43 episodes

Each episode explores the philosophical ideas at play in a pop, rock, rap, or country song (often drawn from Billboard's Hot 100 chart). Hosted by Micah D. Tillman, Ph.D.

Top 40 Philosophy Micah D. Tillman, Ph.D.

    • Performing Arts

Each episode explores the philosophical ideas at play in a pop, rock, rap, or country song (often drawn from Billboard's Hot 100 chart). Hosted by Micah D. Tillman, Ph.D.

    Ep. 42: “Angels,” by Chance the Rapper, ft. Saba

    Ep. 42: “Angels,” by Chance the Rapper, ft. Saba

    Angels surround you, eh? How do you know? Where do we get our beliefs from? Memes, Star Trek, and It’s a Wonderful Life help us find our way! Plus The Future of the Podcast(TM)! Notes: http://www.top40philosophy.com/ep42notes/

    • 38 min
    Ep. 41: “White Christmas,” by Bing Crosby

    Ep. 41: “White Christmas,” by Bing Crosby

    What makes something beautiful? Why are high-frame-rate movies ugly? Do we have subjective experiences? Notes: http://www.top40philosophy.com/ep41notes Previous episode | Next episode ________ Featured image by Bob Canning, provided on Unsplash.

    • 10 min
    Ep. 40: “Karma Police,” by Radiohead / “Sexy Sadie” by the Beatles

    Ep. 40: “Karma Police,” by Radiohead / “Sexy Sadie” by the Beatles

    What is karma, how does it work, and do you have a self? Indian philosophers dialogue with Descartes, Hume, and the Beatles. Notes: http://www.top40philosophy.com/ep40notes Previous episode | Next episode ________ Featured image by Daniele Dalledonne, who provides it under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

    • 11 min
    Interlude 1: Which Artist Next?

    Interlude 1: Which Artist Next?

    While I'm adjusting to my new state and preparing for the upcoming semester, help me figure out which artist we should talk about next.

    • 52 sec
    Ep. 39: “Take on Me,” by a-ha

    Ep. 39: “Take on Me,” by a-ha

    Zeno's paradoxes of motion, the US date system, and puzzles about the future. If God knows we'll be gone in a day or two, will it be impossible to stay?

    • 24 min
    Ep. 38: “Stressed Out,” by Twenty One Pilots

    Ep. 38: “Stressed Out,” by Twenty One Pilots

    How accurate are our memories? Does enjoying YA Lit (or "kids' music") make you immature? Can you share a fictional person's experience of the world?

    • 21 min

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