Philosophy Talk: The Power and Peril of Satire

22 hours ago

Does freedom of speech guarantee the right to poke fun at anyone and anything we want?

Philosophy Talk: How to Humbly Disagree

Mar 13, 2018

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

Philosophy Talk: Science and Politics – Friends or Foes?

Mar 6, 2018

Is there such a thing as objective, value-neutral science, or is science always infused with values?

Philosophy Talk: Misogyny and Gender Inequality

Feb 27, 2018

With all the advances women have made, why does gender inequality still persist? 

Philosophy Talk: The 5th (Mostly) Annual Dionysus Awards

Feb 20, 2018

What movies of the past year challenged our assumptions and made us think about things in new ways?

Philosophy Talk: James Baldwin and Social Justice

Feb 13, 2018

How can we harness truth and love to create a more just society?

Philosophy Talk: Why Propaganda Matters

Feb 1, 2018

Why is propaganda more effective than rational persuasion?

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

Philosophy Talk: Fractured Identities

Jan 23, 2018

How do you construct a coherent identity when you don’t feel like you fit in anywhere?

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Philosophy Talk: The Art of Non-Violence

Jan 12, 2018

In a violent world, what can non-violence really achieve?

Philosophy Talk: Retirement

Jan 5, 2018
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Is retirement just an evil scheme invented by capitalists to get rid of higher-paid workers?

Philosophy Talk: 2017 – The Examined Year

Dec 28, 2017

Because the unexamined year is not worth reviewing. 

Philosophy Talk: What's Next? Death & the Afterlife

Dec 22, 2017

How could you, as a person, survive the destruction of your body?

Philosophy Talk: Is Intuition a Guide to Truth?

Dec 17, 2017

Doesn't knowledge have to start somewhere?

Philosophy Talk: Can Speech Kill?

Dec 12, 2017

Can mere words create a toxic climate in which violence is condoned and encouraged?

Philosophy Talk: Midlife and Meaning

Dec 1, 2017

Is the midlife crisis nostalgia for lost youth, or the fear of old age (or both)?  

Philosophy Talk: When Democracies Torture

Nov 28, 2017

What's wrong with a little torture between sworn enemies?

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Philosophy Talk: Diseases of the Mind

Nov 17, 2017

How do mental disorders differ from diseases of the body? 

Philosophy Talk: Democracy in Crisis

Nov 14, 2017

Government shutdowns, gerrymandered voting districts, unfettered campaign spending -- are these the inevitable outcomes of our nation's founding principles?

Philosophy Talk: Trash Talks

Nov 3, 2017

Do the things we call 'trash' say more about those things or about us?

Philosophy Talk: Race Matters

Oct 27, 2017

What could be controversial about a movement insisting that Black lives matter too?  

Philosophy Talk: Camus and the Absurd

Oct 24, 2017

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

Philosophy Talk: The Internet of Things

Oct 17, 2017

What will 'privacy' mean when every device we own and operate is collecting reams of data on us to share via the internet with corporations and governments?

Philosophy Talk: Food Justice

Oct 6, 2017

With the amount of food we produce and consume, why do so many people still go hungry?

Philosophy Talk: The Lure of Immortality

Sep 29, 2017
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No rational person wants to be infinitely tall or infinitely heavy, so why would anyone want to be infinitely old?

Philosophy Talk: A World Without Work

Sep 22, 2017

Can we still lead productive, meaningful lives if the demand for human labor disappears?

Philosophy Talk: Cyber-Activism

Sep 15, 2017

What are the biggest challenges for activists in the digital age?

Do we really need to be governed by a formal state, or is that merely something the state has convinced us we need?

Philosophy Talk: Polyamory

Aug 25, 2017

We don't have only one friend at a time, so why have only one lover at a time?