Philosophy Podcasts

A list of episodes from the trailing year of selected podcasts that have associated Twitter feeds with over 1,000 followers.

Updated: 2017-Feb-19 16:00 UTC. Listed episodes: 230. Order: reverse chronological. Hide descriptions. Feedback: @TrueSciPhi.

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2017-Feb-19thumbnailHPI 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-15thumbnailPhilip 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. (@NigelWarburton)
2017-Feb-13thumbnailEpisode 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 vi... (@PartiallyExLife)
2017-Feb-12thumbnailHoP 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-07thumbnailEpisode 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-07thumbnailCreativity and Character
Matthew Keiran on the character traits of a person who is super-creative. (@DavidEdmonds100)
2017-Feb-06thumbnailEpisode 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-05thumbnailRationally 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-05thumbnailHPI 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-03thumbnailChris 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-02thumbnailHannah Arendt
elvyn 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 he... (@BBCInOurTime)
2017-Feb-01thumbnailEpisode 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-Jan-30thumbnailEpisode 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? | | Don't wait fo... (@PartiallyExLife)
2017-Jan-29thumbnailHoP 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-24thumbnailEpisode 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-23thumbnailEpisode 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. | | Listen to part 1 first or get the ad-free, unbroken Citizen Edition. Please support PEL! | | End song: "Bett... (@PartiallyExLife)
2017-Jan-22thumbnailRationally 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-22thumbnailHPI 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-21thumbnailDemocracy and the History of Philosophy
Peter muses on recent political events in light of the history of philosophy. (@HistPhilosophy)
2017-Jan-20thumbnailEpisode #096 ... Is Ayn Rand A Philosopher?
Today we talk about Ayn Rand.  (@iamstephenwest)
2017-Jan-18thumbnailAre 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-16thumbnailEpisode 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! | This discussion is continued on part 2. You can alternately get the ad-free, unbroken Citizen Edition. There are still PEL Wall Calendars left. | | Get $50 off a mattress at c... (@PartiallyExLife)
2017-Jan-15thumbnailHoP 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-14thumbnailKeith 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-12thumbnailNietzsche'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-10thumbnailEpisode 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-09thumbnailEpisode 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! | | Lis... (@PartiallyExLife)
2017-Jan-08thumbnailRationally 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-08thumbnailHPI 33 - Standard Deductions - Nyaya on Reasoning
Gautama and his commentators tell us how to separate good inferences from bad ones. (@HistPhilosophy)
2017-Jan-04thumbnailSelf Defence
How far can we go in self defence? And are some civilians legitimate targets in war? (@DavidEdmonds100)
2017-Jan-02thumbnailEpisode 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. | | Don't wait for part 2! Get the Citizen version now. Pl... (@PartiallyExLife)
2017-Jan-01thumbnailAmia 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-01thumbnailHoP 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)
2016-Dec-30thumbnailEpisode #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-28thumbnailEpisode 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-27thumbnailEpisode 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-26thumbnailEpisode 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. | | Listen to part 1 first or get the unbroken, ad-free Citize... (@PartiallyExLife)
2016-Dec-25thumbnailHPI 32 - What You See Is What You Get - Nyaya on Perception
Nyāya philosophers explain how perception can bring us knowledge. (@HistPhilosophy)
2016-Dec-21thumbnailAn 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-19thumbnailEpisode 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 a... (@PartiallyExLife)
2016-Dec-18thumbnailHoP 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-16thumbnailUniversal 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-14thumbnailEpisode 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-12thumbnailEpisode 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. | | Listen to part one first, or get the Citizen edition. | | Get a 2017 PEL Wall Calendar at partiallyexaminedlife.com/store! | | End song: "Wall of Nothingness... (@PartiallyExLife)
2016-Dec-11thumbnailRationally 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-11thumbnailHPI 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-05thumbnailKate 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-05thumbnailEpisode 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,... (@PartiallyExLife)
2016-Dec-04thumbnailHoP 266 - Tom Pink on the Will
A conversation with Tom Pink about medieval theories of freedom and action. (@HistPhilosophy)
2016-Dec-02thumbnailEpisode 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-02thumbnailAnthony 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-Nov-29thumbnailEpisode 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-27thumbnailRationally 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-27thumbnailHPI 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-24thumbnailEpisode #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-22thumbnailWhy Worry about Class?
Holly Lawford Smith on class privilege and obligations. (@DavidEdmonds100)
2016-Nov-21thumbnailEpisode 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-20thumbnailHoP 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-16thumbnailEpisode 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-15thumbnailEpisode 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-14thumbnailEpisode 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-13thumbnailRationally 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-13thumbnailHPI 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-12thumbnailKathleen 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-12thumbnailDavid 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-07thumbnailEpisode 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! | | Don't wait for part 2! Get the unbroken, ad-free Citizen version with your PEL ... (@PartiallyExLife)
2016-Nov-06thumbnailHoP 264 - Giorgio Pini on Scotus on Knowledge
Peter hears about Duns Scotus’ epistemology from expert Giorgio Pini. | (@HistPhilosophy)
2016-Nov-06thumbnailPEL 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 ... (@PartiallyExLife)
2016-Nov-06thumbnailEpisode #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-06thumbnailShould we care about debt?
