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A weekly show about philosophy, science and the history of ideas from the Allen Brothers and Mark Sanders (best known to listeners as “America’s Sweetheart”). If you can imagine what would happen if Plato and Carl Sagan were guests on The Daily Show, then you have a pretty good idea of what’s going on here. Each week the trio provides an overview of a philosophical topic, a history of the problem and insights into contemporary thinking. They also take a behind-the-scenes look at the philosophers who came up with these ideas: usually they are kind of nuts (the guy who pioneered Utilitarian ethics had his body mummified and put on display at his college). If you wish your Philosophy 101 course had been more informative, less boring and taught by a professor who drank during class, then this podcast is for you.
||CleanEp 22: Paradoxes Part II - Buford, Beethoven and Brothers||All handsome people enjoy a good paradox, so we decided to open up our paradox box again and pick out a few new ones for this episode. A lot of paradoxes have to do with the way language works, and how it fails us when we try to describe certain aspects||11/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 21: Halloween Spooktacular—From Aardvark to Zombies!||Are zombies real? Could we all be zombies? On this special Halloween episode, we raise topics from the dead—specifically we’re reanimating our discussion of philosophical zombies from Episode 2. This time we take a closer look at qualia, a technical||11/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 20: Listener Mail - Sam Harris and the Ethics of Jabba's Droid Dungeon||In this episode we sort through some listener mail and attempt to answer your most pressing questions. A number of fans wanted to know why we didn’t mention Sam Harris’s book, “The Moral Landscape,” in our episode about moral realism. In order t||10/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 19: Ontological Argument for the Existence of God - The Everything Bagel||In this episode we jump around in time. From a conversation last year at a Bagel shop, to Paco’s college years and all the way back to the middle ages. What does an everything bagel and the ontological argument for the existence of God have to do wit||10/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 18: Moral Realism - Vampire Socrates||Are moral statements objectively true? When we say “stealing for fun is wrong,” are we making a factual claim about the world, or are we just voicing an opinion? Many philosophers, known as moral realists, have attempted to show that “stealing for||10/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 17: Rationalism vs. Empiricism - Kevin Spacey Eyes||Do we learn everything we know from the world around us, or are there some things we learn independently of our sensory experiences? Rationalists argue that some of our knowledge, like concepts in algebra and trigonometry, is innate or intuitive. We kno||10/5/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 16: Descriptivist Theory of Names - The Howie Mandel Effect||This is our second show about how proper names work (check out episode 10 for part one). It’s an important topic because much of philosophy is built around the concept of assigning truth values to sentences such as “Socrates is...||9/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 15: Possible Worlds - Better call Saul Kripke||You might say it’s possible that Tom Selleck could have played Indiana Jones. But what does that actually mean? Can you prove that this statement is true or false in the some way? In today’s episode we look at how truth functional statements can be||9/21/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 14: Paradoxes - Infinite Oranges, Paradise Trunk||Paradoxes have confounded philosophers and handsome people for ages, perhaps since the dawn of language. The oldest ones we have on record come from the ancient Greeks. These paradoxes are thousands of years old, yet many of them remain unresolved. In t||9/14/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 13: Categorical Imperative - From Prussia With Love||One of the great debates in philosophy is whether or not moral rules are created by humans or exist independently from us as absolute truths. The German philosopher Immanuel Kant believed that we could discover objective moral principles, and his theory||9/7/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 12: Personal Identity - What happens on Risa stays on Risa||If all of the cells in your body get replaced every ten years, will you still be the same person a decade from now? If all of your memories get erased today, will you still be the same person tomorrow? In this episode we take a look at tough questions a||8/30/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 11: Listener Mail - Gary Busey Syndrome||Questions from our listeners have been stacking up, and in this episode we tackle a few of your your most pressing concerns. Is there such a thing as an evil person, and if so, does Gary Busey have anything to do with it? What’s up with Thomas Aquinas||8/23/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 10: Sense and Reference - The Superman Paradox||What’s in a name? In his 1892 paper, “Sense and Reference,” the German philosopher Gottlob Frege gave an unconventional answer to this question. Up until that point, most philosophers thought of names as simple labels or pointers that referred to||8/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 9: The New Riddle of Induction - Eaten by a Grue||nductive reasoning is the process whereby we take a lot of specific observations and use them to form more general conclusions. For example, because we’ve seen millions of black ravens, we conclude that all ravens are black. In this episode we review||8/10/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 8: Ship of Theseus - One Ship, Two Ship, Old Ship, New Ship||The Ship of Theseus is one of longest-standing paradoxes in philosophy. It asks us to consider how something can change over time, but still remain the same thing. If we take a ship, like the Ship of Theseus, and gradually replace all of the planks and||8/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 7: Compatibilism - To-do list: Cake, Ketamine, Gym, Podcast||In this episode we discuss compatibilism, or the attempt to reconcile determinism and free will.It's also a show about food. Paco orders a hamburger or a chicken sandwich and Mark eats too many donuts. Chad tears into some Nachos for his starter and his||7/27/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 6: Thomas Kuhn – Losing my Saganity||In this episode we explore the roles of domestic animal husbandry and glass blowing in the rise of Enlightenment astronomical theories. Mark decides to derail the show with an historic Who’s Who pop-quiz of Hellenic science before we get to the work o||7/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 5: Time Theory – A Time, B Time, C All-Of-The-Above Time||Paco and Mark decide to have a socratic dialog (without Socrates) on the nature of time. We discuss the father of modern time theory, why he has the same name twice on his driver’s license and how much more he could have done in his field if Magnum wa||7/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 4: Supererogation - The Spiritual Bank Account||If an act is morally good, are we required to do it? If yes, then is there really such a thing as a purely selfless gesture? If no, which kinds of good acts are optional?||6/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 3: Gettier Problems - A Squishy Dodge||How do we know what we know? Turns out the greatest minds in philosophy weren’t really sure. One guy who went to school with the Allen brothers’ Dad may have pulled a fast one on Plato and laughed all the way to the bank. Or did he?||6/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 2: The Mind-Body Problem - My Sad is Different From Your Sad||In this episode, cutting-edge research into the nature of consciousness, thanks to Paco’s new spiderman toothbrush. Also in our investigations into the Mind Body problem, we find out that a flock of Starlings is called a Murmuration, Paco’s excited||6/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 1: Utilitarianism - I’ve Got a Serial Killer's Liver||Is doing the most good for the most people always the right thing to do? In this episode we ask some tough questions, like “would you kill one innocent person to save five others?” and “what’s it like to work in a coffee mine?” Find out what h||6/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
I stumbled across this podcast, looking for an interesting discussion about philosophy. I think these guys do a great job balancing the intricacies of various philosophical ideas with just having a good time. Looking forward to watching this podcast expand and develop. Very cool.
Great ride on the slippery slope of moral philosophy
Interesting discussions on topics that deserve more consideration than we usually give them.
This is a good mix of some pretty deep philosophical questions and not so serious banter. It's obvious that there is a solid academic understanding of the subject matter. The three each bring a unique perspective to the table and keep the dialogue moving along and interesting.