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Philosophize This!

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Beginner friendly if listened to in order! For anyone interested in an educational podcast about philosophy where you don't need to be a graduate-level philosopher to understand it. In chronological order, the thinkers and ideas that forged the world...Show More

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Episode #119 ... Derrida and Words

20:34 | Jun 25th, 2018

Today we begin our discussion on the work of Jacques Derrida.

Episode #129 ... Gilles Deleuze pt. 5 - Difference

22:25 | Mar 16th

Today we continue our discussion on the work of Deleuze.  Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)

Episode #124 ... Simulacra and Simulation

30:26 | Oct 25th, 2018

Today we begin our discussion of Jean Baudrillard's book Simulacra and Simulation.

Episode #118 ... A Basic Look At Post-Modernism

23:12 | May 21st, 2018

Today we begin a lengthy conversation on the critiques of Post-modernism.

Episode #117 ... Structuralism and Mythology pt. 2

26:35 | Mar 18th, 2018

Today we continue to talk about the projects of Structuralism.

Episode #115 ... Structuralism and Context

32:00 | Jan 28th, 2018

Today we talk about the origins of Structuralism.

Episode #111 ... The Frankfurt School pt. 4 - Eros

26:12 | Oct 20th, 2017

Today we talk about Freud's views on civilization and the first half of Marcuse's response to them.

Episode #110 ... The Frankfurt School pt. 3 - The Culture Industry

28:07 | Sep 7th, 2017

Today we talk about an important chapter from The Dialectic of Enlightenment entitled The Culture Industry.

Episode #109 ... The Frankfurt School pt. 2 - The Enlightenment

25:42 | Aug 26th, 2017

Today we talk about the Frankfurt School critique of enlightenment style thinking and Herbert Marcuse's book One Dimensional Man.

Episode #107 ... Simone De Beauvoir pt .3 - Responsibility

26:31 | Jul 29th, 2017

Today we talk about part three of Simone De Beauvoir's work The Ethics of Ambiguity.

Episode #106 ... Simone De Beauvoir pt. 2 - The Ethics of Ambiguity

24:18 | Jul 19th, 2017

Today we talk about the first half of The Ethics of Ambiguity by Simone De Beauvoir.

Episode #105 ... Sartre and Camus pt. 6 - The Self

26:37 | Jul 9th, 2017

Today a cloudy, muddled brain weary from fighting off sickness talks about Sartre's view on the self. Thank you for your patience.

Episode #099 ... Schopenhauer pt. 2 - Ethics

22:48 | Mar 29th, 2017

Today we talk about the ethics of Arthur Schopenhauer.

Episode #079 ... Kierkegaard on Anxiety

22:33 | Mar 23rd, 2016

On this episode of the podcast we talk about Kierkegaard's views on the value of anxiety and the plight of one in its grips.

Episode #004 ... Plato

45:02 | Jul 1st, 2013

In this week's episode, we learn about Plato's "Symposium", which you might think of as philosophy's version of fan fiction. We also learn about Plato's "Theory of Forms" and ask ourselves what makes a tree, well, a tree. This leads to discussion of ...Show More

Episode #128 ... Gilles Deleuze pt. 4 - Flows

22:54 | Mar 16th

Today we continue our discussion on the work of Deleuze.  Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)

Episode #127 ... Gilles Deleuze pt. 3 - Anti-Oedipus

29:32 | Feb 7th

Today we continue our discussion on the work of Gilles Deleuze.

Episode #126 ... Gilles Deleuze pt. 2 - Immanence

23:09 | Dec 22nd, 2018

Today we continue our discussion on the work of Deleuze.

Episode #125 ... Gilles Deleuze pt. 1 - What is Philosophy?

22:31 | Dec 8th, 2018

Today we begin our discussion on Gilles Deleuze with a special thanks to Felix Guatarri.

Episode #121 ... Michel Foucault pt. 1

34:24 | Aug 15th, 2018

Today we begin talking about the work of Michel Foucault.

Episode #116 ... Structuralism and Mythology pt. 1

27:31 | Mar 18th, 2018

Today we begin talking about the initial projects of Structuralism.

Episode #114 ... The Frankfurt School pt. 7 - The Great Refusal

38:55 | Dec 23rd, 2017

Today we talk about Herbert Marcuse's concepts of The Great Refusal and The New Sensibility.