Alex Douglas on the morality of debt and obligations. (@DavidEdmonds100)
2016-Nov-01thumbnailEpisode 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-Oct-31thumbnailEpisode 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-30thumbnailRationally 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-30thumbnailHPI 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-27thumbnailJulian 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-24thumbnailEpisode 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-23thumbnailHoP 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-18thumbnailJason 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-17thumbnailEpisode 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. | | Share the Facebook post for this ep, and we'll send you our full ep. 40 on the Re... (@PartiallyExLife)
2016-Oct-16thumbnailRationally 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-16thumbnailHPI 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-16thumbnailSuper Intelligence
Nick Bostrom on machines that are becoming super intelligent. (@DavidEdmonds100)
2016-Oct-13thumbnailEpisode 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-11thumbnailSophie 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-10thumbnailEpisode 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? Aristotle reveals it all! Plus, more on ethics, pleasure, and happiness: Do we all at some level know what's rea... (@PartiallyExLife)
2016-Oct-09thumbnailHoP 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-07thumbnailJonathan 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.  (@NigelWarburton)
2016-Oct-05thumbnailPictures 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-05thumbnailPictures 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-05thumbnailPictures 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-05thumbnailPictures 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-05thumbnailPictures 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-05thumbnailPictures 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-04thumbnailEpisode #092 ... Nietzsche pt. 3 - Thus Spoke Zarathustra
Today we talk about Nietzsche's famous work Thus Spoke Zarathustra.  (@iamstephenwest)
2016-Oct-03thumbnailEpisode 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? Aristotle thinks that friends are necessary for the good life and that the only true friend is a virtuous one. But the number one virtue is reason, and the chief activity for the good life for Aristotle is contemplation, so how does this connect with being a good friend? With guest Ana Sandoi... (@PartiallyExLife)
2016-Oct-03thumbnailPeter 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-02thumbnailRationally 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-02thumbnailNoel 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-02thumbnailHPI 26 - Francis Clooney on Vedanta
Francis Clooney joins us to discuss the religious and philosophical aspects of Vedānta. | (@HistPhilosophy)
2016-Sep-27thumbnailEpisode 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-26thumbnailEpisode 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. | | Listen to part 1 first, or better yet, get the ad-free Citizen edition. Support PEL! | | | Sponsors: Get your free month of The Great Courses Plus at th... (@PartiallyExLife)
2016-Sep-25thumbnailHoP 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-22thumbnailZeno'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-21thumbnailEpisode #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-20thumbnailRay 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. (@NigelWarburton)
2016-Sep-20thumbnailCecile 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-20thumbnailLove and Attraction
The Philosophy of Love and Attraction. Interview with Anders Sandberg. (@DavidEdmonds100)
2016-Sep-19thumbnailEpisode 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-18thumbnailRationally 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-18thumbnailHPI 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-13thumbnailEpisode 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-12thumbnailEpisode 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.' | | Listen to part 1 first, or get the ad-free, unbroken Citizen Edition. Please support PEL! | | Sponsors: Get your free month of The Great Cours... (@PartiallyExLife)
2016-Sep-11thumbnailHoP 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-07thumbnailWhat's Wrong With Passive Aggression?
Rebecca Roache gives a cool-headed appraisal of a round-about way of showing hostility. (@DavidEdmonds100)
2016-Sep-05thumbnailEpisode 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? Levinas gives us a phenomenological progression from the "there is," terrify... (@PartiallyExLife)
2016-Sep-04thumbnailRationally 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-04thumbnailHPI 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-02thumbnailEpisode 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-Aug-30thumbnailEpisode 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-29thumbnailEpisode 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. | | Listen to part 1 first, or get the ad-free Citizen Edition. Go "Share" the post for this episode on our Facebook page and we'll send you the ... (@PartiallyExLife)
2016-Aug-26thumbnailEpisode #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-22thumbnailEpisode 145: Emmanuel Levinas: Why Be Ethical? (Part One)
On "Ethics as First Philosophy" (1984). More existentialist ethics, with a Jewish twist this time! Seth returns to join Mark and Wes in figuring out how to best leave off all this aggressive "knowing" and other forms of individual self-assertion to grasp the more primordial appearance of the Other in all his or her vulnerability, which Levinas thinks makes us wholly responsible for others right of... (@PartiallyExLife)
2016-Aug-21thumbnailRationally Speaking #166 - Eric Schwitzgebel on "Why you should expect the truth to be crazy"
What role should "common sense" play in evaluating new theories? This episode features a discussion with philosopher Eric Schwitzgebel on his theory of "Crazyism," that we should expect the truth to be at least a little bit crazy. (@rspodcast)
2016-Aug-17thumbnailEpisode #089 ... Simone De Beauvoir - The Second Sex
Today we discuss the revolutionary work of Simone De Beauvoir entitled: The Second Sex (@iamstephenwest)
2016-Aug-16thumbnailEpisode 96: Memory and Meaning in "Memento" (with Paul Bloom)
So where are you? You’re in some house. What am I listening to? Sounds like the radio. Is it the radio? No, you’re not allowed to use that language on the radio. What are they talking about? A movie, it’s called "Memento." Have I seen that? I think so, yeah. Who are these people? Hey I recognize that voice, that’s Paul Bloom! I took his Coursera course before the accident, it was awe... (@verybadwizards)
