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The Philosophists - Declan & Simon - look to inject some philosophy into your day. So if you're looking for meaning, morality, or just a bit of mayhem then tune in. This project may or not succeed, but what's the worst that could happen? Listen & find out!

The Philosophists The Philosophists | Declan McGrath, Simon Robertson

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The Philosophists - Declan & Simon - look to inject some philosophy into your day. So if you're looking for meaning, morality, or just a bit of mayhem then tune in. This project may or not succeed, but what's the worst that could happen? Listen & find out!

    Ep 4 - Beyond Cockroach Ethics - Part 2 (Virtue Ethics, Trolley Problems and Inaction)

    Ep 4 - Beyond Cockroach Ethics - Part 2 (Virtue Ethics, Trolley Problems and Inaction)

    Back in episode two, we covered Utilitarianism and Deontology and promised to return with an episode covering Virtue Ethics. Well, wanting to do the moral thing, we fulfil that promise here. The episode opens up with Simon invoking the famous philosophical conundrum of the Trolley Problem. We also discuss the distinction between action and inaction, if any, before diving into the ethical system that has been with us for over two thousand years - Virtue Ethics. Hopefully, you have enough of the virtue of patience to stick with us for half an hour.

    Main Talking Points
    The Trolley Problem - would you sacrifice one to save five?A wonderful short animated TED-Ed video explainer by Eleanor NelsenWatching season 2 episode 5 of The Good Place (summary) is also an easy & fun way to learn moreThe Point of View of the Universe - an arguably more objective way to think ethicallyPeter Singer makes the case in favour (short video - or see this written summary)Inaction vs Action - can you dodge the blame game or are they just the same?Why Inaction Is An Action by Lynne Sargent gives a succinct informative take on thisDoing vs. Allowing Harm in the Stanford Encyclopedia is detailed but very readableJean-Paul Sartre's Universalisation of Actions - am I always setting an example?See the Anguish section of Nigel Warburton's great summary of Sartre's "Existentialism and Humanism"The Golden RuleKant's Summum Bonum (The Kingdom of Ends)The delightful end game for perfectly rational beings is concisely explained by this short video or WikipediaObjections to Virtue Ethics (including the bank robber example Declan cites)If you feel full of virtue as you listen to this episode, we would greatly appreciate it if you could please donate whatever you can afford to provide a life-saving mosquito net to someone who really needs it at http://www.againstmalaria.com/thephilosophists

    Follow the show on Twitter at @philosophistpod

    Socially Awkward
    You can follow @thephilosophists on Instagram or FacebookYou can follow Declan at @theirishpenguin; Simon's keeping a low profile :-)Show website at https://www.thephilosophists.com (rss feed)Credits
    "Bike, Bell Ding, Single, 01-01.wav" by InspectorJ (www.jshaw.co.uk) of Freesound.orgMusic and cover artwork by © 2021 Declan McGrath, All Reserved

    • 28 min
    Ep 3 -- LP -- Corrupting The Youth (Philosophy For Children with Daniel McCrea)

    Ep 3 -- LP -- Corrupting The Youth (Philosophy For Children with Daniel McCrea)

    Well... Let's not quite call it corrupting. Let's call it teaching. And, in this episode, we are delighted to welcome Daniel McCrea as our special guest, who takes us on an exciting journey through the world of teaching philosophy to children.

    Main Talking Points
    Why children should care about philosophyHow philosophy helps children developGetting philosophy into the education cycle in Ireland and bringing it to a younger audienceHow philosophy can transform how teachers engage with their studentsThe Irish school curriculum, the junior cert and the leaving certPhilosophy and parentingThe upcoming "GADFLY" event, which Daniel created for Irish Philosophy educatorsWe cover a lot of philosophers and their ideas along the wayAbout Daniel McCrea
    Daniel is the creator of www.philosophyshortcourse.com, a FREE resources website for Irish philosophy teachers and the event "GADFLY".
    He holds a B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy and regularly teaches philosophy at Gonzaga College SJ secondary school in South Dublin. 
    He has trained in teaching philosophy with Marelle Rice, Peter Worley and Educate Together and facilitates public Philosophy events for "The Philosophers Hat" and "Socrates Cafe" 
    His mission is to make teaching philosophy the best job in Ireland.


