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Podcast Profile: Elucidations

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148 episodes
2009 to 2023
Average episode: 37 minutes
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Podcaster's summary: Elucidations is an unexpected philosophy podcast produced in association with the University of Chicago. Each month, Matt Teichman sits down with a person of philosophical interest to discuss their view on a topic. Now and again, he is joined by an awesome co-host. Some of the guests are philosophy professors, some of the guests are other kinds of professors, and some of the guests are not professors. Either way, the goal is to develop a feel for how the guest’s perspective hangs together interactively. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

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List Updated: 2024-Apr-14 06:08 UTC. Episodes: 148. Feedback: @TrueSciPhi.

2023-Oct-20 • 38 minutes
Episode 148: Christos Lazaridis discusses brain death
When a person permanently loses consciousness, should that count as death?
2023-Jul-15 • 40 minutes
Episode 147: Gabriella Gonzalez discusses the intersection of algebra and programming
Can abstract algebra help make it easier to write complex software?
2023-Mar-30 • 40 minutes
Episode 146: Gaurav Venkataraman discusses memory in DNA and RNA
Can memories be stored outside the brain?
2023-Jan-21 • 40 minutes
Episode 145: Andrew Sepielli discusses quietism and metaethics
Can you settle ethical questions by turning to other fields, like metaphysics or the philosophy of language?
2022-Nov-20 • 38 minutes
Episode 144: Christopher Beem discusses democratic virtues
How can we make ourselves into the kind of people who can get along well enough to have a democracy?
2022-Oct-05 • 44 minutes
Episode 143: Mark Linsenmayer discusses alternative models of education
Formal education can be great, but why does it have to end? With podcasts, it kinda doesn't.
2022-Aug-02 • 36 minutes
Episode 142: Emily Dupree discusses the rationality of revenge
Can seeking vengeance be a rational thing to do?
2022-Jun-13 • 35 minutes
Episode 141: Rob Goodman discusses eloquence
What is it that makes a great public speaker?
2022-Apr-10 • 44 minutes
Episode 140: Meghan Sullivan and Paul Blaschko discuss the good life
Is there a simple formula for figuring out how to life your best life, or is it all a bit messier?
2022-Feb-13 • 32 minutes
Episode 139: Jessica Tizzard discusses the philosophy of pregnancy
Could it make sense to think of a gestating fetus as a part of the person who is pregnant with it?
2022-Jan-23 • 43 minutes
Episode 138: Toby Buckle discusses Mill's liberty principle
What's the largest amount of freedom we can give everyone without people getting in each other's way?
2022-Jan-02 • 73 minutes
Episode 137: Bryan Caplan discusses open borders
Does every person have a moral right to live and work wherever they please?
2021-Oct-25 • 42 minutes
Episode 136: Christian Miller discusses virtue and character
What are the different ways of being a good person, and how many of us actually are good in those ways?
2021-Jul-15 • 38 minutes
Episode 135: Sara Protasi discusses the philosophy of envy
Is it always bad to feel envy, or can it sometimes be good?
2021-May-29 • 41 minutes
Episode 134: Claire Kirwin discusses value realism
Is mint chocolate chip ice cream REALLY tasty, like, in and of itself, or is it just tasty to me?
2021-Apr-04 • 45 minutes
Episode 133: Aristotle discusses his philosophy
Listen to Aristotle outline his view of physics, biology, causality, and ethics!
2021-Mar-02 • 46 minutes
Episode 132: Rebecca Valentine discusses queer hackerspaces
What happens when the creative side of tech joins forces with queer anarcha-feminism?
2021-Jan-03 • 50 minutes
Episode 131: Greg Salmieri discusses egoism and altruism
Should you do everything that you do in order to benefit yourself?
2020-Nov-22 • 36 minutes
Episode 130: Jessica Tizzard discusses weakness of the will
What's really going on when you lack the willpower to do the right thing?
2020-Sep-27 • 51 minutes
Episode 129: Nethanel Lipshitz discusses discrimination
Do you have to be part of a recognized social group to be the victim of discrimination?
2020-Aug-16 • 41 minutes
Episode 128: Melissa Fusco discusses free choice permission
Our best theory of obligation and permission is mostly on track--except for one big thing.
2020-Jul-15 • 41 minutes
Episode 127 - Nic Koziolek discusses self-knowledge
What's the difference between knowing about some third-personal fact and knowing about your own mental states?
