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Knowledge, Reality, Truth, Morality … Daniel Kaufman, Massimo Pigliucci, and their guests explore the rich universe of philosophical investigation and inquiry.
||CleanThe Truth about "Truth" (Daniel Kaufman & Crispin Sartwell)||Crispin’s book chapter on the nature of truth ... Do different uses of the word “truth” have a family resemblance? ... The challenge of connecting truth with reality ... Where does linguistics enter the picture? ... How Crispin bucks expectations of academic philosophical writing ... Dan: Analytic philosophy misses the forest for the trees ... What’s missing from Crispin’s exploration of truth? ...||2/12/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIdentitarianism in Academic Philosophy (Daniel Kaufman & Oliver Traldi)||Why Oliver quit law school ... Is it professionally risky to express heterodox views in philosophy? ... Philosophy as handmaiden to progressive politics ... Dan’s essay on philosophy’s abuse of the harm principle ... The chicken-or-egg question of students or faculty ... Is leftism corrupting scholarship? ... What politics can learn from the field of philosophy ... The irony of a leftist discipline that exploits labor ...||1/19/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs Punk Dead? (Daniel Kaufman & E. John Winner)||John’s personal history with punk rock ... Why was punk more political in the UK than in NYC? ... The far reach of capitalism into counterculture ... How the NYC punk scene fizzled out ... The early importance of record shops and FM radio stations ... Punk and suburban oppression ... Is punk dead or perennially youthful? ... John: Gender expression is the new embodiment of the punk ethos ...||12/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Is Action? (Daniel Kaufman & Massimo Pigliucci)||What distinguishes “action” from simple motor movement? ... Can animals take deliberate action? ... Why narrative has a place in science and physics ... Biology, evolution, and the emergence of action ... Why does Massimo want a beer? ... Dan: The “free will problem” is ill-formed ... How the evolution of language brought meaning to human behavior ... Massimo and Dan's latest projects ...||12/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGun Control and the Social Contract (Daniel Kaufman & David Ottlinger)||What role should guns play in a liberal society? ... What American deference to police says about authority and force ... Why we leave justice in the government’s hands ... Defining modern conservatism: Is Matt Lewis a “liberal”? ... Do pro-gun arguments consider the social contract? ... David: Do open-carriers want to live in a Mad Max movie? ... Dan: Grover Norquist’s model citizen isn’t a citizen at all ...||11/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Aesthetics of Politics (Daniel Kaufman & Crispin Sartwell)||Crispin’s essay on the politics of geography and representation ... Why did rural Americans feel that Trump’s victory was their victory? ... Is “one person, one vote” a wrong-headed view of political representation? ... Where political representation meets art and aesthetics ... Can Americans' interests be represented accurately? ... Is being from a rural area akin to being a racial minority? ... What does our current system of political representation get right or wrong? ...||9/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOn the Profession of Philosophy (Daniel Kaufman & Justin Weinberg)||Justin's website about the philosophy profession, Daily Nous ... What philosophers actually do when they do research ... Will we ever solve the big philosophical questions? ... What the American Philosophical Association does ... Is this a golden age for public philosophy? ... Are philosophy departments in danger? ... Dan wonders whether there should be a moratorium on new philosophy PhDs ...||8/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHas Marxism lost its way? (Daniel Kaufman & Brian Leiter)||To understand Marx, start with Hegel’s dialectics ... Why Marx emphasized economic production over Hegelian idealism ... Dan: Was Marx’s concept of labor too narrow? ... What will happen if technology eliminates most jobs? ... Marxism post-WWII: More than college activism and Jefferson Airplane? ... Brian: Marx’s predictions were right, but his predicted timeframe was all wrong ... Why “diversity blather” is a capitalist wolf in Marxist clothing ...||7/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOntology and Materialism (Daniel Kaufman & Massimo Pigliucci)||Dan and Massimo on ontology: What exists and what doesn’t? ... What, if anything, do Saturn’s rings have in common with virtue? ... Materialism as a product of scientism ... The immaterial features of human life and society ... The most important philosopher you’ve never heard of ... What does Daniel Dennett mean by “self,” anyway? ... Massimo: A single ontology isn’t enough to describe reality ...||6/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThoughts on Sex and Gender (Daniel Kaufman & Richard Thompson)||Richard, a.k.a. miceelf88, joins Dan to talk gender politics ... The difference between sex and gender identity ... The ontological (and legal) issues with fluid gender identity ... Dan: Social identities like gender aren’t “self-made” ... What trans identity means for the civil rights coalition ... Jordan Peterson and gender as the essence of self ... Empathy vs. sympathy in coalition building ...||5/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|