Episode #113 ... The Frankfurt School pt. 6 - Art As A Tool For Liberation

23:12 | Dec 2nd, 2017

Today we talk about the revolutionary potential of Art through the eyes of Herbert Marcuse.

Episode #112 ... The Frankfurt School pt. 5 - Civilization

29:37 | Nov 6th, 2017

Today we continue our discussion of Marcuse's work Eros and Civilization.

Episode #104 ... Sartre and Camus pt. 5 - Consciousness is Freedom

29:27 | Jun 1st, 2017

Today we talk about Sartre's view of consciousness and the notion of radical freedom.

Episode #103 ... Sartre and Camus pt. 4 - The Quest For Certainty

32:03 | May 24th, 2017

Today we tell a story from the history of philosophy in an attempt to prepare us for understanding the Phenomenology of Sartre.

Episode #102 ... Heidegger pt. 3 - Authenticity

31:20 | May 12th, 2017

Today we talk about Martin Heidegger and his concept of Authenticity.

Episode #101 ... Heidegger pt. 2 - Science and Technology

26:00 | Apr 30th, 2017

Today we discuss Martin Heidegger and his views on Modern Technology.

Episode #100 ... Heidegger pt. 1 - Phenomenology and Dasein

31:06 | Apr 14th, 2017

Today we begin our discussion of the philosophy of Martin Heidegger by looking at his roots in Phenomenology and his revolutionary concept of Dasein.

Episode #095 ... Are you living in a simulation?

26:15 | Dec 30th, 2016

Today we discuss the famous paper by Nick Bostrom about the probability that we are living in a simulation.

Episode #094 ... A Look at Suffering

29:04 | Nov 24th, 2016

Today we look at the concept of suffering from multiple different angles including the philosopher Fyodor Dostoyevsky and the movement in Transhumanism known as The Hedonistic Imperative.

Episode #093 ... Nietzsche pt. 4 - Love

26:40 | Nov 6th, 2016

Today we look at the concept of love from several different angles in an attempt to better understand our own thoughts on love.

Episode #092 ... Nietzsche pt. 3 - Thus Spoke Zarathustra

29:55 | Oct 4th, 2016

Today we talk about Nietzsche's famous work Thus Spoke Zarathustra.

Episode #091 ... Nietzsche pt. 2 - The Will to Power

27:54 | Sep 21st, 2016

Today we talk about Nietzsche, the concept of the Will to Power and the dangers of predatory buffalos.

Episode #090 ... Nietzsche pt. 1 - God is dead and so is Captain Morgan

27:12 | Aug 26th, 2016

Today we begin our discussion on the work of Friedrich Nietzsche.

Episode #089 ... Simone De Beauvoir - The Second Sex

30:50 | Aug 17th, 2016

Today we discuss the revolutionary work of Simone De Beauvoir entitled: The Second Sex

Episode #088 ... Sartre and Camus pt. 3 - The Great Debate

26:49 | Jul 27th, 2016

Today we talk about the great post WW2 debate between Sartre and Camus.

Episode #087 ... Sartre and Camus pt. 2

23:15 | Jul 14th, 2016

Today we talk about the philosopher Albert Camus.

Episode #086 ... Sartre and Camus pt. 1 - Freedom

23:46 | Jun 29th, 2016

Today's episode is the first installment of a series on the great Cold War era thinkers Sartre and Camus. Today we lay the foundations for the line of thinking known as existentialism and focus on Sartre's view of freedom.

Episode #085 ... Peter Singer on Effective Altruism

24:02 | Jun 21st, 2016

Today we talk about the great Peter Singer, his views on the unique moral obligations that we face as members of modern society and how we might fulfill the obligations in the most effective manner.

Episode #084 ... William James on Truth

26:44 | Jun 14th, 2016

Today we take a look at William James and his work on the concept of Truth.

Episode #083 ... Henry David Thoreau

27:02 | Jun 4th, 2016

Today we take a look at Henry David Thoreau's views on the individual, society and civil disobedience.

Episode #082 ... Austrians and Marx

25:36 | May 26th, 2016

Today we talk about various classic critiques of Marx's economics made by the Austrian School of Economics. I really wanted to call this episode "X Marx the Spot", but it didn't make enough sense and wasn't very search friendly.

Episode #081 ... Capitalism vs. Communism

24:35 | May 11th, 2016

Today we talk about Karl Marx and his famous critiques of Capitalism.

