MeaningofLife.tv: Sophia

MeaningofLife.tv: Sophia
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About this podcast
Knowledge, Reality, Truth, Morality … Daniel Kaufman, Massimo Pigliucci, and their guests explore the rich universe of philosophical investigation and inquiry.
Latest episodes
yesterday
Just how Euro-centric are American philosophy departments, anyway? … Is racism baked into Western philosophy? … A brief account of Western dalliances with Eastern thought … Why new movements in philosophy must kill their ancestors … Why do philosophy departments stay white? Subtle self-selection, Bryan says … Is philistinism killing philosophy as a discipline? …
Nov. 1, 2017
How philosopher Arthur Danto attempted to define art … Danto’s preoccupation with Warhol’s Brillo Boxes … Is art just “aboutness”? … Crispin: Danto’s historicity constrained his concept of art … Dan questions Hegel on art’s inherent purpose … Why common crafts may come to replace high art …
Oct. 10, 2017
What is the “morality everywhere” problem? … Hume on “the cautious, jealous virtue” of justice … The moral responsibility of comedians … What moral universalists get wrong about everyday choices … A critique of Daniel Tippens’ concept of moral production … Daniel Tippens explains what it takes to be morally courageous … Can moral activists win? …
Aug. 1, 2017
Dan and Bob debate the Buddhist idea that the "self" doesn’t exist … Bob’s brush with a “not-self” experience … Is it bad to transcend human nature? … What is “the self”, anyway? … Do our moral intuitions mislead? …
July 21, 2017
What is knowledge? … What are values made of? … Free will and moral responsibility … Imagining stateless, coercion-free politics … What’s wrong with the left-right dichotomy … The purpose of political philosophy …
July 16, 2017
Crispin’s new book Entanglements: A System of Philosophy … Individuals as knots on a thread … Crispin’s materialism: The world is real, but it is "all the ways" … A materialist’s way of understanding social reality … Perception as being penetrated by the world … How distinct from the rest of the world are we? … Knowledge, power, and politics …
June 25, 2017
David’s essay Medium, Message, and Effect … What sitcoms owe to small TV screens … HBO brings film techniques to television … Theatrics in movies … When cinematics on TV became too much … The new model: Binge-watching … Why streaming shows are anti-social …
June 6, 2017
“Purpose” in science and morality … What Aristotle thought about purpose in nature … Why asking “what is it for?” makes sense in biology but not other sciences … Does form dictate function? … Is there a “law” of morality? … The paths to human flourishing … Why a “scientific” approach to ethics à la Sam Harris doesn’t work …
May 15, 2017
Massimo’s new book How to Be a Stoic … Why we all need a philosophy of life … Why Stoicism can appeal to Christians, Buddhists, and atheists alike … Stoic virtues, disciplines, and areas of study … Cynics—the monks of Stoicism … Things within and outside your control … Massimo’s Stoic version of a Dear Abby column …
April 5, 2017
Fundamentals of Stoicism… … …and existentialism … The roles we play … Seasickness and other things we can’t control … Contributions to psychotherapy from Stoics and existentialists … Suicide, "the only serious philosophical problem" … Stoicism as a philosophy of love … When being virtuous is close to impossible …