nationalism” (1945). What's the relation between language and totalitarianism? Orwell shows us a society where the rulers have mastered the art of retaining power, and one element of this involves "Newspeak," where vocabulary is limited to prevent subversive speech, and ultimately thoughts. Do ... (@PartiallyExLife, 2017-Mar-13)
156.thumbnailEp12 - That's a Wicked Problem You've Got There
In this twelth episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast, co-hosts Dr. Anthony Cashio and Dr. Eric Thomas Weber interview Dr. Danielle Lake of Grand Valley State University on the topic of what are called "wicked problems." Dr. Lake is assistant professor in the department of Liberal Studies at Grand Valley State University, with her Ph.D. in Philosophy. In 2016, she was ho... (@PhilosophyBB, 2017-Mar-31)
157.thumbnailThe Fearless Balanced Badass
Amanda Kathryn Roman (AmandaKathrynRoman.com) has some news for you -- you have it within you to radically change your life and become the fearless balanced badass you've always wanted to be in this fretful imbalanced world. Amanda knows of what she speaks. Listen in to Amanda's incredible journey of self transformation -- one that continues, and in which she overcomes daunting obstacl... (@ChristopherCafe, 2017-Apr-21)
158.thumbnailThe Ashes of Truth
Documentary film and science do not appear to have much in common, except that, philosophically, they have everything in common. Two men met in 1971 and had a disagreement, which turned into an assault, and then 45 years of disdain. One of them was the most cited philosopher of the 20th century, the other is one of the most influential documentary filmmakers of his generation. It was a disagreemen... (@HiPhiNation, 2017-Apr-18)
159.thumbnailThe Ashes of Truth
Documentary film and science do not appear to have much in common, except that, philosophically, they have everything in common. Two men met in 1971 and had a disagreement, which turned into an assault, and then 45 years of disdain. One of them was the most cited philosopher of the 20th century, the other is one of the most influential documentary filmmakers of his generation. It was a disagreemen... (@HiPhiNation, 2017-Apr-18)
160.thumbnailEp11 - Mass Incarceration
In this eleventh episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast, co-hosts Dr. Anthony Cashio and Dr. Eric Thomas Weber interview Dr. Chris Surprenant of the University of New Orleans on the topic of mass incarceration. Dr. Surprenant is the director of the Alexis de Tocqueville Project at the University of New Orleans. He is the author of Kant and the Cultivation of Virtue and th... (@PhilosophyBB, 2017-Mar-28)
161.thumbnailA common humanity: but how?
The concept of a common humanity sounds like a good idea, but making it happen is complicated amidst 21st-century-style disruption. (@RadioNational, 2017-Mar-26)
162.thumbnailA Compact with America
America, at its earliest formative stages, was forged by compacts such as the Mayflower Compact that bound people together as they strived to create a bold new form of government. What kind of compact would we Americans need today to come together as a diverse yet united people, if we're to make our constitutional republic more vibrant and open and inclusive than ever -- at a time, no less, ... (@ChristopherCafe, 2017-Apr-18)
163.thumbnailHoP 273 - What Do You Think? - Ockham on Mental Language
How the language of thought relates to spoken and written language, according to William of Ockham. (@HistPhilosophy, 2017-Mar-12)
164.thumbnailRediscovering and recovering 'Nature's God'
What if we the American people returned to our heretical origins? What if we rediscovered and recovered Nature's God -- the Nature's God that was front and center in our Declaration of Independence? What if we engaged again as citizens of our constitutional republic in the way envisioned by our many of our Founders -- a form of engagement based on a belief in Nature's God? How might we then furthe... (@ChristopherCafe, 2017-Apr-16)
165.thumbnailEpisode 159: Confucius on Virtuous Conduct (Part Two)
Continuing on the Analects without our guest. We cover passages on glibness, using names properly, filial conduct, remonstrance, love of learning, places where he sounds like Socrates, and more! (@PartiallyExLife, 2017-Mar-06)
166.thumbnailRationally Speaking #182 - Spencer Greenberg on "How online research can be faster, better, and more useful"
This episode features mathematician and social entrepreneur Spencer Greenberg, talking about how he's taking advantage of the Internet to improve the research process. (@Rspodcast, 2017-Apr-16)
167.thumbnailThe Power of Persuasion and Dialogue
How can we harness the power of persuasion and dialogue to change the way we interact with one another, and ultimately to make our democracy more vibrant? Anna Kern, a former student of mine who went on to study Health Communication at Emerson College and now is a Senior Communications Associate at Palladian Partners, shares what she's learned. Listen in to her wise words. (@ChristopherCafe, 2017-Apr-14)
168.thumbnailEp10 - Media Ethics
This tenth episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast features an interview with Dr. Scott Stroud, on media ethics. Dr. Stroud is the leading director of the Media Ethics Initiative at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of John Dewey and the Artful Life (2011) and Kant and the Promise of Rhetoric (2014), among many other works. Listen for our “You Tell Me!” ... (@PhilosophyBB, 2017-Mar-23)
169.thumbnailEpisode 113: Pascal, Probability, and Pitchforks
David and Tamler break down what may be the best argument that it's rational to believe in God: Pascal's Wager. (No, we're not just trolling our Sam Harris listeners.) Does the expected value of believing in God outweigh the probability that you're wrong? How does belief work--can you just turn it on and off? What if you believe in the wrong God? This leads to a wide-ranging discussion on decision... (@verybadwizards, 2017-Apr-18)
170.thumbnailEp 9 - Studying Black Men
This ninth episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast features an interview with Dr. Tommy Curry of Texas A&M University, on the need for black male studies. Dr. Curry is the author of The Man-Not: Race, Class, Genre, and the Dilemmas of Black Manhood, which will come out in July of 2017 with Temple University Press. Listen for our “You Tell Me!” questions and for some ... (@PhilosophyBB, 2017-Mar-21)
171.thumbnailHPI 37 - The Whole Story - Vaisesika on Complexity and Causation
The Vaiśeṣika response to Buddhist skepticism about wholes made up of parts. (@HistPhilosophy, 2017-Mar-05)
172.thumbnailOne teacher's wondrous learning harbor
In his song "One Particular Harbor," Jimmy Buffett could be describing the classroom of Todd Carstenn, Vanguard High School's teacher extraordinaire -- “a mysterious calling harbor, sheltered from the wind, where the children play, on the shore each day, and all are safe within.” Safe in a wonderfully edgy and intellectually stimulating way -- one in which, as Todd says, "they can rest i... (@ChristopherCafe, 2017-Apr-12)
173.thumbnailA positive charge: electrons, love, and divine fine-tuning
How unconventional couplings at the sub-atomic level challenge the theory of an intelligent cosmic designer. (@RadioNational, 2017-Mar-19)
174.thumbnailEpisode #099 ... Schopenhauer pt. 2 - Ethics
Today we talk about the ethics of Arthur Schopenhauer. (@iamstephenwest, 2017-Mar-29)
175.thumbnailThe Promise of Every Human Being
How do we make sure that every human being, no matter the circumstances in which she starts out her life, has the opportunity to fulfill her promise? Adam Braun (AdamBraun.com) is an extraordinary young entrepreneur, father of twins, civic mover and shaker without compare, who is at the forefront of efforts to make ours a world in which all people can live a life in which they realize their potent... (@ChristopherCafe, 2017-Apr-10)
176.thumbnailKate Jeffery on Concepts and Representation
Neuroscientist Kate Jeffery discusses how the brain represents the world. This episode is is part of a short series Mind Bites made in association with Nicholas Shea's AHRC-funded Meaning for the Brain and Meaning for the Person project. That website is open for comments and discussion of the topic of this podcast. (@philosophybites, 2016-Dec-05)
177.thumbnailEpisode 159: Confucius on Virtuous Conduct (Part One)
On the Analects, compiled after 479 BCE. How should we act? What's the relation between ethics and politics? Can a bunch of aphorisms written in the distant past for an unapologetically hierarchical culture emphasizing traditional rituals actually give us relevant, welcome advice on these matters? Are we even in a position to determine the meaning of these sayings? With guest Tzuchien Tho. (@PartiallyExLife, 2017-Feb-27)
178.thumbnailPart 1 - The Value of Values-Based Education
Is it possible to interlace young people's learning experiences and educational curricula with a decidedly values-based approach and ethos? And if so, what's the best way -- and the best values to inculcate (and what do we mean by 'values')? Dr Neil Hawkes is a dynamic and engaging person on a mission, wholly committed to inculcating values-based education far and wide. He is the founder in the U... (@ChristopherCafe, 2017-Apr-09)
179.thumbnailPart 2: The Value of Values-Based Education
We continue, with Dr. Neil Hawkes, our Socratic exploration of the value of values-based education (valuesbasededucation.com) (@ChristopherCafe, 2017-Apr-09)
180.thumbnailAnthony Gottlieb on Pierre Bayle
Pierre Bayle was one of the best-known philosophers in the Eighteenth Century, but his work is now rarely studied. Anthony Gottlieb, author of The Dream of Enlightenment, argues that he should be better known, particularly his work on toleration and on scepticism. (@philosophybites, 2016-Dec-02)
181.thumbnailThe Just Riot?
Avia Pasternak argues that some political riots are justified. (@DavidEdmonds100, 2017-Mar-21)
182.thumbnailTransgender Matters
Should gender matter? And if so, how, and in what way? Through what lenses of empathy and understanding and open-mindedness should we consider gender, whether we are parents or childless, young or old -- but democratic citizens one and all, dedicated to creating a society in which all are treated equally and with dignity? I explore such questions with Hayden Reid Fulfer, who is transgender ... (@ChristopherCafe, 2017-Apr-07)
183.thumbnailHoP 272 - A Close Shave - Ockham’s Nominalism
Ockham trims away the unnecessary entities posited by other scholastics. (@HistPhilosophy, 2017-Feb-26)
184.thumbnailDonating your organs
Organ transplantation is a giant leap forward. But the conversation lags miles behind. Julian Savulescu and Martin Wilkinson on the crucial things we need to consider. (@RadioNational, 2017-Mar-12)
185.thumbnailEpisode 158: Boethius: The Consolation of Philosophy (Part Two)
Continuing on the Consolation, chiefly books 3 and 4, on virtue ethics (we all naturally aim at the good but can be mistaken about it or too weak to follow it), theodicy (even the apparent bad is actually good from God's perspective), and the weird way in which those interact (fame, pleasure, wealth are really all the same thing, i.e., happiness, i.e., God). (@PartiallyExLife, 2017-Feb-20)
186.thumbnailAnd 'Youthkind' Shall Lead us
Any adult who has had the privilege to take part, once or regularly, in the Constitution Cafe -- a Socratic scrutiny of our Supreme Law of the Land -- sponsored and organized by East Central Independent School District in San Antonio over the last five-plus years (inaugurated after one of their standout educators, Patty Stone-Reyes, and a group of students came to my initial Constitution Cafe in t... (@ChristopherCafe, 2017-Apr-04)
187.thumbnailOn Fake News, Alternative Facts, and the Media As Enemy
To be sure, some of our past presidents have had rocky relations with the press, to put it mildly -- especially those who have committed unconstitutional acts that could lead to their impeachment. But we are arguably in new territory today, what with a thin-skinned ultra-narcissistic president with a hair-trigger temperament (who in all likelihood has never taken a gander at the Constitution, much... (@ChristopherCafe, 2017-Apr-02)
188.thumbnailDavid Miller on Immigration
Immigration is one of the major, and most contentious, political issues of our day. Can philosophy help here? David Miller thinks so. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast he speaks to David Edmonds about border controls and their justification. (@philosophybites, 2016-Nov-12)
189.thumbnailKathleen Stock on Fiction and the Emotions
How should we understand the emotions that readers feel about fictional characters? Kathleen Stock discusses this question with Nigel Warburton in this, the second episode of Aesthetics Bites, a collaboration between the London Aesthetics Forum and Philosophy Bites, made possibly by a grant from the British Society of Aesthetics. (@philosophybites, 2016-Nov-12)
190.thumbnailHPI 36 - Fine Grained Analysis - Kanada’s Vaisesika-Sutra
The Vaiśeṣika school offers a metaphysical analysis of the world and an atomistic physics. (@HistPhilosophy, 2017-Feb-19)
191.thumbnailRationally Speaking #181 - William MacAskill on "Moral Uncertainty"
Julia and William MacAskill discuss "moral uncertainty" and how to take multiple moral systems into account when making a decision, and how to deal with "absolutist" theories that insist some actions have infinite badness, like lying. (@Rspodcast, 2017-Apr-02)
192.thumbnailEpisode 025: Cassie Herbert on Risky Speech
Myisha Cherry chats with philosoher Cassie Herbert about risky speech, the difference between accusations and reports, how to respond to accounts of racism, sexism, etc, and much more. (@myishacherry, 2017-Apr-05)
193.thumbnailThe Golden Age of female philosophy
Philosophy can be both pedantic and combative. But is this the reason women drop out in droves? Mary Midgely recalls a brief golden period when women ruled. (@RadioNational, 2017-Mar-05)
194.thumbnailEpisode 112: Gettier Goggles
For four years Tamler has been bitching about Gettier cases without even explaining what they are or why he hates them. That ends today. David and Tamler talk about the famous paper that challenged the (widespread? non-existent?) notion that knowledge is, and only is, justified true belief. We talk about the so-called skeptics about knowledge that Gettier inspired, then discuss the real skepticism... (@verybadwizards, 2017-Apr-04)
195.thumbnailEpisode 024: Larry Blum on Teaching Race
Myisha Cherry chats with philosopher Larry blum about teaching race, dealing with guilt and resentment in the classroom, teaching race in a Trump era, and much more. (@myishacherry, 2017-Apr-04)
196.thumbnailEpisode 158: Boethius: The Consolation of Philosophy (Part One)
On the Consolation, written as he awaited execution in 524 CE. Do bad things really happen to good people? Boethius, surprisingly, says no, for Stoic (anything that can be taken away can't be of central importance; you can't lose your virtue in this way), Aristotelian (all things tend toward the good, and the best thing for a person is achieving his or her innate potential, which is to be virtuous... (@PartiallyExLife, 2017-Feb-13)
197.thumbnailHow Moms Rising Keeps Democracy from Sinking
It's time for "all hands on deck" if we're to keep our democracy from sinking. So says Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, the dynamic co-founder of the Moms Rising movement that has galvanized millions into action to build a nation where children, parents, and businesses thrive; and that puts an end once and for all to the endemic discrimination against mothers. Even so, forces are at work that seek to unde... (@ChristopherCafe, 2017-Mar-29)
198.thumbnailEpisode #098 ... Schopenhauer pt. 1 - Metaphysics and Love
Today we begin our discussion on Arthur Schopenhauer. (@iamstephenwest, 2017-Mar-14)
199.thumbnailEp 8 - Selfish Ethics?
