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Elucidations: A University of Chicago Podcast by Matt Teichman

Elucidations: A University of Chicago Podcast

by Matt Teichman

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Elucidations is a monthly philosophy podcast recorded at the University of Chicago. Each month, a prominent philosopher sits down with our graduate student co-hosts to talk about his or her latest work and areas of philosophical expertise. The podcast covers a wide range of topics from the theoretical to the practical (including causation, metaphor, agency, religious freedom, and moral psychology) and explores a wide range of problems from the perennial to the cutting-edge (including skepticism and experimental philosophy).


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Episode 95: Zed Adams discusses the genealogy of color


Mon, Apr 10, 2017


In this episode, Zed Adams argues that philosophers are in an irresolvable debate about whether colors are real because they inherited multiple conflicting conceptions of what color is from previous generations.

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Episode 94: Zsofia Zvolenszky discusses fictional names


Thu, Mar 23, 2017


In this episode, Zsofia Zvolenszky argues that names like 'Harry Potter' or 'Princess Leia' stand for non-concrete human-made artifacts.

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Episode 93: Barry Lam discusses obligations after death


Mon, Jan 30, 2017


In this episode, Barry Lam examines our common assumption that we should prioritize honoring the wishes of dead people.

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Episode 92: Kristie Dotson discusses epistemic oppression


Sat, Jan 14, 2017


In this episode, Kristie Dotson discusses how imbalances in the way we share information with each other reflect broader power imbalances between social groups.

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Episode 91: Paolo Santorio discusses counterfactuals


Fri, Dec 23, 2016


In this episode, Paolo Santorio argues that to explain what statements like 'If A were, then B would be' mean, we need to understand them as statements about causal networks.

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Episode 90: ?sta Sveinsd?ttir discusses social construction


Sun, Nov 20, 2016


In this episode, our guest argues that we confer social statuses on each other by treating each other has having different obligations and entitlements.

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Episode 89: John Collins discusses language universals


Fri, Oct 28, 2016


In this episode, John Collins discusses the philosophical significance of Noam Chomsky's theory of universal grammar, along with some of the scientific evidence for it.

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Episode 88: Kent Bach discusses jumping to conclusions and knowing when to think twice


Wed, Oct 12, 2016


In this episode, Kent Bach discusses the importance of subconscious processes that underlie ordinary, everyday reasoning.

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Episode 87: Susanna Schellenberg discusses perceptual particularity


Sun, Sep 11, 2016


In this episode, Susanna Schellenberg argues that hallucination involves the very same ability as ordinary visual experience--it's just that the ability goes wrong.


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Episode 86: Daniel Smyth discusses photographs and their vicissitudes


Thu, Aug 18, 2016


In this episode, Daniel Smyth discusses the vast amount of background knowledge that goes into interpreting a photograph.


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Episode 85: Bryce Huebner discusses race and cognitive science


Mon, Aug 01, 2016


In this episode, Bryce Huebner argues that our implicit racial biases are shaped by the physical environments we inhabit.

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Episode 84: Amanda Greene discusses the legitimacy of democracy


Fri, Jun 10, 2016


In this episode, Amanda Greene argues that democracy is the form of government that most reliably leads to long-term stability and acceptance.

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Episode 83: Bob Simpson discusses genealogical anxiety


Thu, May 12, 2016


In this episode, Bob Simpson discusses how a person should respond to the realization that they only believe something because of how they were brought up.

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Episode 82: Robert May discusses Frege and the problem of identity


Wed, Apr 13, 2016


In this episode, Robert May discusses the problems that arise when we try to explain what simple statements of arithmetic are saying.

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Episode 81: Cathy Legg discusses what Peirce's categories can do for you


Tue, Mar 15, 2016


In this episode, Cathy Legg talks about why Charles Sanders Peirce thought that existing was only one of three ways of being.

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Episode 80: Mark Hopwood discusses love and moral value


Wed, Feb 10, 2016


In this episode, Mark Hopwood discusses the moral relation that results when one person values another as a particular individual.

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Episode 79: Anthony S. Gillies discusses conditionals


Wed, Jan 06, 2016


In this episode, Anthony S. Gillies shows us how difficult it is to figure out what if/then statements mean!

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Episode 78: Stephen Engstrom discusses the categorical imperative


Wed, Dec 09, 2015


In this episode, Stephen Engstrom discusses the principle that Immanuel Kant thought to underlie all of ethics.

