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Join us each month as we engage in philosophical discussions about the most common-place topics with host Jack Russell Weinstein, professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of North Dakota. He is the director of The Institute for Philosophy in Public Life.

WHY? - Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life Jack Russell Weinstein / Prairie Public

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    • 5.0 • 37 Ratings

Join us each month as we engage in philosophical discussions about the most common-place topics with host Jack Russell Weinstein, professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of North Dakota. He is the director of The Institute for Philosophy in Public Life.

    "Why Plato and Not Prozac"

    "Why Plato and Not Prozac"

    This encore from 2011 is quite appropriate for today as host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Lou Marinoff. Can philosophy make our lives better? Can it help us develop better senses of self? Can it ever be used as a therapy-like tool to heal us psychologically or inspire us to change our behavior? In this episode of WHY? we will look at the role of belief, worldview, and intellectual choices, to see how they contribute to a healthy, well-balanced personality. Lou Marinoff is Professor of Philosophy at City College of New York, and founding President of the American Philosophical Practitioners Association (APPA). He has authored two international bestsellers: Plato Not Prozac, translated into 25 languages; and Therapy for the Sane, translated into 12 languages. Both apply Asian and Western philosophy to the resolution of everyday problems. In 2004, The New York Times weekend magazine called him “the world’s most successful marketer of philosophical counseling.”

    • 1 hr 8 min
    "The Separation of Church and State"

    "The Separation of Church and State"

    Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Andrew L. Seidel, a constitutional attorney and the Director of Strategic Response at the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    "Should the Government Care About You?"

    "Should the Government Care About You?"

    Does the government have the responsibility to care about its citizens? Does it have an obligation to think of each of us as people, as individuals, and not just as interchangeable? Join WHY? as we talk with influential and ground-breaking philosopher Virginia Held about the ethics of care and how her approach change the way we think about the government, the law, and justice itself. Virginia Held was a Distinguished Professor at the City University of New York. She is the author of numerous books, including The Ethics of Care, How Terrorism is Wrong: Morality and Political Violence, and Feminist Morality: Transforming Culture, Society, and Politics (Women in Culture and Society). This episode originally aired in 2012.

    • 52 min
    “How do philosophers talk about sex, love, and desire?”

    “How do philosophers talk about sex, love, and desire?”

    Sarah LaChance Adams is Florida Blue Distinguished Professor; Director of the Florida Blue Center for Ethics at the University of North Florida; and the author of "New Philosophies of Sex and Love: Thinking Through Desire." She visits with host Jack Russell Weinstein, distinguished professor of philosophy at the University of North Dakota.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    “What is Machine Learning and Why is it Important to Philosophy?”

    “What is Machine Learning and Why is it Important to Philosophy?”

    UND philosophy professor Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Emily Sullivan, assistant professor of philosophy at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. Her research explores the intersection between philosophy and data and computer science.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    “The Argument for Peace and Non-Violence”

    “The Argument for Peace and Non-Violence”

    Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with peace activist Kathy Kelly

    • 1 hr 15 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

Mashanay ,

Such a good thoughtful podcast

It really does make you think. I appreciate the episode on cults and on motherhood because it raises things you might have never thought about.

Anna478 ,

The best philosophy podcast!

I’ve listened to a lot of philosophy podcasts, but this one takes the cake. Jack does an outstanding job at facilitating fascinating conversations while still being accessible and easily digestible. The guests are always a delight, and you can tell that everyone is invested in the project. Highly recommend for anyone that’s intellectually curious and wants to hear genuine conversations between genuine people! <3

Thor8 ,

Worth your time Podcast

Finally we have a quality, professional podcast option. Pairs with any downtime in the car or easy listening after a long day. The guests are current and relevant in their fields. Host Dr. Jack Weinstein has created a listener focused conversation providing new insights to modern concerns.

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