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How do we communicate ideas with language? Where does the literal meaning of a word end and the subtle connotation begin? John and Ken tackle the semantics, pragmatics, and mysteries of meaning with noted social and cognitive psychologist Dan ... more
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• What philosophical issues are raised by online social networking?• Is the new socialization as good as the old? From online bulletin boards at the dawn of the internet to the modern mammoths of Facebook and MySpace, people have used ... more
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- Is forgiveness really a virtue? Justice is a virtue and so, many claim, is forgiveness. But they seem inconsistent. John and Ken discuss South African reconciliation, truly evil people, and the virtue of forgiveness with Charles Griswold from ... more
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What is the imagination? What led Mother Nature to make it such an important part of our make-up? A lot of our thinking, and even our perception, has to do not only with what is, but what might be, and what would have been. That is, the imagination ... more
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• When is civil disobedience justified?  When is it required? • How does the concept fit with the great ethical and political philosophies? Thoreau, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King all engaged in civil disobedience, and are widely ... more
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Philosophical reasoning relies on intuitions--but where do these intuitions come from? Are our intuitions always correct? Are they ever correct? How can we determine what people really think about important issues? Philosophical reasoning relies on ... more
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How has Islamic philosophy interacted historically with other philosophical traditions? How has philosophy influenced the popular practice and interpretation of Islam? When has Islamic philosophy melded with or clashed with Islam's religious ... more
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Once upon a time, student athletes were students first, athletes second; the Olympics was about amateurism and the pursuit of excellence, not the pursuit of endorsements; and professional athletes enhanced the physics through rigorous work-outs, not ... more
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Who or what is God? By what rules should people live? And what does Maimonides have to say about diets and bathing? Rabbis and Talmudic scholars have spent centuries puzzling over theology, texts, and life. In the process they came up with many ... more
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• What was the role of the Occult Philosophy and the Occult Sciences in the rise of modern science? The occult is routinely dismissed in our times as the province of quacks, the irrational, and the superstitious. But during the Renaissance, ... more
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• Is health care a free-market commodity or a public good? • Are popele morally entitled to health care? Do we have a right to healthcare, and to good high quality healthcare, in any precise and defensible sense? Or is the "right to ... more
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• Is it really possible to believe your own lie? Self-deception sounds like a contradiction: intentionally convincing yourself of something you know to be untrue.  But it is a pervasive aspect of human nature.  What is the nature of ... more
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How does a bunch of grey matter in our skulls have the ability to solve mathematical problems? Are we the only species that can? Does catching a baseball require doing calculations? John and Ken welcome noted cognitive scientist Keith Devlin, NPR's ... more
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- What was the Humanist movement, and what has it become?- Is the Humanist enterprise out of date?- Should we strive to be altruistic, or is selfishness a higher virtue? Humanism as a movement arose with the Renaissance.  It took powerful ... more
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Is your loyalty to America and Americans more important than the common humanity you share with everyone on the globe? John and Ken are joined by Debra Satz, Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University, to cast a critical eye on patriotism, ... more
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Does America's drug problem rest on confused philosophy? Listen in and get more confused as Ken and John discuss the philosophical issues underlying arguments for and against the legalization of drugs with Peter de Marneffe from Arizona State ... more
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Are Americans inducing the rest of the world to be crazy like us, so we can market the appropriate cures? Paranoia, depression, schizophrenia, bipolarity, and all the other ways Americans have discovered to be crazy – are they universal ... more
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• Is there a core concept of what it is to be a wife?• Is it a good concept, or does it perpetrate corrosive stereotypes of women?• What conceptions of being a wife do Americans have today? The concept of a wife has been embedded in ... more
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• Has the digital age made our forms of information organization obsolete? “We’re just never going to catch up,” writes David Weinberger in Everything Is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder.  That is, ... more
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• What is a lie?• Is lying always immoral?• Do our faces inevitably betray our lies? According to Proverbs, lying lips are an abomination to the Lord.  But lies on human lips are as common as fleas on a dog.  Are all ... more
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John and Ken open the phones and the inbox to their listeners, answering questions about art, politics, proof, and philosophy itself. On this special edition of Philosophy Talk our devoted listeners are our guests, as they call in and ask John and ... more
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• What are our obligations to future generations – people who don't yet exist?• What obligations, if any, do we have to our fellow fauna and the flora we depend on? One thing is clear: there are too many people, doing too much damage ... more
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• Why are our beliefs so often out of sync with reason, argument, and evidence? Our brains evolved on the African savannah, but are now expected to deal with complex statistical information and other intricate concepts every day.  The ... more
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- If I can sell my house, the things I make, and the services I provide, why can't I sell one of my kidneys? - What is the philosophical basis for the taboo against selling parts of our bodies? There is an (illegal) market in body parts; ... more
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What is flirting? Can you flirt without intending to? Can you flirt by dressing a certain way? By walking a certain way? Is flirtatious behavior culturally relative? Could you flirt with a robot? With your own long-term partner? With an idea? Join ... more