12 episodes

Are killers born or are they made? Does everyone have the capacity to commit murder? Why is true crime so popular today?
The Philosophy of Crime tackles the biggest questions about unsolved mysteries by looking to classical philosophy for answers.

The Philosophy of Crime James Renner

    • True Crime

Are killers born or are they made? Does everyone have the capacity to commit murder? Why is true crime so popular today?
The Philosophy of Crime tackles the biggest questions about unsolved mysteries by looking to classical philosophy for answers.

    6: 206: The Ethics of Familial DNA

    6: 206: The Ethics of Familial DNA

    The world has changed. A new tool has been created to solve the coldest cases. And if we're not careful, it'll be taken away from us in a heartbeat.

    • 55 min
    5: 205: Psychics and Crime

    5: 205: Psychics and Crime

    On the record, police rarely admit to using psychics to solve crimes. But a surprising number of detectives often consult with soothsayers to discover new leads.

    • 32 min
    4: 204: Why Do We Still Have the Death Penalty?

    4: 204: Why Do We Still Have the Death Penalty?

    In the United States, we still execute prisoners for a variety of crimes. We are one of the last civilized societies to do so. Why is capital punishment so popular, here?

    • 39 min
    3: 203: Does Psychological Profiling Really Work?

    3: 203: Does Psychological Profiling Really Work?

    FBI profilers are the mystical heroes of law enforcement, with the ability to look at a crime and imagine the suspect. But is it science or just wishful thinking?

    • 35 min
    2: 202: How Do Psychopaths Convince Others to Kill?

    2: 202: How Do Psychopaths Convince Others to Kill?

    Charles Manson never killed anybody. He tricked his friends into doing it for him. But how? And could any one of us be tricked into doing evil deeds?

    • 37 min
    1: 201: Are Lie Detectors Reliable?

    1: 201: Are Lie Detectors Reliable?

    We've all heard the saying, "Lie detectors can't be used in a court of law." But is that really true? And can a machine ever really know the mind of a man?

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

KTOVern ,

Great podcast!

Not just another true crime podcast. Just binged on the season. James takes a refreshing look at crime using scientific theories to wrap our heads around crime stories of today. Really well written and produced.

sarijani ,

So good

I’m really impressed by this podcast and surprised it has not had more listeners so far. James renners stories are interesting and pertinent and his scope of knowledge is super broad. It has made me think!

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