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Philosophy Talk: Is the Self an Illusion?

17 hours ago

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?


Philosophy Talk: The Limits of Medical Consent

Oct 25, 2019

Who has the right to decide my own medical treatment other than me?

Philosophy Talk: Conscious Machines

Oct 22, 2019

Would a race of thinking, autonomous, conscious machines be our slaves, our masters, or our partners?


Philosophy Talk: The Space-Time Continuum

Oct 11, 2019

Are Space and Time two separate entities, or just different dimensions of one thing? And what difference does that make?


Philosophy Talk: The Allure of Authoritarianism

Oct 8, 2019

Democracy may not be in great shape, but why would anyone prefer to be ruled by a despot?


Philosophy Talk: Explanation At Its Best

Oct 1, 2019

Is the most elegant explanation always the best one?


Walking The Philosopher’s Way

Sep 25, 2019

 

If you know San Francisco, you’ll know the newly remodeled Dolores Park, where people gather to eat ice cream in the sun.

You’ll also know the Presidio, the former military complex now designated a National Park. And you’ll easily name the city’s largest park, since it’s twenty percent larger than Central Park in New York: it’s Golden Gate Park. But can you name the city’s second largest park? 

Philosophy Talk: Knowing What We Know (And What We Don't)

Sep 20, 2019
"SELF UNDER SIEGE REVISITED" by tio tom tomlinson used under CC license

Is knowing what you don't know the first step toward wisdom, or is a little arrogance a good thing?


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: Changing Minds on Climate Change

Sep 10, 2019

What could we possibly still say to people who don't believe the climate is changing?


Philosophy Talk: Freedom of Speech on Campus

Aug 23, 2019
"Free Speech Movement Cafe" by Jun Selta used by CC license

Do all views have a place on university campuses, or are there some views that should never be given a platform?  


Philosophy Talk: Philosophy Behind Bars

Aug 20, 2019

What is it like to teach philosophy in prison. What is it like to study philosophy while serving time?


Philosophy Talk: Reading the Troubled Past

Aug 13, 2019

What should we do with literature and philosophy from a discredited moral past?

Philosophy Talk: The Doomsday Doctrine

Aug 6, 2019

How do we justify keeping so many nuclear weapons – and continually threatening to use them?


Philosophy Talk: The Mystery of the Multiverse

Jul 26, 2019
"Multiverse" by Tony Ibarra used under CC license

Could our universe be just one among an infinite number of universes in the multiverse?

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