Twitter: @UMBEthics (followed by 92 philosophers)
2018 to present
Average episode: 54 minutes
Open in Apple Podcasts • RSS
Categories: Ethics • Interview-Style
Podcaster's summary: Part of UMass Boston's Philosophy Department, the Applied Ethics Center promotes research, teaching, and awareness of public life. In this podcast, Applied Ethics Center Director Nir Eisikovits hosts conversations on the intersection of ethics, politics, and technology.
Discover other podcasts.
|2022-Jun-07 • 76 minutes|
Report from Kyiv: A Conversation with Journalist Alisa Sopova
We continue our series on the war in Ukraine. In this episode Vlado and I talk to journalist and anthropologist Alisa Sopova about what everyday life feels like in Ukraine as the war passes the 100 day mark. We discuss the regional differences in how th...
|2022-May-11 • 51 minutes|
Reading Between The Lines in Russia and Ukraine: A Conversation with Ambassador Vesko Garcevic
We continue our series on the war in Ukraine. Our guest is Vesko Garcevic, former ambassador of Montenegro to NATO, OSCE, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Vesko is currently Professor of the Practice of International Relations at the Pa...
|2022-Apr-17 • 60 minutes|
Making Russia Great Again?
Vladimir Putin wants to put Russia back on the map as a great power. But what does it even mean to be a great power in the nuclear age? Is that idea still coherent? If it is, can Russia be such a power? And how is Putin using history to frame this quest?...
|2022-Apr-01 • 66 minutes|
Empires Strike Back - Did the “Balance of Power” Just Make a Comeback?: A Conversation with Vladimir Petrovic
For a while, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, we could tell ourselves that the American-led liberal internationalist order was on the rise. That story had some big holes in it, but if we squinted a bit it was almost believable. Not "the end of his...
|2021-Sep-17 • 57 minutes|
School Integrations and Equal Education: A Conversation with Larry Blum
How should we understand efforts at school integration? And how are they related to the idea of equal education? Larry and I consider different historical understandings of integration and the problematic idea of integration as a vehicle for gaining soci...
|2021-Sep-01 • 50 minutes|
Harvard‘s Galileo Project: A Conversation with Avi Loeb
The New York Times 2017 front page story about UAP's (Unexplained Aerial Phenomena) spotted by Navy pilots, and the recent report to Congress by The Office of the Director of National Intelligence have generated tremendous public interest. I talk to Prof...
|2021-May-27 • 47 minutes|
Institutional Corruption and Psychiatric Drugs: A Conversation with Lisa Cosgrove
What happens when the ties between the people who study psychiatric drugs and the companies who make them become too cozy? A discussion with UMass Boston psychology professor Lisa Cosgrove. Lisa Cosgrove, PhD is a Clinical Psychologist and Professor a...
|2021-Apr-08 • 61 minutes|
My Favorite Passage: A conversation with Adam Beresford about Iliad, Book 24
Adam and I discuss the famous, moving passage at the end of the Iliad describing the meeting between Achilles and Priam. We talk quite a bit about Achilles' curious account of how Zeus determines humans' fate by doling out happenings from jars of joy a...
|2020-Sep-29 • 47 minutes|
A Three-Way Peace Deal in the Middle East: A Conversation with Ehud Eiran
Israel has signed normalization agreements with the UAE and Bahrain. These are the first Middle East peace agreements in two and a half decades. Why now? What does each of the main actors in this drama stand to gain from these accords? Can Middle East di...
|2020-Sep-11 • 59 minutes|
Civic Dialogue in a Polarized Society: A Conversation With Lauren Barthold
The US seems more polarized than it's been in decades. Can we communicate across ideological and political chasms? What does it mean to have a dialogue with someone we profoundly, even vehemently disagree with? If we do have such a dialogue, does it make...
|2020-Aug-10 • 55 minutes|
Monuments, Racism and The Ethics of Public Memory: A Conversation with Dana Miranda
In the last few months, in the wake of recent protests against systemic racism, Confederate and other monuments have been torn down and defaced. What are these monuments supposed to convey? What's the argument for taking them down? Dana and I revisit ou...