2016-Aug-15thumbnailEpisode 144: Martha Nussbaum on Anger (Part Three: Discussion)
Post-interview discussion of more aspects of Martha Nussbaum's Anger and Forgiveness. Is Nussbaum right in saying that payback should not play any part in our justice apparatus? We try to lay out what changes in policy she's pushing for and discuss her self-improvement regimen of limited Stoicism. Wes, Dylan, and Mark all have some issue with her fundamental analysis of anger, and we try to hash o... (@PartiallyExLife)
2016-Aug-09thumbnailBonus Episode: More Doobie-ous Theories About "Mr. Robot" (Season 2)
Hello friend, did you come from the Berenstein with an 'E' universe? Or have you lived in the Berenstain with an 'A' universe? David and Tamler try to make sense of what's going on in Season 2 of Mr. Robot (Ep.1-5). You're gonna want to dig through your vomit for adderall for this one.Links | | The Berenstain Bears [wikipedia.org] | | The Berenstein Bears: We Are Living in Our Own Parallel U... (@verybadwizards)
2016-Aug-08thumbnailEpisode 144: Guest Martha Nussbaum on Anger (Part Two)
More interview on Anger and Forgiveness, now covering social justice, the legitimate role (if any) of anger and forgiveness in enacting justice and bringing about social change, and more on when Stoicism is legitimate and when it runs contra to ineliminable and/or authentically valuable human sentiments. | | Listen to part 1 or get the Citizen Edition, which includes post-interview discussion. | ... (@PartiallyExLife)
2016-Aug-07thumbnailRationally Speaking #165 - Robert Frank on "Success and Luck"
Julia chats with professor of economics Robert Frank about his latest book, Success and Luck: The Myth of the Modern Meritocracy. Why do we discount the role of luck in success? And would acknowledging luck's importance sap our motivation to try? (@rspodcast)
2016-Aug-06thumbnailSummer Reading
How to fill the month of August while the podcast is on summer break. Buy the book versions of the podcast at Oxford University Press. | | (@HistPhilosophy)
2016-Aug-06thumbnailSummer Reading
How to fill the month of August while the podcast is on summer break. Buy the book versions of the podcast at Oxford University Press. | (@HistPhilosophy)
2016-Aug-02thumbnailEpisode 95: The Repugnance of Repugnance
We all remember the famous iTunes review calling David and Tamler "repugnant." (And the T-shirt/mugs are coming soon, we promise!) But what did the reviewer mean by that? Was he calling us "immoral"? Did he actually feel disgust when he listened to the podcast? And if so, was there wisdom in his repugnance--did the feeling offer any moral insight about the podcast's value? How did an emotion that... (@verybadwizards)
2016-Aug-01thumbnailEpisode 144: Guest Martha Nussbaum on Anger (Part One)
On Anger and Forgiveness: Resentment, Generosity, Justice (2016). What role should we allow anger to play in our public life? Should systems of punishment be strictly impartial, or should they be retributive, i.e., expressive of public anger? Nussbaum thinks that anger necessarily involves the desire for payback, which is unhelpful. We should instead use anger to look toward the future and prevent... (@PartiallyExLife)
2016-Aug-01thumbnailJesse Prinz on Thinking with Pictures
Many philosophers deny the common sense view that we think with pictures. Are they right to do so? Jesse Prinz doesn't think so. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast he explains to Nigel Warburton why we need to think again about thinking with pictures. This episode is part of the series Mind Bites, made in association with Nicholas Shea's AHRC-sponsored Meaning for the Brain and Meani... (@philosophybites)
2016-Jul-31thumbnailHoP 259 - Richard Cross on Philosophy and the Trinity
Medieval discussions of the Trinity charted new metaphysical territory, as we see in this interview with Richard Cross. | (@HistPhilosophy)
2016-Jul-27thumbnailEpisode #088 ... Sartre and Camus pt. 3 - The Great Debate
Today we talk about the great post WW2 debate between Sartre and Camus.  (@iamstephenwest)
2016-Jul-25thumbnailPhi Fic #3 Frankenstein (PEL Crossover Special)
Guest Wes Alwan joins regulars Nathan Hanks, Mary Claire, Daniel St. Pierre, Laura Davis, and Cezary Baraniecki to discuss Mary Shelley's classic novel in this special cross-post from the newest member of the Partially Examined Life podcast network. Check out more episodes and be sure to subscribe at phificpodcast.com. | | Get your free month of The Great Courses Plus at thegreatcoursesplus.com/P... (@PartiallyExLife)
2016-Jul-24thumbnailRationally Speaking #164 - James Evans on "Using meta-knowledge to learn how science works"
Has science gotten slower over the years? What unstated assumptions are shaping our research without us even realizing it? Julia talks with sociologist of science James Evans, who investigates questions like these using some clever data mining. (@rspodcast)
2016-Jul-24thumbnailHPI 23 - Source Code - Badarayana’s Vedanta-sutra
The founding text of the Vedānta school, the Vedānta- or Brahma-Sūtra, interprets the Upaniṣads as teaching that all things derive from brahman. | (@HistPhilosophy)
2016-Jul-19thumbnailEpisode 94: Buttery Friendships
Dave and Tamler don’t agree about much, but one thing they do share is an affinity for character-based approaches to ethics. Using Tamler’s interview with Georgetown Philosopher Nancy Sherman as their guide (link to chapter included), they discuss two ancient perspectives on how to develop good character and live happy, virtuous lives: Aristotle's and that of the Stoics. Why did Aristotle f... (@verybadwizards)
2016-Jul-18thumbnailEpisode 143: Plato’s “Sophist” on Lies, Categorization, and Non-Being (Part Two)
Continuing to discuss the views of Plato's Eleatic Stranger on sophistry, with a right turn into hardcore metaphysics with an exploration of falsity and its metaphysical correlate, non-being. | | Listen to part 1 first or get the unbroken, ad-free Citizen Edition with your PEL Citizenship. Please support PEL! | | Check out Blue Apron, a better way to cook: blueapron.com/PEL. (@PartiallyExLife)
2016-Jul-17thumbnailHoP 258 - Here Comes the Son - The Trinity and the Eucharist
Philosophy is pushed to its limits to provide rational explanations of two Christian theological doctrines. | (@HistPhilosophy)
2016-Jul-15thumbnailEpisode 018: Linda Alcoff on Whiteness
Myisha Cherry chats with philosopher, Linda Alcoff, about white exceptionalism, white double consciousness, the future of whiteness, and much more. | (@myishacherry)
2016-Jul-14thumbnailEpisode #087 ... Sartre and Camus pt. 2
Today we talk about the philosopher Albert Camus. (@iamstephenwest)
2016-Jul-11thumbnailEpisode 143: Plato’s “Sophist” on Lies, Categorization, and Non-Being (Part One)
