Philosophy Podcasts (Chronological)

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

Updated: 2017-Apr-27 13:15 UTC. Listed episodes: 368. Hide descriptions. Switch to ranked view. Feedback: @TrueSciPhi.

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2017-Apr-26thumbnailEp 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-24thumbnailWhy 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-24thumbnailPEL 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. | | Check out the St. John's College Graduate Institute: partiallyexaminedlife.com/sjcgi. Visit Talkspace.com/e... (@PartiallyExLife)
2017-Apr-23thumbnailAll 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-23thumbnailThe 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-23thumbnailHoP 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-22thumbnailEp14 - 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-22thumbnailHow Unfairness Drives Us Crazy
Dr. Molly Crockett on whether we are hard-wired to reject an unfair deal. (@DavidEdmonds100)
2017-Apr-21thumbnailThe 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-20thumbnailRoger 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-18thumbnailEpisode 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-18thumbnailShelly 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-18thumbnailElisabeth 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-18thumbnailA 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-18thumbnailThe 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-17thumbnailEpisode 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? | | This continues part 1, or get the unbroken, ad-free Citizen Ed... (@PartiallyExLife)
2017-Apr-16thumbnailRationally 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-16thumbnailRediscovering 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-16thumbnailLove has its reasons
Be careful with your intuitions about love; they might be all wrong. (@RadioNational)
2017-Apr-16thumbnailHPI 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-14thumbnailThe 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-14thumbnailEpisode #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-12thumbnailEp13 - 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-12thumbnailOne 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-10thumbnailThe 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-10thumbnailEpisode 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? | | Don't wait for part 2! Get your unbroken, ad-free Citizen Edition. Please support PEL! | | Visit Talksp... (@PartiallyExLife)
2017-Apr-09thumbnailPart 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-09thumbnailPart 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-09thumbnailA 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-09thumbnailHoP 275 - Keeping it Real - Responses to Ockham
Walter Burley flies the flag for realism against Ockham and other nominalists. (@HistPhilosophy)
2017-Apr-07thumbnailTransgender 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-05thumbnailEpisode 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-04thumbnailEpisode 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-04thumbnailEpisode 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-04thumbnailAnd '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-04thumbnailCitizenship Tests
Thom Brooks says that citizenship tests are often absurd (@DavidEdmonds100)
2017-Apr-03thumbnailEpisode 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. | | Get the Citizen version to hear this without commercials. Please support PEL! | | End song: "Power" by Narada Michael Walden from Thunder 2013, as interviewed for Nakedly Examined Music ep. 16. | | For $20 off luggage, visit away.com/PEL. Check out the St.... (@PartiallyExLife)
2017-Apr-02thumbnailOn 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-02thumbnailRationally 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-02thumbnailA 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-02thumbnailHPI 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-Mar-31thumbnailEp12 - 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-29thumbnailEpisode #099 ... Schopenhauer pt. 2 - Ethics
Today we talk about the ethics of Arthur Schopenhauer.  (@iamstephenwest)
2017-Mar-29thumbnailHow 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-28thumbnailEp11 - 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-27thumbnailEpisode 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. Gordo... (@PartiallyExLife)
2017-Mar-26thumbnailHeal 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-26thumbnailA 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-26thumbnailHoP 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-24thumbnailCelebrating '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-23thumbnailEp10 - 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-22thumbnailEpisode 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-21thumbnailDesign 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-21thumbnailBe 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-21thumbnailEp 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-21thumbnailThe Just Riot?
