WHY? - Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life
By Skip Wood
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Join us each month as we engage in philosophical discussions about the most common-place topics with host Jack Russell Weinstein, professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of North Dakota . He is the director of The Institute for Philosophy in Public Life.
||Clean"Utopia for Realists"||Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Rutger Bregman, historian and author. He has published four books on history, philosophy, and economics. His “History of Progress” was awarded the Belgian Liberales prize for best nonfiction book of 2013. The Du||9/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“Why Did Humans Evolve Into Artists?”||Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Valerius Geist, professor emeritus of environmental science, University of Calgary.||8/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“What Makes a Building Beautiful?”||Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Sarah Williams Goldhagen and others in a podcast recorded before a studio audience in New York.||7/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“What Animals Can Teach Us about Free Will”||Jack Russell Weinstein visits with British philosopher Helen Steward, Professor of Philosophy of Mind and Action at the University of Leeds.||6/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"What a food magazine tells us about the world"||Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Kerry Diamond, co-founder of Cherry Bombe magazine.||5/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPhilosophy is a Great Major.com||In this special WHY podcast, we share a segment of Prairie Public Broadcasting's Main Street show as WHY host Jack Russell Weinstein is interviewed by Doug Hamilton regarding Jack's new website, philosophyisagreatmajor.com .||4/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“Can ordinary people understand advanced logic?”||Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Otavio Bueno, professor of philosophy at the University of Miami. Bueno focuses on the philosophy of science, philosophy of mathematics, and philosophy of logic. He has been trying to develop an empiricist view||4/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Can We Know Things Better?"||Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Ernest Sosa, Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University.||3/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“Feminism as Philosophy, Politics, and Friendship”||Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Ms. Magazine co-founder Gloria Steinem, and the magazine's first editor, Suzanne Braun Levine.||2/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“Thinking philosophically about the black Church”||Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with J. Kameron Carter, associate professor of systematic theology and black church studies at Duke Divinity School. Driving his work are questions pertaining to the theory and practice of blackness, indeed, of blackness||1/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Philosophy and Disability Studies"||Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Anita Silvers, a philosophy professor at San Francisco State University. Dr. Silvers is a well-known authority on disability and accessibility issues, particularly government policy and law, medical ethics,||12/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"How to Think about Antisemitism"||In an encore episode from September 2014, host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Daniel Goldhagen, the author numerous books, including The Devil That Never Dies: The Rise and Threat of Global Antisemitism; A Moral Reckoning: The Role of the Catholic||11/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“An Argument for Moral Relativism”||Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with David Wong, professor of philosophy at Duke University and author of the book Natural Moralities .||10/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Women and Men: Talking, arguing, loving, and politicking"||Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Deborah Tannen, professor of linguistics at Georgetown University. Tannen has lectured worldwide, and written and/or edited numerous publications on linguistics, discourse analysis, and interpersonal communication.||9/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy? -- Should Prostitution be Legal?||Jack Russell Weinstein talks with Peter de Marneffe about questions of consent, freedom, danger, morality and more. Peter de Marneffe, who is Professor of Philosophy at Arizona State University. Peter de Jack Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Peter||8/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“How to Think Philosophically about Black Identity”||Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Dr. Tommie Shelby, department of philosophy at Harvard University, the Caldwell Titcomb Professor of African and African American Studies. He is the author of We Who Are Dark: The Philosophical Foundations of Black||7/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy is Religious Commitment Important?||Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Robert Audi, the O'Brien professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame.||6/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Do We Still Need The Eighteenth Century?"||Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Ryan Patrick Hanley, Associate Professor of Political Science at Marquette University. His research in the history of political philosophy focuses on the Scottish Enlightenment. He is the author of Adam Smith and||5/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"How To Think Philosophically About Aging"||Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Sharona Hoffman, the Edgar A. Hahn Professor of Law at Case Western University; professor of bioethics; and co-director of the Law-Medicine Center; and the author of Aging with a Plan: How a Little Thought Today Can||4/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Why Philosophy Won't Go Away"||Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, author of “ Plato at the Googleplex, Why Philosophy Won't Go Away.” Goldstein has taught at Barnard and Trinity Colleges, and Rutgers, Columbia, Brandeis, and Harvard University. She||3/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Easily the best I've encountered
The only problem with this podcast is that there are not enough of them. Jack Russell Weinstein is first, brilliant and second, as unbiased as a human could be. The problem i have with nearly every other philosophy podcast is the systemic negativity. I understand it is in a philosophers blood to find the failings of any affirmative position, but it gets tiring when hosts don't even attempt to present the position being torn down fairly. J.R.W. will argue brilliantly for one side as he inhales then exhales, just as brilliantly the opposing position; all the while keeping in mind the whole point of the podcast, which is to answer the question "why?"
Great Show About Ideas
At first glance, I wouldn't think a public radio show about philosophical ideas would make it. I say this and I'm a philosopher by trade. Jack Weinstein makes it work wot a great combination of good guests, interesting topics, and great conversation. One of the marks of a great conversation is that you don't usually notice the wheels turning. Good conversations can sound easy and effortless, but they take really good listening and thoughtfulness. Three thumbs up for this show, and I'm glad a show like this really can make it in the United States. Wahoo for Why?
Worth your time Podcast
Finally we have a quality, professional podcast option. Pairs with any downtime in the car or easy listening after a long day. The guests are current and relevant in their fields. Host Dr. Jack Weinstein has created a listener focused conversation providing new insights to modern concerns.