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Episode 77: Mark Schroeder discusses reasons for action and belief


Fri, Nov 13, 2015


In this episode, Mark Schroeder discusses an example of how something other than evidence against a claim can give you a reason not to believe that it's true.

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Episode 76: Barbara Herman discusses gratitude


Tue, Oct 13, 2015


In this episode, Barbara Herman describes the intricacies of the relationship between two people that is created when one does a favor for the other.

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Episode 75: Malte Willer discusses non-monotonic logic


Tue, Sep 08, 2015


In this episode, Malte Willer discusses attempts to give a formal theory of commonsense reasoning, and how it differs from the kind of reasoning that has traditionally been studied.

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Episode 74: Christina van Dyke discusses gender and medieval mysticism


Fri, Aug 07, 2015


In this episode, Christina van Dyke discusses the medieval mystics, a loose collection of authors who thought through philosophical issues by writing about their religious experiences.

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Episode 73: Greg Salmieri discusses Ayn Rand's moral philosophy


Wed, Jul 15, 2015


In this episode, Greg Salmieri explains why Ayn Rand thought a good life is oriented, first and foremost, toward the goal of benefitting oneself.

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Episode 72: Robert May discusses pejorative expressions


Thu, Jun 25, 2015


In this episode, Robert May explains what racial, ethnic, and homophobic slurs literally mean.

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Episode 71: Kent Schmor discusses Carnap's Aufbau


Fri, Jun 05, 2015


In this episode, Kent Schmor introduces us to Rudolf Carnap's classic work, _The Logical Construction of the World_.

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Episode 70: Susan James discusses Spinoza on the good embodied life


Wed, May 06, 2015


In this episode, Susan James explains Spinoza's view that the mind and the body are really just different aspects of the same thing, and how that view led him to think of moral reasoning as having an emotional component.

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Episode 69: Christel Fricke discusses Adam Smith's theory of moral sentiments


Wed, Mar 25, 2015


In this episode, Christel Fricke discusses a view in ethics according to which you determine the right thing to do by imitating the perspective of an ideal, impartial spectator.

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Episode 68: Mark Lance discusses anarchism


Wed, Feb 18, 2015


In this episode, Mark Lance defends the view that instead of answering to a central authority, our society should self-govern, only scaling up what it has to.

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Episode 67: John Protevi discusses Darwin, disaster, and prosociality


Mon, Jan 12, 2015


In this episode, John Protevi discusses research across several different disciplines which supports the hypothesis that human beings evolved to cooperate with each other.

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Episode 66: Haim Gaifman discusses mathematical reasoning


Wed, Dec 17, 2014


In this episode, Haim Gaifman argues that there are mathematical facts about real, objective, mathematical entities.

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Episode 65: Julian Savulescu discusses doping in sports


Mon, Nov 17, 2014


In this episode, Julian Savulescu argues that professional sports should change their regulations so as to allow for a certain amount of doping.

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Episode 64: James Conant and Jay Elliott discuss the analytic tradition


Sat, Oct 18, 2014


In this episode, James Conant and Jay Elliott go into the history of the movement known as analytic philosophy.

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Episode 63: Michael Devitt discusses reference


Fri, Sep 19, 2014


In this episode, Michael Devitt explains why we need a theory of what it means for a proper name to stand for a person or place.

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Episode 62: Sally Sedgwick discusses Hegel’s critique of Kant


Thu, Aug 21, 2014


In this episode, Sally Sedgwick runs through Immanuel Kant’s idea that doing the right thing means doing whatever respects the dignity of all rational creatures, along with G. W. F. Hegel’s worry that Kant neglected how his moral theory was the product of a particular historical moment.

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Episode 61: Jeff Buechner discusses Kripke and functionalism


Wed, Jul 16, 2014


In this episode, Jeff Buechner gives us an overview of the work of Saul Kripke, and explains his (not yet published) argument against the idea that the human mind is a kind of computer.

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Episode 60: Fabrizio Cariani shares some thoughts about oughts


Mon, Jun 23, 2014


In this episode, Fabrizio Cariani explains some of the challenges that arise when we try to precisely define the words 'ought' and 'should.'

