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8 August 2020

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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. Play entire video

Preserving the liberal tradition

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.

Panpsychism’s moral dimension

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.

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.

Defining “death anxiety”

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

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From the sublime to the Anthropocene

Mark Sussman and John Brenkman, author of the new book Mood and Trope: The Rhetoric and Poetics of Affect, discuss the philosophical implications of climate change.

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Of monsters and men

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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.

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The logic(s) of Buddhist nonviolence

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

Scientology reacts to Covid-19

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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.