25 episodes

Conversations about philosophy, science, religion and spirituality

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    • Philosophy

Conversations about philosophy, science, religion and spirituality

    Spiritual Science (John Horgan & Steve Taylor)

    Spiritual Science (John Horgan & Steve Taylor)

    Steve's childhood experiences of euphoria in nature ... Why Steve prefers "wakefulness" to "enlightenment" ... Does being "awakened" make you a better person? ... Steve: "Being a parent is a spiritual path" ... Steve's new book, Spiritual Science ... "Panspiritism" as an alternative to panpsychism ... How is "the spirit" different than God? ... Was there a point in prehistory when man behaved morally? ... Brexit, Trump, and encounters with death that lead to transformation ...

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Does Moral Truth Exist? (Robert Wright & Gideon Rosen)

    Does Moral Truth Exist? (Robert Wright & Gideon Rosen)

    Defining "moral realism" ... Cognitivists vs. noncognitivists ... Are moral beliefs just expressions of human desires? ... Human happiness is better than human suffering...right? ... Considering whether you can be both a Darwinian and a moral realist ... Moral progress, teleology, and mysticism ... Why you "have to take something for granted" in any philosophical system ... The bedrock sources of meaning in life ... If life has meaning, does moral realism logically follow? ...

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Philosophy and the City (Daniel Kaufman & Joseph Biehl)

    Philosophy and the City (Daniel Kaufman & Joseph Biehl)

    Why Joe left academia ... Bemoaning the apathy of today's college students ... Joe's nonprofit, the Gotham Philosophical Society ... How can philosophers help improve a place like New York City? ... Should philosophy be parochial or universalist? ... Philosophical anti-realism and parochialism ... Neighborhood pride in the cosmopolitan city ...

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Mindfulness and Racial Justice (Robert Wright & Rhonda Magee)

    Mindfulness and Racial Justice (Robert Wright & Rhonda Magee)

    Rhonda's path to meditation and Buddhism ... Rhonda's new book, The Inner Work of Racial Justice ... Is equanimity the enemy of activism? ... Using mindfulness to overcome biases and stereotypes ... How Rhonda deploys contemplative practices in her law school classroom ... Can one feel compassion for a cop who shot an unarmed black man? ...

    • 48 min
    What Is Philosophy For? (Daniel Kaufman & Spencer Case)

    What Is Philosophy For? (Daniel Kaufman & Spencer Case)

    In praise of non-elite institutions ... Spencer’s journey from Mormonism to professional philosophy ... Does philosophy matter? ... The role of temperament in shaping philosophers’ views ... Does moral philosophy contribute to moral progress? ... Dan: It doesn’t matter whether God exists ... Dan and Spencer’s concerns about the role of activism in philosophy ... Does it matter if philosophy matters? ... Spencer: Trying to live with integrity is central to philosophy ...

    • 1 hr 56 min
    How to Be an Epicurean (Robert Wright & Catherine Wilson)

    How to Be an Epicurean (Robert Wright & Catherine Wilson)

    Catherine's new book, How to Be an Epicurean ... How Epicureanism is like and unlike utilitarianism ... How the ancient Epicureans viewed nature and reality ... Comparing Epicureanism with its big rival, Stoicism ... On suffering and death ... Epicurean influence on post-Enlightenment science and philosophy ...

    • 1 hr

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