This eighth episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast features an interview with Dr. Shane Courtland of the University of West Virginia, on "Selfish Ethics?," or better "Self-interested Ethics." Dr. Courtland is the leading director of the Center for Free Entreprise at Western Virginia University. His forthcoming book, Hobbesian Applied Ethics and Public Policy, will come out w... (@PhilosophyBB, 2017-Mar-03)
200.thumbnailHeal Thyself First
How do we best care for and heal ourselves, so we can better care for and help heal others in our orbit? Sadie Kaufmann, a leading nutritionist and holistic health counsellor, has quite a gripping personal and professional story to tell and a transcendent philosophy to share when it comes to personal health and healing. Listen in to our latest Socrates Cafe podcast. (And feel free to contact Sadie... (@ChristopherCafe, 2017-Mar-26)
201.thumbnailHoP 271 - Do As You’re Told - Ockham on Ethics and Political Philosophy
William of Ockham on freedom of action and freedom of thought. (@HistPhilosophy, 2017-Feb-12)
202.thumbnailFuelling free will
Alfred Mele has spent four years and four million dollars to try to get to the bottom of free will. He learnt that it was like petrol. (@RadioNational, 2017-Feb-26)
203.thumbnailCelebrating 'Difference'
What kinds of difference should be celebrated? How can you quit looking at others -- who may see the world and approach life and living (and philosophy and politics) in diametrically different ways than you do -- as 'the other.' How can we forge a greater sense of fellow feeling with all our fellow humans, regardless of their dispositions, stances, outlooks? I delve into such questions with highl... (@ChristopherCafe, 2017-Mar-24)
204.thumbnailEpisode 157: Richard Rorty on Politics for the Left (Part Two)
Continuing on Achieving Our Country: Leftist Thought in 20th Century America (1998). We talk more about Rorty's description of the conflict between the "reformist left" and the "cultural left." Do political-comedy shows serve a a positive political purpose? Can an enlightened political viewpoint really be a mass movement at all? Is it better to pursue specific political campaigns or be part of a "... (@PartiallyExLife, 2017-Feb-06)
205.thumbnailBe a Man
Our ideas of manhood and womanhood determine the ways in which we raise and socialize our children, but how much does gender in a particular society depend on that society's relationship with violence? What happens when, all of a sudden, women are allowed to participate in a form of violence once reserved for men? This week, we investigate the effects and side effects of gender norms arising from ... (@HiPhiNation, 2017-Mar-21)
206.thumbnailBe a Man
Our ideas of manhood and womanhood determine the ways in which we raise and socialize our children, but how much does gender in a particular society depend on that society's relationship with violence? What happens when, all of a sudden, women are allowed to participate in a form of violence once reserved for men? This week, we investigate the effects and side effects of gender norms arising from ... (@HiPhiNation, 2017-Mar-21)
207.thumbnailSophie Scott on the Meaning of Laughter
What is laughter? What roles does it serve? Sophie Scott, a neuroscientist, discusses this serious question with Nigel Warburton for this episode of Mind Bites, a series made in association with Philosophy Bites as part of Nicholas Shea's AHRC-funded Meaning for the Brain and Meaning for the Person project (@philosophybites, 2016-Oct-11)
208.thumbnailEp 7 - How to Live the Deepest Human Life
This seventh episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast features an interview with Dr. Scott Samuelson of Kirkwood Community College, on how to live the deepest human life. Dr. Samuelson is the author of The Deepest Human Life and he is presently developing his next book, titled Seven Ways of Looking at Pointless Suffering. Listen for our “You Tell Me!” questions and for so... (@PhilosophyBB, 2017-Feb-25)
209.thumbnailJonathan Wolff on Marx in Soho
Karl Marx came to England in 1849, and settled in Dean Street, Soho, London, where he lived in extreme poverty for six years before his circumstances improved. Jonathan Wolff, author of Why Read Marx Today? discusses Marx's Soho years and their wider implications with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Sites podcast. (@philosophybites, 2016-Oct-07)
210.thumbnailDesign Thinking and Global Citizenship
How can design thinking help us, at any age and stage of life, to become more of a global citizen? That's the question I explored with Sanjili Gidwaney in this latest Socrates Cafe podcast. Sanjili is the Director of Design for Change USA (designforchange.us), which is part of a groundbreaking global initiative (DFC World) that enables and empowers young people in particular to create social chan... (@ChristopherCafe, 2017-Mar-21)
211.thumbnailPeter Godfrey-Smith on Mental Representations
Do we map the world in our minds? Does that imply that we have a little inner map-reader in our heads interpreting mental representations? Peter Godfrey-Smith discusses these issues with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. This episode is is part of a short series Mind Bites made in association with Nicholas Shea's AHRC-funded Meaning for the Brain and Meaning for the... (@philosophybites, 2016-Oct-03)
212.thumbnailHPI 35 - Ujjwala Jha and V.N. Jha on Nyaya
Prof Jha and Prof Jha discuss the theories and later influence of the Nyāya school. (@HistPhilosophy, 2017-Feb-05)
213.thumbnailSeneca the Younger
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Seneca the Younger, who was one of the first great writers to live his entire life in the world of the new Roman empire, after the fall of the Republic. He was a Stoic philosopher, he wrote blood-soaked tragedies, he was an orator, and he navigated his way through the reigns of Caligula, Claudius and Nero, sometimes exercising power at the highest level and at other... (@BBCInOurTime, 2017-Feb-23)
214.thumbnailNoel Carroll on Criticism
Noel Carroll argues that evaluation is a central element of criticism of art, drama, dance, music, and literature. Nigel Warburton is the interviewer for this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. This is the first of a series of 6 interviews on Aesthetics, made in association with the London Aesthetics Forum and made possible by a grant from the British Society of Aesthetics. (@philosophybites, 2016-Oct-02)
215.thumbnailThe State and Marriage
Should a state with liberal values recognise marriage? (@DavidEdmonds100, 2017-Feb-27)
216.thumbnailHow to Focus on 'Building the New'
O'meun Johnson is one of the most impressive young men I've met in many a moon. When I had the opportunity to participate in a Socrates Cafe with him in Gainesille, Fl, thanks to Adrienne Thieke and the nonprofit Hands-On Gainesville, I was hoping for another chance to have an inquiry with him -- and was thrilled when he accepted my invitation to be a guest on my Socrates Cafe podcast. On the Skyp... (@ChristopherCafe, 2017-Mar-19)
217.thumbnailEpisode 157: Richard Rorty on Politics for the Left (Part One)
On Achieving Our Country: Leftist Thought in 20th Century America (1998). What makes for efficacious progressivism? Rorty argues that reformism went out of fashion in the '60s in favor of a "cultural left" that merely critiques and spectates, leaving a void that a right-wing demagogue could exploit to sweep in, claiming to be a champion of regular working people. Sound familiar? (@PartiallyExLife, 2017-Jan-30)
218.thumbnailCecile Fabre on Remembrance
How should we remember and commemorate those who die in war? What about the enemy dead? Cecile Fabre discusses this issue with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. (@philosophybites, 2016-Sep-20)
219.thumbnailRay Monk on Wittgenstein's Grave
Ludwig Wittgenstein's grave in Cambridge is a simple slab of stone with minimal inscription. In this episode of the Philosophy Sites podcast Ray Monk discusses Wittgenstein's grave, which leads to a discussion about his approach to design, culture, and death. (@philosophybites, 2016-Sep-20)
220.thumbnailFor all my Valentines
Two plus: Carrie Jenkins untangles the moral from the metaphysical in romantic love. (@RadioNational, 2017-Feb-19)
221.thumbnailRationally Speaking #180 - David Roodman on "The Worm Wars"
Julia talks with economics and public policy expert David Roodman about the "Worm Wars" in social science -- the debate over whether deworming pills are an effective way to fight poverty. (@Rspodcast, 2017-Mar-20)
222.thumbnailLet's Make America Again
How do we make America again? How do we 'make America' -- bring its promise and practice into ever greater alignment -- again and again and again? Chris explores this question with none other than the renowned Iraq-American artist, activist and entrepreneur Anas (Andy) Shallal, founder of the extraordinary gathering place Busboys and Poets (often frequented by Michelle Obama, among many othe... (@ChristopherCafe, 2017-Mar-17)
223.thumbnailEpisode 111: Our Language Doesn't Have a Word For This Title (with Yoel Inbar)
In Part 2 of our episode with film scholar Yoel Inbar (AOS: Quebecois New Wave Cinema), we break down the philosophy and psychology of the movie Arrival. [Note: Massive spoilers, see the movie first!] Does our language shape our perception of reality? Would you have a child that you knew had a short time to live? What color is 'fuschia'? Why does right-wing radio make you want to dynamite alien sp... (@verybadwizards, 2017-Mar-22)
224.thumbnailHackademics II: The Hackers
One scientist decided to put the entire field of psychology to test to see how many of its findings hold up to scrutiny. At the same time, he had scientists bet on the success-rate of their own field. We look at the surprising paradoxes of humans being human, trying to learn about humans, and the elusive knowledge of human nature. Guest voices include Brian Nosek of the Center for Open Science, A... (@HiPhiNation, 2017-Mar-14)
225.thumbnailHackademics II: The Hackers
We look at the surprising paradoxes of humans being human, trying to learn about humans, and the elusive knowledge of human nature. One scientist decided to put the entire field of psychology to test to see how many of its findings hold up to scrutiny. At the same time, he had scientists bet on the success-rate of their own field. Guest voices include Brian Nosek of the Center for Open Science, An... (@HiPhiNation, 2017-Mar-14)
226.thumbnailEpisode #097 ... Wittgenstein ep. 1
Today we talk about Ludwig Wittgenstein. (@iamstephenwest, 2017-Mar-01)
227.thumbnailHoP 270 - Render unto Caesar - Marsilius of Padua
In his book Defender of the Peace, Marsilius of Padua develops new theories of representative government, rights, and ownership. (@HistPhilosophy, 2017-Jan-29)
228.thumbnailThe Integrated Self
How do we become a genuinely integrated self, so we can flourish in ways that forever push outward the boundaries of who we can? How can we sculpt a self that blends the best of Eastern and Western (and Northern and Southern, for that matter) philosophies and perspectives of self -- of human thoughts, sensations, feelings, the mind/body process -- on individual and grander scales? A self that is f... (@ChristopherCafe, 2017-Mar-14)
229.thumbnailEp 6 - Part I of II on Teaching Philosophy to First-Gen College Students
This sixth episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast features an interview with Dr. Seth Vannatta and Dr. Daniel Brunson, both of Morgan State University, on the topic of the value of and challenges for Teaching philosophy to first generation college students. Listen for our “You Tell Me!” questions and for some jokes in one of our concluding segments, called “Philosoph... (@PhilosophyBB, 2017-Feb-16)
