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.  

Philosophy Talk asks about the demands of morality

Nov 20, 2015

What does it really mean - in the real world - to lead a moral life?

What was so dangerous about Spinoza's ideas that he was ex-communicated for them?

Peter Dobey

Alva Noë  is a professor of philosophy at UC Berkeley with a background in cognitive and brain science, so it makes sense that he writes about the nature of consciousness and human experience.

How can abstract philosophical arguments about love be represented in a five-movement violin concerto?

Philosophy Talk asks about the logic and limits of Regret

Oct 16, 2015

If you regret something, do you have to regret all of its consequences? If you affirm something, do you have to affirm all of the events that led to it, including the regrettable ones?


How can we separate genetic fact from genetic fiction?

Philosophy Talk asks about Dance as a way of knowing

Oct 2, 2015

Is dance a form of perception? Is perception a form of dance?

Philosophy Talk asks about the technology of immortality

Sep 25, 2015

What kind of world would it be if some people achieved immortality through technology, while the rest of us died away?

Philosophy Talk asks about the changing face of feminism

Sep 20, 2015

What are the basic tenets of the most recent wave of feminism, and how does it differ from the previous waves?

How should we reconcile conflicts between the state’s responsibility to properly educate minors and the parents’ rights to influence their children's values and ideals? 

Philosophy Talk asks: Are some people better than others?

Aug 21, 2015

Should he most gifted among us be held back by the morality of ordinary folk?

What in the world is a Monad? Why does Leibniz care so much about the so-called Principle of Sufficient Reason? And how could he claim that this is the Best of all Possible Worlds? 

Is it just dumb luck that the universe has just the right settings to support life as we know it?

What books should thoughtful people be reading this summer?

Philosophy Talk asks: Should satire have its limits?

Jul 24, 2015

Are there topics we should never satirize? Is there a well-defined line between satire and hate speech?