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Podcast Profile: Thinking Out Loud: leading philosophers discuss topical global issues

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17 episodes
2020 to 2022
Median: 14 minutes
Collection: Philosophy

Description (podcaster-provided):

Thinking Out Loud provides audio-podcasts based on a series of videos produced by Katrien Devolder in which she talks to leading philosophers from around the world on topics related to practical ethics. The podcast and videos are meant for a non-specialist audience. You can watch the videos on the Practical Ethics Channel. Katrien is a Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics.

Themes and summary (AI-generated based on podcaster-provided show and episode descriptions):

➤ Practical ethics • pandemics • Covid-19 • AI and ethics • vaccine ethics • lockdowns • factory farming • zoonotic diseases • medical resource allocation • privacy and technology • social justice

"Thinking Out Loud: leading philosophers discuss topical global issues" is a podcast that delves into contemporary ethical dilemmas by engaging with renowned philosophers from around the globe. Hosted by Katrien Devolder, who is a Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, the podcast is aimed at a non-specialist audience and offers a series of in-depth conversations covering a broad array of pressing ethical issues.

The content of the podcast spans numerous topics with a strong emphasis on the ethical implications of the Covid-19 pandemic. Discussions frequently explore various dimensions of the pandemic, including its beginning and supposed end, ethical considerations of lockdowns, vaccine distribution, and vaccine hesitancy, particularly among parents when it comes to vaccinating young children. Feeding into this, there are episodes broaching the contentious subject of vaccine nationalism and the prioritization of scarce medical resources, such as those in Mexico.

Beyond the pandemic, the podcast also addresses the moral aspects surrounding Artificial Intelligence (AI). This includes how humans should engage with AI, the potential moral obligations between AI and humans, and the need to build a community incorporating both AI and biological agents to tackle global challenges.

Another key theme is the relationship between human practices and zoonotic diseases, notably the role of factory farms as breeding grounds for pandemics. Episodes here address how these practices relate to pandemics and discuss proactive measures, including ethical dietary choices for pets and humans.

Further, the podcast tackles broader ethical issues such as privacy concerns with contact tracing apps, the moral obligations of healthcare workers in the absence of personal protective equipment, and how pandemics exacerbate existing societal inequalities. There's also a focus on the ethical management of patient triage during high-stress periods in healthcare, exemplified by the pandemic's impact on non-Covid patients.

Through these discussions, "Thinking Out Loud" seeks to provide listeners with thoughtful insights into the ethical dimensions of contemporary global issues, making complex philosophical debates accessible and relevant.

When does (or did) the Covid-19 pandemic end?
13 minutes
How to understand, and interact with, AI
21 minutes
Should we give COVID vaccines to young children?
18 minutes
Defending the selective restriction of liberty during pandemics
16 minutes
Is vaccine nationalism justified?
16 minutes
Factory farms are breeding grounds for pandemics
15 minutes
Should we feed our pets a vegan diet?
12 minutes
How to prevent future pandemics
14 minutes
Covid-19: who should be vaccinated first?
12 minutes
The Risks of Coronavirus Contact Tracing Apps
10 minutes
Why Parental Status Matters When Allocating Scarce Medical Resources
16 minutes
Fair Access to Covid-19 Treatment in Mexico
8 minutes
Past the Peak of the Coronavirus Pandemic: Triage of Non-Covid-19 patients
13 minutes
Is it Permissible for Healthcare Workers to Stop Working if They Lack PPE?
12 minutes
Tackling the Cause of the Coronavirus Pandemic
15 minutes
Triage in an Italian ICU During the Coronavirus Pandemic
26 minutes
How the Coronavirus Pandemic Exacerbates Existing Inequalities
9 minutes