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Philosophy Talk: Covid Conundrums and Moral Dilemmas

May 29, 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: The Value of Care

May 8, 2020

How do notions like care, compassion, and empathy change the way we view our obligations to others?


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: Fractured Identities

Apr 3, 2020

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


Philosophy Talk: Retirement

Mar 27, 2020
Photo: Sun Lee

Is retirement just an evil scheme invented by capitalists to get rid of higher-paid workers?


Philosophy Talk: Can Speech Kill?

Mar 20, 2020

Can mere words create a toxic climate in which violence is condoned and encouraged?


Philosophy Talk: The 2020 Dionysus Awards

Mar 17, 2020

What movies of the past year challenged your assumptions and made you think about things in new ways?


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: The Internet of Things

Feb 14, 2020

What will life be like when every road you travel, every device you own, every building you enter is connected to the internet?


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: Race Matters

Jan 31, 2020

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

  

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: 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: Cognitive Bias

Dec 13, 2019

If humans are so rational, then how come we're subject to so much unconscious bias and error?


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: Should Beliefs Aim at Truth?

Nov 8, 2019

What is the goal of a belief: to make you feel better, to make you successful, or to track the truth?


Philosophy Talk: Hobbes and the Ideal Citizen

Nov 5, 2019

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


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