230.thumbnailEpisode 156: Philosophy and Politics Free-Form Discussion (Part Two)
Continuing our liberal bubble-bursting exercise, the core foursome address more directly the question of how philosophy is supposed to shape one's political views and actions. On a non-partisan "public good" and rhetorical strategies in the face of an apathetic and/or ignorant public. End song: "Better Days" from The Getaway Drivers' Bellatopia; check out Mark's interview with singer/songwriter Bo... (@PartiallyExLife, 2017-Jan-23)
231.thumbnailOn Parfit
Derek Parfit was known to brush his teeth whilst reading Kant. He wanted to solve big conundrums, and discover what ultimately matters in a morally diverse universe? Garrett Cullity recalls his brilliant doctoral supervisor. (@RadioNational, 2017-Feb-12)
232.thumbnailMaking Beautiful Music
What does it take to make the most timeless music? What part does human suffering have to play in the creation of such music? What kinds of formative experiences do many of the greatest composers and music makers have in common? What lies at the core, the heart and soul, of our most acclaimed music makers and musicians? Those are the kinds of Socrates Cafe questions I put to celebrated pianist and... (@ChristopherCafe, 2017-Mar-11)
233.thumbnailHPI 34 - The Truth Shall Set You Free - Nyaya on the Mind
Nyāya proposes that each of us has both a self and a mind, in addition to the body. (@HistPhilosophy, 2017-Jan-22)
234.thumbnailHackademics I: The Control
After years of unusual episodes dating back to her childhood, Anita went to the doctor and was told there was nothing medically wrong with her. "She had a gift," she was told, and she was sent down the street to an ESP lab. Parapsychology is the scientific study of telepathy, clairvoyance, telekinesis, precognition, and spirits. Or is it? The field has been pushed to the fringes of science for... (@HiPhiNation, 2017-Mar-07)
235.thumbnailHackademics: The Control
After years of unusual episodes dating back to her childhood, Anita went to the doctor and was told there was nothing medically wrong with her. "She had a gift," she was told, and she was sent down the street to an ESP lab. Parapsychology is the scientific study of telepathy, clairvoyance, telekinesis, precognition, and spirits. Or is it? The field has been pushed to the fringes of science for... (@HiPhiNation, 2017-Mar-07)
236.thumbnailThe Search for Meaning & Composing Your Life Narrative
If you lived forever, could life be meaningful at all? If you accept the 'finiteness' of life, then what must you do to engage in a fruitful search for meaning? How do we make our life narrative both intelligible and consummately meaningful? The acclaimed novelist, philosopher, poet, humanities professor, and all-around amazing guy Ron Cooper (oh, and great trivia teammate) -- you must read his '... (@ChristopherCafe, 2017-Mar-09)
237.thumbnailDemocracy and the History of Philosophy
Peter muses on recent political events in light of the history of philosophy. (@HistPhilosophy, 2017-Jan-21)
238.thumbnailEpisode 110: Stepsisters and Neck Braces (with Yoel Inbar)
Any time the topic is campus politics there's a good chance we'll have to record more than once. True to form, David and Tamler yelled at each other for most of the first attempt to discuss the Middlebury College incident while special guest Yoel Inbar wept quietly in the corner. We did a little better the second time but the whole recording session took so long that we have to release it in two p... (@verybadwizards, 2017-Mar-14)
239.thumbnailEpisode 156: Philosophy and Politics Free-Form Discussion (Part One)
How does studying philosophy help you to make sense of the political landscape? Wes, Mark, Dylan, and Seth play pundit and reflect on political rhetoric, elitism, and much more. There is no text for this episode! Freedom! (@PartiallyExLife, 2017-Jan-16)
240.thumbnailEp 5 - John Lachs on Stoic Pragmatism
This fifth episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast features an interview with Dr. John Lachs of Vanderbilt University on the topic of stoic pragmatism. John teaches us about how to balance the need to cope with our limitations in life, while nevertheless making some progress every week or every day in ways large and small for making our lives better. Balance is the key. Liste... (@PhilosophyBB, 2017-Feb-09)
241.thumbnailRobotics, AI and the power of slow
Take it slowly—a simple prescription that could lay the groundwork for the next stage in machine learning, if not philosophy itself. Angie Abdilla applies new thinking to old ways. (@RadioNational, 2017-Feb-05)
242.thumbnailEp4 - Shared Values in the Abortion Debate
This fourth episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast features an interview with Dr. Bertha Alvarez Manninen Arizona State University on the topic of shared values in the abortion debate. Listen for our “You Tell Me!” questions and for some jokes in one of our concluding segments, called “Philosophunnies.” Reach out to us on Facebook @PhilosophyBakesBread and on Twitt... (@PhilosophyBB, 2017-Feb-07)
243.thumbnailHoP 269 - Our Power is Real - The Clash of Church and State
Giles of Rome and Dante on the rival claims of the church and secular rulers. (@HistPhilosophy, 2017-Jan-15)
244.thumbnailRationally Speaking #179 - Dani Rodrik on "Is economics more art or science?"
This episode features Harvard economist Dani Rodrik, talking about the epistemology of economics: Are there any general "laws" of economics that we can be really confident in? Do economists discard models if the data doesn't support them? (@Rspodcast, 2017-Mar-06)
245.thumbnailRepairing the World
[Note: please forgive the pesky recording glitches, especially between minute 1:27 -- 1:35 seconds] How do we each best go about repairing the world? With so many wonderful causes to support and dedicate ourselves to, where should we put our focus? Venture philanthropist Gary Lauder discusses in this latest Socrates Cafe podcast how and why he focuses on things that few others, or no one else... (@ChristopherCafe, 2017-Mar-03)
246.thumbnailEpisode 155: Richard Rorty Against Epistemology (Part Two)
Continuing on Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature, Ch. 3–4. Rorty claims that Kantians improperly read Kantian concerns (the connection between the senses and reason) back into the ancients. He thought that Sellars's "epistemological behaviorism" was right on, and despite what you may have heard does not give a bad rep to animals and babies. Plus, psychological nominalism! Woo hoo! End song: "Th... (@PartiallyExLife, 2017-Jan-09)
247.thumbnailHannah Arendt
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the political philosophy of Hannah Arendt. She developed many of her ideas in response to the rise of totalitarianism in the C20th, partly informed by her own experience as a Jew in Nazi Germany before her escape to France and then America. She wanted to understand how politics had taken such a disastrous turn and, drawing on ideas of Greek philosophers as well as h... (@BBCInOurTime, 2017-Feb-02)
248.thumbnailCreativity and Character
Matthew Keiran on the character traits of a person who is super-creative. (@DavidEdmonds100, 2017-Feb-07)
249.thumbnailEp3 - All Shook Up about World War III
This third episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast features an interview with Dr. John Shook of Bowie State University on the topic of predicting World War III, as well as on generation theory. Listen for our “You Tell Me!” questions and for some jokes in one of our concluding segments, called “Philosophunnies.” Reach out to us on Facebook @PhilosophyBakesBread and ... (@PhilosophyBB, 2017-Feb-01)
250.thumbnailEp3 - All Shook Up about World War III
This third episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast features an interview with Dr. John Shook of Bowie State University on the topic of predicting World War III, as well as on generation theory. Listen for our “You Tell Me!” questions and for some jokes in one of our concluding segments, called “Philosophunnies.” Reach out to us on Facebook @PhilosophyBakesBread and ... (@PhilosophyBB, 2017-Feb-01)
251.thumbnailCompassion: caught or taught?
We all want our kids to grow into moral citizens, but getting there is complex. One way is to impart the notion of compassion, which seems like a good idea, but the path is not so certain. Laura D'Olimpio weighs it up. (@RadioNational, 2017-Jan-29)
252.thumbnailPart 1: Money For Nothing?
Pink Floyd sung, "Money, get back. I'm all right Jack keep your hands off of my stack." And Dire Straits opined, "Money for nothin'....Now that ain't workin', that's the way you do it." What is money? What has to happen, what conditions have to be fulfilled -- in this "Post-Truth Era", or any other -- for money to fulfill its ideal role in society? And in that vein, does Donald Trump have... (@ChristopherCafe, 2017-Feb-28)
253.thumbnailPart Two -- Money For Nothing?
Pink Floyd sung, "Money, get back. I'm all right Jack keep your hands off of my stack." And Dire Straits opined, "Money for nothin'....Now that ain't workin', that's the way you do it." What is money? What has to happen, in this "Post-Truth Era," for it to fulfill its ideal role in society? And in that vein, does Donald Trump have any, or would his IRS records reveal that his version of m... (@ChristopherCafe, 2017-Feb-28)
254.thumbnailHPI 33 - Standard Deductions - Nyaya on Reasoning
Gautama and his commentators tell us how to separate good inferences from bad ones. (@HistPhilosophy, 2017-Jan-08)
255.thumbnailEpisode 155: Richard Rorty Against Epistemology (Part One)
On Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature (1979), Part II: "Mirroring." Is a "theory of knowledge" possible? Rorty thinks that any such account will be a fruitless search for foundations. Knowledge is really just a matter of social agreement, and beliefs must be justified from other beliefs, not from any alleged relationship to reality. (@PartiallyExLife, 2017-Jan-02)
256.thumbnailBloom Where You're Planted -- a Philosophy of Living
Jena Cane makes me want to be a better person, and she continually inspires me to be that better person, not just for myself, but for my family, country, the world at large, for now and generations hence. In this Socrates Cafe podcast, Jena and I explore: How do we human beings best go about blooming where we're planted? How do we best go about discovering and then doing the work we need to do --... (@ChristopherCafe, 2017-Feb-25)
257.thumbnailThe Cops of Pop
Two records from 1983 achieved minor novelty fame, and then faded away, only to emerge 20 years later as the originators of a curious genre of pop music in the age of social media. This peculiar genre raises questions about how we should think about genre, musical aesthetics, and artistry in the time of industrially-produced music and digital reproduction. Guest voices include Jordan Roseman, aka ... (@HiPhiNation, 2017-Feb-21)
258.thumbnailThe Cops of Pop
Two records from 1983 achieved minor novelty fame, and then faded away, only to emerge 20 years later as the originators of a curious genre of pop music in the age of social media. This peculiar genre raises questions about how we should think about genre, musical aesthetics, and artistry in the time of industrially-produced music and digital reproduction. Guest voices include Jordan Roseman, aka ... (@HiPhiNation, 2017-Feb-21)
259.thumbnailWhat were they thinking?