Episode #80 ... Feuerbach on Religion

28:00 | May 3rd, 2016

On this episode we talk about Ludwig Feuerbach and his (occasionally) controversial views on the origins of religion.

Episode #078 ... Marx and Kierkegaard on Religion pt. 2

25:24 | Jan 27th, 2016

Today we talk about Soren Kierkegaard and his views on the function and value of religion.

Episode #077 ... Marx and Kierkegaard on Religion pt. 1

27:17 | Jan 17th, 2016

Today we discuss Marx, his views on religion as a means of oppression, and his connection to Hegel's Dialectic.

Episode #076 ... Hegel's God

24:56 | Dec 31st, 2015

Today we talk about Hegel and a unique possibility of what God could be.

Episode #075 ... How To Win An Argument Pt. 2

24:51 | Dec 21st, 2015

Today we answer listener questions clarifying How To Win An Argument Pt. 1 and discuss several other common logical fallacies, how to spot them and how to deal with them.

Episode #074 ... Hegel Returns

27:38 | Dec 17th, 2015

Today we talk about an overview of Hegel and what is truly important about his work.

Episode #073 ... How To Win An Argument Pt. 1

29:30 | Dec 1st, 2015

Today we take a look at several common logical fallacies and how to spot them in the throes of a passionate argument. You will be a better person having listened to this episode.

Episode #072 ... Insecurity

33:44 | Nov 18th, 2015

On this episode of the podcast we talk about insecurity and why we think and act the way we do.

Episode #071 ... Is Killing Animals For Food Morally Justifiable?

29:04 | Nov 1st, 2015

Today we talk about whether killing animals for food is morally justifiable.

Episode #070 ... Off Moodiness

23:24 | Oct 20th, 2015

On this episode we talk about the most profound thing you will ever hear in your life: how to quell negative emotions.

Episode #069 ... An Appeal To Reason

31:48 | Oct 12th, 2015

Stephen West rambles relentlessly about stuff no one cares about.

Episode #068 ... On Moodiness

22:11 | Oct 6th, 2015

On this episode we talk about one angle of the complex subject known to us all as: moodiness.

Episode #067 ... What Hegel Was Saying!

22:13 | Sep 21st, 2015

We continue our unfortunately abridged discussion on Hegel from last episode.

Episode #065 ... Mary Wollstonecraft

22:49 | Sep 7th, 2015

On this episode of the podcast, we discuss the feminist philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft. First, we learn about the unexpected origin of The Royal Humane Society and how they assisted Mary Wollstonecraft. Next, we learn about the many ways Wollstonecr...Show More

Episode #064 ... Interpreting Interpretations

20:54 | Aug 19th, 2015

On this episode of the podcast, we discuss Hermeneutics, or “the art of avoiding misunderstanding.” First, we meet Johnny--a disgruntled Philosophize This! listener who is bored and frustrated by episodes about philosophers who make unverifiable spec...Show More

Episode #063 ... Kant pt. 8 - Limits of Knowledge

28:48 | Jul 1st, 2015

On this episode of the podcast, we discuss Kant’s views on the limits of human knowledge. First, we ask ourselves why we seek knowledge at all and whether there will ever be an endpoint to our search for it. Next, we discuss our human experience of t...Show More

Episode #062 ... Kant pt. 7 - Suicide

33:20 | Jun 23rd, 2015

On this episode of the podcast, we discuss the morality of suicide. We begin by questioning our own biases and assumptions about suicide and where they come from. Next, we examine suicide from a Christian perspective by considering the arguments pose...Show More

Episode #061 ... What is Enlightenment?

27:02 | Jun 14th, 2015

On this episode of the podcast, we discuss Kant’s answer to the question “What is enlightenment?” We begin by recounting the story of how Kant came to answer this question in the first place and why this was an important question to consider at the t...Show More

Episode #060 ... The Sublime

30:49 | Jun 1st, 2015

On this episode of the podcast, we attempt to tackle the elusive concept of the sublime. We begin by clarifying everything the sublime is NOT, and then attempt to pin it down by considering a common motif that is has been associated with the sublime ...Show More

Episode #059 ... Kant pt. 4 - Categorical Trolley Cars

27:48 | May 28th, 2015

On this episode of the podcast, we analyze the infamous Trolley Car Problem and think about it in relation to Kant’s categorical imperative. First, we discuss the value of thought experiments and call into question the concept of “common sense”. Next...Show More

