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Philosophy Talk

Sundays at 11 am
  • Hosted by Josh Landy and Ray Briggs

The program that questions everything... except your intelligence. Visit us at for a comprehensive program listing, listening options, The Blog @ Philosophers’ Corner, and much more.

Philosophy Talk: What is Love?

Feb 12, 2021

Do you them because they're lovable, or are they lovable because you love them?

Philosophy Talk: W.E.B. Du Bois

Feb 5, 2021

A vintage program with John and Ken exploring the life and thought of William Edward Burghardt Du Bois, born February 23, 1868.

Philosophy Talk: The Rhetoric of Big Tech

Jan 29, 2021

What do Ayn Rand, Martin Heidegger, and Samuel Beckett have to do with Silicon Valley?

Philosophy Talk: Democracy By Numbers

Jan 15, 2021

Is it mathematically (im)possible to create a true democracy?

Philosophy Talk: Comforting Conversations, Part 2

Jan 8, 2021

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

Philosophy Talk: Comforting Conversations, Part 1

Jan 2, 2021

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

Philosophy Talk: The Examined Year – 2020

Dec 25, 2020

Because the un-examined year is not worth reviewing. 

Philosophy Talk: Faith and Humility

Dec 18, 2020

Who is the more intellectually humble: the believer who puts their faith in a higher power, or the nonbeliever who sees no evidence for one?

Philosophy Talk: Minds and Matter

Dec 11, 2020

What can the lives of animals teach us about consciousness and the mind?

Philosophy Talk: Are We Alone?

Dec 4, 2020

If there is intelligent life beyond Earth, how would that change life ON Earth?

Philosophy Talk: The Arts for All?

Nov 27, 2020

Can art be broadly accessible without sacrificing quality? Can it be cognitively challenging without being elitist?

Philosophy Talk: Spinoza

Nov 20, 2020

What made Baruch Spinoza one of the most beguiling and influential thinkers of all time?

Philosophy Talk: Are We All to Blame?

Nov 13, 2020

How much do we all contribute to big, systemic problems like racism and climate change?

Philosophy Talk: What's in a Game?

Oct 27, 2020

Are games just a fun pastime, or is there something more important about them?   

Philosophy Talk: Hannah Arendt

Oct 13, 2020

A vintage episode with John and Ken ahead of Arendt's anniversary on October 14. 

Philosophy Talk: Science and Skepticism

Oct 6, 2020

Our understanding evolves over time – how can we explain that to impatient people who don't trust science?

Philosophy Talk: Martin Heidegger

Sep 18, 2020

Can Heidegger's contributions to Western philosophy and his active support for the German Nazi party be reconciled?

Philosophy Talk: Citizenship and Justice

Sep 15, 2020

Is citizenship the best recipe for non-discrimination?

Philosophy Talk: The Merits of Meritocracy

Aug 28, 2020

Do the people at the top really deserve their success? Do the people at the bottom really deserve to be there?

There's still time for deep and thoughtful reading this summer -- and our 500th episode.

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: 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: 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?