Can we really know what other minds are up to—including your dog, cat or canary? With Charles Foster and Raymond Younis. (@RadioNational, 2017-Jan-22)
260.thumbnailThe Courage to Create
How do we get the courage to live a consummately creative life, regardless of our background, our unique talents and resources? Leila Noone offers some exhilarating insights in this Socrates Cafe as she shares her fascinating personal story. Leila is a performance artist and creative collaborator based in Austin, TX who has a passion for combining movement with other forms of expression. A nationa... (@ChristopherCafe, 2017-Feb-22)
261.thumbnailEpisode 109: Moral Pluralism: Behind the Lube
David and Tamler return to their repugnant roots to talk about Cornell's refusal to hire conservative faculty, Milo getting disinvited from CPAC, and a case in Canada involving child sex dolls and a bottle of lube. Then they launch into a discussion of moral pluralism. Do competing values ultimately reduce to a single set of moral principles? What defines and justifies the boundaries of pluralism?... (@verybadwizards, 2017-Feb-28)
262.thumbnailHoP 268 - To Hell and Back - Dante Alighieri
Italy’s greatest poet Dante Alighieri was also a philosopher, as we learn from his Convivio and of course the Divine Comedy. (@HistPhilosophy, 2017-Jan-01)
263.thumbnailEpisode 154: Wilfrid Sellars on the Myth of the Given (Part Two)
Continuing on "Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind." We consider a couple of Sellars's thought experiments, both of which are supposed to show that what we might think are primitive mental terms like "appearance" are really derivative and secondary relative to statements about the external world. With guest Lawrence "Dusty" Dallman. End song: "Senses on Fire" by Mercury Rev. Check out the interv... (@PartiallyExLife, 2016-Dec-26)
264.thumbnailEp2 - The Ethics of Dentistry
This second episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast features an interview with Dr. Bill Myers of the Birmingham Southern College in Birmingham, AL, on the topic of the "Ethics of Dentistry." It has surprisingly little to do with stealing gold teeth. Listen for our “You Tell Me!” questions and for some jokes in one of our concluding segments, called “Philosophunnies.”... (@PhilosophyBB, 2017-Jan-22)
265.thumbnailEp2 - The Ethics of Dentistry
This second episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast features an interview with Dr. Bill Myers of the Birmingham Southern College in Birmingham, AL, on the topic of the "Ethics of Dentistry." It has surprisingly little to do with stealing gold teeth. Listen for our “You Tell Me!” questions and for some jokes in one of our concluding segments, called “Philosophunnies.”... (@PhilosophyBB, 2017-Jan-22)
266.thumbnailRich individual experience and richer universal truths
I've long been interested in universal lessons that we can learn from particular (or individual) experiences. Adam Garnick, one of my most stellar erstwhile students at Penn (where I taught in a nonstellar program, alas) is now a teacher in Teach for America in a socioeconomically poor part of Dallas that is rich in culture and unique forms of wisdom shares with me. Now in his second year in Teach... (@ChristopherCafe, 2017-Feb-20)
267.thumbnailEp1 - The Molemen and Plato's Cave Today
This first episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast features an interview with Dr. Anthony Cashio of the University of Virginia at Wise, on the topic of the relevance of Plato's Cave today, in the time when "there are no facts," we've been told. The audio quality gets better in the first several episodes, and starts here with not the best online voice quality. Subsequent episod... (@PhilosophyBB, 2017-Jan-19)
268.thumbnailEp1 - The Molemen and Plato's Cave Today
This first episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast features an interview with Dr. Anthony Cashio of the University of Virginia at Wise, on the topic of the relevance of Plato's Cave today, in the time when "there are no facts," we've been told. The audio quality gets better in the first several episodes, and starts here with not the best online voice quality. Subsequent episod... (@PhilosophyBB, 2017-Jan-19)
269.thumbnailRationally Speaking #178 - Tim Urban on "Trying to live well, as semi-rational animals"
Julia and Tim Urban explore one of their common interests: the tension between the rational and irrational aspects of human nature. Is there any value in the "irrational" parts of us? And can recognizing that tension help us live better? (@Rspodcast, 2017-Feb-20)
270.thumbnailOn the Power and Potential of Meaningful Conversations
What should the most meaningful conversations, indeed communions -- with works of art, of literature, and with their creators -- achieve? Barry Kibrick, host of the Emmy Award-winning program "Between the Lines," is without peer when it comes to holding deeply meaningful conversations with his guests -- and before that, with their often wondrous works. He has engaged for more than 20 years in thou... (@ChristopherCafe, 2017-Feb-17)
271.thumbnailHPI 32 - What You See Is What You Get - Nyaya on Perception
Nyāya philosophers explain how perception can bring us knowledge. (@HistPhilosophy, 2016-Dec-25)
272.thumbnailI’m just not myself
Buddhist thought holds that at core there is no real self—two philosophers at the junction of east and west, self and mind. (@RadioNational, 2017-Jan-15)
273.thumbnailThe Name of God
With a small gesture of good will toward Syrian refugees, one woman incurred the wrath of evangelical Christians on social media. The resulting chaos helped write the next chapter in a thousand year-old controversy concerning Christianity, Islam, their shared origins, and the nature of God. Guest voices include Larycia Hawkins, Michael Mangis, Karly Bothman, Paul Griffiths, and Amir Hussain. (@HiPhiNation, 2017-Feb-14)
274.thumbnailThe Name of God
With a small gesture of good will toward Syrian refugees, one woman incurred the wrath of evangelical Christians on social media. The resulting chaos helped write the next chapter in a thousand year-old controversy concerning Christianity, Islam, their shared origins, and the nature of God. Guest voices include Larycia Hawkins, Michael Mangis, Karly Bothman, Paul Griffiths, and Amir Hussain. (@HiPhiNation, 2017-Feb-14)
275.thumbnailEpisode 154: Wilfrid Sellars on the Myth of the Given (Part One)
On "Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind" (1956). Is knowledge based on a "foundation," as Descartes, Locke, et al. thought? Sellars says no: The allegedly basic elements upon which knowledge would be built either have to be propositions, in which case they involve a lot of prior knowledge involved in language use and so aren't really basic, or they're "raw feels," in which case they can't actual... (@PartiallyExLife, 2016-Dec-19)
276.thumbnailNietzsche's Genealogy of Morality
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Nietzsche's On The Genealogy of Morality - A Polemic, which he published in 1887 towards the end of his working life and in which he considered the price humans have paid, and were still paying, to become civilised. In three essays, he argued that having a guilty conscience was the price of living in society with other humans. He suggested that Christian morality, w... (@BBCInOurTime, 2017-Jan-12)
277.thumbnailAre We Biased About Love?
Does romance makes us irrationally optimistic about our chances of happiness? And if so, is that a good or a bad thing? (@DavidEdmonds100, 2017-Jan-18)
278.thumbnailHoP 267 - After Virtue - Marguerite Porete
Marguerite Porete is put to death for her exploration of the love of God, The Mirror of Simple Souls. (@HistPhilosophy, 2016-Dec-18)
279.thumbnailEpisode 153: Richard Rorty: There Is No Mind-Body Problem (Part Two)
Continuing on Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature, Part I: "Our Glassy Essence." Rorty relates the immateriality of mind to the ontology of universals. Plus, the return of the semantic/syntactic distinction! With guest Stephen Metcalf. End song: "Wall of Nothingness" from Sky Cries Mary from This Timeless Turning (1994). Listen to Mark's interview with the band's frontman, Roderick Romero, in Nake... (@PartiallyExLife, 2016-Dec-12)
280.thumbnailGender bending
Gender—time to revisit the basics. (@RadioNational, 2017-Jan-08)
281.thumbnailSoldier Philosophers Part 2: The Morality of War
An Army whistle-blower returns to combat as a Special Forces leader during the height of the surge in Iraq. He is surrounded by comrades and commanders hostile to him, just as the war was reaching its apex. The toll it takes on him makes him turn to philosophy. Meanwhile, Barry visits the US Military Academy at West Point to meet with soldier philosophers returning from the wars to teach the futur... (@HiPhiNation, 2017-Feb-07)
282.thumbnailSoldier Philosophers Part 2: The Morality of War
For some reason, when people kill others in wars, we do not judge them morally and legally in the same way as we judge them when they kill in civilian life. Is there a justification for this difference, or is it only a convenient myth? We go to West Point to see what soldiers themselves think and teach about the morality of killing in war. Just as the US winds down two major unconventional wars, ... (@HiPhiNation, 2017-Feb-07)
283.thumbnailHPI 31 - Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire - Gautama’s Nyaya-Sutra
The Nyāya-Sūtra inaugurates a tradition of logical and epistemological analysis. (@HistPhilosophy, 2016-Dec-11)
284.thumbnailEpisode 153: Richard Rorty: There Is No Mind-Body Problem (Part One)
On Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature (1979), Part I: "Our Glassy Essence." "The mind" seems to be an unavoidable part of our basic conceptual vocabulary, but Rorty thinks not, and he wants to use the history of philosophy as a kind of therapy to show that many of our seemingly insoluble problems like the relation between mind and body are a result philosophical mistakes by Descartes, Locke, and ... (@PartiallyExLife, 2016-Dec-05)
285.thumbnailEpisode #096 ... Is Ayn Rand A Philosopher?
Today we talk about Ayn Rand. (@iamstephenwest, 2017-Jan-20)
286.thumbnailNoam Chomsky on the hard stuff
What are words worth? Well they are worth thinking about, and that’s what Noam Chomsky has spent a lifetime doing. (@RadioNational, 2017-Jan-01)
287.thumbnailPart 1: All the Best Entrepreneurs
Who are the best entrepreneurs and why? What is their 'process'? What (if anything) do they, should they, aim for? Is there such a quality as 'best,' when it comes to entrepreneurship? There are few better people on this planet to pose such Socratic questions to, and from whom to gain lasting insights, than Amy Pearl. Amy is Founder and Executive Director of the one-of-a-kind Portland, Oregon-bas... (@ChristopherCafe, 2017-Feb-03)
288.thumbnailPart 2: All the Best Entrepreneurs
Who are the best entrepreneurs and why? What is their 'process'? What (if anything) do they, should they, aim for? Is there such a quality as 'best,' when it comes to entrepreneurship? There are few better people on this planet to pose such Socratic questions to, and from whom to gain lasting insights, than Amy Pearl. Amy is Founder and Executive Director of the one-of-a-kind Portland, Oregon-bas... (@ChristopherCafe, 2017-Feb-03)
289.thumbnailHoP 266 - Tom Pink on the Will
A conversation with Tom Pink about medieval theories of freedom and action. (@HistPhilosophy, 2016-Dec-04)
290.thumbnailSoldier Philosophers Part 1: Moral Exploitation
When one Army soldier discovered the propagation of torture tactics during the Iraq war, he engaged in a one-man mission inside the organization to learn about their origins, and the effect they had on lower-level soldiers who were implementing them. From there, he took on the Bush administration. Years later, he is training to be a philosopher.As a new U.S. administration takes hold, with talk of... (@HiPhiNation, 2017-Jan-31)
291.thumbnailSoldier Philosophers Part 1: Moral Exploitation
When one Army soldier discovered the propagation of torture tactics during the Iraq war, he engaged in a one-man mission inside the organization to learn about their origins, and the effect they had on lower-level soldiers who were implementing them. From there, he took on the Bush administration. Years later, he is training to be a philosopher.As a new U.S. administration takes hold, with talk of... (@HiPhiNation, 2017-Jan-31)
292.thumbnailRationally Speaking #177 - Dylan Matthews on "The science and ethics of kidney donation"
Journalist Dylan Matthews, who donated his kidney last year, and Julia discuss the clever design of "donor chains," how we should evaluate the science about whether kidney donation is safe, and whether we have an ethical obligation to donate. (@Rspodcast, 2017-Feb-05)
293.thumbnailSelf Defence
How far can we go in self defence? And are some civilians legitimate targets in war? (@DavidEdmonds100, 2017-Jan-04)
294.thumbnailEpisode 108: The Gimp Exception
Inspired by a recent article, David and Tamler try to figure out what's behind our aversion to moral hypocrisy. Why do we have such low opinions of people who don't practice what they preach? Shouldn't we be happy that they promote the views we agree with? Plus we respond to an email about how to come up with ideas for research. (Hint: ask Paul Bloom). Note: this episode was recorded before the gr... (@verybadwizards, 2017-Feb-07)
295.thumbnailRescuing the beautiful
Would you do something simply because it is the beautiful thing to do? (@RadioNational, 2016-Dec-25)
296.thumbnailEpisode 152: Alexis de Tocqueville on Democracy in America (PEL Live!)
