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Philosophy Talk: Democracy By Numbers

Jan 15, 2021

Is it mathematically (im)possible to create a true democracy?

Philosophy Talk: Comforting Conversations, Part 2

Jan 8, 2021

How can insights from the arts and humanities help us cope with anxious times?

Philosophy Talk: Comforting Conversations, Part 1

Jan 2, 2021

How can insights from the arts and humanities help us cope with anxious times?

Philosophy Talk: The Examined Year – 2020

Dec 25, 2020

Because the un-examined year is not worth reviewing. 

Philosophy Talk: Faith and Humility

Dec 18, 2020

Who is the more intellectually humble: the believer who puts their faith in a higher power, or the nonbeliever who sees no evidence for one?

Philosophy Talk: Minds and Matter

Dec 11, 2020

What can the lives of animals teach us about consciousness and the mind?

Philosophy Talk: Are We Alone?

Dec 4, 2020

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

Philosophy Talk: The Arts for All?

Nov 27, 2020

Can art be broadly accessible without sacrificing quality? Can it be cognitively challenging without being elitist?

Philosophy Talk: Spinoza

Nov 20, 2020

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

Philosophy Talk: Are We All to Blame?

Nov 13, 2020

How much do we all contribute to big, systemic problems like racism and climate change?

Philosophy Talk: Camus and the Absurd

Nov 6, 2020

Is life really just like a rock you keep pushing up a hill so it won't roll back over you?

Philosophy Talk: Monstrous Technologies?

Oct 30, 2020

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

Philosophy Talk: What's in a Game?

Oct 27, 2020

Are games just a fun pastime, or is there something more important about them?   

Philosophy Talk: Why We Hate

Oct 16, 2020

Is hatred ever morally justified, or does hate just breed more hate?

Philosophy Talk: Hannah Arendt

Oct 13, 2020

A vintage episode with John and Ken ahead of Arendt's anniversary on October 14. 

Philosophy Talk: Science and Skepticism

Oct 6, 2020

Our understanding evolves over time – how can we explain that to impatient people who don't trust science?

Philosophy Talk: How to Humbly Disagree

Sep 25, 2020

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

Philosophy Talk: Martin Heidegger

Sep 18, 2020

Can Heidegger's contributions to Western philosophy and his active support for the German Nazi party be reconciled?

Philosophy Talk: Citizenship and Justice

Sep 15, 2020

Is citizenship the best recipe for non-discrimination?

Philosophy Talk: Adorno and the Culture Industry

Sep 4, 2020

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

Philosophy Talk: The Merits of Meritocracy

Aug 28, 2020

Do the people at the top really deserve their success? Do the people at the bottom really deserve to be there?

There's still time for deep and thoughtful reading this summer -- and our 500th episode.

Philosophy Talk: Misogyny and Gender Inequality

Aug 14, 2020

In the 21st century, why does gender inequality still persist? 

Philosophy Talk: Can Streets Discriminate?

Aug 7, 2020

How could urban design better serve the cause of justice?


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?