2020-Jun-11 • 48 minutes
Episode 126 - Listener Q&A with Agnes Callard and Ben Callard
In this episode, Matt Teichman, Agnes Callard, and Ben Callard answer philosophical questions submitted by listeners.
2020-Apr-17 • 39 minutes
Episode 125: James Koppel discusses counterfactual inference and automated explanation
Ever wonder how you can get a computer to help you figure out why something broke?
2020-Mar-21 • 41 minutes
Elucidations Episode 124: Graham Priest discusses Buddhist political philosophy
What would a society organized around the desire to minimize suffering look like?
2020-Feb-15 • 48 minutes
Episode 123: Graham Priest discusses Buddhist metaphysics
What are some of Buddhism's core commitments when it comes to the nature of the universe?
2020-Jan-17 • 40 minutes
Episode 122: Frithjof Bergmann and David Helmbold discuss new work, new culture
What if you not only didn't mind your job, but your job was the best thing in your life?
2019-Dec-05 • 42 minutes
Episode 121: Aaron Ben Ze'ev discusses the arc of love
What is love, and what makes it last for a long time?
2019-Nov-10 • 33 minutes
Episode 120: Robin Dembroff on going beyond the gender binary
A survey of recent developments in gender.
2019-Oct-15 • 45 minutes
Episode 119: Stephanie Kapusta discusses misgendering
Can a theory of gender misgender people?
2019-Sep-12 • 53 minutes
Episode 118: Tyler Cowen discusses Stubborn Attachments
Maybe you can be a guilt-free utilitarian by taking future people's needs as seriously as ours.
2019-Aug-30 • 38 minutes
Episode 117: Brian L. Frye says to plagiarize this podcast
We take it for granted that plagiarizing is a moral abomination. But is that right?
2019-Aug-05 • 59 minutes
Episode 116: Tommy Curry discusses black male studies
Where does the category of 'oppressed people' come from, historically?
2019-Jul-01 • 40 minutes
Episode 115: Katherine Ritchie discusses social groups
What's the difference between some people chosen at random and a group of people?
2019-May-14 • 41 minutes
Episode 114: Sally Haslanger discusses ideology
What is the nature of a person's political outlook?
2019-Apr-08 • 36 minutes
Episode 113: Tom Pashby discusses quantum mechanics
Quantum mechanics seems like the best physical theory we have, but does it make coherent sense?
2019-Mar-07 • 44 minutes
Episode 112: Myisha Cherry discusses the skill of conversation
What's the difference between a good conversationalist and a bad one?
2019-Jan-27 • 41 minutes
Episode 111: Greg Kobele discusses mathematical linguistics
How can abstract mathematics help us understand the ability people have to speak?
2018-Dec-15 • 37 minutes
Episode 110: Chike Jeffers discusses the social and political philosophy of W.E.B. Du Bois
What is the best way forward for racial justice in America?
2018-Oct-13 • 48 minutes
Episode 109: Bonus Episode with Matt Teichman and Toby Buckle
A joint episode between Elucidations and the Political Philosophy Podcast
2018-Sep-15 • 36 minutes
Episode 108: Mariam Thalos discusses freedom
This episode is about the labels we use to categorize ourselves and whether it's possible to create our own labels.
2018-Aug-03 • 50 minutes
Episode 107: Linda Martín Alcoff discusses identity and history
How can the history of your social group affect what it's like for you to be a member of that group?
2018-Jun-22 • 37 minutes
Episode 106: R. A. Briggs discusses gender
What is gender, anyway?
2018-Apr-20 • 37 minutes
Episode 105: R. A. Briggs discusses epistemic decision theory
How do we tell what the best strategies for changing our beliefs on the basis of new evidence might be?
2018-Mar-04 • 39 minutes
Episode 104: Seth Yalcin discusses the question-sensitivity of belief
What determines when a belief of mine is operative and when I'm not attending to it?
2018-Jan-09 • 51 minutes
Episode 103: Brian Leiter explains why we should think about Marx
Can Marx help us understand our current political situation?
2017-Dec-01 • 33 minutes
Episode 102: Josh Knobe discusses the true self
Who are you, really, deep down, in your core?
2017-Oct-21 • 50 minutes
Episode 101: Miranda Fricker discusses blame and forgiveness
Why do we blame people, and should we blame them?
