By Joshi Gottlieb
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Minerva, the Roman goddess of poetry, medicine, wisdom and crafts, is often symbolised as an owl: wise enough to see through darkness and vigilant enough to stay awake at night. The podcast is inspired by that metaphor. It consists of bite sized interviews with specialists from various domains.
||Episode 13 | Moral Progress | 21’16” In this episode we talk to...||Episode 13 | Moral Progress | 21’16” In this episode we talk to Peter Singer about the progress of morality: has there really been moral progress? Should we, one day, give moral status to computers? And why be moral anyway? Peter Singer is a laureat||12/30/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 12 | Metaethics | 35’36” In this episode...||Episode 12 | Metaethics | 35’36” In this episode Simon Kirchin introduces a number of positions in metaethics, and tells us which one he prefers. Simon Kirchin is Reader in Philosophy at the University of Kent. He has interests in all areas of ethics||8/14/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 11 | Presocratics | 43’05” In this episode...||Episode 11 | Presocratics | 43’05” In this episode Dr. Kelli Rudolph talks about the Presocratics, and argues that they are relevant to contemporary philosophy. Dr. Rudolph (AB Princeton, MPhil and PhD Cantab.) is a Lecturer in Classics and Philosoph||7/18/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 10 | Beauty in Mathematics | 24’44” What is the nature...||Episode 10 | Beauty in Mathematics | 24’44” What is the nature of mathematics? Can it be beautiful? Christian Helmut Wenzel considers these questions within the framework of Kant’s transcendental philosophy. He has both a PhD in Philosophy and in M||5/8/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 9 | Nietzsche | 51’31” This episode discusses an...||Episode 9 | Nietzsche | 51’31” This episode discusses an intriguing philosopher: Nietzsche. Dr Daniel Came is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Hull. He has held a Junior Research Fellowship in Philosophy at Worcester College, Oxford and a||3/18/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 8 | Philosophy of Psychiatry | 45’48” What does it mean...||Episode 8 | Philosophy of Psychiatry | 45’48” What does it mean to say that somebody is mentally ill? This is one of the many questions asked in the philosophy of psychiatry. Christine Lopes BA, MA, PhD (Philosophy), PGDip (RNMH), teaches Philosoph||2/27/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 7 | Ernst Cassirer 37’08” Ernst Cassirer is a unique...||Episode 7 | Ernst Cassirer 37’08” Ernst Cassirer is a unique and often overlooked figure in twentieth century Philosophy. The talk in this episode was held by Michael Inwood at the After Kant conference. Michael Inwood has been a Fellow and Tutor||11/6/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 6 | Wittgenstein and Metaphilosophy | 27’32”Ludwig...||Episode 6 | Wittgenstein and Metaphilosophy | 27’32” Ludwig Wittgenstein is a philosopher’s philosopher: he had much to say about how philosophy should be done. In this episode Peter Hacker explains Wittgenstein’s metaphilosophical views, talks a||9/9/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 5 | Marx and Morality 33’51” Morality is...||Episode 5 | Marx and Morality 33’51” Morality is often considered to be ahistorical. In this episode we focus on Marx, who disagrees with this view of morality. David Marjoribanks’ research focuses on the theories of ideology and the implications f||6/29/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 4 | The Mary Argument 14’11” Most scientists...||Episode 4 | The Mary Argument 14’11” Most scientists will tell you that the world is entirely physical. Frank Jackson is famous for a thought experiment that challenges this worldview. He is a Distinguished Professor at Australian National University||5/20/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 3 | Epidemiology 20’00” What is Epidemiology, and why is...||Episode 3 | Epidemiology 20’00” What is Epidemiology, and why is it philosophically interesting? Dr. Alex Broadbent is establishing the philosophy of epidemiology as a distinct area within the philosophy of science, and he has a blog on this topic.||5/6/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 2 | Literature and Fictionality | 15’30” What is it...||Episode 2 | Literature and Fictionality | 15’30” What is it that makes us think of something as fictional or non-fictional? The answer is less obvious than one might at first think, and it drags along quite a baggage of other questions. David Davie||3/24/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 1 | Descartes, Technology and Minds...||Episode 1 | Descartes, Technology and Minds | 21’30” Descartes is often depicted as the philosopher who built his system by restarting everything from scratch, after having sceptically dumped all formerly accepted opinions. Prof. Hanoch Ben-Yami cha||2/18/12||Free||View In iTunes|