Human children are quite different from the progeny of closely related animals like chimps. They are much more inclined to cooperate and seem driven to understand what goes on in others’ minds way. What makes humans unique in this way? To address this problem, evolutionary psychologists have borrowed an idea from philosphers: collective intentionality.
Intellectual honesty (or integrity) is a special case of moral integrity, according to Thomas Metzinger. While this ideal is admirable, Metzinger narrowly defines intellectual honesty it in a way that is inadequate to current debates concerning religious epistemology.
We read a foundational work in process philosophy, chock full of idiosyncratic four-dimensional geometry! Aw, yeah!
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We were joined by comedian Paul Provenza to talk about Jaspsers’s essay “On My Philosophy” about the existentially necessary philosophical leap beyond what science can justify. Hint: The alternative is not embracing religious dogma.
We interviewed Nick Bostrom on his book Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies. How can philosophers stop robots from killing us all?
Reading A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful about how we can aesthetically appreciate vast, scary things.
One-man-band recording types needed to help record the longest Xmas song ever as a musical affront to all those persons and institutions that richly deserve it. Artists also needed to help with images for the video: contact Mark now if you want to get in on it!
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Discussing Pyrrhonism, as related 500 or so years after Pyrrho by Sextus Empiricus, with Jessica Berry.
We’ll be discussing Kant’s Critique of Judgment on what it is to find something beautiful. It’s pretty darned complicated.
There is a fundamental incoherence to the universal prescription of the freedom to choose: since any one choosing anything is impossible, the parameters of this freedom are who is choosing and what they can choose.
Nozick took on metaphysics in his lesser known later work Philosophical Explanations; was it his excuse to go where no Analytic philosopher had gone before?
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We discussed Thoreau’s “Walden,” and then recorded a fresh conversation on Robert Nozick’s defense of libertarianism to replace the lost conversation from last May. We were rejoined for that by Slate’s Stephen Metcalf.
We’ll be discussing “The American Scholar,” “Self-Reliance,” and “Circles” about trusting yourself, being a whole person, and embracing growth. Can you dig it?
Discussing “Guide for the Perplexed” on God’s (lack of) characteristics and related matters, featuring guest participant Danny Lobell from the Modern Day Philosophers podcast.
Ep 97 and 98: Michael J. Sandel, Ep 99: What Have We Learned, Ep 100: Plato’s Symposium
We’ve tested out a web-cast solution for this Sunday’s 1-4pm central discussion of the Symposium (plus Philosophy Bro, plus Mark Lint music). Go to partiallyexaminedlife.com/PEL-Live at the time for the webcast link.
We interviewed Lynda Walsh about her book “Scientists as Prophets,” focusing on J. Robert Oppenheimer’s rhetoric about the boons and dangers of science.