14 August 2020


Why does bad CGI make us feel weird?

Daniel Kaufman and David Ottlinger apply a philosophical lens to the question. Play entire video

The ABCs of meaning

Robert Wright speaks with Bruce Feiler, author of the new book Life Is in the Transitions: Mastering Change at Any Age, about the roles played by “agency,” “belonging,” and “cause” in a meaningful life.

Of monsters and men

Robert Wright speaks with David Livingstone Smith, author of the new book On Inhumanity: Dehumanization and How to Resist It, about the psychology of viewing another person as a monster.

The logic(s) of Buddhist nonviolence

Bhikkhu Bodhi, a scholar of Buddhism and a monk, lays out a pragmatic rationale and a spiritual rationale, both found in ancient texts.

Are alcoholics in control of their actions?

Daniel Kaufman and Crispin Sartwell debate how philosophers and people in AA understand actions differently.

Are violence and war intrinsic to human nature?

Robert Wright speaks with Rutger Bregman, author of the new book Humankind: A Hopeful History.

Plato’s wrestling ring

Robert Gressis speaks with Douglas Edwards, author of the new book Philosophy Smackdown, about the different layers of reality in professional wrestling.

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Scientology reacts to Covid-19

Nikita Petrov speaks with Tony Ortega about how Scientologists are turning to L. Ron Hubbard’s 1957 lecture on radiation as a state of mind.


Preserving the liberal tradition

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Daniel Kaufman and Russell Blackford, author of The Tyranny of Opinion: Conformity and the Future of Liberalism, discuss John Stuart Mill’s vision of liberalism.

Mind-Body Problems

Panpsychism’s moral dimension

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John Horgan and philosopher Philip Goff, author of the book Galileo’s Error: Foundations for a New Science of Consciousness, discuss the possible moral implications of the theory of universal consciousness.

Culturally Determined

Defining “death anxiety”

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with Abigail Nathanson about her research on psychological views of death.