On the later Platonic dialogue. What is a sophist? These were guys in Ancient Greece who taught young people the tools of philosophy and rhetoric. They claimed to teach virtue. In Sophist, "the Eleatic Stranger" (i.e., not Socrates) tries to figure out what a sophist really is, using a new "method of division." This Plato era provides a nice transition to the category man Aristotle, and the whole ... (@PartiallyExLife)
2016-Jul-10thumbnailRationally Speaking #163 - Gregg Caruso on "Free Will and Moral Responsibility"
If people don't have free will, then can we be held morally responsible for our actions? In this episode Julia talks with philosopher Gregg Caruso, who advocates a position of "optimistic skepticism" on the topic. (@rspodcast)
2016-Jul-10thumbnailHPI 22 - Elisa Freschi on Mimamsa
Mīmāṃsā expert Elisa Freschi speaks to Peter about philosophical issues arising from the interpretation of the Veda. | (@HistPhilosophy)
2016-Jul-06thumbnailKieran Setiya on the Mid-Life Crisis
The mid-life crisis is a well-observed phenomenon. Is there a philosophical angle on this? MIT philosopher Kieran Setiya thinks there is. He discusses it in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.  (@philosophybites)
2016-Jul-05thumbnailEpisode 93: Avalanches, Blame, and Cowardice (With Yoel Inbar)
Scandinavian film scholar Yoel Inbar joins the podcast for a deep dive on the Swedish film Force Majeure, a darkly funny meditation on what our instinctive behavior in a moment of panic can reveal about our characters and relationships. The story: while having lunch on a ski slope in the French Alps, a family believes that an avalanche is bearing down on them. Just as it seems the avalanche is g... (@verybadwizards)
2016-Jul-04thumbnailEpisode 142: Plato’s “Phaedrus” on Love and Speechmaking (Part Two)
Continuing on Plato's dialogue, diving into Socrates's myth-laden speech on the nature of love: The soul is like a charioteer with a good horse and a bad horse: Our lustful nature (the bad horse) pulls us toward the beloved, yet ends up hopefully mastered by self-control, meaning that love gives us a chance to exercise self-mastery and so become mature. Also, this chariot before our birth chased t... (@PartiallyExLife)
2016-Jul-03thumbnailHoP 257 - Martin Pickave on Henry of Ghent and Freedom
An interview with Martin Pickavé on voluntarism in Henry of Ghent. | (@HistPhilosophy)
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of the idea of Sovereignty, the authority of a state to govern itself and the relationship between the sovereign and the people. These ideas of external and internal sovereignty were imagined in various ways in ancient Greece and Rome, and given a name in 16th Century France by the philosopher and jurist Jean Bodin in his Six Books of the Commonwealth, w... (@BBCInOurTime)
2016-Jun-29thumbnailEpisode #086 ... Sartre and Camus pt. 1 - Freedom
Today's episode is the first installment of a series on the great Cold War era thinkers Sartre and Camus. Today we lay the foundations for the line of thinking known as existentialism and focus on Sartre's view of freedom.  (@iamstephenwest)
2016-Jun-27thumbnailEpisode 142: Plato’s “Phaedrus” on Love and Speechmaking (Part One)
Socrates hangs out in the country flirting with his buddy Phaedrus. And what is this "Platonic" love? Using the enticement of desire not to rush toward fulfillment, but to get you all excited about talking philosophy. Socrates critiques a speech by renowned orator Lysias, who claimed that love is bad because it's a form of madness, where people do things they then regret after love fades. Socrates... (@PartiallyExLife)
2016-Jun-26thumbnailRationally Speaking #162 - Sean Carroll on "Poetic Naturalism"
This episode features physicist Sean Carroll, author of the recent bestseller The Big Picture: on the Origins of Life, Meaning and the Universe Itself. Sean and Julia talk about the new "ism" he introduces in the book, "poetic naturalism." (@rspodcast)
2016-Jun-26thumbnailHPI 21 - Innocent Until Proven Guilty - Mimamsa on Knowledge and Language
The Mīmāṃsā school put their faith in sense experience, and argue that the Veda, and hence language itself, had no beginning. | (@HistPhilosophy)
2016-Jun-21thumbnailEpisode 92: Jonathan Edwards' Basement
David and Tamler continue their intermittent “classic paper series” with an episode on Jonathan Bennett’s “The Conscience of Huckleberry Finn” (published in 1974—before the reason vs. emotion debate was all cool again). Using fictional and historical examples, Bennett raises a number of questions that are central to our understanding of human morality, such as what ought to guide our ... (@verybadwizards)
2016-Jun-21thumbnailEpisode #085 ... Peter Singer on Effective Altruism
Today we talk about the great Peter Singer, his views on the unique moral obligations that we face as members of modern society and how we might fulfill the obligations in the most effective manner.  (@iamstephenwest)
2016-Jun-20thumbnailEpisode 141: De Beauvoir’s Existentialism: Moral and Political Dilemmas (Part Two)
Concluding on Simone de Beauvoir's The Ethics of Ambiguity (1947). The full discussion starts with ep. 140. We turn to political dilemmas: Embracing our freedom means willing the freedom of others, but what if the other person is (according to Beauvoir's formula) failing at freedom by oppressing you or someone else? | | Please support PEL! Become a PEL Citizen and attend the Sun. 6/26 Aftershow ... (@PartiallyExLife)
2016-Jun-19thumbnailHoP 256 - Frequently Asked Questions - Henry of Ghent
Henry of Ghent, now little known but a leading scholastic in the late 13th century, makes influential proposals on all the debates of his time. | (@HistPhilosophy)
2016-Jun-16thumbnailChris Mole – Beauty is Objective
The London Aesthetics Forum is an initiative of the Institute of Philosophy. | (http://philosophy.sas.ac.uk ) | Chris Mole | Beauty is Objective | Wednesday, 04 May 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 informa... (@aestheticsforum)
2016-Jun-16thumbnailWolfgang Huemer – Bringing Literature Back Into the Philosophy of Literature
The London Aesthetics Forum is an initiative of the Institute of Philosophy. | (http://philosophy.sas.ac.uk ) | Wolfgang Huemer | Bringing Literature Back Into the Philosophy of Literature | Wednesday, 20 April 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... (@aestheticsforum)
2016-Jun-14thumbnailEpisode #084 ... William James on Truth
Today we take a look at William James and his work on the concept of Truth. (@iamstephenwest)
2016-Jun-13thumbnailEpisode 141: De Beauvoir’s Existentialism: Moral and Political Dilemmas (Part One)
More on The Ethics of Ambiguity (1947), this time on part III. ep. 140 laid out man's "ambiguity," but what does that mean in terms of practical decision making? De B. talks about the practical paradoxes of dealing with oppression and what it might mean to respect the individual, given that there's no ultimate, preexistent moral rulebook to guide us, nothing we can point to to excuse the sacrifice... (@PartiallyExLife)
