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Thought experiments and conversations with philosophers. Hosted by Dr Jason Werbeloff and Mark Oppenheimer.

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Thought experiments and conversations with philosophers. Hosted by Dr Jason Werbeloff and Mark Oppenheimer.

    We Should Be More Pragmatic about Ethics | Andrew Sepielli

    We Should Be More Pragmatic about Ethics | Andrew Sepielli

    Are moral facts baked into reality, the way facts about socks or rocks are? Or should we think about morality in a more pragmatic way: that it doesn’t matter whether ethics are ‘in the world’ – only that ethics guide our actions effectively?   

    Andrew’s Book, ‘Pragmatist Quietism’: https://www.andrewsepielli.com/book-pragmatist-quietism

    Presenters: Mark Oppenheimer and Jason Werbeloff 

    Editor and Producer: Jimmy Mullen 

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    • 42 min
    Do the guilty deserve punishment? | John Martin Fischer

    Do the guilty deserve punishment? | John Martin Fischer

    Why should we punish the guilty? Is it because they’ve done something wrong, to remove them from society, or to dissuade others from wrongdoing?



    Presenters: Mark Oppenheimer and Jason Werbeloff 

    Editor and Producer: Jimmy Mullen

    • 1 hr
    African Ethics: A Superior Moral Framework? | Thaddeus Metz

    African Ethics: A Superior Moral Framework? | Thaddeus Metz

    Utilitarians and Kantians struggle to account for the care we should provide loved ones over strangers.  

    Can Ubuntu, or African Ethics, provide a framework that resolves this problem?  



    Presenters: Mark Oppenheimer and Jason Werbeloff 

    Editor and Producer: Jimmy Mullen

    • 59 min
    Putnam on the Brain in a Vat | David Macarthur

    Putnam on the Brain in a Vat | David Macarthur

    Could we be systematically mistaken about the world around us? Would we be wrong about everything if we turned out to be a brain in a vat, a mind manipulated by an evil demon, or born into a virtual simulation?

    Presenters: Mark Oppenheimer and Jason Werbeloff 

    Editor and Producer: Jimmy Mullen

    • 55 min
    Hillary Putnam on Morality | Mario de Caro

    Hillary Putnam on Morality | Mario de Caro

    Is lying ever justified? Is it permissible to kill one innocent person to save many others? Learn more about the views of one of the greatest philosophers of the 20th Century.

    Presenters: Mark Oppenheimer and Jason Werbeloff

    Editor and Producer: Jimmy Mullen

    Philosophy as Dialogue: https://www.amazon.com/Philosophy-as-Dialogue-Hilary-Putnam/dp/0674281357/

    • 44 min
    Using AI to Fight Crime | David Boonin

    Using AI to Fight Crime | David Boonin

    Is racial profiling always wrong, even if used by an AI to decrease crime? Should we use AI to judge criminal cases,  recommend sentences for the guilty, or decide parole for prisoners?

    • 1 hr 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

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Binge-Worthy Philosophy

A wide range of guests and topics has me returning to this podcast over and over again. Hearing what contemporary philosophers are thinking and talking about is a refreshing change of pace from the usual tours of the established canon.

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Really interesting stuff

Interesting topics and good discussion

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