    Save a Child From Malaria
    If you care about children beyond your borders, along with their carers,  please donate whatever you can afford to provide a life-saving mosquito net to someone who really needs it at http://www.againstmalaria.com/thephilosophists


    Follow the show on Twitter at @philosophistpod

    Other Links
    Daniel McCrea and his projects@DanielMccrea_ on Twitter Private FB group for Irish Philosophy TeachersGADFLY event (tickets)Resources site: www.philosophyshortcourse.comSimon Critchley QuoteGADFLY Competition TweetCommunitiesSocrates Cafe Philosopher's HatLearn more about the philosophy behind The Matrix in this Two Philosophers Drink Beer & Discuss Film podcast episodeSocially Awkward
    You can follow @thephilosophists on Instagram or on FacebookYou can follow Declan at @theirishpenguin; Simon's keeping a low profile :-)Just be glad we don't have a TikTok!Show website at https://www.thephilosophists.com (rss feed)Credits
    "Bike, Bell Ding, Single, 01-01.wav" by InspectorJ (www.jshaw.co.uk) of Freesound.orgMusic and artwork by © 2021 Declan McGrath, All Rights Reserved

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Ep 2 - Beyond Cockroach Ethics - Part 1 (Utilitarianism vs Deontology)

    Ep 2 - Beyond Cockroach Ethics - Part 1 (Utilitarianism vs Deontology)

    What can a cockroach teach us about ethics? Well, in this episode we attempt to find out as we talk our way through two of the most widely accepted ethical systems - Utilitarianism and Deontology. While scuttling around, we'll meet the great Immanuel Kant (well, not literally) and see how his ethical ideas can get you out of a sticky situation.

    Is morality a numbers game or just a bunch of rules? Decide for yourself after hearing us out. Just one thing to note - this is the first part of a mini-series on the main ethical models and we'll be back next time to cover Virtue ethics, which will complete the moral menu we have prepared for you.

    Main Talking Points
    What is Utilitarianism?What is Deontology?What was some of Kant's thinking on morality?Is inaction is a form of action and can it be immoral?If Mr Kant suitably convinces you to treat humans with the utmost dignity then we would greatly appreciate it if you could please donate whatever you can afford to provide a life-saving mosquito net to someone who really needs it at http://www.againstmalaria.com/thephilosophists
    Follow the show on Twitter at @philosophistpod

    Other Links
    An Irish Goodbye - As promised at the start of the episode, here is a way to make your exits as sharp as your wit!Deontology & KantBBC's "In Our Time" podcast with Melvyn Bragg has a wonderful episode on Kant's Copernican Revolution. Find out more about Kant, his ideas and his even some of his quirksThe Panpsycast Podcast really dive into Kantian Ethics (Part I) in a fun and accessible wayFor something shorter and more visual, The School Of Life's short animated overview of Immanuel Kant is a pretty good way to spend 8 minutes of your lifeUtilitarianismHere we go again, this time The Panpsycast Podcast pick apart Utilitarianism and give plenty of background contextIn just under 5 minutes, Julia Markovits packs just the right amount of info into this excellent illustrated Wireless Philosophy video on UtilitarianismWikipedia entry briefly covering some of the systems of ethics mentioned in this episode (this was in last month's show notes but we thought it useful to list again)Socially Awkward
    You can follow @thephilosophists on Instagram or on FacebookYou can follow Declan at @theirishpenguin; Simon's keeping a low profile :-)Just be glad we don't have a TikTok!Show website at https://www.thephilosophists.com (rss feed)Credits
    "Bike, Bell Ding, Single, 01-01.wav" by InspectorJ (www.jshaw.co.uk) of Freesound.orgIntro music and cover artwork by © 2021 Declan McGrath, All Rights Reserved

    • 27 min
    Ep 1 - Feeling Bad About Doing Good

    Ep 1 - Feeling Bad About Doing Good

    In this episode, Declan and Simon ask - should you feel bad about doing "good"?

    "What?!" you may ask. But have you ever asked yourself if you should give almost all your money to charity? And, if you don't then how you should approach the question of whether you should do more? Is every one of your pleasures condemned to be a guilty pleasure? Cosmic Skeptic's video asking if Should You Sell All Your Possessions? kickstarted our discussion. And we think you'll enjoy where our discussion took this.

    Main Talking Points
    Should each of us be giving more to charity?Why don't people give more to charity?How could we approach beginning to give more to charity?How do we know when we have donated enough to charity?What is the effect of dependants on giving to charity?What on earth has antinatalism got to do with any of this?While we are on the subject of doing good, we would greatly appreciate it if you could please donate whatever you can afford to provide a life-saving mosquito net to someone who really needs it at http://www.againstmalaria.com/thephilosophists
    Follow the show on Twitter at @philosophistpod

    Other Links
    Effective Altruism websites that rank charities in terms of impact per amount donated - http://givewell.org, https://www.thelifeyoucansave.orgDavid Pearce's Quora post listing What Are The Arguments Against Antinatalism? (You can follow David at @webmasterdave)Wikipedia entry on David Benatar's book Better Never to Have BeenWikipedia entry on AntinatalismWikipedia entries on Transhumanism and Humanity+Wikipedia entry briefly covering some of the systems of ethics mentioned in this episodeSocially Awkward
    You can follow @thephilosophists on Instagram or on FacebookYou can follow Declan at @theirishpenguin; Simon's keeping a low profile :-)Just be glad we don't have a TikTok!Show website at https://www.thephilosophists.com (rss feed)Credits
    "Bike, Bell Ding, Single, 01-01.wav" by InspectorJ (www.jshaw.co.uk) of Freesound.orgMusic and artwork by © 2021 Declan McGrath, All Rights Reserved

    • 32 min

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