2016-Jun-12thumbnailRationally Speaking #161 - Tom Griffiths and Brian Christian on "Algorithms to Live By"
Julia chats with the authors of Algorithms to Live By, about how to apply key algorithms from computer science to our real life problems. For example, deciding which apartment to rent, planning your career, and prioritizing your projects. (@rspodcast)
2016-Jun-12thumbnailHPI 20 - Master of Ceremonies - Jaimini’s Mimamsa-Sutra
In the Mīmāṃsā school’s founding text, Jaimini systematizes Vedic ritual and explores its theoretical basis. | (@HistPhilosophy)
2016-Jun-10thumbnailEpisode 017: Tom Digby on Masculinity
Myisha Cherry chats with philosopher Tom Digby about masculinity and militarism, rape culture, the gender war, cultural programming, and more. | (@myishacherry)
2016-Jun-07thumbnailEpisode 91: Rage Against the Machines
Inspired by a recent ProPublica report on racial bias in an algorithm used to predict future criminal behavior, David and Tamler talk about the use of analytic methods in criminal sentencing, sports, and love. Should we use algorithms to influence decisions about criminal sentencing or parole decisions? Should couples about to get married take a test that predicts their likelihood of getting divo... (@verybadwizards)
2016-Jun-06thumbnailEpisode 140: De Beauvoir on the Ambiguous Human Condition (Part Two)
Continuing on Simone de Beauvoir's The Ethics of Ambiguity (1947), parts I and II. We discuss all the various ways to fail to wholly will your own freedom, i.e., will it all the way to where you will the freedom of others. Will you be "sub-man" or "serious man" or "nihilist" or "adventurer?" There are many ways to fail the existential test! | | Listen to part 1 before this, or get the unbroken, a... (@PartiallyExLife)
2016-Jun-05thumbnailHoP 255 - Andreas Speer on Medieval Aesthetics
Does medieval art tell us anything about medieval theories of aesthetics? Peter finds out from Andreas Speer. | (@HistPhilosophy)
2016-Jun-04thumbnailEpisode #083 ... Henry David Thoreau
Today we take a look at Henry David Thoreau's views on the individual, society and civil disobedience.  (@iamstephenwest)
2016-May-30thumbnailCatherine Wilson on Epicureanism
Epicureanism has been caricatured as a philosophy of indulgence. But what did followers of the Ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus really believe? Catherine Wilson discusses Epicureanism with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. (@philosophybites)
2016-May-30thumbnailEpisode 140: De Beauvoir on the Ambiguous Human Condition (Part One)
On The Ethics of Ambiguity (1947), parts I and II. We return to existentialism! Instead of describing our predicament as "absurd," de Beauvoir prefers "ambiguous": We are a biological organism in the world, yet we're also free consciousness transcending the given situation. Truly coming to terms with this freedom means not only understanding that you transcend any label, but also recognizing that ... (@PartiallyExLife)
2016-May-29thumbnailRationally Speaking #160 - Live at NECSS -- Jacob Appel on "Tackling bioethical dilemmas"
It's the annual live episode, taped at NECSS in NYC! This year features returning guest Jacob Appel, a bioethicist (and lawyer, and psychiatrist). Jacob and Julia discuss various bioethical dilemmas. (@rspodcast)
2016-May-29thumbnailHPI 19 - When in Doubt - the Rise of Skepticism
Skeptical tendences in Indian thought and responses to skepticism from the Mīmāṃsā and Vedānta schools. | (@HistPhilosophy)
2016-May-27thumbnailPEL News and Previews: Plato’s “Crito” and the Hegel’s Logic Aftershow
Brian Wilson's Not School Intro Readings in Philosophy Group discussed Plato on why you should obey the state and other musings from a condemned Socrates; you can be part of the group's next discussion on Sun. 6/4 5pm EDT. | | Purdue's Chris Yeomans was our guest Hegel scholar as we reflected back on eps 134/135, joining Mark and Danny Lobell with PEL listeners to discuss Hegel's theology, metaph... (@PartiallyExLife)
2016-May-26thumbnailNakedly Examined Music #15 w/ Craig Wedren (PEL Crossover Special)
Hey, PEL Listeners, go subscribe to Nakedly Examined Music at nakedlyexaminedmusic.com or on iTunes! | | Craig led Shudder to Think from 1986 to 1998 and has since had a solo career and done soundtrack work. Shudder to Think was a band that started as part of Washington DC's "hardcore" scene, but challenged musical conventions to try to achieve U2-level success with Captain-Beefheart-level weirdn... (@PartiallyExLife)
2016-May-26thumbnailEpisode #082 ... Austrians and Marx
Today we talk about various classic critiques of Marx's economics made by the Austrian School of Economics. I really wanted to call this episode "X Marx the Spot", but it didn't make enough sense and wasn't very search friendly.  (@iamstephenwest)
2016-May-25thumbnailEpisode 90: Of Mice and Morals
David and Tamler have their first real fight in a while over an article defending "social mixing"--distributing babies randomly across families such that no infant is genetically related to the parents who raise them.. Then they discuss a study published in Science in 2013 in which participants could earn money if they agreed to let mice be killed in a gas chamber.  Do free markets threaten our ... (@verybadwizards)
2016-May-22thumbnailHoP 254 - Love, Reign Over Me - The Romance of the Rose
Sex, reason, and religion in Jean de Meun’s completion of an allegory of courtly love, the Roman de la Rose. | (@HistPhilosophy)
2016-May-19thumbnailThe Muses
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Muses and their role in Greek mythology, when they were goddesses of poetry, song, music and dance: what the Greeks called mousike, 'the art of the Muses' from which we derive our word 'music.' While the number of Muses, their origin and their roles varied in different accounts and at different times, they were consistently linked with the nature of artistic ins... (@BBCInOurTime)
2016-May-16thumbnailEpisode 139: bell hooks on Racism/Sexism (Part Two)
Continuing on Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism (1981) and Black Looks: Race and Representation (1992), with guest Myisha Cherry. | We talk about black feminist "essentialism" (a single narrative of oppression) and how that relates to her media critiques. She thinks there are right ways and wrong ways to self-actualize: You may think you're independent and free, but really you're just parr... (@PartiallyExLife)
2016-May-15thumbnailEpisode 016: Nancy Bauer on Pornography
Myisha Cherry chats with philosopher, Nancy Bauer, about pornography, the sexiness of taboos, feminism and porn, hookup culture, and more. | (@myishacherry)
2016-May-15thumbnailRationally Speaking #159 - Colin Allen on "Do fish feel pain?"