Episode #058 ... Deontology vs Consequentialism

27:26 | May 20th, 2015

On this episode of the podcast, we continue our discussion of Kant, this time focusing on ethics. We begin with a thought experiment that calls into question whether or not lying is morally justifiable if it results in preserving human life. Next, we...Show More

Episode #057 ... Kant pt. 2 - The Actual Introduction

25:37 | May 11th, 2015

On this episode of the podcast we continue our discussion of Kant, this time focusing on his contributions to the debate between rationalism and empiricism . We begin by reviewing the major points of contention between the rationalists and empiricist...Show More

Episode #056 ... Kant pt. 1 - An Introduction to the Introduction

26:22 | Apr 22nd, 2015

On this episode of the podcast, we begin our discussion of Immanuel Kant. We first examine the historical context Kant was born into and consider the challenges philosophy was faced with, thanks to David Hume. We also discuss the change in the way hu...Show More

Episode #055 ... Interview on Hume with Massimo Pigliucci

30:35 | Apr 1st, 2015

On this episode of the podcast, Massimo Pigliucci calls in to help tie together some loose ends in our overview of David Hume. Massimo is a professor of philosophy at City University of New York. He is the author of the best sellers Philosophy of Pse...Show More

Episode #054 ... Hume pt. 4 - Art

30:22 | Mar 27th, 2015

On this episode of the podcast, we discuss Hume’s views on taste and find out whether or not all of our opinions about art are equally valid. First, we compare the poetry of Shakespeare and Shel Silverstein, the music of Beethoven and Skrillex, and t...Show More

Episode #053 ... David Hume pt. 3 - Custom

24:25 | Mar 16th, 2015

On this episode of the podcast we talk about David Hume's thoughts on the soul, the self and how "custom is the great guide of human life." All this and more on the latest episode of Philosophize This!

Episode #052 ... David Hume pt. 2 - Design

29:57 | Mar 5th, 2015

On this episode of the podcast, we continue our discussion of David Hume. This time, we focus on Hume's response to the Teleological Argument, which goes a little something like this: “Look at how perfectly everything works! All of this must have bee...Show More

Episode #051 ... David Hume pt. 1

30:25 | Feb 25th, 2015

On this episode of the podcast, we take a break from the The Island to spend some time talking about Desmond Hume and how great he was at pushing that button in the hatch every 108 minutes. Just kidding… this episode is about David Hume! First, we le...Show More

Episode #050 ... Are You Left Or Right?

26:29 | Feb 7th, 2015

On this episode of the podcast, we discuss the contrasting political philosophies of Edmund Burke and Thomas Paine. First, we find out the origin of the terms “left” and “right” in relation to politics, and find out that the meanings of these terms a...Show More

Episode #049 ... Adam Smith pt. 2 - The Tip of the Iceberg of Wealth

29:33 | Jan 27th, 2015

On this episode of the podcast, we continue our discussion of Adam Smith. First, we look at two towns with the same name on opposite sides of the US-Mexico border, and consider why their residents have such markedly different standards of living. Nex...Show More

Episode #048 ... Adam Smith pt. 1 - Specialization

24:13 | Jan 18th, 2015

On this episode of the podcast, we begin our discussion of Adam Smith and how specialization has enabled each of us to live like a king, whether we realize it or not. First, we find out why Stephen is that weird guy who sits alone in the bar smiling ...Show More

Episode #047 ... Rousseau pt. 3 - The General Will

25:21 | Jan 10th, 2015

On this episode of the podcast, we continue our desert island thought experiment, this time focusing on the general will of the people. First, we examine several interpretations of what "the general will of the people" actually means. Next, we take a...Show More

Episode #046 ... Rousseau pt. 2 - Democracy, Aristocracy or Monarchy?

