Society

Philosophy Talk: Do religions deserve special status?

Sep 9, 2016
"Religion billboard" by Dave & Anna Douglass used under cc license

What special status, if any, should religion have in the eyes of the law? 


Philosophy Talk: The Challenges of an Aging Population

Aug 26, 2016
"Old People in the Street" by Titoy used under CC license

What are the demographic dangers and challenges of a world awash in old folks? 

Philosophy Talk asks about the value of private philanthropy

Jun 17, 2016

What happens when philanthropy by the wealthy becomes a substitute for democratically-controlled government action?


Whether it's making donations and signing petitions online, or using social media to highlight political causes, cyber-activism has never been easier. With a few clicks, we can make our voices heard around the globe. But who's listening, and is anything actually changing? Does cyber-activism mobilize real-world action on the ground, or does it reduce political engagement to simple mouse-clicking and ultimately threaten the subversive nature of change?

Acting Together on Philosophy Talk

Mar 13, 2014

Many goals are too complex for one person to accomplish alone. Every day, we pool together our planning abilities with those around us to get things done. It’s clear that without shared agency, none of our familiar social institutions could exist. However, philosophers are in disagreement about what shared agency actually entails. What is it about collective action that's unique, and why does it come about? How is acting together sometimes greater than the sum of its parts?