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Philosophy Talk: Fractured Identities

Apr 3, 2020

How do you construct a coherent identity when you don’t feel like you fit in anywhere?


Courtesy of Vanessa Rochelle

Vanessa Rochelle Lewis was bullied for her appearance and sexuality. She redefined ugly to mean Uplift Glorify Love Yourself. Vanessa is the founder of Reclaim UGLY, a movement that helps people heal from “uglification” and celebrate their beauty.

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: Race Matters

Jan 31, 2020

What could be controversial about a movement insisting that Black lives matter too? 

  

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: Queerness

Sep 17, 2019
"Gender" by Sara Yasi used under CC license

Is queerness just a marker of sexual orientation, or is it a political and social identity?


Philosophy Talk: Does Reputation Matter?

Nov 9, 2018

Should we care about what other people think of us?


Courtesy of rossvalleyplayers.com.

Ever since high school, people have pronounced Irma Herrera’s name wrong. When she'd correct their pronunciation, they'd ask where she was from, as if it was a foreign name. “I’m a fifth generation South Texan,” she’d say.

Photo by Sandip Roy/modified from original

Now that the Indian Supreme Court has decriminalized homosexuality, the real battles begin.

Philosophy Talk: Memory and the Self

Oct 30, 2016

Is the self something we construct just to tie all our memories together?


Philosophy Talk asks about Identity Politics

Jul 15, 2016

Is Identity politics the problem or the solution to what divides us? 


Philosophy Talk asks about the Limits of Self-Knowledge

Jun 26, 2016

How reliable are the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves? 


Staying in the gray

Jan 5, 2016
Kristina Loring

 


Many spaces are designated for either men or women: bathrooms, clothing stores, hair salons. But some people don’t subscribe to being a man or a woman. This is true for Clem Breslin, who identifies as being genderqueer. 

Alyssa Kapnik Portraiture

    

 


We are always adjusting the way we sound. It especially depends on the social situation we are in. Linguists call it "code switching," a term originally used for people who would switch between two different languages like Spanish and English.

Philosophy Talk asks which you is the real you

Dec 4, 2015

Is there such a thing as 'one true self', or is the self merely a conglomerate of 'mini-selves' shaped by cultural and social forces?  


Philosophy Talk asks about living on through others

Nov 3, 2015

Could a “collective afterlife” through the lives of others be more important than the “personal afterlife” we're often preoccupied with?


The Spot: Drawing the Second Line

Jul 9, 2015
Derek Bridges

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Philosophy Talk asks: Why believe in Reincarnation?

May 1, 2015

According to Buddhist tradition, all people must suffer illness, aging, and death. Yet the universe is seen as a vast living entity, in which cycles of individual life and death are repeated without cease. Therefore death is a necessary part of the process of life, making renewal and new growth possible. So what does this view mean about the eternality of the self? Is there a single subject or consciousness that persists through all the cycles of death and rebirth? What are the karmic consequences of one’s moral acts for future lives?

FSFSF: Kevin Avery's "black white guy" voice

Mar 4, 2015


Commentary: Washington High School students on being "American"

Feb 6, 2013

Students at Washington High School in San Francisco’s outer Richmond neighborhood were recently asked to respond to the question: what was a time your identity mattered? KALW producers went out to Washington to hear their answers.

On today's Your Call, we’ll speak with the authors of Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women.  25 women share their stories of reconciling who they are with where they have come from.  One writes “I fear being forced to choose between two integral components of my identity: my faith and my sexuality.”  Join us at 10am PST or post a comment here.  What are your stories of self-discovery in the conte