Avia Pasternak argues that some political riots are justified. (@DavidEdmonds100)
2017-Mar-20thumbnailEpisode 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." | | Listen to part 1 first, or get the ad-free Citizen Edition. |... (@PartiallyExLife)
2017-Mar-20thumbnailRationally 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-19thumbnailHow 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-19thumbnailA 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-19thumbnailHPI 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-18thumbnailAndy 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-17thumbnailLet'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-14thumbnailEpisode 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-14thumbnailThe 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-14thumbnailHackademics 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-14thumbnailEpisode #098 ... Schopenhauer pt. 1 - Metaphysics and Love
Today we begin our discussion on Arthur Schopenhauer. (@iamstephenwest)
2017-Mar-13thumbnailEpisode 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... (@PartiallyExLife)
2017-Mar-12thumbnailDonating 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-12thumbnailHoP 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-11thumbnailMaking 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-09thumbnailThe 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-07thumbnailHackademics: 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-06thumbnailEpisode 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! | | End song: "Please Allow Me to Look at You Again," from The Edge of Heaven (2013) by Gary Lucas, as interviewed on Nakedly Examined Music ep. 7. | | Check out the St John's College Summer Classics Pro... (@PartiallyExLife)
2017-Mar-06thumbnailRationally 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-05thumbnailThe 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-05thumbnailHPI 37 - The Whole Story - Vaisesika on Complexity and Causation
The Vaiśeṣika response to Buddhist skepticism about wholes made up of parts. (@HistPhilosophy)
2017-Mar-03thumbnailEp 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-03thumbnailRepairing 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-01thumbnailStephen 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-01thumbnailEileen 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-01thumbnailEpisode #097 ... Wittgenstein ep. 1
Today we talk about Ludwig Wittgenstein.  (@iamstephenwest)
2017-Feb-28thumbnailEpisode 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-28thumbnailPart 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-28thumbnailPart 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-27thumbnailEpisode 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-27thumbnailThe State and Marriage
Should a state with liberal values recognise marriage? (@DavidEdmonds100)
Matthew Sweet examines knotty philosophical conundrums in an abstract pub. (@DrMatthewSweet)
2017-Feb-26thumbnailFuelling 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-26thumbnailHoP 272 - A Close Shave - Ockham’s Nominalism
Ockham trims away the unnecessary entities posited by other scholastics. (@HistPhilosophy)
2017-Feb-25thumbnailBloom 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-25thumbnailEp 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-23thumbnailSeneca 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-22thumbnailThe 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-21thumbnailThe 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-20thumbnailRich 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-20thumbnailEpisode 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). | | Listen to part 1 first, or get the... (@PartiallyExLife)
2017-Feb-20thumbnailRationally 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-20thumbnailCake 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-19thumbnailFor all my Valentines
Two plus: Carrie Jenkins untangles the moral from the metaphysical in romantic love. (@RadioNational)
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-17thumbnailOn 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-16thumbnailEp 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-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-14thumbnailThe 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-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)
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-12thumbnailOn 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-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-09thumbnailEp 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-07thumbnailEp4 - 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-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-07thumbnailSoldier 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-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-05thumbnailRobotics, 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-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-03thumbnailPart 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-03thumbnailPart 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-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
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-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-Feb-01thumbnailEp3 - 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-Jan-31thumbnailSoldier 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-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-29thumbnailCompassion: 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-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-25thumbnailPart 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-25thumbnailPart 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-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-24thumbnailThe 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-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-22thumbnailEp2 - 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-22thumbnailWhat 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-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-20thumbnailThe 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-19thumbnailEp1 - 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-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-16thumbnailAll 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-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-16thumbnail(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-15thumbnailI’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-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)
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)
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-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-09thumbnail(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-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-08thumbnailGender bending
Gender—time to revisit the basics. (@RadioNational)
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-07thumbnailHow 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-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-02thumbnail(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-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-01thumbnailNoam 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-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-31thumbnailHow 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-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-27thumbnailWhat 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-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-25thumbnailRescuing the beautiful
Would you do something simply because it is the beautiful thing to do? (@RadioNational)
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-24thumbnailSeason 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-22thumbnailHow 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-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-18thumbnailSpooky 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-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-14thumbnailIs 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-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-12thumbnailPart 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-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-11thumbnailCome, 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-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-04thumbnailThe 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-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-27thumbnailPride 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-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-25thumbnailBewilderment 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-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-20thumbnailSeeing reason
Aristotle firmly held that reason sets humans apart from other animals—Julian Baggini explains the reasonable limits of reason. (@RadioNational)
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-13thumbnailSnookered: 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-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-11thumbnailWe 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-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-06thumbnailRace and gender in an age of transition
The trans moment: gender and race in an age of unsettled categories. (@RadioNational)
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-30thumbnailMemories, morals, and me
An essential part of personal identity may be our moral self. (@RadioNational)
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-23thumbnailThe social contract in an age of terror: who can you trust?