2017-Sep-22 • 49 minutes
Episode 100: Agnes Callard discusses aspiration
What is the process of moving from one set of values to another?
2017-Aug-13 • 39 minutes
Episode 99: Steven Nadler discusses Spinoza on freedom
What does it mean to be free in a universe where every event is determined?
2017-Jul-17 • 32 minutes
Episode 98: Jennifer Lackey discusses credibility
Who should we trust more and who should we trust less?
2017-Jun-11 • 56 minutes
Episode 97: Meghan Sullivan discusses time biases
Should we care more about the future than the past?
2017-May-08 • 41 minutes
Episode 96: Nic Koziolek discusses the role of belief in reasoning
What are the component parts of reasoning?
2017-Apr-10 • 33 minutes
Episode 95: Zed Adams discusses the genealogy of color
How did we get to wondering whether colors were real?
2017-Mar-23 • 36 minutes
Episode 94: Zsofia Zvolenszky discusses fictional names
What does the name 'Princess Leia' stand for?
2017-Jan-30 • 42 minutes
Episode 93: Barry Lam discusses obligations after death
Should we honor the wishes of someone who passed away, no matter what they are, indefinitely?
2017-Jan-14 • 44 minutes
Episode 92: Kristie Dotson discusses epistemic oppression
How does oppressing or being oppressed affect your ability to know and learn things?
2016-Dec-23 • 35 minutes
Episode 91: Paolo Santorio discusses counterfactuals
What do statements like 'If A were, then B would be' mean?
2016-Nov-20 • 29 minutes
Episode 90: Ásta Sveinsdóttir discusses social construction
Is being disabled a social status, or a physical impairment, or both?
2016-Oct-28 • 41 minutes
Episode 89: John Collins discusses language universals
Why are people so good at acquiring languages?
2016-Oct-12 • 30 minutes
Episode 88: Kent Bach discusses jumping to conclusions and knowing when to think twice
Can the fact that you aren't thinking about something be evidence that it isn't worth thinking about?
2016-Sep-11 • 31 minutes
Episode 87: Susanna Schellenberg discusses perceptual particularity
What distinguishes hallucinations from ordinary visual experience?
2016-Aug-18 • 46 minutes
Episode 86: Daniel Smyth discusses photographs and their vicissitudes
Photography as a Recording Technology
2016-Aug-01 • 35 minutes
Episode 85: Bryce Huebner discusses race and cognitive science
In this episode, Bryce Huebner argues that our implicit racial biases are shaped by the physical environments we inhabit.
2016-Jun-10 • 43 minutes
Episode 84: Amanda Greene discusses the legitimacy of democracy
In this episode, Amanda Greene argues that democracy is the form of government that most reliably leads to long-term stability and acceptance.
2016-May-12 • 36 minutes
Episode 83: Bob Simpson discusses genealogical anxiety
In this episode, Bob Simpson discusses how a person should respond to the realization that they only believe something because of how they were brought up.
2016-Apr-13 • 41 minutes
Episode 82: Robert May discusses Frege and the problem of identity
In this episode, Robert May discusses the problems that arise when we try to explain what simple statements of arithmetic are saying.
2016-Mar-15 • 38 minutes
Episode 81: Cathy Legg discusses what Peirce's categories can do for you
In this episode, Cathy Legg talks about why Charles Sanders Peirce thought that existing was only one of three ways of being.
2016-Feb-10 • 32 minutes
Episode 80: Mark Hopwood discusses love and moral value
In this episode, Mark Hopwood discusses the moral relation that results when one person values another as a particular individual.
2016-Jan-06 • 33 minutes
Episode 79: Anthony S. Gillies discusses conditionals
In this episode, Anthony S. Gillies shows us how difficult it is to figure out what if/then statements mean!
2015-Dec-09 • 32 minutes
Episode 78: Stephen Engstrom discusses the categorical imperative
In this episode, Stephen Engstrom discusses the principle that Immanuel Kant thought to underlie all of ethics.
2015-Nov-13 • 39 minutes
Episode 77: Mark Schroeder discusses reasons for action and belief
In this episode, Mark Schroeder discusses an example of how something other than evidence against a claim can give you a reason not to believe that it's true.