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Episode 59: Rebecca Kukla discusses reproductive risk


Wed, May 14, 2014


In this episode, Rebecca Kukla questions the assumptions behind the idea that keeping unborn fetuses safe is simply a matter of individual mothers managing risk responsibly.

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Episode 58: Stewart Shapiro discusses vagueness, part II


Thu, Apr 17, 2014


In this episode, we return to the topic of vagueness from a new perspective.

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Episode 57: Julia Annas discusses virtue ethics


Wed, Mar 19, 2014


In this episode, Julia Annas introduces us to the ancient Greek conception of ethics.

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Episode 56: Philip Pettit discusses corporate rights and responsibilities


Mon, Feb 10, 2014


In this episode, Philip Pettit considers whether a corporation can have any special privileges or rights.

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Episode 55: Branden Fitelson discusses paradoxes of consistency


Wed, Jan 08, 2014


In this episode, Branden Fitelson proposes a new notion of coherence to explain certain unusual situations in which the need to believe what's true conflicts with the need to believe what's supported by evidence.

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Episode 54: Patricia Blanchette discusses Frege's logicism


Fri, Dec 06, 2013


In this episode, Patricia Blanchette explains why Gottlob Frege and other early 20th century philosophers wanted to understand all of mathematics as really being about logic.

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Episode 53: Martin Stokhof discusses formal semantics and Wittgenstein


Thu, Nov 14, 2013


In this episode, Martin Stokhof argues that understanding what formal theories of linguistic meaning are actually doing is less straightforward than it might seem.

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Episode 52: Rafeeq Hasan discusses Rousseau on freedom and happiness


Mon, Oct 14, 2013


In this episode, Rafeeq Hasan argues that according to Jean-Jacques Rousseau, there isn't any conflict between being a free individual and living in a cooperative society.

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Episode 51: Jeroen Groenendijk and Floris Roelofsen discuss inquisitive semantics


Mon, Sep 23, 2013


In this episode, Jeroen Groenendijk and Floris Roelofsen discuss a new theory of linguistic meaning that brings out a deep commonality between statements and questions.

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Episode 50: Greg Salmieri discusses the Aristotelian good life and productive work


Wed, Aug 21, 2013


In this episode, Greg Salmieri looks at the attitudes ancient philosophers used to take towards craftsmanship.

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Episode 49: Hans Kamp discusses discourse representation theory


Wed, Jul 17, 2013


In this episode, Hans Kamp discusses his influential dynamic theory of linguistic meaning.

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Episode 48: Jennifer Frey discusses the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas


Mon, Jun 10, 2013


In this episode, Jennifer Frey discusses the medieval philosopher Thomas Aquinas' idea that what's ethically right or wrong is determined by our nature as human beings.

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Episode 47: Alexandru Baltag discusses the logic of knowledge


Tue, May 14, 2013


In this episode, Alexandru Baltag gives us a tour through a number of formal definitions of knowledge that have been proposed in recent years.

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Episode 46: Frank Veltman discusses normality


Fri, Apr 19, 2013


In this episode, Frank Veltman discusses the central role that the idea of normality (along with abnormality) plays in our everyday reasoning.

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Episode 45: Anubav Vasudevan discusses probability and determinism


Fri, Mar 22, 2013


In this episode, Anubav Vasudevan argues that there is no conflict between the belief that the future is completely determined by the past and the belief that some things truly happen by chance.

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Episode 44: Joelle Proust discusses metacognition


Fri, Feb 15, 2013


In this episode, Joelle Proust discusses whether you need to have the concept of memory in order to evaluate your ability to remember things.

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Episode 43: Peter Adamson discusses the philosophy of Al-Kindi


Tue, Jan 01, 2013


In this episode, Peter Adamson gives us a tour through the impressively wide-ranging work of Al-Kindi, including his arguments for the unity of God and against the eternity of the universe.

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Episode 42: Agustin Rayo discusses the construction of logical space


Wed, Dec 12, 2012


In this episode, Agustin Rayo considers whether the number of dinosaurs being zero is the same thing as there being no dinosaurs, whether some wood blocks being nailed together into the shape of a table is the same thing as there being a table, and similar matters.

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Episode 41: David Enoch discusses metaethics


Fri, Nov 09, 2012


In this episode, David Enoch argues that there are real facts of the matter about whether something is right or wrong, and that our ability to deliberate about what to do depends on this.