Democracy is in peril! So said Tocqueville in 1835 and 1840 when Democracy is America was published, and it's still true now. Democracy is always just one demagogue away from stripping us of our liberties, though certain structural and cultural features can make that more or less likely. He liked our volunteerism and innovation, but not so much our tendencies toward materialism and isolation and o... (@PartiallyExLife, 2016-Nov-21)
297.thumbnailHPI 30 - Philipp Maas on Yoga
A leading expert on the founding text of Yoga tells us why, when, and by whom it was written. (@HistPhilosophy, 2016-Nov-27)
298.thumbnailThe Wishes of the Dead
Our lives are controlled by the invisible hand from the grave. Trillions of dollars of the economy are devoted to executing the wishes of people who died long ago, rather than satisfying the desires of the living. We follow the story of the Hershey fortune to show how a 19th century industrialist constructed the oddest business structure to ensure that his wishes would be fulfilled hundreds of ye... (@HiPhiNation, 2017-Jan-24)
299.thumbnailThe Wishes of the Dead
Our lives are controlled by the invisible hand from the grave. Trillions of dollars of the economy are devoted to executing the wishes of people who died long ago, rather than satisfying the desires of the living. Philosopher Barry Lam follows the story of the Hershey fortune to show how a 19th century industrialist constructed the oddest business structure to ensure that his wishes would be fulf... (@HiPhiNation, 2017-Jan-24)
300.thumbnailEpisode 151: Edmund Burke’s Conservatism (Part Two)
More on Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790), where Burke advocates for the nobility as a stabilizing element in society: These folks are driven by honor, groomed from youth to lead, and estates themselves provide continuity and give people something to protect. But could anyone really defend this system who wasn't himself benefitting from it at the expense of others? Reform, not revolut... (@PartiallyExLife, 2016-Nov-14)
301.thumbnailSpooky action is closer than you think
Einstein didn't think much of it, but Jairus Grove thinks that spooky action at a distance might tell us more than we'd care to ask. (@RadioNational, 2016-Dec-18)
302.thumbnailHoP 265 - Time of the Signs - the Fourteenth Century
An introduction to philosophy in the 14th century, focusing on two big ideas: nominalism and voluntarism. (@HistPhilosophy, 2016-Nov-20)
303.thumbnailPart 1: Living Here and Now: One Young Person's Philosophy
What can a young person teach us older folks about living here and now, and how best to go about it? A lot, it turns out. Especially when the young person is Nick Peterson, a student at Trinity Valley School in Ft. Worth, with whom I've had the privilege of taking part in Socrates Cafes. Nick speaks of how deep losses of dear ones in his life have led him to radically change his approach to live ... (@ChristopherCafe, 2017-Jan-25)
304.thumbnailPart 2 -- Living Here and Now
How do we go about fully living in the moment? Is that even the best way to go about living? And if so, is there a best way, a process, to go about that best way? Nick Peterson continues enlightening me on the subject in this second part of our podcast (after the power so rudely went out while we were conversing). (@ChristopherCafe, 2017-Jan-25)
305.thumbnailEpisode 023: Tommie Shelby on Dark Ghettos
Myisha Cherry chats with philosopher Tommie Shelby about dark ghettos, integration, single black mothers, the moral permissibility of crime, hip-hop, and much more. (@myishacherry, 2017-Feb-01)
306.thumbnailEpisode 151: Edmund Burke’s Conservatism (Part One)
On Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790). What relevance do the concerns of a monarchy-defending aristocrat have for us today? Surprisingly, a lot! The full foursome discuss possible conflicts between freedom, rights, and well-being. What is political freedom without public wisdom? The tyranny of the mob! (@PartiallyExLife, 2016-Nov-07)
307.thumbnailPEL Special: Bill Bruford on Nakedly Examined Music #25
NEM now features jazz, hip-hop, classical, folk, and more. Check out all the episodes at nakedlyexaminedmusic.com, where you can subscribe and follow on Facebook. Bill was the original drummer for Yes, a default member of King Crimson, and briefly played with Genesis and the late '70s supergroup U.K., but most of his output has been with his own jazz-inflected Earthworks and Bruford, as rock prove... (@PartiallyExLife, 2016-Nov-06)
308.thumbnailHPI 29 - Practice Makes Perfect - Patanjali’s Yoga-Sutra
Yoga as presented by Patañjali offers a practical complement to the Sāṃkhya theory of the cosmos and the self. (@HistPhilosophy, 2016-Nov-13)
309.thumbnailCome, come, Mr Bond
You could say that life is a gamble—but beneath the stats are some far-reaching questions about cause and effect. Darrell Rowbottom knows that in life—as in the casino—the stakes can be high. (@RadioNational, 2016-Dec-11)
310.thumbnailThe Humanities and 'Humaneness'
Here is our special Inauguration Day Podcast, in which we inquire into: How can the humanities make us more humane? No better person on this planet to explore this question with than Ralph Lewin, former longtime CEO and President of Cal Humanities and now Executive Director of the venerable Mechanics' Institute in the heart of San Francisco. At a time when the incoming President of the U.S. has th... (@ChristopherCafe, 2017-Jan-20)
311.thumbnailEpisode 150: Peter Singer on Famine, Affluence, and Morality (Part Two: Discussion)
Mark, Wes, Seth, and Dylan discuss our interview with Peter Singer. Does Singer's asserting such a heavy moral burden on us successfully condemn us to changing our priorities and/or feeling perpetually guilty, or is there something wrong with the argument? Even if we admit the moral demand is legitimate, can we soften Singer's position by seeking to balance the obligation to help the poor with num... (@PartiallyExLife, 2016-Oct-31)
312.thumbnailRationally Speaking #176 - Jason Brennan on "Against democracy"
Julia chats with professor Jason Brennan, author of the book "Against Democracy," about his case for why democracy is flawed -- philosophically, morally, and empirically. (@Rspodcast, 2017-Jan-22)
313.thumbnailEpisode #095 ... Are you living in a simulation?
Today we discuss the famous paper by Nick Bostrom about the probability that we are living in a simulation. (@iamstephenwest, 2016-Dec-30)
314.thumbnail(Preview) Hackademics
What happens when you play by all of the rules of science, and find something that could not possibly be there? Barry visits ESP research labs, once at the heart of elite mainstream universities, now at the fringes, to see whether parapsychology is as unscientific as it is reputed to be. It is what he finds out about mainstream science that surprises him. (@HiPhiNation, 2017-Jan-16)
315.thumbnail(Preview) Hackademics
What happens when you play by all of the rules of science, and find something that could not possibly be there? Barry visits ESP research labs, once at the heart of elite mainstream universities, now at the fringes, to see whether parapsychology is as unscientific as it is reputed to be. It is what he finds out about mainstream science that surprises him. (@HiPhiNation, 2017-Jan-16)
316.thumbnailHoP 264 - Giorgio Pini on Scotus on Knowledge
Peter hears about Duns Scotus’ epistemology from expert Giorgio Pini. (@HistPhilosophy, 2016-Nov-06)
317.thumbnailAn Interview With Daniel Chernilo - Grasped in Thought
Daniel Chernilo is a professor of social and political thought at Loughborough University in the UK. Dr. Chernilo has a new book coming out in early 2017 called Debating Humanity. We discuss human nature, essentialism, intersectionality, and the relationship between philosophy and sociology. You can purchase Dr. Chernilo’s book here and here. Here is the blog […] (@graspedblog, 2016-Dec-21)
318.thumbnailEpisode 107: Winking Under Oppression (with Manuel Vargas)
The philosopher and pride of Bakersfield, CA Manuel Vargas joins us to talk about culpability under conditions of oppression. How should we treat wrongdoers when their actions and character are shaped in part by their oppressive circumstances? Is it disrespectful not to blame oppressed people for their bad behavior? Can being oppressed make you more culpable in some circumstances? And what's the p... (@verybadwizards, 2017-Jan-24)
319.thumbnailEpisode 150: Guest Peter Singer on Famine, Affluence, and Morality (Part One)
What do we owe the poor? Mark and Wes interview perhaps the world's most influential living philosopher. We discuss his ongoing work rooted in his 1971 essay "Famine, Affluence, and Morality," about the warped priorities of our consumerist society: We spend money on luxuries while innocent children overseas die from inexpensively preventable causes. For more about Peter, see www.petersinger.info. (@PartiallyExLife, 2016-Oct-24)
320.thumbnailUniversal Human Rights
Michael Ignatieff says that alluding to abstract principles around ‘human rights’ is not nearly as effective in persuading people to be generous towards strangers as appealing to their instincts of decency and hospitality. (@DavidEdmonds100, 2016-Dec-16)
321.thumbnailAll People to the Power
What better day than Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to air a Socratic exchange with the inspiring, nonpareil civic activist, entrepreneur and all-around incredible human being Eric Liu, founder of Citizen University and author (among other riveting books) of the upcoming 'You're More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen's Guide to Making Change Happen' (you can pre-order it now). Eric and I have a most... (@ChristopherCafe, 2017-Jan-16)
322.thumbnailThe posthuman
In the 1960s Michel Foucault famously declared the end of man as we know him. So, how's the project going? Rosi Braidotti on how we got here, and what’s still to come. (@RadioNational, 2016-Dec-04)
323.thumbnailHPI 28 - Who Wants to Live Forever? - Early Ayurvedic Medicine
Philosophical aspects of Ayurveda, focusing on the oldest surviving medical treatise, the Caraka-Samhita. (@HistPhilosophy, 2016-Oct-30)
324.thumbnailEpisode 149: Plato’s “Crito”: A Performance and Discussion
Broadway stars Walter Bobbie and Bill Youmans perform Plato's dialogue in which Socrates awaits his execution. Should Socrates defy the verdict and try to escape the city? Socrates says no; that would be ungrateful to the city whose benefits he's enjoyed. Bill joins the full PEL foursome for a lively discussion. (@PartiallyExLife, 2016-Oct-17)
325.thumbnailMissing
Seek and ye shall find, the saying goes. But is it something you should then reveal and share with others? When and under what circumstances should you share something that has been missing? Theater owner, celebrated documentary film-maker, and marvelous mom Viviana García Besné has some illuminating answers. When you enter her movie theater, Baticine, situated in Tepoztlan, Mexico, you are... (@ChristopherCafe, 2017-Jan-13)
326.thumbnailAwakenings
Listen in to this intriguing Socratic give-and-take with Democracy Cafe board member, successful executive, and all-around fascinating human being Paul Stahl of San Antonio. It deals with the subject of awakenings and the continual process of decision-making involved in 'staying awake.' Our exchange, about half-way through, takes a decidedly and movingly personal turn -- leading to surprising and ... (@ChristopherCafe, 2017-Jan-12)
327.thumbnail(Preview) Soldier Philosophers
The current American laws outlawing torture in the war on terror trace back to the actions of one Army whistleblower over ten years ago. In a two-part series, we follow his story through four combat tours, leading up to his life today as a philosopher. We hear about moral injury, about ethics in the age of unconventional warfare, and we hear from leading philosophers seeking to overturn centuries ... (@HiPhiNation, 2017-Jan-09)
328.thumbnail(Preview) Soldier Philosophers
The current American laws outlawing torture in the war on terror trace back to the actions of one Army whistleblower over ten years ago. In a two-part series, we follow his story through four combat tours, leading up to his life today as a philosopher. We hear about moral injury, about ethics in the age of unconventional warfare, and we hear from leading philosophers seeking to overturn centuries ... (@HiPhiNation, 2017-Jan-09)
329.thumbnailHoP 263 - One in a Million - Scotus on Universals and Individuals
Scotus explains how things can share a nature in common while being unique individuals. (@HistPhilosophy, 2016-Oct-23)
330.thumbnailEpisode 148: Aristotle on Friendship and Happiness (Part Two)
Concluding on Aristotle's Nichomachean Ethics, books 8–10. Should you share your sorrow with your friends? Can you be friends with someone in a different social station? Do you really need to love yourself before you can be a friend? Why are real friendships in modern society so hard? Do we all at some level know what's really good, even if we proclaim different ideas? (@PartiallyExLife, 2016-Oct-10)
331.thumbnailPride and prudence
Smashed avocados are now at $22—so what of prudence, virtue, and frugality? Emrys Westacott has a veggie patch and has taught philosophy students how to be 'tight-wads'. (@RadioNational, 2016-Nov-27)
332.thumbnailEpisode 148: Aristotle on Friendship and Happiness (Part One)
On the final books 8–10 of Aristotle's Nichomachean Ethics. What does friendship have to do with ethics? With guest Ana Sandoiu. (@PartiallyExLife, 2016-Oct-03)
333.thumbnailHPI 27 - The Theory of Evolution - Isvarakrsna’s Samkhya-karika
The oldest treatise of Sāṃkhya enumerates the principles of the cosmos and of the human mind. (@HistPhilosophy, 2016-Oct-16)
334.thumbnailHow do we figure out what we want individually?