2015-Oct-13 • 42 minutes
Episode 76: Barbara Herman discusses gratitude
In this episode, Barbara Herman describes the intricacies of the relationship between two people that is created when one does a favor for the other.
2015-Sep-08 • 32 minutes
Episode 75: Malte Willer discusses non-monotonic logic
In this episode, Malte Willer discusses attempts to give a formal theory of commonsense reasoning, and how it differs from the kind of reasoning that has traditionally been studied.
2015-Aug-07 • 30 minutes
Episode 74: Christina van Dyke discusses gender and medieval mysticism
In this episode, Christina van Dyke discusses the medieval mystics, a loose collection of authors who thought through philosophical issues by writing about their religious experiences.
2015-Jul-15 • 40 minutes
Episode 73: Greg Salmieri discusses Ayn Rand's moral philosophy
In this episode, Greg Salmieri explains why Ayn Rand thought a good life is oriented, first and foremost, toward the goal of benefitting oneself.
2015-Jun-25 • 39 minutes
Episode 72: Robert May discusses pejorative expressions
In this episode, Robert May explains what racial, ethnic, and homophobic slurs literally mean.
2015-Jun-05 • 35 minutes
Episode 71: Kent Schmor discusses Carnap's Aufbau
In this episode, Kent Schmor introduces us to Rudolf Carnap's classic work, _The Logical Construction of the World_.
2015-May-06 • 33 minutes
Episode 70: Susan James discusses Spinoza on the good embodied life
In this episode, Susan James explains Spinoza's view that the mind and the body are really just different aspects of the same thing, and how that view led him to think of moral reasoning as having an emotional component.
2015-Mar-25 • 33 minutes
Episode 69: Christel Fricke discusses Adam Smith's theory of moral sentiments
In this episode, Christel Fricke discusses a view in ethics according to which you determine the right thing to do by imitating the perspective of an ideal, impartial spectator.
2015-Feb-18 • 43 minutes
Episode 68: Mark Lance discusses anarchism
In this episode, Mark Lance defends the view that instead of answering to a central authority, our society should self-govern, only scaling up what it has to.
2015-Jan-12 • 32 minutes
Episode 67: John Protevi discusses Darwin, disaster, and prosociality
In this episode, John Protevi discusses research across several different disciplines which supports the hypothesis that human beings evolved to cooperate with each other.
2014-Dec-17 • 41 minutes
Episode 66: Haim Gaifman discusses mathematical reasoning
In this episode, Haim Gaifman argues that there are mathematical facts about real, objective, mathematical entities.
2014-Nov-17 • 39 minutes
Episode 65: Julian Savulescu discusses doping in sports
In this episode, Julian Savulescu argues that professional sports should change their regulations so as to allow for a certain amount of doping.
2014-Oct-18 • 52 minutes
Episode 64: James Conant and Jay Elliott discuss the analytic tradition
In this episode, James Conant and Jay Elliott go into the history of the movement known as analytic philosophy.
2014-Sep-19 • 38 minutes
Episode 63: Michael Devitt discusses reference
In this episode, Michael Devitt explains why we need a theory of what it means for a proper name to stand for a person or place.
2014-Aug-21 • 31 minutes
Episode 62: Sally Sedgwick discusses Hegel’s critique of Kant
In this episode, Sally Sedgwick runs through Immanuel Kant’s idea that doing the right thing means doing whatever respects the dignity of all rational creatures, along with G. W. F. Hegel’s worry that Kant neglected how his moral theory was the product of a particular historical moment.
2014-Jul-16 • 45 minutes
Episode 61: Jeff Buechner discusses Kripke and functionalism
In this episode, Jeff Buechner gives us an overview of the work of Saul Kripke, and explains his (not yet published) argument against the idea that the human mind is a kind of computer.
2014-Jun-23 • 27 minutes
Episode 60: Fabrizio Cariani shares some thoughts about oughts
In this episode, Fabrizio Cariani explains some of the challenges that arise when we try to precisely define the words 'ought' and 'should.'
2014-May-14 • 37 minutes
Episode 59: Quill Kukla discusses reproductive risk
In this episode, Quill Kukla questions the assumptions behind the idea that keeping unborn fetuses safe is simply a matter of individual mothers managing risk responsibly.
2014-Apr-17 • 28 minutes
Episode 58: Stewart Shapiro discusses vagueness, part II
In this episode, we return to the topic of vagueness from a new perspective.
