philosophy http://kalw.org en Philosophy Talk asks: How should we pay for the sins of our fathers? http://kalw.org/post/philosophy-talk-asks-how-should-we-pay-sins-our-fathers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Imagine discovering that your grandfather was a serial killer. Would you feel guilty about it? Would you be at all tempted to contact the families of his victims? Philosophers have long thought that we can only be responsible for what is under our voluntary control, but sometimes we feel guilty about events we didn’t bring about, simply because we are connected in some way to those who did. Many Germans, for instance, feel guilty about their ancestors' participation in the Nazi regime. Can we really be responsible for things outside of our control? Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Devon Strolovitch 46681 at http://kalw.org Philosophy Talk asks: How should we pay for the sins of our fathers? Philosophy Talk asks: What are Leaders made of? http://kalw.org/post/philosophy-talk-asks-what-are-leaders-made <p>There seems to be a paradox in leadership: the qualities of ruthlessness and opportunism necessary to attain power and become a leader are not necessarily the qualities of morality and a sense of justice that make for a good leader. Do the traits that make it likely that someone will become a leader correlate positively or negatively with the traits that make a good and effective leader? Do our democratic institutions lead to better leaders than, say, a lottery like the Athenians used? Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:29:39 +0000 Devon Strolovitch 46289 at http://kalw.org Philosophy Talk asks: What are Leaders made of? Philosophy Talk asks: What is Love? http://kalw.org/post/philosophy-talk-asks-what-love <p>It may seem doubtful that philosophers have much to tell us about love (beyond their love of wisdom). Surely it is the poets who have the market cornered when it comes to deep reflection on the nature of love. John and Ken question the notion that love cannot be captured by the light of reason by turning their attention to the philosophy of love with philosopher-poet Troy Jollimore from CSU Chico. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 12:02:09 +0000 Devon Strolovitch 46110 at http://kalw.org Philosophy Talk asks: What is Love? Philosophy Talk examines the Anatomy of a Terrorist http://kalw.org/post/philosophy-talk-examines-anatomy-terrorist <p>Since George W. Bush first declared a "war on terror," the US has been engaged in a global campaign to rid the world of terrorists. But what exactly is a “terrorist,” and how do we distinguish illicit terrorist organizations from legitimate freedom fighters? Do terrorists exhibit particular psychological patterns of behavior, or are there some tactics that only terrorists use? And what is the most effective way to combat terrorism – by waging war, engaging in "de-radicalization" processes, or some other means? Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:03:00 +0000 Devon Strolovitch 45716 at http://kalw.org Philosophy Talk examines the Anatomy of a Terrorist Philosophy Talk asks: Is it Art... or mere Obscenity? http://kalw.org/post/philosophy-talk-asks-it-art-or-mere-obscenity <p>What do Marcel Duchamp, Damien Hirst, and Andres Serrano have in common? They’ve all created modern works of art that have shocked and outraged the general public, causing many to question whether these works have any artistic value at all. But isn’t it the purpose of art to incite inquiry and question conventional moral wisdom? If so, then a strong public reaction would seem to prove the artistic merit of these works. So, is there a clear line to be drawn between genuine art and mere obscenity? Or has shock value simply replaced cultural value in the world of contemporary art? Thu, 12 Jun 2014 17:55:23 +0000 Devon Strolovitch 44970 at http://kalw.org Philosophy Talk asks: Is it Art... or mere Obscenity?