In Pint-Sized Philosophy, Ed & Rob apply a philosophical eye to a range of contemporary issues.
The Thirst Podcast’s Christmas Special
In this one off Christmas themed special episode, Ed & Rob play the role of Father Christmas, and discuss what it is that makes a person naughty or nice. Continue reading →
Episode 7: Concerning the prison system
In the final episode of the series, Ed and Rob lend a helping hand to the American government in their battle to maintain a prison system the cost of which is rapidly spiralling out of control. They discuss the impact of life behind bars upon inmates and examine the implications of the famous Stanford prison experiment, before concluding by considering some alternatives to traditional imprisonment, including the San Pedro prison in La Paz, Bolivia. Continue reading →
Episode 6: Concerning humans and animals
Ed and Rob debate whether or not there is a fundamental difference between humans and other animals and consider what philosophical implications their answer may have for animal rights cases like Anne the elephant. Continue reading →
Episode 5: Concerning the ‘nanny state’
Ed and Rob ask whether a 'nanny state' would be a good method of governing Western societies rife with issues such as obesity and alcohol overconsumption. They talk about the role of the advertising industry in turning people away from the good life, the legalisation of marijuana and New York's draconian laws under mayor Michael Bloomberg. Continue reading →
Episode 4: Concerning personal identity
Ed and Rob attempt to provide an answer to the puzzle of personal identity. They discuss the philosophical implications of the thought experiment 'Theseus' Ship', and investigate the role of memory in constructing and preserving the notion of a self that persists through time. Continue reading →
Episode 3: Concerning society
Ed and Rob debate whether or not society has gone to the dogs. They discuss scientific developments and the role of mass media and the Internet in creating the perception that today's society bears no comparison with the glory days of old. Continue reading →
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I am new to these guys, but in only listening to 3 episodes I have a lot of 'food for thought' as one says. How exciting the world is that a girl on the west coast of the U.S.A. can hear thoughts of people in GB.
The thoughts and discussions are accessible and relatable, bringing philosophy out of the universities and into the living rooms of the average world citizen.