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Philosophy Talk: Spinoza

Nov 20, 2020

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


Philosophy Talk: What Is Religious Belief?

May 7, 2019

Is believing in God different from believing in the tooth fairy or Santa Claus? 


Philosophy Talk asks about good, evil, and the divine plan

Dec 22, 2015

What kind of divinity allows its believers to suffer?


What was so dangerous about Spinoza's ideas that he was ex-communicated for them?


Philosophy Talk asks: God and the Fine-Tuned Universe

Aug 7, 2015

Is it just dumb luck that the universe has just the right settings to support life as we know it?

Philosophy Talk: Morality in a Godless World

Mar 27, 2015

if God is dead, what makes things immoral?


Philosophy Talk asks: Why (not) believe in an afterlife?

Jan 9, 2015

The question of what happens to us after we die remains as mysterious now as it always was. Some think that death amounts to total annihilation of the self; others adhere to certain religious traditions, which teach that the immaterial soul (and, in some traditions, the resurrected body) can ultimately survive death. So how are we to judge between these radically different views of what happens to us in death? What would it mean for the self to persist beyond the destruction of the body? Is there room in a scientific account of the mind for the existence of an immaterial soul?

KALW's community storytelling project Hear Here has been asking Oakland and San Francisco residents about meaningful places in their neighborhood. KALW's Alyssa Kapnik chose her place, a church, because she used to pass it on her way to the BART station. Since Kapnik is  from a totally different faith – she's Jewish – she wondered what it would be like to experience religion and God from such a different perspective. Fully aware that she’d be an outsider, she decided to go one recent Sunday, and she was the only white person in the entire congregation.

Pantheism!

Feb 26, 2012

On this week's Philosophy Talk, the subject is pantheism: the doctrine that the world is either identical with God or an expression of His nature.