55 episodes

Philosophical excursions into interesting, and often controversial, topics. Hosted by Spencer Case. 

Micro-Digressions: A Philosophy Podcast Spencer Case

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 11 Ratings

Philosophical excursions into interesting, and often controversial, topics. Hosted by Spencer Case. 

    Death and Immortality (Thinking About Death Part 2)

    Death and Immortality (Thinking About Death Part 2)

    Come for Spencer's funeral home jokes; stay for the unanticipated discussion of the movie Her. Travis Timmerman and Spencer Case resume their discussion about death. This time they talk about annihilationism, the idea that being annihilated is an intrinsically bad thing for the annihilated person, as well as popular arguments that immortality would be a bad thing for creatures like us.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Thinking about Marxism

    Thinking about Marxism

    Ben Burgis rejoins Spencer to defend Marx's record.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Debating Israel/Palestine

    Debating Israel/Palestine

    This episode tackles one of the most controversial topics of the day (really, most days over the last several decades): Israel/Palestine. Craig White, a former diplomat and the author of Iraq: The Moral Reckoning, and Mark Oppenheimer of Brain in a Vat podcast fame join Spencer to discuss the issue.

    • 1 hr 36 min
    Is it Ok to Own a Gun?

    Is it Ok to Own a Gun?

    Ryan W. Davis, a philosophy professor at Brigham Young University, joins Spencer Case to discuss the ethics and politics of gun ownership in the US. Check out his new book, Why it's OK to Own a Gun (Routledge, 2024).

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Thinking about Death, Part 1

    Thinking about Death, Part 1

    What is death? Does fear of death affect our everyday lives? And will your death harm you or not? Travis Timmerman, associate professor at Seton Hall University, joins Spencer to discuss these and other questions. Timmerman is coeditor, along with Michael Cholbi, of a fine anthology on the philosophy of death, Exploring the Philosophy of Death and Dying. Purchase your copy here:https://www.amazon.com/Exploring-Philosophy-Death-Dying-Contemporary/dp/1138393584/ref=sr_1_1?crid=15H1NSANTN5NL&amp...

    • 1 hr 32 min
    Rant-a-Thon 2023

    Rant-a-Thon 2023

    It's the end of the year again and time to rant! This year's collection of rants includes:Jarrod Blair on bad habits that crush the philosophical spiritMatthew Adelstein on the stupidity and depravity of Effective Altruism criticsMatt Lutz on possible world confusionsMark Oppenheimer on the Israel-Gaza warOliver Traldi on the university presidents' testimony to CongressJP Andrew on naturalism as a dogma in philosophySpencer Case on scientific dogmatismJason Werbeloff on moralizing vegetarians...

    • 2 hr 14 min

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11 Ratings

11 Ratings

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