philosophy

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
"Immortality" by Rodrigo Ramirez, used under CC license

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?


Philosophy Talk: Humanity violated

Aug 18, 2017

What makes us sometimes view the other as less than fully human?


Philosophy Talk: Could the laws of physics ever change?

Aug 11, 2017

The laws of physics determine how things in the cosmos change. But what would happen if the laws themselves changed?


Philosophy Talk: Transformative Experiences

Aug 4, 2017

Do some decisions change us so profoundly that they couldn't actually be guided by reason?


Philosophy Talk: Driverless Cars at the Moral Crossroads

Jul 28, 2017

Can we trust an algorithm to make morally responsible driving decisions?


Philosophy Talk: The Fairness Fixation

Jul 22, 2017

Should all social arrangements really aim to be fair and just?

  

Philosophy Talk: Cognitive Bias

Jul 14, 2017

If humans are so rational, then how come we're subject to so much unconscious bias and error?


Philosophy Talk: Philosophy as Therapy

Jul 7, 2017

Could thinking philosophically actually be therapeutic?


Philosophy Talk: Summer Reading List

Jun 30, 2017
"Summer Reading" by JennWrenn used under CC license

What books should thoughtful people read this summer?

  

Philosophy Talk: Racial Profiling and Implicit Bias

Jun 27, 2017

Is it human nature to react to new objects on the basis of visible traits and past experiences?


Philosophy Talk: Habermas and Democracy

Jun 23, 2017

Could rational communication really be the foundation of democracy?   


Philosophy Talk: Second-Guessing Ourselves

Jun 9, 2017

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Philosophy Talk: Queerness

Jun 2, 2017
"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: Nonhuman Rights

May 26, 2017

If humans have human rights because they’re persons, are there some nonhumans who are also persons with nonhuman rights?

Philosophy Talk: Babies and the birth of morality

May 19, 2017

Is morality innate, learned, or does it come from some combination of nature and nurture?


Philosophy Talk: Should beliefs aim at truth?

May 16, 2017

What is the goal of a belief: to make you feel better, to make you successful, or to track the truth?


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