29:52 | Jan 2nd, 2015

On this episode of the podcast, we continue last week's thought experiment about creating a society from scratch on a deserted island. First, we find out how building a society is similar to making cupcakes, in the sense that every ingredient contrib...Show More

Episode #045 ... Rousseau Government pt. 1

27:13 | Dec 15th, 2014

On this episode of the podcast, we examine the origins of government and discuss several opinions on how to construct the best system. First, we imagine that we’re stranded on an island and are forced to devise a system to organize ourselves into a f...Show More

Episode #044 ... Slavery

36:51 | Dec 2nd, 2014

On this episode of the podcast, we revisit the topic of belief, this time focusing on the ramifications of the beliefs we hold. First, we ask ourselves why we should even attempt to arrive at truth if certainty is impossible, and examine this questio...Show More

Episode #043 ... Tolerance

31:46 | Nov 21st, 2014

On this episode of the podcast, we examine the true implications of tolerance and intolerance. First, we ask ourselves the inception-esque question of how tolerant we should be of intolerance, and find out that the answer may not be as simple as it s...Show More

Episode #042 ... Optimism

29:46 | Nov 12th, 2014

On this episode, we explore the benefits and drawbacks of optimism. First, we examine the various motivations for pessimism, and hear what Winston Churchill, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Marcus Aurelius have to say about optimism. Next, we think about th...Show More

Episode #041 ... Belief

40:00 | Nov 4th, 2014

On this episode of the podcast, we discuss the many facets of belief. We start out by discussing two major complications that belief brings to the table. First, absolute certainty is impossible--even certainty about the fact that "certainty is imposs...Show More

Episode #040 ... Superstition

50:38 | Oct 16th, 2014

On this episode of the podcast, we explore superstition in its various forms and examine the ways Berkeley and Voltaire tried to eliminate it in their work. First, we think about the superstitions we subscribe to in our everyday lives, whether it’s “...Show More

Episode #039 ... Before Our Very Eyes - The Limits of Empiricism

28:24 | Oct 8th, 2014

On this episode of the podcast, we explore the idea of reality and how our senses prevent us from perceiving its true nature. First, we launch a smear campaign against human eyes and their limitations. Next, we discuss the difference between deductiv...Show More

Episode #038 ... Leibniz pt. 2 - The Best of All Possible Worlds

27:45 | Oct 2nd, 2014

On this episode of the podcast, we continue our discussion of Gottfried Leibniz. First, we delve more into the feud between Leibniz and Isaac Newton, which we briefly mentioned last week. Next, we ask ourselves why God sometimes allows Steve Buschemi...Show More

Episode #037 ... Leibniz pt. 1 - A Million Points of Light

33:30 | Sep 23rd, 2014

On this episode of the podcast, we begin our discussion of Gottfried Leibniz. First, we find out what important invention created a riff between Leibniz and Isaac Newton. Next, we learn about Leibniz’s theory of Monads (which are basically the atoms ...Show More

Episode #036 ... John Locke pt. 2 - The Blank Slate

29:05 | Sep 15th, 2014

On this episode of the podcast, we continue our discussion of John Locke. We first admire how brave Locke was to share his ideas during a time when dissent earned you the privilege of being drawn and quartered (literally… quartered). Next, we discuss...Show More

Episode #035 ... John Locke pt. 1 - From Sea to Shining Sea

31:50 | Sep 9th, 2014

On this episode of the podcast, we begin learning about John Locke. First, we ask ourselves whether or not we own our bodies and what other things we are entitled to simply by virtue of being born. Next, we consider whether its possible to develop a ...Show More

Episode #034 ... Spinoza pt. 2 - Force of Nature

28:51 | Sep 2nd, 2014

On this episode of the podcast, we continue learning about Spinoza, this time focusing on his concept of God. We begin by asking ourselves whether or not Stephen’s English bulldog Charlie is part of God, and analyzing the implications of our answer. ...Show More

Episode #033 ... Spinoza pt. 1 - From Baruch to Benedicto

30:22 | Aug 26th, 2014

On this episode of the podcast, we learn about Baruch De Spinoza. We find out why it was not only life-threatening to have an unpopular opinion during the time Spinoza lived, but also potentially very profitable. We also question whether religion is ...Show More

Episode #032 ... Blaise Pascal pt. 2 - +EV your way to success!!

29:54 | Aug 19th, 2014

On this episode of the podcast we continue our discussion of Blaise Pascal, this time focusing on his assertion that man is “the supreme paradox of creation.” First, we learn about Pascal’s early life and feel completely inadequate when we learn that...Show More

Episode #031 ... Pascal's Wager

28:43 | Aug 12th, 2014

On this episode of the podcast, we begin our discussion of Blaise Pascal by examining Pascal's Wager. We begin by hearkening back to last week's episode and imagine Pascal as Descartes' wingman in a door-to-door campaign to convince us to believe in ...Show More