2014-Mar-19 • 39 minutes
Episode 57: Julia Annas discusses virtue ethics
In this episode, Julia Annas introduces us to the ancient Greek conception of ethics.
2014-Feb-10 • 54 minutes
Episode 56: Philip Pettit discusses corporate rights and responsibilities
In this episode, Philip Pettit considers whether a corporation can have any special privileges or rights.
2014-Jan-08 • 46 minutes
Episode 55: Branden Fitelson discusses paradoxes of consistency
In this episode, Branden Fitelson proposes a new notion of coherence to explain certain unusual situations in which the need to believe what's true conflicts with the need to believe what's supported by evidence.
2013-Dec-06 • 44 minutes
Episode 54: Patricia Blanchette discusses Frege's logicism
In this episode, Patricia Blanchette explains why Gottlob Frege and other early 20th century philosophers wanted to understand all of mathematics as really being about logic.
2013-Nov-14 • 38 minutes
Episode 53: Martin Stokhof discusses formal semantics and Wittgenstein
In this episode, Martin Stokhof argues that understanding what formal theories of linguistic meaning are actually doing is less straightforward than it might seem.
2013-Oct-14 • 38 minutes
Episode 52: Rafeeq Hasan discusses Rousseau on freedom and happiness
In this episode, Rafeeq Hasan argues that according to Jean-Jacques Rousseau, there isn't any conflict between being a free individual and living in a cooperative society.
2013-Sep-23 • 33 minutes
Episode 51: Jeroen Groenendijk and Floris Roelofsen discuss inquisitive semantics
In this episode, Jeroen Groenendijk and Floris Roelofsen discuss a new theory of linguistic meaning that brings out a deep commonality between statements and questions.
2013-Aug-21 • 36 minutes
Episode 50: Greg Salmieri discusses the Aristotelian good life and productive work
In this episode, Greg Salmieri looks at the attitudes ancient philosophers used to take towards craftsmanship.
2013-Jul-17 • 47 minutes
Episode 49: Hans Kamp discusses discourse representation theory
In this episode, Hans Kamp discusses his influential dynamic theory of linguistic meaning.
2013-Jun-10 • 32 minutes
Episode 48: Jennifer Frey discusses the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas
In this episode, Jennifer Frey discusses the medieval philosopher Thomas Aquinas' idea that what's ethically right or wrong is determined by our nature as human beings.
2013-May-14 • 40 minutes
Episode 47: Alexandru Baltag discusses the logic of knowledge
In this episode, Alexandru Baltag gives us a tour through a number of formal definitions of knowledge that have been proposed in recent years.
2013-Apr-19 • 27 minutes
Episode 46: Frank Veltman discusses normality
In this episode, Frank Veltman discusses the central role that the idea of normality (along with abnormality) plays in our everyday reasoning.
2013-Mar-22 • 32 minutes
Episode 45: Anubav Vasudevan discusses probability and determinism
In this episode, Anubav Vasudevan argues that there is no conflict between the belief that the future is completely determined by the past and the belief that some things truly happen by chance.
2013-Feb-15 • 34 minutes
Episode 44: Joelle Proust discusses metacognition
In this episode, Joelle Proust discusses whether you need to have the concept of memory in order to evaluate your ability to remember things.
2013-Jan-01 • 42 minutes
Episode 43: Peter Adamson discusses the philosophy of Al-Kindi
In this episode, Peter Adamson gives us a tour through the impressively wide-ranging work of Al-Kindi, including his arguments for the unity of God and against the eternity of the universe.
2012-Dec-12 • 37 minutes
Episode 42: Agustin Rayo discusses the construction of logical space
In this episode, Agustin Rayo considers whether the number of dinosaurs being zero is the same thing as there being no dinosaurs, whether some wood blocks being nailed together into the shape of a table is the same thing as there being a table, and similar matters.
2012-Nov-09 • 40 minutes
Episode 41: David Enoch discusses metaethics
In this episode, David Enoch argues that there are real facts of the matter about whether something is right or wrong, and that our ability to deliberate about what to do depends on this.
2012-Oct-08 • 36 minutes
Episode 40: Johan van Benthem discusses logical dynamics
In this episode, Johan van Benthem argues that the subject matter of logic should be broadened to encompass not only processes of inference performed by individuals, but also the sharing of information among groups of people.
