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Are there objective standards of beauty? Or is beauty in the eye of the beholder? Must art be beautiful to be great art? What is the role of the experience of beauty in a good life? John and Ken explore the concept of Beauty with Alexander Nehamas ... more
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Is happiness a mere psychological state? And if so, what's so important about it? Is there anything more to being happy than just thinking you're happy? Or is happiness a way of life? John and Ken dig into the nature of happiness with Robert ... more
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Some have argued that there aren't any good arguments for believing in God. Is belief in God just an act of faith without reason? Plenty of philosophers would disagree. Why are philosophers so divided on the matter? In this episode Ken and John ... more
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From his theory of the Forms, to his views about morality, justice, and the soul, Plato was one the greatest and most influential philosophers of all time. Indeed, it has been said that all of philosophy is but a footnote to Plato. Find out why as ... more
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Being and Nothingness, the for-itself and the in-itself, bad faith, and the existential predicament; these Existentialist concepts were central to the philosophical scene in Europe and America after World War II. Join the Philosophers as they examine ... more
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Was Friedrich Nietzsche a mysogynistic Nazi-supporter, or an artistic visionary who sought to set us free from our moralistic chains? Boring radio is dead as Ken and John discuss everyone's favorite syphilitic philosopher with ... more
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Five Philosophical Greats: A Philosophy Talk Five-Pack $7.95
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  5 thought-provoking programs for the price of 4! Descartes, Hume, Kant, Hegel, Wittgenstein — names anyone who’s interested in philosophy ought to be familiar with.  Arguably five of the most important modern philosophers, ... more
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Can the idea of freedom of the will be reconciled with the scientific outlook or is free will an illusion? If we give up on the idea that we have freedom, what follows for our practice of holding people morally responsible for their actions and ... more
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Humans are conscious, billiard balls are not, and computers aren't either. But all three are just collections of molecules, aren't they? What is consciousness, and does it go beyond what science can explain? Join John and Ken as they probe the limits ... more
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What are the main hallmarks of the postmodern? How does the "postmodern" differ from the "modern?" Is the postmodern an improvement over the modern? In art, architecture, music, film, literature, sociology, communications, fashion and philosophy ... more
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You might think our thought simply determine what we say. But maybe the language we speak is what really determines the thoughts we can have. As Wittgenstein famously wrote, "The limits of my language mean the limits of my world." And Benjamin Lee ... more
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The categorical imperative, the synthetic a priori, and the Critique of Pure Reason: Immanuel Kant introduced the human mind as an active originator of experience rather than just a passive recipient of perception. How has his philosophy influenced ... more
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Many religions contemplate some form of personal continued existence after death: reincarnation in another body, or continued being in some vastly different place like Heaven or Hell. Do any of these conceptions make sense? If so, is there any ... more
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Pragmatism is perhaps America's most distinctive contribution to philosophy. Developed by Pierce, Dewey, and James in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, pragmatism holds that both the meaning and the truth of any idea is a function of its ... more
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What is necessary for a person to survive over time? Is it the continued existence of the living body? Or is it just the living brain? Or is it one's psychology, which might persist even without one's original brain in a computer or in an entirely ... more
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Aristotle's philosophical doctrines have permeated and helped shape Western Culture in spheres as disparate as cosmology, biology, ethics, physics, politics, and logic. John and Ken are joined by Chris Bobonich, from Stanford University, author of ... more
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David Hume was a superb essayist, a brilliant philosopher, and a world-class bon vivant. His philosophical views in ethics, epistemology, aesthetics, and the philosophy of religion, though shocking to many in his own time, are enduring touchstones of ... more
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What is the relationship between the mind and the brain? What is dualism? Where does this philosophical position come from? Can dualism be understood in contemporary times? Can it be defined in scientific terms? Monists believe that there is only ... more
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The 17th Century philosopher René Descartes is often considered the father of modern philosophy. His Meditations are a staple in introductory philosophy courses, and his views on the relation of mind and body have dominated philosophical ... more
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Rev. Kathianne Lewis, D.D. and premiere guest speakers share with you ancient wisdom and contemporary teachings while exploring spiritual principles and offering practical tools you can use every day to enhance your life experience. You can either ... more
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Is the conscious mind just the brain or something more? Can science explain consciousness? How does Ken know that John is a conscious being and not just an automaton programmed to act like a conscious being? Or is John just an automaton? Philosophy ... more
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John Rawls was one of the most influential political philosophers of the twentieth century.  In his book A Theory of Justice he articulated a concept of justice as fairness, which won many fans among liberals, and provoked important responses ... more
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Can morality be quantified? Can the good be calculated? Should we be so focused on the consequences of our actions? Utilitarianism says the right action is the one which leads to the most overall happiness -- a deceptively simple theory, but not ... more
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• Is it right to torture to save a life? 10 lives? A million lives? Civilization as a whole?• What is the philosophical basis of our aversion to using torture? According to former Vice President Cheney, practices widely regarded as torture ... more
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- If everything that we do can be explained by physics, does this leave room for freedom? - Are all of our actions pre-determined? - what are the implications for morality and responsibility? John and Ken exercise their will with Manuel Vargas from ... more