Join Chris and renegade scholar, author (A Renegade History of the U.S., among others), entrepreneur, rabble-rouser Thaddeus Russell in this exchange (and while you're at it, check out Thad's website at www.ThaddeusRussell.com). Thad simply defies labels, even the all too easy attempt at pegging him as a libertarian -- he's open, curious, and determined to shake things up in the best way possible.... (@ChristopherCafe, 2017-Jan-07)
335.thumbnailEpisode 147: Aristotle on Wisdom and Incontinence (Part Two)
Continuing on the Nichomachean Ethics, bks 6–7. More on intellectual virtues (like nous or rational intuition), plus we finally get to weakness of the will (akrasia), which is much better than simply being a jerk with wrong moral beliefs. (@PartiallyExLife, 2016-Sep-26)
336.thumbnailHoP 262 - On Command - Scotus on Ethics
Scotus argues that morality is a matter of freely choosing to follow God’s freely issued commands. (@HistPhilosophy, 2016-Oct-09)
337.thumbnailSeeing reason
Aristotle firmly held that reason sets humans apart from other animals—Julian Baggini explains the reasonable limits of reason. (@RadioNational, 2016-Nov-20)
338.thumbnailEpisode 147: Aristotle on Wisdom and Incontinence (Part One)
On the Nichomachean Ethics (ca. 350 BCE), books 6–7. Is intelligence just one thing? Aristotle picks out a number of distinct faculties, some of which are relevant to ethics, and he uses these to explain Plato's puzzle of how someone can clearly see what the good for him is, and yet fail to pursue it due to weakness of the will. This episode continues our discussion from way back in ep. 5. (@PartiallyExLife, 2016-Sep-19)
339.thumbnail(Preview) Wishes of the Dead
Trillions of dollars of the US economy are devoted to executing the wishes of people who died long ago, rather than satisfying the needs, preferences, and values of those living now. Barry investigates one particularly interesting case of this, and seeks out answers to the philosophical question; do we really have obligations to continue honoring the wishes of the dead at the expense of the n... (@HiPhiNation, 2017-Jan-02)
340.thumbnail(Preview) Wishes of the Dead
Trillions of dollars of the US economy are devoted to executing the wishes of people who died long ago, rather than satisfying the needs, preferences, and values of those living now. Barry investigates one particularly interesting case of this, and seeks out answers to the philosophical question; do we really have obligations to continue honoring the wishes of the dead at the expense of the n... (@HiPhiNation, 2017-Jan-02)
341.thumbnailRationally Speaking #175 - Chris Blattman on "Do sweatshops reduce poverty?"
Professor Chris Blattman has run some well-designed randomized controlled trials exploring low-paying factories (which some might call "sweatshops"), and he discusses what surprised him and how he's updated his views from his research. (@Rspodcast, 2017-Jan-08)
342.thumbnailEpisode 146: Emmanuel Levinas on Overcoming Solitude (Part Two)
Concluding Levinas's Time and the Other (1948), in which we talk about the present being freedom, before there's even a will! Also: being encumbered by your own body, relating to the world as nourishment, and getting over yourself through good lovin.' (@PartiallyExLife, 2016-Sep-12)
343.thumbnailHPI 26 - Francis Clooney on Vedanta
Francis Clooney joins us to discuss the religious and philosophical aspects of Vedānta. (@HistPhilosophy, 2016-Oct-02)
344.thumbnailEpisode 146: Emmanuel Levinas on Overcoming Solitude (Part One)
More Levinas, working this time through Time and the Other (1948). What is it for a person to exist? What individuates one person from another, making us into selves instead of just part of the causal net of events? Why would someone possibly think that these are real, non-obvious questions that need to be addressed? (@PartiallyExLife, 2016-Sep-05)
345.thumbnailEpisode 145: Emmanuel Levinas: Why Be Ethical? (Part Two)
Continuing on "Ethics as First Philosophy" (1984) and other essays. We try to complete Levinas's story on how revealing the flawed, aggressive character of our culture and personal attitudes can lead us to recognition of the ethical demand of the Other. (@PartiallyExLife, 2016-Aug-29)
346.thumbnailHoP 261 - To Will or Not to Will - Scotus on Freedom
Scotus develops a novel theory of free will and, along the way, rethinks the notions of necessity and possibility. (@HistPhilosophy, 2016-Sep-25)
347.thumbnailEpisode 106: American Grandstand
David and Tamler take a break from moral grandstanding to talk about moral grandstanding. How often do we moralize to make us look respectable? Does grandstanding make us more cynical about ethical debates? Does it contribute to outrage exhaustion and increased polarization? Most importantly, who does it more, David or Tamler? Plus: some of our favorite answers to this year's Edge.org question. (... (@verybadwizards, 2017-Jan-10)
348.thumbnailSnookered: women and philosophy
Why so few women in philosophy? David Papineau talks with Eleanor Gordon Smith about his contentious article on the matter. (@RadioNational, 2016-Nov-13)
349.thumbnailHPI 25 - Communication Breakdown - Bhartrihari on Language
The grammarian Bhartṛhari argues that the study of language is the path to liberation, because the undivided reality underlying language is brahman. (@HistPhilosophy, 2016-Sep-18)
350.thumbnailHow do we go about hatching the best ideas?
Join Chris as he has a philosophical riff with civic mover and shaker Danielle Olson of HatchTheFuture.org A young and (if Chris does say so himself) incomparably dynamic Visual Strategist and social entrepreneur, Danielle walks us through the world of change theory and systems thinking, even as it applies to personal relationships, as she explores with Chris how best to go about genuinely making... (@ChristopherCafe, 2016-Dec-31)
351.thumbnailHoP 260 - Once and for All - Scotus on Being
Duns Scotus attacks the proposal of Aquinas and Henry of Ghent that being is subject to analogy. (@HistPhilosophy, 2016-Sep-11)
352.thumbnailHPI 24 - No Two Ways About It - Sankara and Advaita Vedanta
Śaṅkara and his “non-dual” (Advaita) Vedānta, which teaches that only brahman is real, and the world of experience and individual self are mere illusion. (@HistPhilosophy, 2016-Sep-04)
353.thumbnailWhy Worry about Class?
Holly Lawford Smith on class privilege and obligations. (@DavidEdmonds100, 2016-Nov-22)
354.thumbnailRace and gender in an age of transition
The trans moment: gender and race in an age of unsettled categories. (@RadioNational, 2016-Nov-06)
355.thumbnailSeason One Trailer #1
A brand new show bringing storytelling together with philosophy, Hi-Phi Nation aims to do for philosophy what Freakonomics did for economics, what Invisibilia does for cognitive psychology, and what all of your favorite podcasts do for your entertainment and enlightenment. Our inaugural 10-episode season will launch in late January 2017. Hosted and produced completely independently by Barry Lam, p... (@HiPhiNation, 2016-Dec-24)
356.thumbnailSeason One Trailer #1
A brand new show bringing storytelling together with philosophy, Hi-Phi Nation aims to do for philosophy what Freakonomics did for economics, what Invisibilia does for cognitive psychology, and what all of your favorite podcasts do for your entertainment and enlightenment. Our inaugural 10-episode season will launch in late January 2017. Hosted and produced completely independently by Barry Lam, p... (@HiPhiNation, 2016-Dec-24)
357.thumbnailWhat good can politics do?
In this Socrates Cafe podcast, Sawyer Neale, the youngest delegate at last summer's Democratic National Convention, and a rabble-rousing (in the best sense) stellar student at St. John's College in Annapolis -- who wrote in his admission's essay how much my children's book The Philosophers' Club influenced him at a tender age -- shares his philosophy of the good that politics can do, even (especia... (@ChristopherCafe, 2016-Dec-27)
358.thumbnailMemories, morals, and me
An essential part of personal identity may be our moral self. (@RadioNational, 2016-Oct-30)
359.thumbnailHow can and should music shape our identity?
How does music shape our identity? How should it? How can it revolutionize our individual and societal selves? Listen in to the latest Socrates Cafe Podcast between Chris and Isabela Raygoza, music reviewer, critic, curator (Rolling Stone, Google Play, MTV, you name it), and all-around extraordinary human being. (@ChristopherCafe, 2016-Dec-22)
360.thumbnailThe social contract in an age of terror: who can you trust?
Media, trust, and the politics of fear. (@RadioNational, 2016-Oct-23)
361.thumbnailEpisode #094 ... A Look at Suffering
Today we look at the concept of suffering from multiple different angles including the philosopher Fyodor Dostoyevsky and the movement in Transhumanism known as The Hedonistic Imperative. (@iamstephenwest, 2016-Nov-24)
362.thumbnailEpisode 105: Wizards With (Reactive) Attitudes
David and Tamler go back to basics--discussing a paper (Victoria McGeer on responsibilty and Strawson) and arguing about restorative justice. What is the function of attitudes like resentment and anger? Do they presume anything metaphysics of agency? Why is Josh Greene trying to erode the moral scaffolding of society? Plus we talk about the latest Aeon troll piece on why sexual desire is wrong. (@verybadwizards, 2016-Dec-28)
363.thumbnailShould we care about debt?
Alex Douglas on the morality of debt and obligations. (@DavidEdmonds100, 2016-Nov-06)
364.thumbnailEpisode 022: John Corvino on Homosexuality
Myisha Cherry chats with philosopher John Corvino about homosexuality, traditional marriage, religious liberty and discrimination, being out in academia, and so much more. (@myishacherry, 2016-Dec-27)
365.thumbnailHappiness—it’s not personal
What does critical theory have to do with happiness? (@RadioNational, 2016-Oct-16)
366.thumbnailSleep, sex, and fairy tales
For an activity that takes up 30% of our lives it’s a mystery that we don’t pay more attention to it. (@RadioNational, 2016-Oct-09)
367.thumbnailIs all art political?
Renelio Marin, a highly accomplished artist based in Manhattan and one of my erstwhile stellar students when I was a prof at New York University, in their Media, Culture and Communications graduate program, kindly agreed to have a Socratic exchange with me: Is all art, including the most abstract and 'non-representative', political in some way? Renelio is described in part on one site where ... (@ChristopherCafe, 2016-Dec-14)
368.thumbnailPart 2: How can we all get along?
After a power outage, Chris and Dennis Dienst, organizer of many ongoing Socrates Cafes throughout Minnesota, longtime devotee of Chris's work and dear friend, resume their exploration of this timely and timeless question. (@ChristopherCafe, 2016-Dec-12)
369.thumbnailDeath duties
It’s said that philosophy is a preparation for death—so try this simple question. (@RadioNational, 2016-Oct-02)
370.thumbnailGender bending
Gender—time to revisit the basics. (@RadioNational, 2016-Sep-25)
371.thumbnailFrom Reason to Enlightenment
Some pivotal moments in philosophy—in plain language. (@RadioNational, 2016-Sep-18)
372.thumbnailRationally Speaking #174 - John Ioannidis on "What happened to Evidence-based medicine?"
John Ioannidis and Julia discuss how Evidence-Based Medicine has been "hijacked," by whom, and what do do about it. (@Rspodcast, 2016-Dec-11)
373.thumbnailEpisode #093 ... Nietzsche pt. 4 - Love
Today we look at the concept of love from several different angles in an attempt to better understand our own thoughts on love. (@iamstephenwest, 2016-Nov-06)
374.thumbnailSuper Intelligence
Nick Bostrom on machines that are becoming super intelligent. (@DavidEdmonds100, 2016-Oct-16)
375.thumbnailLogic: if + then = why?
Hold on to your modus ponens; we’re getting serious about precision. (@RadioNational, 2016-Sep-11)
376.thumbnailZeno's Paradoxes
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Zeno of Elea, a pre-Socratic philosopher from c490-430 BC whose paradoxes were described by Bertrand Russell as "immeasurably subtle and profound." The best known argue against motion, such as that of an arrow in flight which is at a series of different points but moving at none of them, or that of Achilles who, despite being the faster runner, will never catch up w... (@BBCInOurTime, 2016-Sep-22)
377.thumbnailThe truth, beauty, and power of punk
40 years of punk, but what's it got to do with philosophy? (@RadioNational, 2016-Sep-04)
378.thumbnailWhat were they thinking?
