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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: 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: 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?


Did postmodernism simply predict cynicism about the facts, or did it actually promote it?


Photo courtesy of Rachel Cusk/modified from original

Speaking the truth, calling it like it is, using your voice---being authentic are all hallmarks of the feminist movement. But the more we speak the truth, the more we risk a backlash. 

Philosophy Talk: Second-Guessing Ourselves

Jun 9, 2017

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Philosophy Talk: Trust and Mistrust

Sep 30, 2016
"trust" by Ellis Nijeboer used under CC license

Could we get anything useful done without trusting someone?

Philosophy Talk asks about Truth and other fictions

Dec 25, 2015

Is truth just a compliment we pay to sentences we like to assert?


On the November 27th  edition of  Your Call, we’ll bring back a conversation with James Vanderbilt, director of Truth, a new film examining the 2004 60 Minutes story that raised questions about George W. Bush’s military service in the National Guard.

Philosophy Talk asks: Is hypocrisy a vice or a virtue?

Nov 28, 2014

Hypocrites believe one thing, but do another. Jefferson opposed slavery, but owned slaves. Jesus professed universal love, but cursed an innocent fig tree. Jerry Brown opposes the death penalty, but as governor of California will be responsible for executions. Hypocrites all – but vile hypocrites? Surely it was better that Jefferson was a hypocrite, and articulated the case against slavery, than not opposing it at all. Does it take courage to defend a view that you, yourself, don't have the courage or the character to follow through on?

Conspiracy Theories on Philosophy Talk

Apr 17, 2014

Some claim that the collapse of the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001 was actually caused by a controlled demolition orchestrated by the U.S. government. Dramatic conspiracy theories of this kind are all over the place, but they are often dismissed as crazy. Sometimes, however, they turn out to be true: the NSA, as we have learned, conducted secret surveillance of millions of people for more than ten years. Does this show that we shouldn’t be so dismissive of conspiracy theories after all, or that we simply refuse to accept the existence of coincidence?