23 episodes

Welcome to the Front Porch Philosophers podcast. This podcast brings informal philosophy discussions to your earbuds and is led by three guys from the American South. The hosts are professionally trained academics in philosophy, history, and religious studies. They started this podcast to give people an inside look at informal philosophical discussions. If you are interested in random philosophical conversations, then this is the podcast for you.

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Welcome to the Front Porch Philosophers podcast. This podcast brings informal philosophy discussions to your earbuds and is led by three guys from the American South. The hosts are professionally trained academics in philosophy, history, and religious studies. They started this podcast to give people an inside look at informal philosophical discussions. If you are interested in random philosophical conversations, then this is the podcast for you.

    Transhumanism...wait...what?

    Transhumanism...wait...what?

    In this follow up episode, the Front Porch Philosophers discuss the idea of transhumanism. They frame this discussion by examining the TV series Upload. What is transhumanism? (You might ask.) Well, its best explained as a theory that technology can be used to free and save humanity from its limitations. Transhumanists are especially concerned with death and the possibility of cheating it by using technology. Join Jared, Michael, and Raymond on the front porch to learn more about this strange and mesmerizing subject. 
     
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    • 46 min
    What does it mean to be a humanist?

    What does it mean to be a humanist?

    In this episode, the Front Porch Philosophers discuss the idea of 'humanism'. Humanism is a philosophical movement that seeks to understand what it means to be human. Your hosts (Jared, Michael, and Raymond) discuss this broad-reaching idea by talking about a few important points: 1) what is 'humanism' (what is the goal?), 2) how does it work, 3) why is it important (if it is at all), 4) how does it apply to discussions about politics, ethics, morality, and social theory at large. Join them on the front porch. They don't have all the answers, but they always enjoy the conversation. 
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    End of the World

    End of the World

    In this episode, Mike wants to talk about the apocalypse or at least apocalyptic literature and thinking. Join the Front Porch Philosophers as they discuss the history, development, and logic of apocalyptic thinking. Mike begins by discussing the nature of time, beginning in Augustinian thinking, and explains how the ideas surrounding time have changed and slowly impacted apocalyptic thinking. Jared gives us a view into the early Christian mindset before turning to the American evangelical mindset, while Raymond draws connections between apocalypse and fatalistic thinking. It's the end of the world...or is it? Join them on the front porch where complex concepts and ideas get discussed casually. 
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    Democratic Socialism Explained

    Democratic Socialism Explained

    With all the hype from American politics, especially from Berniecrats, the new political question is what does democratic socialism mean? In this episode, Jared, Michael, and Raymond have an in-depth conversation about the nature of democratic socialism. They lay out the history of the idea of socialism, the bad versions, the good versions, and all the negative stereotypes. More importantly, they shed light on the difference between revolutionary socialism and democratic socialism--this is the key distinction between Communist China and Denmark. In a follow-up episode, the hosts will focus on Bernie Sanders's version of democratic socialism and how it compares with Elizabeth Warren's capitalist...socialism??? Anyways, if you want to learn more about political philosophy and the current context in American politics, then we welcome you to this conversation on the front porch.
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    Let's Talk Identity Politics (With Kirsten Gerdes and Lucas Scott Wright)

    Let's Talk Identity Politics (With Kirsten Gerdes and Lucas Scott Wright)

    The hosts of the Front Porch Philosophers podcast are in sunny California with special guests Kirsten Gerdes and Lucas Scott Wright. Jared and Raymond look to the expertise of these two scholars for insight into the global phenomenon: identity politics. What are identity politics? When and where did this idea originate? Is it inevitable that our politics will be grounded in identity? And how does American identity politics compare with other countries? We ask Kirsten and Lucas these questions and more. If you want to understand the philosophical background of this idea and learn where it came from, then check out this episode of the Front Porch Philosophers. Thanks again to Kirsten Gerdes and Lucas Scott Wright for joining the conversation! 
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    • 46 min
    Do aliens exist? Have they visited us?

    Do aliens exist? Have they visited us?

    Do you think aliens exist? Or maybe you do already and think that they have already visited us! In this episode, Jared, Michael, and Raymond debate the existence of alien life forms and talk about the evidence that supports the UFO=alien connection. Michael is a die-hard 'hopeful' that aliens have in fact visited this planet, but Jared and Raymond are more skeptical. So listen to this episode and see what you think! They will get into all of the nitty-gritty details and theories: the Drake Equation, the USS Nimitz Incident, the Fermi Paradox, and whether or not Bruce Willis is personally hunting down earth-killing-asteroids as we speak! If you have comments, then check out our Patreon page or Tweet us. Don't forget to hit subscribe, follow us, and/or like us so we know you're there.
     
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