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Philosophy Talk: James Baldwin and Social Justice

Jul 31, 2020

Celebrate Baldwin's birthday on August 2 by questioning how truth and love could be harnessed to create a more just society.

Philosophy Talk: The Ethical Jerk

Jul 24, 2020

Could studying moral philosophy make you more moral -- or more of a jerk?

Should there be limits to violence in the service of liberation?

Philosophy Talk: Walter Benjamin and the Re-Enchanted World

Jul 14, 2020

Can we find enchantment without sacrificing reason?

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: Jean-Paul Sartre

Jun 19, 2020

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

Philosophy Talk #500: Time for Summer Reading

Jun 16, 2020

It's about time for this summer's philosophical reading list -- and our 500th episode.

Philosophy Talk: White Privilege and Racial Injustice

Jun 5, 2020

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

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: 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: 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: 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?