2012-Sep-04 • 31 minutes
Episode 39: Nicholas Asher discusses the philosophy of language
In this episode, Nicholas Asher discusses some of the challenges faced by philosophers, linguists, and computer scientists when it comes to developing a formal theory of meaning that (for example) a computer could understand.
2012-Aug-08 • 25 minutes
Episode 38: Christopher Frey discusses Aristotle on living organisms and their parts
In this episode, Christopher Frey explains why Aristotle thought that after you sever a person's hand, it isn't really a hand anymore.
2012-Jul-10 • 25 minutes
Episode 37: Catarina Dutilh Novaes discusses methods in philosophy
In this episode, Catarina Dutilh Novaes talks about whether there is any one method that's specific to philosophy, the way there is (for example) something we call the scientific method.
2012-Jun-15 • 33 minutes
Episode 36: Robert van Rooij discusses vagueness
In this episode, Robert van Rooij talks about a paradox that arises when you try to decide exactly how many millimeters high someone has to be in order to count as tall.
2012-May-07 • 29 minutes
Episode 35: Martha Nussbaum discusses the capabilities approach
In this episode, Martha Nussbaum proposes a new set of criteria for determining the overall health and prosperity of a country.
2012-Apr-09 • 31 minutes
Episode 34: Kieran Setiya discusses moral disagreement
In this episode, Kieran Setiya discusses the difference between disagreeing with someone about how you should live your life and disagreeing with someone about what you just saw (like, for example, who was the winner of a very close race).
2012-Mar-14 • 31 minutes
Episode 33: Daniel Sutherland discusses the philosophy of mathematics
In this episode, Daniel Sutherland explains some of the difficulties involved in trying to say what numbers are.
2012-Feb-09 • 24 minutes
Episode 32: Jennifer Lockhart discusses ignorant knowledge
In this episode, Jennifer Lockhart tells us what happens when a person is unable to go ahead and do something they know how to do in theory.
2012-Jan-11 • 44 minutes
Episode 31: Branden Fitelson discusses reasoning fallacies
In this episode, Branden Fitelson discusses some mistakes we often make when reasoning about probabilities, and explains why we may even have evolved to make these mistakes.
2011-Dec-12 • 31 minutes
Episode 30: Marko Malink discusses modal syllogistic
In this episode, Marko Malink discusses what Aristotle meant by words like 'every' and 'some,' and how his use of these words differs subtly from ours.
2011-Nov-08 • 34 minutes
Episode 29: Peter Kail discusses Hume's legacy
In this episode, Peter Kail discusses the importance of David Hume's contributions to philosophy, including his thoughts on the scientific method, human psychology, and religious belief.
2011-Oct-18 • 39 minutes
Episode 28: John Searle discusses human reality and basic reality
In this episode, John Searle explores some of the problems that come up when we try to reconcile what's obvious and self-evident about human experience with what we know about how the world works.
2011-Sep-26 • 32 minutes
Episode 27: Emma Borg discusses semantic minimalism
In this episode, Emma Borg explains why it's important to have a sharp distinction between what a person literally means when they say something and what they merely imply.
2011-Sep-08 • 36 minutes
Episode 26: Robert Richards discusses evolutionary ethics
In this episode, Robert Richards argues that we have evolved an instinct to act for the benefit of other people.
2011-Jul-18 • 29 minutes
Episode 25: Robert Stalnaker discusses conversational context
In this episode, Robert Stalnaker draws a distinction between two different meanings of the word 'context,' then explores some of its philosophical ramifications.
2011-Jun-13 • 31 minutes
Episode 24: Christopher Peacocke discusses the perception of music
In this episode, Christopher Peacocke discusses what it is to hear emotion in music.
2011-May-17 • 32 minutes
Episode 23: Quassim Cassam discusses transcendental arguments
In this episode, Quassim Cassam discusses an influential strategy for arguing against the idea that (for example) we're all in the Matrix.
2011-Apr-06 • 30 minutes
Episode 22: Ben Laurence discusses collective action
In this episode, Ben Laurence discusses the difference between what an individual person does and what a group of people does.
2011-Mar-07 • 33 minutes
Episode 21: Raymond Geuss discusses political liberalism
In this episode, Raymond Geuss critiques the idea that we should always look to what the general consensus is when deciding which political policies to adopt.