|2020-May-20 • 48 minutes|
The Rise of Robot Overlords? A Conversation with Dan Feldman
Before Covid 19 turned the world upside down we worried about Artificial General Intelligence and, ultimately, Super-intelligence - the moment when our machines, powered by sophisticated AI, catch up with us and, ultimately, out-perform us. But how coher...
|2020-Apr-16 • 55 minutes|
Thucydides and the Plague: A Conversation with Greg Fried
In the History of the Peloponnesian War, Thucydides provides a vivid description of the physical and social toll that a terrible plague took on Athens, a year or so into its war with Sparta. What explains the staying power of Thucydides' account? And wha...
|2020-Apr-09 • 47 minutes|
Setting Priorities in a Pandemic: Who Gets Care? When do We Open the Economy? A conversation with J Hughes
What are the moral criteria for triaging patients when the healthcare system is overwhelmed? How is Massachusetts thinking about this? And, more broadly, what is the appropriate balance between preserving public health and limiting an economic meltdown? ...
|2019-Dec-17 • 68 minutes|
What is Social Democracy? A Conversation with Jeppe von Platz
Jeppe von Platz teaches philosophy at the University of Richmond. His research focuses on political philosophy, political economy, and the history of philosophy. He has published on questions of distributive justice, the status of economic rights, just w...
|2019-Jun-12 • 49 minutes|
Philosophy and Our Understanding of Mental Disorders: A Conversation with Jennifer Radden
UMass Boston's Jennifer Radden has made numerous seminal contributions to the philosophy of psychiatry. She has just published an entry on Mental Disorders in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. We talk about how philosophy can help us think about m...
|2019-Jan-28 • 48 minutes|
AI, Algorithms and the Post Human Future of Governance: A Conversation with J Hughes
How will the rise of AI change state and federal bureaucracies? Are AI mediated politics more democratic? More fair? What does post human governance look like? James Hughes is a senior research fellow at the Applied Ethics Center at Mass Boston. He is a ...
|2018-Aug-25 • 59 minutes|
Should we rename Faneuil Hall? A Conversation with Dana Miranda
Faneuil Hall, one of Boston's most celebrated public spaces and tourist attractions, is named after Peter Faneuil - an 18th century merchant and slave trader. Nir Eisikovits and UConn's Dana Miranda discuss the debate around renaming Faneuil Hall and pla...
|2018-Mar-01 • 55 minutes|
Kant's Liberal International Order: A Conversation with Claudio Corradetti
Eisikovits and Corradetti discuss the relevance of Kant's celebrated essay "Towards Perpetual Peace" Is peace a process to be constantly managed or an outcome? Why does Kant think that republicanism is conducive to peace? What's the best way to understan...
|2018-Feb-28 • 31 minutes|
No Ethics on Campus: A Conversation with James Keenan
Eisikovits and Keenan discuss the need to create a culture of ethics on college campuses. How is it that the university - one of the few institutions that teaches ethics - does not give much thought to what it means for it to create an ethical climate on...
|2018-Jan-29 • 52 minutes|
Hate anger and Resentment: A conversation with Thomas Brudholm
Nir Eisikovits hosts Thomas Brudholm of the University of Copenhagen for a discussion about the philosophy of hate, anger, and resentment. The two discuss whether there are more and less legitimate forms of hate, whether it should be understood as an emo...
|2018-Jan-29 • 50 minutes|
The Confederate Monuments Debate: A Conversation With Glenn Loury
Debating Confederate monuments and Civil War memorials in light of the violence in Charlottesville.
|2018-Jan-24 • 53 minutes|
Honor, Slavery, and Social Death: A Conversation with Historian Ken Greenberg
Nir Eisikovits and Ken Greenberg talk about the prominent role of honor in the antebellum south and its relationship to the institution of slavery. They also discuss Greenberg’s recent work on Nat Turner’s rebellion and the challenges of creating a histo...