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Episode 40: Johan van Benthem discusses logical dynamics


Mon, Oct 08, 2012


In this episode, Johan van Benthem argues that the subject matter of logic should be broadened to encompass not only processes of inference performed by individuals, but also the sharing of information among groups of people.

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Episode 39: Nicholas Asher discusses the philosophy of language


Tue, Sep 04, 2012


In this episode, Nicholas Asher discusses some of the challenges faced by philosophers, linguists, and computer scientists when it comes to developing a formal theory of meaning that (for example) a computer could understand.

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Episode 38: Christopher Frey discusses Aristotle on living organisms and their parts


Wed, Aug 08, 2012


In this episode, Christopher Frey explains why Aristotle thought that after you sever a person's hand, it isn't really a hand anymore.

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Episode 37: Catarina Dutilh Novaes discusses methods in philosophy


Tue, Jul 10, 2012


In this episode, Catarina Dutilh Novaes talks about whether there is any one method that's specific to philosophy, the way there is (for example) something we call the scientific method.

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Episode 36: Robert van Rooij discusses vagueness


Fri, Jun 15, 2012


In this episode, Robert van Rooij talks about a paradox that arises when you try to decide exactly how many millimeters high someone has to be in order to count as tall.

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Episode 35: Martha Nussbaum discusses the capabilities approach


Mon, May 07, 2012


In this episode, Martha Nussbaum proposes a new set of criteria for determining the overall health and prosperity of a country.

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Episode 34: Kieran Setiya discusses moral disagreement


Mon, Apr 09, 2012


In this episode, Kieran Setiya discusses the difference between disagreeing with someone about how you should live your life and disagreeing with someone about what you just saw (like, for example, who was the winner of a very close race).

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Episode 33: Daniel Sutherland discusses the philosophy of mathematics


Wed, Mar 14, 2012


In this episode, Daniel Sutherland explains some of the difficulties involved in trying to say what numbers are.

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Episode 32: Jennifer Lockhart discusses ignorant knowledge


Thu, Feb 09, 2012


In this episode, Jennifer Lockhart tells us what happens when a person is unable to go ahead and do something they know how to do in theory.

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Episode 31: Branden Fitelson discusses reasoning fallacies


Wed, Jan 11, 2012


In this episode, Branden Fitelson discusses some mistakes we often make when reasoning about probabilities, and explains why we may even have evolved to make these mistakes.

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Episode 30: Marko Malink discusses modal syllogistic


Mon, Dec 12, 2011


In this episode, Marko Malink discusses what Aristotle meant by words like 'every' and 'some,' and how his use of these words differs subtly from ours.

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Episode 29: Peter Kail discusses Hume's legacy


Tue, Nov 08, 2011


In this episode, Peter Kail discusses the importance of David Hume's contributions to philosophy, including his thoughts on the scientific method, human psychology, and religious belief.

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Episode 28: John Searle discusses human reality and basic reality


Tue, Oct 18, 2011


In this episode, John Searle explores some of the problems that come up when we try to reconcile what's obvious and self-evident about human experience with what we know about how the world works.

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Episode 27: Emma Borg discusses semantic minimalism


Mon, Sep 26, 2011


In this episode, Emma Borg explains why it's important to have a sharp distinction between what a person literally means when they say something and what they merely imply.

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Episode 26: Robert Richards discusses evolutionary ethics


Thu, Sep 08, 2011


In this episode, Robert Richards argues that we have evolved an instinct to act for the benefit of other people.

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Episode 25: Robert Stalnaker discusses conversational context


Mon, Jul 18, 2011


In this episode, Robert Stalnaker draws a distinction between two different meanings of the word 'context,' then explores some of its philosophical ramifications.

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Episode 24: Christopher Peacocke discusses the perception of music


Mon, Jun 13, 2011


In this episode, Christopher Peacocke discusses what it is to hear emotion in music.

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Episode 23: Quassim Cassam discusses transcendental arguments


Tue, May 17, 2011


In this episode, Quassim Cassam discusses an influential strategy for arguing against the idea that (for example) we're all in the Matrix.

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Episode 22: Ben Laurence discusses collective action


Wed, Apr 06, 2011


In this episode, Ben Laurence discusses the difference between what an individual person does and what a group of people does.