2011-Feb-08 • 33 minutes
Episode 20: Simon Critchley discusses faith
In this episode, Simon Critchley considers whether religious faith can serve as a model for faith in ethical principles.
2011-Jan-12 • 35 minutes
Episode 19: Dan Sperber discusses epistemic vigilance
In this episode, Dan Sperber discusses the psychological habits we develop in order to figure out whether the information we hear from other people is trustworthy.
2010-Dec-06 • 34 minutes
Episode 18: Mark Lance discusses language and power
In this episode, Mark Lance discusses how the conventions by which we verbally address one another define the roles we play in society.
2010-Nov-08 • 34 minutes
Episode 17: Brandon Fogel discusses mechanism and causation
In this episode, Brandon Fogel discusses how attitudes toward the idea of action at a distance have changed over the course of history.
2010-Oct-06 • 28 minutes
Episode 16: Amartya Sen discusses justice
In this episode, Amartya Sen critiques the idea that in order to make our society more just, we have to model it on an ideal.
2010-Sep-08 • 37 minutes
Episode 15: Brian Leiter discusses religious toleration
In this episode, Brian Leiter considers whether claims of religious conscience--as opposed to claims of other matters of conscience--should be given special status under the law.
2010-Aug-02 • 33 minutes
Episode 14: Edward Witherspoon discusses skepticism
In this episode, Edward Witherspoon considers whether a disembodied brain could, in principle, have the ability to think.
2010-Jul-09 • 23 minutes
Episode 13: Fabrizio Cariani discusses judgment aggregation
In this episode, Fabrizio Cariani discusses how the beliefs held by a single person in a group relate to the beliefs held by that group as a whole.
2010-Jun-03 • 40 minutes
Episode 12: Jason Bridges discusses contextualism
In this episode, Jason Bridges discusses how a single sentence can mean completely different things in different contexts, and why this is of particular interest to philosophers.
2010-May-07 • 23 minutes
Episode 11: Martin Gustafsson discusses philosophical pictures
In this episode, Martin Gustafsson discusses Ludwig Wittgenstein's thoughts on the commonsense belief that the meaning of a word is the thing for which the word stands.
2010-Apr-05 • 23 minutes
Episode 10: Richard Kraut discusses goodness
In this episode, Richard Kraut discusses the contrast between being good for someone and simply being good.
2010-Mar-04 • 32 minutes
Episode 9: Ted Cohen discusses metaphor
In this episode, Ted Cohen argues that metaphorical language is a tool we use to identify with other people.
2010-Feb-12 • 23 minutes
Episode 8: Chris Haufe discusses evolutionary psychology
In this episode, Chris Haufe discusses the problems involved in trying to give an evolutionary account of our psychological traits.
2010-Jan-04 • 24 minutes
Episode 7: Daniel Groll discusses nature and ethics
In this episode, Daniel Groll discusses how one might invoke the idea of nature when making an argument about what is right or wrong.
2009-Dec-01 • 35 minutes
Episode 6: Jesse Prinz discusses experimental philosophy
In this episode, Jesse Prinz discusses a new movement in philosophy which makes use of findings in psychology and the social sciences to address traditional philosophical problems.
2009-Nov-02 • 34 minutes
Episode 5: Jocelyn Benoist discusses the philosophy of perception
In this episode, Jocelyn Benoist reflects on whether our sense perception is reliable. Should we worry about whether we can be certain that there is a real, tangible, external world, or is that worry misplaced?
2009-Oct-01 • 23 minutes
Episode 4: Martha Nussbaum discusses sexuality and the law
In this episode, Martha Nussbaum discusses how and whether sexual conduct should be legally regulated.
2009-Sep-01 • 31 minutes
Episode 3: Brian Leiter discusses Nietzsche on morality
In this episode, Brian Leiter discusses Nietzsche's critique of morality and his naturalist approach to human psychology.
2009-Aug-03 • 27 minutes
Episode 2: Gabriel Richardson Lear discusses Plato's philosophy of poetry
In this episode, Gabriel Richardson Lear tells us why Plato thought that the stylistic choices made by a poet could have ethical ramifications.
2009-Jul-06 • 26 minutes
Episode 1: Agnes Callard discusses desire and satisfaction
In this episode, Agnes Callard offers a new account of what it is to want something, and what it means to get the thing you want.