Episode #030 ... Descartes pt. 3 - God Exists

25:46 | Aug 5th, 2014

On this episode of the podcast we conclude our three-part installment on Rene Descartes. First we discuss what the concept of God meant to Descartes. Then we discuss why the concept of God was crucial for his system to be received well. Finally we im...Show More

Episode #029 ... Descartes pt. 2 - Visionary Genius

28:09 | Jul 16th, 2014

On this episode of the podcast, we continue our three-part series on Rene Descartes. First, we discuss the obvious but unprovable superiority of fresh-caught tuna to Chicken of the Sea and how this parallels the divide between the continental rationa...Show More

Episode #028 ... Rene Descartes pt. 1 - a little context

28:09 | Jul 9th, 2014

On this episode of the podcast, we begin learning about Rene Descartes. First, we find out why the entire human race can be compared to the loud, obnoxious guy at a party who thinks he’s smarter than everyone else. Next, we examine Descartes’ rigorou...Show More

Episode #027 ... Thomas Hobbes pt. 2

29:36 | Jul 1st, 2014

On this episode of the podcast, we continue our discussion of Thomas Hobbes. First, we learn about how Hobbes views fear, and find out how Stephen was almost murdered while eating a Five Dollar Footlong. Next, we examine the differences between the a...Show More

Episode #026 ... Thomas Hobbes pt. 1 - The Social Contract

30:31 | Jun 17th, 2014

On this episode of the podcast, we learn about Thomas Hobbes. We first ask ourselves what it would be like to live in a society with no laws or government, much like the scenario depicted in The Purge. Next, we question whether or not humans are inhe...Show More

Episode #025 ... A Scientific Method For Your Life!

29:44 | Jun 10th, 2014

On this episode of the podcast, we learn about Francis Bacon, a 16th century English philosopher. We first discuss what it meant to pursue knowledge during  the time Francis Bacon lived and why he thought that scientific advancement should be society...Show More

Episode #024 ... Montaigne

28:06 | Jun 4th, 2014

On this episode of the podcast, we learn about Michel de Montaigne. We first discuss how a case of 16th century road rage led to a near-death experience which ironically helped Montaigne overcome his fear of dying. Next, we learn why Montaigne valued...Show More

Episode #023 ... Machiavelli

26:41 | May 20th, 2014

On this episode of the podcast, we discuss The Protestant Reformation and Machiavellianism. We begin by examining what it was like to live during the Renaissance under the rule of The Church and why the people of that time could have really benefited...Show More

Episode #022 ... Blast off to the Renaissance!

26:54 | May 13th, 2014

On this episode of the podcast, we begin learning about the Renaissance. We first discuss the Black Death, a bacterial plague that wiped out 30-60% of the population of Europe. We examine how the population crisis caused by the Black Death led to an ...Show More

Episode #021 ... One God - St. Thomas Aquinas

26:22 | May 5th, 2014

On this episode of the podcast, we learn about the Christian Aristotelean philosopher St. Thomas Aquinas. We begin by examining a song by The Postal Service which sets the stage for a discussion about how often humans mistake correlation with causati...Show More

Episode #020 ... Two Medieval Approaches To God

35:37 | Apr 24th, 2014

On this episode of the podcast, we discuss the concept of God from a philosophical perspective. We first broaden our definition of God by recalling the multitude of ways that the philosophers we’ve already studied have approached the subject. Next, w...Show More

Episode #019 ... Three Islamic Truths

32:15 | Apr 14th, 2014

On this episode of the podcast, we discuss the nature of truth and examine it through the lenses of three Islamic philosophers who each had a different approach to truth seeking. We first discuss Al Kindi and what he would have to say about modern da...Show More

Episode #018 ... Avicenna

27:34 | Apr 4th, 2014

On this episode of the podcast we learn about Avicenna, an Arabic philosopher who is most known for his “Flying Man” thought experiment. We discuss the mind-body connection (or lack thereof) and ask ourselves what becomes of an iPhone if you pulveriz...Show More

Episode #017 ... Boethius

24:33 | Mar 26th, 2014

On this episode of the podcast, we learn about the medieval neoplatonist philosopher Boethius. We find out how he came to be wrongly convicted of treason and subsequently sentenced to death, and how this led him to write a philosophical text that sol...Show More

Episode #016 ... Saint Augustine

30:15 | Feb 28th, 2014

On this episode of the podcast, we discuss St. Augustine, a philosopher who is known for merging the ideas of Neoplatonism and Christianity. We learn how an unsuspecting child led St. Augustine to devote his life to Christianity through divine interv...Show More