Can we really know what other minds are up to—including your dog, cat or canary? (@RadioNational, 2016-Aug-28)
379.thumbnailEpisode 104: Smelling Salts for Morality: Our Top 3 Movies About Empathy (with Paul Bloom)
Paul Bloom takes some time away from his "Waking Up" appearances to join us for a very special movie episode: our top three films about empathy. Can movies help us understand the experiences of people who live completely different lives? Do serial killers need empathy to effectively torture their victims? Does empathy make you want to blow up the world, or lead naked men into black liquid-y void... (@verybadwizards, 2016-Dec-14)
380.thumbnailLove and Attraction
The Philosophy of Love and Attraction. Interview with Anders Sandberg. (@DavidEdmonds100, 2016-Sep-20)
381.thumbnailBewilderment and Wonder
What might the world, our world, be like if we grew more open, more questioning, more unsure of our knowledge base, as the years passed? Chris and Paul Martin, a renaissance person if ever there was one -- Chief Investment Officer for Martin Capital Advisors in San Antonio, artist, entrepreneur, philanthropist -- pontificate on the matter in the context of examining a bit of Rumi's poem 'Bewilderm... (@ChristopherCafe, 2016-Nov-25)
382.thumbnailWhat's Wrong With Passive Aggression?
Rebecca Roache gives a cool-headed appraisal of a round-about way of showing hostility. (@DavidEdmonds100, 2016-Sep-07)
383.thumbnailRationally Speaking #173 - Brendan Nyhan on "What can we learn from the election?"
Julia talks with political scientist Brendan Nyhan about Trump's surprising win in the 2016 presidential election. Were the polls and models wrong? If so, why? How surprised should we have been by Trump's win? And why didn't the markets react badly to it? (@Rspodcast, 2016-Nov-27)
384.thumbnailEpisode 021: Denise James on Political Illusions
Myisha cherry chats with philosopher Denise James about Political Illusions, Lorraine Hansberry, the problem of integration, dying cities, and much more. (@myishacherry, 2016-Dec-02)
385.thumbnailEpisode #092 ... Nietzsche pt. 3 - Thus Spoke Zarathustra
Today we talk about Nietzsche's famous work Thus Spoke Zarathustra. (@iamstephenwest, 2016-Oct-04)
386.thumbnailEpisode 103: Very Bad Utopias
It’s the Thanksgiving episode! David and Tamler give thanks to their listeners and Patreon supporters with an episode chosen by our top Patreon subscribers (it was the most enjoyable election we've had all month). It was close, we had a bunch of great suggestions (that we'll refer to for upcoming episodes), but the winner was this topic from Bryan Farrow: "In the vein of the Republic and Rati... (@verybadwizards, 2016-Nov-29)
387.thumbnailEpisode #091 ... Nietzsche pt. 2 - The Will to Power
Today we talk about Nietzsche, the concept of the Will to Power and the dangers of predatory buffalos. (@iamstephenwest, 2016-Sep-21)
388.thumbnailWe Do Need Some Education (But Not Like What We Have Now)
In this Socrates Cafe podcast, Chris has at it with scholar, professor at University of Delaware, rabble rouser and philosopher David Blacker, author of 'The Falling Rate of Learning and the Neoliberal Endgame,' among other great works. We eventually get around to exploring in cools ways the packed question, "what kind of educational institutions do we need in order to remake our identities in the... (@ChristopherCafe, 2016-Nov-11)
389.thumbnailRationally Speaking #172 - Brian Nosek on "Why science needs openness"
This episode features Brian Nosek, a professor of psychology and founder of the Center for Open Science. He and Julia discuss what openness means, some clever approaches to boosting openness, and whether openness could have any downsides. (@Rspodcast, 2016-Nov-13)
390.thumbnailEpisode #090 ... Nietzsche pt. 1 - God is dead and so is Captain Morgan
Today we begin our discussion on the work of Friedrich Nietzsche. (@iamstephenwest, 2016-Aug-26)
391.thumbnailEpisode 020: Post-Election Panel on Trump and the Age of Ignorance
Myisha Cherry chats with Meena Krishnamurthy and Rachel McKinnon about their reactions to the election, ignorance during the election season, how to overcome and survive ignornace, the future role of the media as vehicles of knowledge, and so much more. (@myishacherry, 2016-Nov-16)
392.thumbnailEpisode 102: Red, Black, and Blue
David and Tamler stumble their way through talking about the election results, how Trump got elected, the role of racism, sexism, the liberal bubble, complacency, economic anxiety - and find they're just as confused as everyone else. In the second segment, we lighten things up a little (really!) and discuss the Black Mirror episode "San Junipero" (available on Netflix). Spoiler talk so try to see ... (@verybadwizards, 2016-Nov-15)
393.thumbnailRationally Speaking #171 - Scott Aaronson on "The ethics and strategy of vote trading"
Julia and professor Scott Aaronson explores the unorthodox idea of "swapping" your vote with someone in a swing state who was going to vote for a third party candidate. (@Rspodcast, 2016-Oct-30)
394.thumbnailEpisode 101: Having Desert and Eating It Too
Why do we call Mozart a creative genius? He created his music, but do we also think that he created himself? How do we determine who deserves praise as an artist? What about athletes? What standards do we use - do they involve a strong notion of free will that’s incompatible with determinism? If not, why should we think that moral praise and blame require agents to act with that sort of free wi... (@verybadwizards, 2016-Nov-01)
395.thumbnailRationally Speaking #170 - Will Wilkinson on "Social justice and political philosophy"
How did "social justice" come to mean what it does today? Will Wilkinson and Julia discuss the libertarian reaction to social justice, whether or not social justice is a zero-sum game, and how the Internet exacerbates conflicts over social justice. (@Rspodcast, 2016-Oct-16)
396.thumbnailJulian Dodd – What 4’33” is
The London Aesthetics Forum is an initiative of the Institute of Philosophy. (http://philosophy.sas.ac.uk ) Julian Dodd What 4'33" is Wednesday, 26 October 2016 16.00-18.00 at Senate House, London Please do not cite or reproduce this material without written permission of the author We thank the British Society of Aesthetics for their generous support. For more inform... (@aestheticsforum, 2016-Oct-27)
397.thumbnailJason Gaiger – Pictorial Experience and the Perception of Rhythm
The London Aesthetics Forum is an initiative of the Institute of Philosophy. (http://philosophy.sas.ac.uk ) Jason Gaiger Pictorial Experience and the Perception of Rhythm Wednesday, 05 October 2016 16.00-18.00 at Senate House, London Please do not cite or reproduce this material without written permission of the author We thank the British Society of Aesthetics for their gene... (@aestheticsforum, 2016-Oct-18)
398.thumbnailRationally Speaking #169 - Owen Cotton-Barratt on "Thinking About Humanity's Far Future"
What can we do now to affect whether humanity is still around in 1000 years (and what life will be like then)? In this episode, Julia talks with Owen Cotton-Barratt, a mathematician at Oxford's Future of Humanity Institute. (@Rspodcast, 2016-Oct-02)
399.thumbnailEpisode 100: It's a Celebration
David and Tamler have their 100th episode hijacked briefly before taking it back like Wesley Snipes in Passenger 57. To celebrate the milestone Tamler pops some champagne, Dave sips his high priced Ivy League bourbon, and we both take a quiz designed by MIT that assesses our moral worldview and determines how driverless cars should be programmed. In the second segment we answer a bunch of question... (@verybadwizards, 2016-Oct-13)
400.thumbnailRationally Speaking #168 - Don Moore on "Overconfidence"
Don Moore and Julia discuss the various forms of overconfidence, whether its upsides are big enough to outweigh its downsides, and what people mean when they insist "I think things are better than they really are." (@Rspodcast, 2016-Sep-18)
401.thumbnailPictures and Propositions: Daisy Dixon
This is a recording of: Pictures and Propositions 13th – 14th June 2016 Senate House, Senate Room This conference brings philosophers from art and aesthetics working on pictorial representation together with philosophers of mind and language working on the nature of content. We believe that each party is well positioned to offer new insights to the other. For example, by attending to ... (@aestheticsforum, 2016-Oct-05)
402.thumbnailPictures and Propositions: Dominic Gregory
This is a recording of: Pictures and Propositions 13th – 14th June 2016 Senate House, Senate Room This conference brings philosophers from art and aesthetics working on pictorial representation together with philosophers of mind and language working on the nature of content. We believe that each party is well positioned to offer new insights to the other. For example, by attending to ... (@aestheticsforum, 2016-Oct-05)
403.thumbnailPictures and Propositions: Catharine Abell
This is a recording of: Pictures and Propositions 13th – 14th June 2016 Senate House, Senate Room This conference brings philosophers from art and aesthetics working on pictorial representation together with philosophers of mind and language working on the nature of content. We believe that each party is well positioned to offer new insights to the other. For example, by attending to ... (@aestheticsforum, 2016-Oct-05)
404.thumbnailPictures and Propositions: John Kulvicki
This is a recording of: Pictures and Propositions 13th – 14th June 2016 Senate House, Senate Room This conference brings philosophers from art and aesthetics working on pictorial representation together with philosophers of mind and language working on the nature of content. We believe that each party is well positioned to offer new insights to the other. For example, by attending to ... (@aestheticsforum, 2016-Oct-05)
405.thumbnailPictures and Propositions: Gabriel Greenberg
This is a recording of: Pictures and Propositions 13th – 14th June 2016 Senate House, Senate Room This conference brings philosophers from art and aesthetics working on pictorial representation together with philosophers of mind and language working on the nature of content. We believe that each party is well positioned to offer new insights to the other. For example, by attending to ... (@aestheticsforum, 2016-Oct-05)
406.thumbnailPictures and Propositions: Elisabeth Camp
This is a recording of: Pictures and Propositions 13th – 14th June 2016 Senate House, Senate Room This conference brings philosophers from art and aesthetics working on pictorial representation together with philosophers of mind and language working on the nature of content. We believe that each party is well positioned to offer new insights to the other. For example, by attending to ... (@aestheticsforum, 2016-Oct-05)
407.thumbnailRationally Speaking #167 - Samuel Arbesman on "Why technology is becoming too complex"
In this episode, Julia talks with complexity scientist Samuel Arbesman, about his new book Overcomplicated: Technology at the Limits of Comprehension, why unprecedented levels of complexity might be dangerous, and what we should do about it. (@Rspodcast, 2016-Sep-04)
408.thumbnailEpisode 99: Mockingbirds, Destructo-Critics, and Mr. Robot
David and Tamler tackle three topics on their last double digit episode. First, should a middle school perform "To Kill a Mockingbird" even if they have to use bad language the "n-word," and talk about sexual assault? Tamler relates a story involving his daughter (who was supposed to play Scout) and a playwright who refused to allow his play to be censored. But when it comes to drama, middle schoo... (@verybadwizards, 2016-Sep-27)
409.thumbnailEpisode 98: Mind the Gap
David and Tamler break down the biggest question in moral philosophy -- can we derive value judgments from a set of purely factual claims? Like the Scottish Philosopher David Hume they're surprised when the usual copulation of propositions 'is' and 'is not' suddenly turn into conclusions in the form of 'ought' and 'ought not.' And what's the deal with all these copulating propositions anyway? Ar... (@verybadwizards, 2016-Sep-13)
410.thumbnailEpisode 019: Paul C. Taylor on Black Aesthetics
Myisha Cherry chats with Philosopher Paul C. Taylor about black invisibility, art and politics, authenticity and cultural appropriation, beauty and race, and much more. (@myishacherry, 2016-Sep-02)
411.thumbnailEpisode 97: Dogmatic Slumber Party
Do you have strong views on climate change, taxes, health care, or gun control? Do you think the evidence and reason support your side of the debate? How do you know you’re right? David and Tamler discuss a recent paper by Dan Kahan and colleagues showing how prone people are to make errors in processing information to favor positions they are predisposed to believe. And even more shocking: ... (@verybadwizards, 2016-Aug-30)

Questions in Podcast Episode Descriptions

(ordered as in episode list above; click/tap question to jump to episode entry)

Do we buy Debord's critique?
... no revolution) just more spectacle?
... Is technology inherently dehumanizing?
... Don't these passivity/anti-technology arguments even apply to books?
... Could Debord's model of authenticity catch on in society as a whole?
What is culture?
How can we learn from failure?
The rituals of remembrance can be powerful and moving, but what moral lesson lies beneath?
But is it the wrong end of the stick?
Why does apparently trivial ritual play such an important part in some ancient Chinese philosophy?
What's the nature of love/lust?
... Are we really just loving an image we've built while remaining fundamentally isolated?
... And is it just an illusionary social construct that keeps us all from feeling fundamental vertigo?
Are you a victim of crime?
... What are YOUR obligations?
Why does it matter for philosophy, beyond providing an alternative to intelligent design?
... Is it really anti-religious?
... How can well tell if it's really a scientific theory?
... Talking about a species evolving trait X to enable survival sounds teleological; is it really, and is that bad?
