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Philosophy Talk

Sundays at 11am, Tuesdays at Noon
  • Hosted by hosted by Ken Taylor, Debra Satz, & Josh Landy

The program that questions everything...except your intelligence.

Episodes are not archived at kalw.org.  For a comprehensive listing of recent and upcoming programs and various listening options, visit the Philosophy Talk website.

Philosophy Talk: The 2020 Dionysus Awards

Jul 7, 2020

Looking for summer movie options? Here are some from the past year (or so) that challenged our assumptions and made us think about things in new ways.


Philosophy Talk: Pet Ethics

Jun 30, 2020

Are pets our partners, our property, or something in between?


Philosophy Talk #500: Time for Summer Reading

Jun 16, 2020

It's about time for this summer's philosophical reading list -- and our 500th episode.


Philosophy Talk: Covid Conundrums and Moral Dilemmas

Jun 2, 2020

What ethical dilemmas are people facing in their daily lives related to the pandemic or social distancing?


Philosophy Talk: Comforting Conversations, Part 2

May 22, 2020

How can insights from the arts and humanities help us cope with anxious times?


Philosophy Talk: Comforting Conversations, Part 1

May 19, 2020

How can insights from the arts and humanities help us cope with anxious times?


Philosophy Talk: Machiavelli

May 5, 2020

Was Machiavelli an unscrupulous theorist and advisor, or one of the most widely misunderstood political philosophers ever?


Philosophy Talk: (Why) Money Matters

Apr 24, 2020

In an ideal society, would we even need money?


Philosophy Talk: Poetry as a Way of Knowing

Apr 19, 2020

April is National Poetry Month, so a philosopher might ask: Can we come to know things poetically that we couldn't get at through other forms of thinking, writing, and talking?


Philosophy Talk: Philosophy and the Superhero

Apr 14, 2020

Holy metapysics, Batman!


Philosophy Talk: Midlife and Meaning

Mar 6, 2020

Is the midlife crisis nostalgia for lost youth, or the fear of old age (or both)?  


Philosophy Talk: Trash Talks

Mar 3, 2020

Do the things we call 'trash' say more about those things or about us?


Philosophy Talk: Is the Self an Illusion?

Feb 25, 2020

Is the self just a fiction we create to make sense of a complicated world?


Philosophy Talk: A World Without Work

Feb 7, 2020

Can we still lead productive, meaningful lives if the demand for human labor disappears?  


Philosophy Talk: Death of the Sentence

Jan 28, 2020

Is the internet destroying language?


Philosophy Talk: Post-Truth Politics

Jan 17, 2020

Have we entered a post-truth era in which politicians and "news" outlets can lie without consequence?

Philosophy Talk: Comedy and the Culture Wars

Jan 14, 2020

Is there a place in democratic society for comedy that finds humor in people's deepest identities?


Philosophy Talk: Polyamory

Jan 3, 2020

We don't have only one friend at a time, so why have only one lover at a time?


Philosophy Talk: Ken Taylor Tribute

Dec 26, 2019

Remembering Philosophy Talk's co-creator, chief cheerleader, and guiding light, Ken Taylor.


Philosophy Talk: Could the Laws of Physics Ever Change?

Dec 20, 2019

The laws of physics determine how things in the cosmos change. But what would happen if the laws themselves changed?


Philosophy Talk: Driverless Cars at the Moral Crossroads

Dec 6, 2019

Can we trust an algorithm to make morally responsible driving decisions?


Philosophy Talk: Habermas and Democracy

Nov 29, 2019

Could rational communication really be the true key to real democracy?   


Philosophy Talk: Nonhuman Rights

Nov 22, 2019

If humans have human rights because they’re persons, are there some nonhumans who are also persons with nonhuman rights?


Philosophy Talk: Sanctuary Cities

Nov 19, 2019

What rights should undocumented immigrants have?


Philosophy Talk: Hobbes and the Ideal Citizen

Nov 5, 2019

What do citizens owe the state? What does the state owe its citizens?


Philosophy Talk: Conscious Machines

Oct 22, 2019

Would a race of thinking, autonomous, conscious machines be our slaves, our masters, or our partners?


Philosophy Talk: The Space-Time Continuum

Oct 11, 2019

Are Space and Time two separate entities, or just different dimensions of one thing? And what difference does that make?


Philosophy Talk: The Allure of Authoritarianism

Oct 8, 2019

Democracy may not be in great shape, but why would anyone prefer to be ruled by a despot?


Philosophy Talk: Explanation At Its Best

Oct 1, 2019

Is the most elegant explanation always the best one?


Philosophy Talk: Knowing What We Know (And What We Don't)

Sep 20, 2019
"SELF UNDER SIEGE REVISITED" by tio tom tomlinson used under CC license

Is knowing what you don't know the first step toward wisdom, or is a little arrogance a good thing?


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