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Podcast Profile: Ethics in Action Podcast

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30 episodes
2018 to 2023
Average episode: 56 minutes
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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.

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List Updated: 2024-Apr-14 06:08 UTC. Episodes: 30. Feedback: @TrueSciPhi.

2023-Nov-14 • 65 minutes
The Case for a UBI: A Conversation with Scott Santens
In our final episode in our mini-series on the future of work, we are joined by universal basic income (UBI) advocate and writer Scott Santens. Scott is the founder and president of the Income To Support All Foundation (ITSA Foundation), the Senior A...
2023-Nov-02 • 54 minutes
Breaking Things at Work: A Conversation with Gavin Mueller
Our fourth episode of our mini-series on the future of work features Gavin Mueller, Assistant Professor of New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam and the author of Breaking Things at Work: The Luddites Are Right About Why You Ha...
2023-Oct-11 • 69 minutes
The Value of Idleness: A Conversation with Brian O’Connor
In the third episode of our mini-series on the future of work, we are joined by Brian O'Connor, Professor of Philosophy at University College Dublin. Brian and I discuss the value of idleness in our lives, the burnout caused by the work ethic, and th...
2023-Sep-24 • 59 minutes
Meaningful Work: A Conversation with Andrea Veltman
In our second episode of our mini-series on the future of work, we are joined by Andrea Veltman, Professor of Philosophy at James Madison University. We speak with Andrea about what it takes for work to be meaningful, if meaningful work is available ...
2023-Sep-17 • 70 minutes
Making Light Work - A Conversation with David Spencer
In the first episode of our mini-series on the future of work, we are joined by University of Leeds economist David Spencer. We discuss the experience of alienated labor under contemporary capitalism, the importance of work for meaning and dignity in...
2023-Jun-20 • 64 minutes
Breaking up the United States: A Conversation with Chris Zurn
Political philosopher Chris Zurn has just published Splitsville USA, a bombshell book arguing for the dissolution of the US. We talk about why Chris thinks this has become necessary, how history unnecessarily prejudices us against such a split, and w...
2023-Mar-27 • 53 minutes
Regulating Virtual Reality: A Conversation with J Hughes and Alec Stubbs
The IEET and the UMB Applied Ethics Center recently released a White Paper on the political, moral and psychological questions involved in regulating the metaverse. J Hughes is the Executive Director of the IEET. Alec Stubbs is the Future of Work Pos...
2022-Jun-07 • 78 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 ho...
2022-May-11 • 52 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 th...
2022-Apr-17 • 62 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 qu...
2022-Apr-01 • 67 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...
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 ...
2021-Sep-01 • 51 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 ...
2021-May-27 • 48 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 Profess...
2021-Apr-08 • 62 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 j...
2020-Sep-29 • 48 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 Eas...
2020-Sep-11 • 60 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 ...
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 revisi...
2020-May-20 • 49 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 c...
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...
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 meltdo...
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, ju...
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 abo...
2019-Jan-28 • 50 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 i...
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...
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 under...
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 climat...
2018-Jan-29 • 53 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...
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 h...