Julia talks with philosopher of cognitive science Colin Allen about whether fish can feel pain. Are fish conscious, and how could we tell? What's the difference between pain and suffering? (@rspodcast)
2016-May-14thumbnailHPI 18 - A Tangled Web - the Age of the Sutra
Rival philosophical schools proliferate and subdivide in our second major historical period, the “age of the sūtra.” | (@HistPhilosophy)
2016-May-11thumbnailEpisode #081 ... Capitalism vs. Communism
Today we talk about Karl Marx and his famous critiques of Capitalism. (@iamstephenwest)
2016-May-10thumbnailEpisode 89: Shame on You (with Jennifer Jacquet)
David and Tamler welcome author and environmental science professor Jennifer Jacquet to the podcast to discuss the pros and cons of shame. What's the difference between shame and guilt? Is shaming effective for generating social progress or getting tax cheats to pay up? Is twitter shaming on the rise or on its way out? And what does David do when he's alone in the dark?But before all of that, Davi... (@verybadwizards)
2016-May-09thumbnailEpisode 139: bell hooks on Racism/Sexism (Part One)
On Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism (1981) and Black Looks: Race and Representation (1992, Intro, Ch. 3, 11). | | How do these pernicious forces interact? hooks describes black women as having been excluded from both mainstream historical feminism (led by white women) and black civil rights struggles (permeated with patriarchy), and this "silencing" creates challenges for self-actualizat... (@PartiallyExLife)
2016-May-08thumbnailHoP 253 - Let Me Count the Ways - Speculative Grammar
The “modistae” explore the links between language, the mind, and reality. | (@HistPhilosophy)
2016-May-03thumbnailEpisode #80 ... Feuerbach on Religion
On this episode we talk about Ludwig Feuerbach and his (occasionally) controversial views on the origins of religion. (@iamstephenwest)
2016-May-02thumbnailEpisode 138: John Searle on Perception (Part Two: Discussion)
Mark, Wes, and Dylan discuss the interview with John in part one on Seeing Things as They Are: A Theory of Perception (2015) and try to sketch out the view and its potential problems in a little more detail. Doesn't Searle's idea of a "direct presentation" constitute an intermediary between us and things, no matter what he says? And likewise, if we have to construct the complex wholes that we actu... (@PartiallyExLife)
2016-May-01thumbnailRationally Speaking #158 - Dr. George Ainslie on "Negotiating with your future selves"
Behavioral psychiatrist (and economist) George Ainslie demonstrates the existence of the ubiquitous phenomenon in human willpower, called hyperbolic discounting, in which our preferences change depending on how immediate or distant the choice is. (@rspodcast)
2016-May-01thumbnailHPI 17 - Jessica Frazier on Hinduism and Philosophy
An interview with Jessica Frazier about philosophical ideas and arguments in the Vedas, Upanisads and later Hindu texts. | | (@HistPhilosophy)
2016-Apr-26thumbnailEpisode 88: A Doobie for Elijah
David and Tamler celebrate Passover with a high-spirited episode on guns, revenge, liberals, being offended, the fear of death, and whether kids have a right to be loved. Thanks to all you listeners for emailing your questions, comments, and complaints--this was a fun, energetic discussion. Plus, a blast from the past from an unusually alert Pizarro: Michael Shannon reading a sorority letter.  ... (@verybadwizards)
2016-Apr-26thumbnailGregg Caruso on Freewill and Punishment
If determinism is true, can there be any | justification for punishment? Gregg Caruso discusses this issue | on Philosophy | Bites. (@philosophybites)
2016-Apr-25thumbnailEpisode 138: John Searle Interview on Perception (Part One)
We interview John about Seeing Things As They Are (2015). What is perception? Searle says that it's not a matter of seeing a representation, which is then related to things in the real world. We see the actual objects, with no mediation. But then how can there be illusions? Well, it's complicated, but not too complicated, just some funny terminology that this episode will teach you. | | Please ch... (@PartiallyExLife)
2016-Apr-24thumbnailHoP 252 - Neverending Story - the Eternity of the World
Aquinas, Bonaventure, and the so-called “Latin Averroists” take up the question of whether the universe has always existed, and settle once and for all which comes first, the chicken or the egg. | (@HistPhilosophy)
2016-Apr-18thumbnailEpisode 137: Bourdieu on the Tastes of Social Classes (Part Two)
Continuing on Pierre Bourdieu's Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgment of Taste (1979) with guest rock star Tim Quirk. | | More on Bourdieu's survey of musical tastes: People use tastes to distinguish themselves and assert social superiority. The Kantian, upper-class, art-for-art's-sake paradigm of taste rules out joining in a mosh pit, but are the Kantian and social types of artistic aba... (@PartiallyExLife)
2016-Apr-17thumbnailRationally Speaking #157 - Dr. Herculano-Houzel on "What made the human brain special?"
