philosophy

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: Queerness

Mar 7, 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: 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? 


Philosophy Talk: Election Special

Nov 8, 2016
"Election 2016" by DonkeyHotey used under CC license

Question your electoral assumptions as John and Ken look beyond the horse race at some of the philosophical issues raised by this year’s campaign.


Philosophy Talk: Memory and the Self

Oct 30, 2016

Is the self something we construct just to tie all our memories together?


Philosophy Talk: The Mystery of the Multiverse

Oct 23, 2016
"Multiverse" by Tony Ibarra used under CC license

Could our universe be just one among an infinite number of universes in the multiverse?


Philosophy Talk: Moral Luck

Oct 18, 2016

The law treats attempted murder less harshly than murder — does that mean the attempted murderer was lucky to have failed?


Philosophy Talk: Dark matter and dark energy

Oct 7, 2016
"Dark Matter" by Sergio Pessolano used under CC license

Are dark matter and dark energy scientific fact or scientific theory -- and why would that matter?


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: John Dewey and the Ideal of Democracy

Sep 27, 2016

John Dewey is regarded by some as the American philosopher. 


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