philosophy

Philosophy Talk asks about the Limits of Self-Knowledge

Jun 26, 2016

How reliable are the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves? 


Philosophy Talk asks about Sleep and the Well-Lived Life

Jun 11, 2016

If there was a pill that gave you all the benefits of sleep without you ever having to go to sleep again, would you take it?


Philosophy Talk asks about the moral lives of animals

May 27, 2016

If a lion did a good deed, how would we know? Can animals ever act for moral reasons?


Philosophy Talk asks about altered states of consciousness

May 22, 2016

Can mind-altering drugs expand our consciousness and provide meaningful insight, or are they nothing more than a route to empty delirium?


Philosophy Talk asks: When is it wrong to save a life?

May 17, 2016

Would you let one man die to save five children? Would you kill a man to save those five children?


Does affirmative action undermine the achievements of those who are supposed to benefit from it?

In a world that's rapidly becoming overpopulated, can we at least talk about population control?


Do popular ideas spread because they're useful, or because they're infectious - like a nasty disease?


Philosophy Talk asks about ancient wisdom for modern times

Apr 19, 2016

Could ancient virtues such as wisdom, courage, prudence, and justice help solve some of the most challenging problems of contemporary life? 


Science can explain what happens. But can it explain why anything happens at all?


Philosophy Talk asks about Extreme Altruism

Apr 5, 2016

What would motivate an ordinary person to give away more than half of their income to charity?

    

Walking the Philosopher’s Way

Mar 29, 2016

 

If you know San Francisco, you’ll know the newly remodeled Dolores Park, where people gather to eat ice cream in the sun.

You’ll also know the Presidio, the former military complex now designated a National Park. And you’ll easily name the city’s largest park, since it’s twenty percent larger than Central Park in New York: it’s Golden Gate Park. But can you name the city’s second largest park? 

Philosophy Talk asks about Gun Control

Mar 29, 2016

What kind of right is the right to bear arms, if it is a right at all? 

    

How could science help us understand our own happiness?

Philosophy Talk asks about the Ancient Cosmos

Mar 15, 2016

How could the smartest, most observant people around believe for millennia that the sun and all the planets and stars all revolved around the Earth?


Celebrate International Women's Day as John and Ken explore the life and thought of the French feminist philosopher.


Philosophy Talk asks about the ethics of international debt

Feb 26, 2016

When is the burden of debt so great that it becomes immoral?

Philosophy Talk looks for meaning in a material world

Feb 23, 2016

How could there be meaning in a world that's ultimately nothing but gas and dust?

Is it a privilege or a right to be treated as you deserve to be?

 

Philosophy Talk asks about Freedom and Free Enterprise

Feb 5, 2016

Is America's embrace of the free-enterprise system a practical matter – an effective way of organizing resources and the distribution of goods – or does it rest on deeper principles? 


Come be a part of a live recording of Philosophy Talk as John, Ken, and the rest of the crew return to the Marsh Theatre in Berkeley for a brand-new pair of live recordings.

Philosophy Talk asks about Nations and Borders

Jan 22, 2016

Are borders essential to nationhood, or do they form an exclusive club that unfairly keeps certain people from pursuing a better life? 

What exactly is existentialism? How is man condemned to be free? And what’s so hellish about other people? 


Philosophy Talk asks about life and death in prison

Jan 12, 2016

What rights should convicted felons be expected to forfeit before prison becomes cruel and unusual punishment?


Philosophy Talk examines the year that was 2015

Jan 1, 2016

What happened in 2015 that challenged our assumptions and made us think in new ways?


Philosophy Talk asks about Truth and other fictions

Dec 25, 2015

Is truth just a compliment we pay to sentences we like to assert?


Philosophy Talk asks about good, evil, and the divine plan

Dec 22, 2015

What kind of divinity allows its believers to suffer?


Philosophy Talk asks about Taoism

Dec 11, 2015

Is Taoism a religion, a philosophy, a spiritual practice, or a way of life? 


Philosophy Talk asks which you is the real you

Dec 4, 2015

Is there such a thing as 'one true self', or is the self merely a conglomerate of 'mini-selves' shaped by cultural and social forces?  


Philosophy Talk asks about perception, memory, and justice

Nov 27, 2015

What do Descartes and Perry Mason have in common? They both distrust eyewitness testimony.  

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