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Philosophy Talk: James Baldwin and Social Justice

Feb 13, 2018

How can we harness truth and love to create a more just society?


Philosophy Talk: Second-Guessing Ourselves

Jun 9, 2017

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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: 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 asks about Truth and other fictions

Dec 25, 2015

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


On the November 27th  edition of  Your Call, we’ll bring back a conversation with James Vanderbilt, director of Truth, a new film examining the 2004 60 Minutes story that raised questions about George W. Bush’s military service in the National Guard.

Philosophy Talk asks: Is hypocrisy a vice or a virtue?

Nov 28, 2014

Hypocrites believe one thing, but do another. Jefferson opposed slavery, but owned slaves. Jesus professed universal love, but cursed an innocent fig tree. Jerry Brown opposes the death penalty, but as governor of California will be responsible for executions. Hypocrites all – but vile hypocrites? Surely it was better that Jefferson was a hypocrite, and articulated the case against slavery, than not opposing it at all. Does it take courage to defend a view that you, yourself, don't have the courage or the character to follow through on?

Conspiracy Theories on Philosophy Talk

Apr 17, 2014

Some claim that the collapse of the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001 was actually caused by a controlled demolition orchestrated by the U.S. government. Dramatic conspiracy theories of this kind are all over the place, but they are often dismissed as crazy. Sometimes, however, they turn out to be true: the NSA, as we have learned, conducted secret surveillance of millions of people for more than ten years. Does this show that we shouldn’t be so dismissive of conspiracy theories after all, or that we simply refuse to accept the existence of coincidence?