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Knowledge, Reality, Truth, Morality … Daniel Kaufman, Massimo Pigliucci, and their guests explore the rich universe of philosophical investigation and inquiry.

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Knowledge, Reality, Truth, Morality … Daniel Kaufman, Massimo Pigliucci, and their guests explore the rich universe of philosophical investigation and inquiry.

    "Uncut Gems" and "Dolemite Is My Name" (Daniel Kaufman & Milton Lawson)

    "Uncut Gems" and "Dolemite Is My Name" (Daniel Kaufman & Milton Lawson)

    In praise of Uncut Gems ... Why does Adam Sandler's dirtbag character evince such sympathy? ... Punishment and forgiveness in narrative storytelling ... In praise of Dolemite Is My Name ... Eddie Murphy's triumphant return to SNL ... Is offensive comedy coming back? ... Why were these two films snubbed by the Oscars? ... Expertise vs. experience in cultural criticism ...

    Debating Moral Realism (Daniel Kaufman & Spencer Case)

    Debating Moral Realism (Daniel Kaufman & Spencer Case)

    Spencer describes being quarantined in Wuhan, China ... What is "moral realism"? ... Can you be a moral realist and a moral subjectivist at the same time? ... Revisiting Plato's Ring of Gyges ... Dan: There's no evidence of morality beyond performances ... The trouble with giving advice ... "All things considered," what ought you to do? ... What we lost in the Scientific Revolution ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    Are Philosophers Experts? (Daniel Kaufman & Massimo Pigliucci)

    Are Philosophers Experts? (Daniel Kaufman & Massimo Pigliucci)

    Are philosophers experts? ... Socrates didn't have a PhD ... Massimo hates when teachers claim to learn "just as much" from their students ... What does philosophers' expertise actually consist of? ... How much is philosophy like mathematics? ... What philosophers of science can teach scientists ... The disappointing personal morality of moral philosophers ... Grandmothers, the examined life, and the people who live best ...

    On Social Censorship (David Ottlinger & J.P. Messina)

    On Social Censorship (David Ottlinger & J.P. Messina)

    How should we define censorship? ... The sort of censorship that has no inherent moral valence ... Various ways non-state actors can censor ... When private censorship has moral stakes ... Examining moral grandstanding ... A changed heart vs. a false front ... Could we ever resolve all our disagreements? ... Reason, passion, and the founding of the Republic ...

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