philosophy

Philosophy Talk: Habermas and Democracy

21 hours ago

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?


Philosophy Talk: The Limits of Medical Consent

May 9, 2017

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

Philosophy Talk: Machiavelli

May 2, 2017

Was Machiavelli an unscrupulous theorist and advisor, or one of the most widely misunderstood political philosophers ever?


Philosophy Talk: The Phenomenology of Lived Experience

Apr 21, 2017

We know about the world through experience. But how do we know about experience itself?


Is remix culture an exciting new development in the arts, or a sign that genuine creativity is dead?


Philosophy Talk: Captivity

Apr 11, 2017
"Captivity" by D O R O Z H K I N A used under CC license

Is it cruel and immoral to keep any sentient being captive?


Philosophy Talk: The Space-Time Continuum

Apr 4, 2017

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


Philosophy Talk: Knowing what we know – and what we don't

Mar 27, 2017
"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: Anatomy of a Terrorist

Mar 24, 2017
"Terrorist" by Eero Lagle used under CC license

Are terrorists just ordinary people driven to commit extraordinary acts?


Philosophy Talk: Art and Obscenity

Mar 14, 2017
"ART? or Obscenity?" by Ferocious Fierce used under CC license

Where is the line that divides genuine art from mere obscenity?


Philosophy Talk: Free Speech on Campus

Feb 24, 2017
"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?


"Online surveillance" by sajb1 used by CC license

How much information do you give away everyday?


Philosophy Talk: Philosophy behind bars

Feb 14, 2017

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


Philosophy Talk: Reparations

Feb 4, 2017
"Guyana" by CjimB used under CC license

Should any person or institution who has benefited from our sorry history of racism be required to compensate the victims of racism?


Philosophy Talk: Tainted by the sins of our fathers?

Jan 31, 2017

Should we feel guilt about wrongs committed by ancestors we never even knew?


Philosophy Talk: The Value of a College Education

Jan 24, 2017
"Graduation" by Sean MacEntee used under CC license

Is college really for everyone? Is there really a college for everyone?


Philosophy Talk: Am I Alone?

Jan 13, 2017
"Cogito ergo sum" by Meta-morphosis used under CC license

How do I know that you're a fellow human being with a rich inner life like me?


Philosophy Talk: 2016 – The Examined Year

Jan 9, 2017

John and Ken present their annual look back at the ideas and events of the past year that have challenged our assumptions and made us think about things in new ways.


Philosophy Talk: The Reality of Time

Dec 30, 2016
"Time" by Elena Zanon used under CC liscense

If only the present moment exists, where does the future come from?


Philosophy Talk: Risky Business

Dec 27, 2016

Is it rational to try to avoid risk, or does every decision involve some element of risk?

Philosophy Talk: What is Color?

Dec 16, 2016

Would there still be colors in the world if there was no one around to see them?


Philosophy Talk: Weapons of Mass Destruction

Dec 9, 2016

What moral questions do weapons of mass destruction raise that ordinary weapons don't?


Philosophy Talk: Conspiracy Theories

Dec 2, 2016

Is believing in conspiracy theories a sign of paranoia, or is rejecting them a sign of naiveté?


Philosophy Talk: Science and Gender

Nov 25, 2016
"science school" by Nelley used under CC license

Is science inherently sexist, or is it just practiced that way?


Philosophy Talk: The Legacy of Freud

Nov 13, 2016

Did you really want to eat that last piece of cake, or were you secretly thinking about your mother? 


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