In this episode, neuroscientist Suzana Herculano-Houzel lays out the mystery of the "Human advantage," and explains how a new technique she invented several years ago has shed light on what makes humans so much smarter than other species. (@rspodcast)
2016-Apr-17thumbnailHPI 16 - Better Half - Women in Ancient India
Women philosophers and ideas about women in Buddhism, the Upanisads, and the Mahabharata. | (@HistPhilosophy)
2016-Apr-12thumbnailEpisode 87: Lucky You (with Robert Frank)
We hit the jackpot with this one! Economist Robert Frank (you may remember him from such episodes as The Greatest Books Ever Written) joins David and Tamler to talk about his new book Success and Luck: Good Fortune and the Myth of Meritocracy. What role does pure chance play in making or breaking our careers and lives? Are effort and talent enough to succeed, or does the ball need to bounce our w... (@verybadwizards)
2016-Apr-11thumbnailEpisode 015: Jose´ Mendoza on Immigration
| Myisha Cherry chats with José Mendoza about whiteness and immigration, open borders, the myth surrounding Mexican immigration, ‘alien’ and ‘illegals’ discourse, and so much more. (@myishacherry)
2016-Apr-11thumbnailEpisode 137: Bourdieu on the Tastes of Social Classes (Part One)
On Pierre Bourdieu's Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgment of Taste (1979), introduction, ch 1 through p. 63, conclusion, and postscript. | | How do our tastes in music, art, and everything else reflect our social position? This philosophically trained sociologist administered a few detailed questionnaires in 1960s France and used the resulting differences in what people in different cla... (@PartiallyExLife)
2016-Apr-10thumbnailHoP 251 - Masters of the University - “Latin Averroism”
Did Siger of Brabant and Boethius of Dacia, who have been called “Latin Averroists” and “radical Aristotelians,” really embrace a doctrine of “double truth”? | | (@HistPhilosophy)
2016-Apr-04thumbnailEpisode 136: Adorno on the Culture Industry (Part Two)
Continuing on Theodor Adorno's "The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception" (1944). We cover topics within art and entertainment like the role of style: You think you're being so original with your personal style, but Adorno sees you has having already been brainwashed into being a clone, so your "authentic" expression is anything but. Also, humor is not, as you might think, a way of br... (@PartiallyExLife)
2016-Apr-03thumbnailRationally Speaking #156 - David McRaney on "Why it’s so hard to change someone’s mind"
David McRaney describes his experiences with people who have done an about-face on some important topic, like 9/11 conspiracy theories. He and Julia discuss a technique for changing someone's mind with evidence. (@rspodcast)
2016-Apr-03thumbnailHPI 15 - Mostly Harmless - Non-Violence
Vegetarianism and non-violence (ahimsa) in ancient Jainism, Buddhism, and Hinduism. | (@HistPhilosophy)
2016-Mar-28thumbnailEpisode 136: Adorno on the Culture Industry (Part One)
On Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer's "The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception" from Dialectic of Enlightenment (1944), plus Adorno's "Culture Industry Reconsidered" (1963). | | How does the entertainment industry affect us? Adorno (armed with Marx and Freud) thinks that our "mass culture" is imposed from the top down to lull us into being submissive workers. | | Don't wait for pa... (@PartiallyExLife)
2016-Mar-27thumbnailHoP 250 - Q&A
Peter answers listener questions on the nature of philosophy and the podcast series. | (@HistPhilosophy)
2016-Mar-26thumbnailGreg Currie on the Philosophy of Film
This episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast focuses on several questions about representation and perception in the philosophy of film. Nigel Warburton talks to Greg Currie.  (@philosophybites)
2016-Mar-23thumbnailEpisode #079 ... Kierkegaard on Anxiety
On this episode of the podcast we talk about Kierkegaard's views on the value of anxiety and the plight of one in its grips.  (@iamstephenwest)
2016-Mar-22thumbnailEpisode 86: Guns, Shame, and the Meaning of Punishment
We know that criminal punishment has consequences, both good and bad, and that many people think that offenders deserve it. But what does punishment mean? What is society trying to express in the way it punishes criminals? And since people from all sides of the political spectrum agree that the prison population is way too big, is there a way to convey that meaning with alternative forms of sanc... (@verybadwizards)
2016-Mar-21thumbnailEpisode 135: Hegel on the Logic of Basic Metaphysical Concepts (Part Two)
The last of our four releases on G.F.W. Hegel's Encyclopaedia Logic, this time giving Hegel's account of how Being supposedly leads, when you analyze the concept itself, to Nothingness, and then Becoming, Quality, and Quantity. And we also get Infinity in there, which is nice. | | End song: "Flow' by Gary Lucas with Mark Lint (2016). Listen to Mark interview Gary on Nakedly Examined Music. | | ... (@PartiallyExLife)
2016-Mar-20thumbnailRationally Speaking #155 - Uri Simonsohn on "Detecting fraud in social science"
He's been called a "Data vigilante." In this episode, Prof. Uri Simonsohn describes how he detects fraudulent work in psychology and economics -- what clues tip him off? How big of a problem is fraud relative to other issues like P-hacking? (@rspodcast)
2016-Mar-20thumbnailHPI 14 - World on a String - The Bhagavad-Gita