Episode #015 ... A Period of Transition - Plotinus

38:06 | Feb 13th, 2014

On this episode of the podcast, we learn about Plotinus, a Neo-Platonist philosopher who lived in Rome during "the crisis of the third century.” We discuss the difference between religion and philosophy and question whether or not JK Rowling stole pa...Show More

Episode #014 ... The Hellenistic Age Pt. 5 - A Race To The Dark Ages

44:37 | Jan 18th, 2014

On this episode of the podcast, we discuss Middle Platonism and the Race to the Dark Ages. We learn how Philo of Alexandria reconciled Judaism with Plato's vision of God as a master craftsman, and find out how this relates to building an IKEA bookcas...Show More

Episode #013 ... The Hellenistic Age Pt. 4 - Skepticism

47:12 | Jan 5th, 2014

On this episode of the podcast, we continue our study of the Hellenistic Age, this time focusing on Skepticism. We find out how Pyrrho used Skepticism to endure surgery without anesthesia, and learn why you can never really know if a pomegranate is a...Show More

Episode #012 ... The Hellenistic Age Pt. 3 - Hallmarks of Stoic Ethics

49:48 | Dec 20th, 2013

On this episode of the podcast, we continue our discussion of Stoicism, this time focusing on ethics. We learn about the three most noteworthy contributors to Stoic ethics--a crippled slave, a statesman, and the emperor of Rome--and find out how much...Show More

Episode #011 ... The Hellenistic Age Pt. 2 - The Early Stoa and the Cynics

43:31 | Dec 7th, 2013

This is the first of two episodes on Stoicism; in this episode, we learn about stoic physics and logic. We learn how the Stoics would likely react if faced with a zombie apocalypse and how a shipwreck caused a guy named Zeno to start dabbling in phil...Show More

Episode #010 ... The Hellenistic Age Pt. 1 - Epicurus

47:56 | Nov 24th, 2013

This week on the podcast, we shift our focus back to Western philosophy. On this episode, we learn about Epicureanism—one of four schools of thought that were prevalent during the Hellenistic Age, which will be our focus for the next few episodes. We...Show More

Episode #009 ... The Buddha

44:28 | Nov 11th, 2013

On this episode of the podcast, we learn about the life of Siddhartha Gautama and his Heisenberg-esque transformation into Buddha. We learn how Buddha left a lifestyle of being fed grapes and being fanned with palm leaves to pursue a life of celibacy...Show More

Episode #008 ... Confucianism

40:55 | Oct 29th, 2013

On this episode of the podcast, we learn about Confucius, a man whose ideas impacted China and eastern philosophy for thousands of years after his death. We find out how Confucius went from being the poor, friendless son of an ancient Chinese 'Teen M...Show More

Episode #007 ... Daoism

40:14 | Aug 10th, 2013

You will acquire great knowledge about the way of the Dao in the coming hour. Lucky numbers: 1 6 14 27 51 79

Episode #006 ... Aristotle Pt. 2

39:18 | Jul 26th, 2013

On this episode of the podcast, we continue learning about Aristotle, a man who created the first system of biological classification, the first system of logic, and the first formal scientific method. We find out why Aristotle was anti-women and pro...Show More

Episode #005 ... Aristotle Pt. 1

38:53 | Jul 14th, 2013

This week we talk about various different applications of Aristotle's ethics in modern life. We discuss making a "plan" for your life, the underlying similarities between all human desires and the best way to live life.

Episode #003 ... Socrates and the Sophists

40:10 | Jun 23rd, 2013

This week we talk about the prosperity of athens and how it led to the rise and ideas of a group of philosopher teachers called the Sophists, we tied up some loose ends and helped put all that we've learned in the last two episodes into context with ...Show More

Episode #002 ... Presocratic Philosophy - Italian

37:27 | Jun 15th, 2013

Today we talk about why philosophy is taken for granted, the crazed cult leader of ancient Greek philosophy, Pythagoras, the annoying dark cloud of deductive reasoning, Parmenides and the super hero Empedocles.

Episode #001 ... Presocratic Philosophy - Ionian

50:24 | Jun 6th, 2013

Today we discussed the "Out of Africa" theory, the adversity of early humans, the term "Pre-Socratic", the first philosopher Thales, the meanest philosopher Heraclitus and Democritus, the godfather of the theory of atomism.