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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.

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    • 5.0 • 38 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.

    "A Philosophical Look at Immigration and Migration"

    "A Philosophical Look at Immigration and Migration"

    In an encore presentation from January 2020, host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Adam Hosein, philosophy professor at Northeastern University in Boston. Hosein is the author of "The Ethics of Migration: An Introduction."

    • 1 hr 11 min
    “The Argument for Unions”

    “The Argument for Unions”

    Jack Russell Weinstein visits with philosophy professor Mark Reiff of the University of California at Davis. Mark R. Reiff is the author of five books: In the Name of Liberty: The Argument for Universal Unionization (Cambridge University Press, 2020); On Unemployment, Volume I: A Micro-Theory of Economic Justice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015); On Unemployment, Volume II: Achieving Economic Justice after the Great Recession (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015); Exploitation and Economic Justice in the Liberal Capitalist State (Oxford University Press, 2013), and Punishment, Compensation, and Law: A Theory of Enforceability (Cambridge University Press, 2005).

    • 1 hr 13 min
    “What Makes a Movie Good?”

    “What Makes a Movie Good?”

    Host Jack Russell Weinstein explores the question “What Makes a Movie Good?” with Jinhee Choi, Reader in Film Studies at King's College London.

    • 1 hr 23 min
    "Philosophical Concerns About Today's Supreme Court"

    "Philosophical Concerns About Today's Supreme Court"

    Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Andrew Seidel, the author of "The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism Is Un-American;" and "American Crusade: How the Supreme Court is Weaponizing Religious Freedom." He’s also co-editor of an academic text, "Law and Religion: Cases and Materials."

    • 1 hr 15 min
    "Are Indian Tribes Sovereign Nations?"

    "Are Indian Tribes Sovereign Nations?"

    The University of North Dakota recently announce that it found Native American human remains in storage, and has begun the repatriation process. With that current headline in mind, we offer an encore episode with George “Tink” Tinker, the Clifford Baldridge Emeritus Professor of American Indian Cultures and Religious Traditions at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado, where he was still teaching at the time of this 2014 conversation.

    • 52 min
    "On Liberty and Libertarianism”

    "On Liberty and Libertarianism”

    Political freedom lies at the core of any democracy. Yet some people claim that even countries like America and England aren’t free enough. What does a free society look like and how much liberty is necessary for the moral life? In this encore presentation from 2011, Jack visits with James Otteson. At the time, he was Professor of Philosophy and Economics at Yeshiva University, but has since moved to Notre Dame, where he is the John T. Ryan Jr. Professor of Business Ethics. He is also the Rex and Alice A. Martin faculty director of the Notre Dame Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership, and the faculty director of the Business Honors Program in the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. And if that’s not enough, he’s also Senior Scholar at The Fund for American Studies and a Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute. His latest book is Seven Deadly Economic Sins, published by Cambridge University Press in 2021.

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 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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