Media, trust, and the politics of fear. (@RadioNational)
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-16thumbnailHappiness—it’s not personal
What does critical theory have to do with happiness? (@RadioNational)
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-09thumbnailSleep, 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-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-02thumbnailDeath duties
It’s said that philosophy is a preparation for death—so try this simple question. (@RadioNational)
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-25thumbnailGender bending
Gender—time to revisit the basics. (@RadioNational)
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-18thumbnailFrom Reason to Enlightenment
Some pivotal moments in philosophy—in plain language. (@RadioNational)
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-11thumbnailLogic: if + then = why?
Hold on to your modus ponens; we’re getting serious about precision. (@RadioNational)
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-04thumbnailThe truth, beauty, and power of punk
40 years of punk, but what's it got to do with philosophy? (@RadioNational)
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-28thumbnailWhat were they thinking?
Can we really know what other minds are up to—including your dog, cat or canary? (@RadioNational)
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-21thumbnailTalk about a revolution!
The rise of science was more mess than method; the untold story of a glorious revolution. (@RadioNational)
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-14thumbnailMartha Nussbaum on the limits of anger
Is anger a sign of moral seriousness or a dangerous slippery slope? (@RadioNational)
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-07thumbnailMartha Nussbaum on politics and emotions
Strong emotions can divide us, so best to banish them from the public square. Not so fast, says Martha Nussbaum. (@RadioNational)
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-31thumbnailDavid Chalmers on Pokémon Go and the future of reality
How would you like your reality? David Chalmers has some suggestions. (@RadioNational)
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-25thumbnailSocrates Cafe Podcast 1 -- What's love go to do with it?
The inaugural Socrates Cafe broadcast with all its (hopefully endearing) flaws, featuring Socrates Cafe founders Christopher and Cecilia Phillips. They revisit the question they first explored nearly 20 years ago at a one on one tete-a-tete at a cozy Montclair, NJ, coffee house when Cecilia was the only person to attend. Check out our websites at SocratesCafe.com, Childing.org, and ChristopherPhil... (@ChristopherCafe)
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-24thumbnailI’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)
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-17thumbnailHilary Putnam
We mark the passing of Hilary Putnam—and explore some of his key insights. (@RadioNational)
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-10thumbnailHow to love a less free will
Free will is on the run—so why not relax and enjoy a healthy dose of compatibilism. (@RadioNational)
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-03thumbnailCicero on growing old
Marcus Tullius Cicero on an undeniable fact of life—and how it fares in our modern utilitarian world? (@RadioNational)
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-26thumbnailCan you trust your memory
What’s so wrong with the storehouse model of memory? (@RadioNational)
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-19thumbnailYour right to be a foodie
Why do so many people find foodie-ism morally questionable? (@RadioNational)
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)
So, you have good habits and bad habits. But what what are your habits of gender and race? (@RadioNational)
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-05thumbnailThe pleasure-pain paradox
Pain is a puzzle; and so is pleasure. It’s even more confounding when one leads to the other. (@RadioNational)
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-29thumbnailCharles Taylor
Since its publication in 2007 Charles Taylor’s magnum opus A Secular Age has gathered great intellectual momentum. His analysis has never been more apt. (@RadioNational)
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-22thumbnailA public act
Doing it in public might seem like a good thing, but is the truth about philosophy hard to bear? (@RadioNational)
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-15thumbnailPolitical philosophy in the world: Liberalism and the end of the world as we know it
Political liberalism is a great achievement. But has it come at a heavy cost? (@RadioNational)
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-08thumbnailPolitical philosophy in the world: Democracy—not?
You may not have thought of democracy as essentially undemocratic, but this week’s guest is no fan of the least-worst system. (@RadioNational)
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-01thumbnailPolitical philosophy in the world: A right to be angry
Political philosophy can turn coldly technical and miss the very basis of the original question: how can we best live together? (@RadioNational)
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)