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Philosophy Talk: White Privilege and Racial Injustice

Oct 5, 2018

Is it a privilege or a right to be treated as you deserve to be?

Philosophy Talk: The New Golden Age of Television

Oct 2, 2018

How do today's best TV shows explore questions about identity, morality, and the human condition?

Philosophy Talk: Jean-Paul Sartre

Sep 21, 2018

What exactly is existentialism? How are we condemned to be free? And what’s so hellish about other people?   

Philosophy Talk: The Psychology of Cruelty

Sep 18, 2018

Are people cruel to others despite or because of their victims' humanity?

How should psychological science be used to improve our criminal justice system? 

Philosophy Talk: A World Without Work

Aug 31, 2018

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


Philosophy Talk: The Athlete as Philosopher

Aug 24, 2018

Are sports a way to cultivate virtues like loyalty, collaboration, and discipline, or to indulge feelings of rivalry, tribalism, and obsession?

Philosophy Talk: Summer Reading List

Aug 17, 2018

What have you read this summer that challenged your assumptions and made you think about things in new ways?

Philosophy Talk: The Ethics of Algorithms

Aug 14, 2018

Can algorithms be truly objective decision-makers, or do they necessarily pick up the biases of their human programmers?

Philosophy Talk: Will Innovation Kill Us?

Aug 7, 2018

Can we ever escape the innovation loop? Should we try before it kills us?

Philosophy Talk: Movie Special

Jul 27, 2018

What are some recent movies that challenged our assumptions and made us think about things in new ways? 

Philosophy Talk: Does Science Over-reach?

Jul 20, 2018

Are there questions that science is powerless to answer?


What would happen if instead of being privately owned, productive goods were continually put up for auction?

Philosophy Talk: Spinoza

Jul 10, 2018

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

Philosophy Talk: Living On Through Others

Jun 26, 2018

If life on Earth were coming to an end in, say, thirty years, would the life of the last person alive be meaningful?

Philosophy Talk: The Logic of Regret

Jun 15, 2018

Can we regret the sin but love the result of the sin?

Philosophy Talk: The Value of Care

Jun 8, 2018

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


Philosophy Talk: The Ethics of Drone Warfare

May 25, 2018

Do drones herald a more sanitized and efficient form of war, or do they represent the dystopian reign of uncaring technologies? 

Philosophy Talk: In Praise of Love

May 11, 2018

Plato’s Symposium is arguably the most memorable philosophical work ever written on the subject of love. It is also the inspiration for Leonard Bernstein’s gorgeous violin concerto, the Serenade

Philosophy Talk: Are We Alone?

Apr 27, 2018

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

Philosophy Talk: Heidegger

Apr 24, 2018

Martin Heidegger has been hailed by many as the greatest philosopher of the twentieth century. He has also been criticized for being both nearly unreadable and a Nazi.

Does the internet necessarily make people nastier and more arrogant?

Philosophy Talk: Monstrous Technologies?

Apr 10, 2018

How do we ensure that the Victor Frankensteins of the future unleash no new monsters on the world?

Is whistleblowing a matter of duty, or a matter of choice?

Philosophy Talk: The Culture Industry

Mar 23, 2018

Is truly great art possible under a capitalist system, or is capitalism destined to produce cultural crap?

Philosophy Talk: The Power and Peril of Satire

Mar 20, 2018

Does freedom of speech guarantee the right to poke fun at anyone and anything we want?

Philosophy Talk: How to Humbly Disagree

Mar 13, 2018

If someone disagrees with you, does it mean you should reconsider your position, or does it just mean that person is wrong?

Philosophy Talk: Science and Politics – Friends or Foes?

Mar 6, 2018

Is there such a thing as objective, value-neutral science, or is science always infused with values?

Philosophy Talk: Misogyny and Gender Inequality

Feb 27, 2018

With all the advances women have made, why does gender inequality still persist? 

Philosophy Talk: The 5th (Mostly) Annual Dionysus Awards

Feb 20, 2018

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