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Podcast Profile: The Philosopher's Arms

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23 episodes
2012 to 2017
Median: 27 minutes
Collection: Philosophy


Description (podcaster-provided):

Matthew Sweet examines philosophical problems with a live audience in a pub


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

➤ Philosophical puzzles • Moral dilemmas • Live audience discussions • Experts and academics • Psychological and ethical issues • Everyday relevance • Thought experiments • Theoretical questions • Logical inquiries

This podcast, "The Philosopher's Arms," engages with a wide range of philosophical problems, often using provocative and thought-provoking questions to draw listeners into deep, yet accessible, discussions. Hosted by Matthew Sweet, the show invites philosophers, experts, and sometimes notable personalities to join the conversation, all within the convivial setting of an abstract pub atmosphere.

Core themes across the episodes include morality, ethical dilemmas, and human behavior. Listeners can expect explorations of complex concepts such as the nature of hypocrisy, the ethical distinctions between lying and misleading, and the moral weight of actions in scenarios like the trolley problem. The show often delves into questions of justice, fairness, and rights, tackling issues like sex equality, free will, and exploitation.

Another recurring theme is the intrapersonal conflict between desires and actions, such as the struggle with weakness of will or the justification of predicting the future based on past events. The podcast also addresses societal and systemic issues, pondering the moral and pragmatic implications of hate speech, the impact of enhancement drugs, and the justice behind redistribution of power or resources.

Many episodes are framed around hypothetical or philosophical scenarios, such as whether one should plug into an experience machine for guaranteed happiness or how to morally treat a robot indistinguishable from a human. The show often references historical and contemporary philosophical thought, touching on ideas from thinkers like Aristotle, Hume, Kant, and Mill, thereby rooting discussions in well-established philosophical traditions while also addressing contemporary relevance.

Throughout its narrative, the podcast maintains a balance between theoretical discourse and practical application, with episodes encouraging the audience to reflect on how these philosophical issues intersect with everyday life and societal norms. This blend of serious inquiry with the informal, engaging setting of a pub allows complex ideas to be discussed in a lively and accessible manner.


Episodes:
Swearing
2017-Feb-28
27 minutes
Cake or Biscuit?
2017-Feb-28
28 minutes
Hypocrisy
2017-Feb-28
28 minutes
Future People
2015-Dec-21
27 minutes
Hate Speech
2015-Dec-14
27 minutes
Weakness of Will
2015-Dec-08
27 minutes
Lying and Misleading
2015-Nov-30
27 minutes
Sex Equality
2014-Oct-06
27 minutes
Induction
2014-Sep-22
27 minutes
Trolleyology
2014-Sep-15
27 minutes
Enhancement
2014-Sep-08
27 minutes
Moral Disgust
2013-Aug-16
28 minutes
The Ultimatum Game
2013-Aug-16
27 minutes
A Robot Daughter
2013-Aug-16
27 minutes
The Experience Machine
2013-Aug-16
27 minutes
Morality and the Law
2013-Aug-16
28 minutes
Sorites' Heap
2013-Aug-16
27 minutes
What Makes a Fake a Fake?
2013-Aug-16
27 minutes
Moral Blame
2013-Aug-16
27 minutes
Free Will
2013-Aug-16
27 minutes
Exploitation
2013-Aug-16
27 minutes
Free Riders
2013-Aug-16
27 minutes
Theseus' Ship
2012-Aug-27
27 minutes