... Why would the mind develop through natural selection?
What’s real and what’s illusion?
... What happens when our illusions unravel?
... How do expectations affect our experience?
... How can artists use our expectations to manipulate our emotions?
What are the philosophical ramifications of Darwin's theory of evolution?
But what is it exactly?
What is Art?
Are our ideas of political membership changing in a globalised world?
How would a scientifically minded person argue for the existence of God?
What's the relationship between ethics, reason, and revelation?
... What could "faith" possibly mean to a hard-core rationalist like Spinoza?
... Is it possible to buy into the non-denominational "true religion" without believing any of the dogmas of traditional religion at all?
Profiling is commonplace?
... But is it ethical?
What is the Buddhist conception of not-self?
... When we become aware that the boundaries between us and the world are fluid, what is the “we” that arrives at this insight?
... Can daily meditation make you less of a dick?
... How does evolutionary psychology bear on these questions?
What’s the relationship between ethics and political power?
... Given that religious factions tend to create strife, what’s the optimal role of the government in mitigating that damage?
... Is theocracy in any way a good idea?
Is it always better to be just than unjust?
ordinances; does it make sense to say that God makes rules for people?
... Also, how does Spinoza deal with alleged miracles given that natural laws are absolute regularities?
What happens when we discover why we believe the things we believe?
... What if we discover that our values are the product of our cultural tradition, or personal experience, or natural selection?
... Should we be more skeptical of our values once we learn their history?
The process of dying can be horrible for many, but is there anything bad about death itself?
But is anyone right?
... Is there no disputing about taste?
... Are all tastes equal?
Is privacy really a fundamental value?
Could a morally perfect person survive in the modern world?
... Is all this "modernity," which so efficiently computes our desires and provides mechanisms to fulfill them, actually suited to achieve human flourishing?
What is boundary of your mind?
... Is it contained with your body, or does it extend to the external environment--to your laptop, notebook, smartphone and more?
... Is this a purely terminological question, or one with practical and moral significance?
Are general terms like "water" or "dog" just things that we made up to order the world?
Who will we blame in the future?
Why do we have art at all?
Does the recent "Sokal-like" hoax expose the ideological extremism of gender studies?
... Or does it show that certain portions of the "skeptic" community are susceptible to the same biases as their opponents?
When I die will I be dead?
Is a Jaffa Cake a cake or a biscuit?
Plus, was the the documentary actually good as a film?
What's wrong with hypocrisy?
Baldwin diagnoses our racism-related psycho-social maladies, but how can we best translate his observations into generally applicable philosophical theory?
Why do we have consciousness at all?
Is the recent controversy at the feminist philosophy journal Hypatia diagnostic of larger problems in philosophy?
... Can the replication crisis ever be solved?
How can we not only help one another function, but thrive in the world, while still suffering greatly from life's most extreme slings and arrows, such as the tragic and untimely loss of a loved one?
... How do we learn to become comfortable bumbling through the darkness?
How can we transcend this notion of separation, and come to realize there is one continuous consciousness and energy, and that we are one with everything?
Is the rhetoric of "White Privilege" just the modern way of acknowledging historical and systemic truths of racism, or does it point to a novel way for acknowledging injustice, or does it on the contrary obscure these insights by involving confused claims about group responsibility and guilt?
How does the book relate to real-world politics?
... Is this something that we should actually be afraid our society will turn into?
... Was he predicting history, or was it satire, or what?
But what virtues and best practices does the cream of the crop among coaches embody and exemplify?
What's the relation between language and totalitarianism?
What if we the American people returned to our heretical origins?
... What if we rediscovered and recovered Nature's God -- the Nature's God that was front and center in our Declaration of Independence?
... What if we engaged again as citizens of our constitutional republic in the way envisioned by our many of our Founders -- a form of engagement based on a belief in Nature's God?
How can we harness the power of persuasion and dialogue to change the way we interact with one another, and ultimately to make our democracy more vibrant?
Does the expected value of believing in God outweigh the probability that you're wrong?
... How does belief work--can you just turn it on and off?
... What if you believe in the wrong God?
How do we make sure that every human being, no matter the circumstances in which she starts out her life, has the opportunity to fulfill her promise?
How should we act?
... What's the relation between ethics and politics?
... Can a bunch of aphorisms written in the distant past for an unapologetically hierarchical culture emphasizing traditional rituals actually give us relevant, welcome advice on these matters?
... Are we even in a position to determine the meaning of these sayings?
Is it possible to interlace young people's learning experiences and educational curricula with a decidedly values-based approach and ethos?
... And if so, what's the best way -- and the best values to inculcate (and what do we mean by 'values')?
Should gender matter?
... And if so, how, and in what way?
... Through what lenses of empathy and understanding and open-mindedness should we consider gender, whether we are parents or childless, young or old -- but democratic citizens one and all, dedicated to creating a society in which all are treated equally and with dignity?
Can philosophy help here?
How should we understand the emotions that readers feel about fictional characters?
But is this the reason women drop out in droves?
Do bad things really happen to good people?
How do we best care for and heal ourselves, so we can better care for and help heal others in our orbit?
What kinds of difference should be celebrated?
... How can we forge a greater sense of fellow feeling with all our fellow humans, regardless of their dispositions, stances, outlooks?
Do political-comedy shows serve a a positive political purpose?
... Can an enlightened political viewpoint really be a mass movement at all?
Our ideas of manhood and womanhood determine the ways in which we raise and socialize our children, but how much does gender in a particular society depend on that society's relationship with violence?
... What happens when, all of a sudden, women are allowed to participate in a form of violence once reserved for men?
Our ideas of manhood and womanhood determine the ways in which we raise and socialize our children, but how much does gender in a particular society depend on that society's relationship with violence?
... What happens when, all of a sudden, women are allowed to participate in a form of violence once reserved for men?
What is laughter?
... What roles does it serve?
Jonathan Wolff, author of Why Read Marx Today?
How can design thinking help us, at any age and stage of life, to become more of a global citizen?
Do we map the world in our minds?
... Does that imply that we have a little inner map-reader in our heads interpreting mental representations?
Should a state with liberal values recognise marriage?
What makes for efficacious progressivism?
... Sound familiar?
How should we remember and commemorate those who die in war?
... What about the enemy dead?
How do we make America again?
... How do we 'make America' -- bring its promise and practice into ever greater alignment -- again and again and again?
Does our language shape our perception of reality?
... Would you have a child that you knew had a short time to live?
... What color is 'fuschia'?
How do we become a genuinely integrated self, so we can flourish in ways that forever push outward the boundaries of who we can?
... How can we sculpt a self that blends the best of Eastern and Western (and Northern and Southern, for that matter) philosophies and perspectives of self -- of human thoughts, sensations, feelings, the mind/body process -- on individual and grander scales?
He wanted to solve big conundrums, and discover what ultimately matters in a morally diverse universe?
What does it take to make the most timeless music?
... What part does human suffering have to play in the creation of such music?
... What kinds of formative experiences do many of the greatest composers and music makers have in common?
... What lies at the core, the heart and soul, of our most acclaimed music makers and musicians?
Or is it?
Or is it?
If you lived forever, could life be meaningful at all?
... If you accept the 'finiteness' of life, then what must you do to engage in a fruitful search for meaning?
... How do we make our life narrative both intelligible and consummately meaningful?
How does studying philosophy help you to make sense of the political landscape?
Are there any general "laws" of economics that we can be really confident in?
... Do economists discard models if the data doesn't support them?
How do we each best go about repairing the world?
... With so many wonderful causes to support and dedicate ourselves to, where should we put our focus?
What is money?
... What has to happen, what conditions have to be fulfilled -- in this "Post-Truth Era", or any other -- for money to fulfill its ideal role in society?
What is money?
... What has to happen, in this "Post-Truth Era," for it to fulfill its ideal role in society?
Is a "theory of knowledge" possible?
How do we human beings best go about blooming where we're planted?
Can we really know what other minds are up to—including your dog, cat or canary?
How do we get the courage to live a consummately creative life, regardless of our background, our unique talents and resources?
Do competing values ultimately reduce to a single set of moral principles?
Is there any value in the "irrational" parts of us?
... And can recognizing that tension help us live better?
What should the most meaningful conversations, indeed communions -- with works of art, of literature, and with their creators -- achieve?
thought?
Does romance makes us irrationally optimistic about our chances of happiness?
... And if so, is that a good or a bad thing?
Is there a justification for this difference, or is it only a convenient myth?
What are words worth?
Who are the best entrepreneurs and why?
... What is their 'process'?
... What (if anything) do they, should they, aim for?
... Is there such a quality as 'best,' when it comes to entrepreneurship?
Who are the best entrepreneurs and why?
... What is their 'process'?
... What (if anything) do they, should they, aim for?
... Is there such a quality as 'best,' when it comes to entrepreneurship?
How far can we go in self defence?
... And are some civilians legitimate targets in war?
Why do we have such low opinions of people who don't practice what they preach?
... Shouldn't we be happy that they promote the views we agree with?
Would you do something simply because it is the beautiful thing to do?
But could anyone really defend this system who wasn't himself benefitting from it at the expense of others?
What can a young person teach us older folks about living here and now, and how best to go about it?
How do we go about fully living in the moment?
... Is that even the best way to go about living?
... And if so, is there a best way, a process, to go about that best way?
What relevance do the concerns of a monarchy-defending aristocrat have for us today?
... What is political freedom without public wisdom?
How can the humanities make us more humane?
Does Singer's asserting such a heavy moral burden on us successfully condemn us to changing our priorities and/or feeling perpetually guilty, or is there something wrong with the argument?
What happens when you play by all of the rules of science, and find something that could not possibly be there?
What happens when you play by all of the rules of science, and find something that could not possibly be there?
How should we treat wrongdoers when their actions and character are shaped in part by their oppressive circumstances?
... Is it disrespectful not to blame oppressed people for their bad behavior?
... Can being oppressed make you more culpable in some circumstances?
What do we owe the poor?
So, how's the project going?
Should Socrates defy the verdict and try to escape the city?
But is it something you should then reveal and share with others?
... When and under what circumstances should you share something that has been missing?
Should you share your sorrow with your friends?
... Can you be friends with someone in a different social station?
... Do you really need to love yourself before you can be a friend?
... Why are real friendships in modern society so hard?
... Do we all at some level know what's really good, even if we proclaim different ideas?
Smashed avocados are now at $22—so what of prudence, virtue, and frugality?
What does friendship have to do with ethics?
Is intelligence just one thing?
What is it for a person to exist?
... What individuates one person from another, making us into selves instead of just part of the causal net of events?
... Why would someone possibly think that these are real, non-obvious questions that need to be addressed?
How often do we moralize to make us look respectable?
... Does grandstanding make us more cynical about ethical debates?
... Does it contribute to outrage exhaustion and increased polarization?
... Most importantly, who does it more, David or Tamler?
Why so few women in philosophy?
How does music shape our identity?
... How should it?
... How can it revolutionize our individual and societal selves?
What is the function of attitudes like resentment and anger?
... Do they presume anything metaphysics of agency?
... Why is Josh Greene trying to erode the moral scaffolding of society?
What does critical theory have to do with happiness?
Is all art, including the most abstract and 'non-representative', political in some way?
40 years of punk, but what's it got to do with philosophy?
Can we really know what other minds are up to—including your dog, cat or canary?
Can movies help us understand the experiences of people who live completely different lives?
... Do serial killers need empathy to effectively torture their victims?
What might the world, our world, be like if we grew more open, more questioning, more unsure of our knowledge base, as the years passed?
Were the polls and models wrong?
... If so, why?
... How surprised should we have been by Trump's win?
... And why didn't the markets react badly to it?
Why do we call Mozart a creative genius?
... He created his music, but do we also think that he created himself?
... How do we determine who deserves praise as an artist?
... What about athletes?
... What standards do we use - do they involve a strong notion of free will that’s incompatible with determinism?
How did "social justice" come to mean what it does today?
What can we do now to affect whether humanity is still around in 1000 years (and what life will be like then)?
First, should a middle school perform "To Kill a Mockingbird" even if they have to use bad language the "n-word," and talk about sexual assault?
David and Tamler break down the biggest question in moral philosophy -- can we derive value judgments from a set of purely factual claims?
... And what's the deal with all these copulating propositions anyway?
Do you have strong views on climate change, taxes, health care, or gun control?
... Do you think the evidence and reason support your side of the debate?
... How do you know you’re right?