The Bhagavad-Gītā or “Song of the Lord” from the Mahābhārata ties its theory of detached action to an innovative conception of the divine. | (@HistPhilosophy)
2016-Mar-14thumbnailEpisode 135: Hegel on the Logic of Basic Metaphysical Concepts (Part One)
A whole second discussion on G.F.W. Hegel's Encylopedia Logic, hitting sections 78–99 on the dialectic and Understanding vs. Reason. Hegel thinks we can use Reason to objectively come up with basic metaphysical categories, but can we really? With guest Amogh Sahu. | | You should probably listen to the two parts of ep. 134 before this one. | | Don't wait for part 2 of this discussion! Get it no... (@PartiallyExLife)
2016-Mar-13thumbnailHoP 249 - Paris When it Sizzles - the Condemnations
Two rounds of condemnations at Paris declare certain philosophical teachings as heretical. But what were the long term effects? | | (@HistPhilosophy)
2016-Mar-12thumbnailEpisode 85: A Zoo with Only One Animal (with Paul Bloom)
Philosophers can be funny and funny movies can be philosophical. David and Tamler welcome frequent VBW guest and arch-enemy of empathy Paul Bloom to discuss their five favorite comic films with philosophical/psychological themes. Groundhog Day was off-limits for our top five (we would've all chosen it) so we start by explaining why it's the quintessential movie for this topic.Links[all movie link... (@verybadwizards)
2016-Mar-10thumbnailIngvild Torsen – Truth and Beauty: Aesthetic normativity in the Kantian tradition
The London Aesthetics Forum is an initiative of the Institute of Philosophy. | (http://philosophy.sas.ac.uk ) | Ingvild Torsen | Truth and Beauty: Aesthetic normativity in the Kantian tradition | Wednesday, 24 February 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 Aesthe... (@aestheticsforum)
2016-Mar-07thumbnailEpisode 134: Hegel on Thought & World (or “Logic”) (Part Two)
More on Hegel's The Science of Logic (1812–1816), §1–§129. We continue trying to make sense of Hegel's method and purpose: How does he think that we can deduce metaphysics? How would we even start? Hegel's view is that contra Kant, we do in fact come in contact with reality, at least when we think hard and systematically enough. And he's going to tell us how to do just that. With guest Amogh... (@PartiallyExLife)
2016-Mar-06thumbnailRationally Speaking #154 - Tom Griffiths on "Why your brain might be rational after all"
What if our biases are actually a sign of rationality? Tom Griffiths, professor of cognitive science at University of California, Berkeley, makes the case for why our built-in reasoning strategies might be optimal after all. (@rspodcast)
2016-Mar-06thumbnailHPI 13 - Grand Illusion - Dharma and Deception in the Mahabharata
The great Hindu epic Mahābhārata explores moral dilemmas and the permissibilty of lying, against the background of the ethical concept of dharma. | | (@HistPhilosophy)
2016-Mar-02thumbnailKatherine Morris on Merleau-Ponty on the Body
Maurice Merleau-Ponty was one of the most interesting of the French phenomenological thinkers, but his reputation has been eclipsed by those of Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. Katherine Morris discusses some of Merleau-Ponty's ideas about the body in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. (@philosophybites)
2016-Mar-01thumbnailEpisode 014: Luvell Anderson on Slurs
Myisha Cherry chats with philosopher Luvell Anderson about slurs, swearing, the N-Word, appropriating language, and racial humor. | (@myishacherry)
2016-Feb-29thumbnailEpisode 134: Hegel on Thought & World (or “Logic”) (Part One)
On G.F.W. Hegel's The Science of Logic (1812–1816), §1–§129 and The Encyclopaedia Logic (1817) §1–§25. "Logic" for Hegel isn't about symbolic logic; it's about how thought interacts with the world. Our thoughts about fundamental metaphysical categories bear the same relations to each other as the the categories themselves do. Just take Hegel's many, many words for it! With guest Amogh Sa... (@PartiallyExLife)
2016-Feb-28thumbnailHoP 248 - Scott MacDonald on Aquinas
Scott MacDonald joins Peter to discuss Thomas Aquinas’ views on human knowledge. | (@HistPhilosophy)
2016-Feb-23thumbnailEpisode 84: Lifting the Veil
David and Tamler talk about the perils of trying to step outside of your own perspective in ethics, science, and politics. What do Rawls' "original position" thought experiment, Pascal's Wager, and Moral Foundations Theory have in common? (Hint: it involves baking.) Plus, what movies (and other things) would serve as a litmus test when deciding on a potential life partner? What might liking or n... (@verybadwizards)
2016-Feb-21thumbnailEp. 130/131 Aftershow (Preview) on Aristotle feat. Rebecca Goldner
Wes Alwan and Danny Lobell were joined by St. John's Annapolis tutor Rebecca Goldner, Michael Burgess, Nick Halme, Erik Weissengruber, Chase Fiorenza, and Scott Anderson to review our episodes 130 and 131. This is the first 15 minutes. PEL Citizens can hear the full discussion, or anyone can watch it on YouTube (@PartiallyExLife)
2016-Feb-21thumbnailRationally Speaking #153 - Dr. Vinay Prasad on "Why so much of what we 'know' about medicine is wrong"
This episode features Dr. Vinay Prasad, author of "Ending Medical Reversal: Improving Outcomes, Saving Lives," who talks with Julia about why medical research is so often fatally flawed, and what we can do about it. (@rspodcast)
2016-Feb-21thumbnailHPI 12 - Rupert Gethin on Buddhism and the Self
Peter speaks to Rupert Gethin about the no-self theory, and its implications for Buddhist ethics and meditation practices. | (@HistPhilosophy)