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Episode 21: Raymond Geuss discusses political liberalism


Mon, Mar 07, 2011


In this episode, Raymond Geuss critiques the idea that we should always look to what the general consensus is when deciding which political policies to adopt.

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Episode 20: Simon Critchley discusses faith


Tue, Feb 08, 2011


In this episode, Simon Critchley considers whether religious faith can serve as a model for faith in ethical principles.

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Episode 19: Dan Sperber discusses epistemic vigilance


Wed, Jan 12, 2011


In this episode, Dan Sperber discusses the psychological habits we develop in order to figure out whether the information we hear from other people is trustworthy.

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Episode 18: Mark Lance discusses language and power


Mon, Dec 06, 2010


In this episode, Mark Lance discusses how the conventions by which we address one another verbally define the roles we play in society.

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Episode 17: Brandon Fogel discusses mechanism and causation


Mon, Nov 08, 2010


In this episode, Brandon Fogel discusses how attitudes toward the idea of action at a distance have changed over the course of history.

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Episode 16: Amartya Sen discusses justice


Wed, Oct 06, 2010


In this episode, Amartya Sen critiques the idea that in order to make our society more just, we have to model it on an ideal.

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Episode 15: Brian Leiter discusses religious toleration


Wed, Sep 08, 2010


In this episode, Brian Leiter considers whether claims of religious conscience--as opposed to claims of other matters of conscience--should be given special status under the law.

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Episode 14: Edward Witherspoon discusses skepticism


Mon, Aug 02, 2010


In this episode, Edward Witherspoon considers whether a disembodied brain could, in principle, have the ability to think.

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Episode 13: Fabrizio Cariani discusses judgment aggregation


Fri, Jul 09, 2010


In this episode, Fabrizio Cariani discusses how the beliefs held by a single person in a group relate to the beliefs held by that group as a whole.

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Episode 12: Jason Bridges discusses contextualism


Thu, Jun 03, 2010


In this episode, Jason Bridges discusses how a single sentence can mean completely different things in different contexts, and why this is of particular interest to philosophers.

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Episode 11: Martin Gustafsson discusses philosophical pictures


Fri, May 07, 2010


In this episode, Martin Gustafsson discusses Ludwig Wittgenstein's thoughts on the commonsense belief that the meaning of a word is the thing for which the word stands.

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Episode 10: Richard Kraut discusses goodness


Mon, Apr 05, 2010


In this episode, Richard Kraut discusses the contrast between being good for someone and simply being good.

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Episode 9: Ted Cohen discusses metaphor


Thu, Mar 04, 2010


In this episode, Ted Cohen argues that metaphorical language is a tool we use to identify with other people.

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Episode 8: Chris Haufe discusses evolutionary psychology


Fri, Feb 12, 2010


In this episode, Chris Haufe discusses the problems involved in trying to give an evolutionary account of our psychological traits.

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Episode 7: Daniel Groll discusses nature and ethics


Mon, Jan 04, 2010


In this episode, Daniel Groll discusses how one might invoke the idea of nature when making an argument about what is right or wrong.

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Episode 6: Jesse Prinz discusses experimental philosophy


Tue, Dec 01, 2009


In this episode, Jesse Prinz discusses a new movement in philosophy which makes use of findings in psychology and the social sciences to address traditional philosophical problems.

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Episode 5: Jocelyn Benoist discusses the philosophy of perception


Mon, Nov 02, 2009


In this episode, Jocelyn Benoist reflects on whether our sense perception is reliable. Should we worry about whether we can be certain that there is a real, tangible, external world, or is that worry misplaced?

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Episode 4: Martha Nussbaum discusses sexuality and the law


Thu, Oct 01, 2009


In this episode, Martha Nussbaum discusses how and whether sexual conduct should be legally regulated.

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Episode 3: Brian Leiter discusses Nietzsche on morality


Tue, Sep 01, 2009


In this episode, Brian Leiter discusses Nietzsche's critique of morality and his naturalist approach to human psychology.

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Episode 2: Gabriel Richardson Lear discusses Plato's philosophy of poetry


Mon, Aug 03, 2009


In this episode, Gabriel Richardson Lear tells us why Plato thought that the stylistic choices made by a poet could have ethical ramifications.

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Episode 1: Agnes Callard discusses desire and satisfaction


Mon, Jul 06, 2009


In this episode, Agnes Callard offers a new account of what it is to want something, and what it means to get the thing you want.

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