September 2010

The terror of death, and how to overcome it

The title of this week’s program makes at least three assumptions that deserve to brought into the light of critical reflection: ·      That death is terror-inducing.   ·      That being terrified of death is a bad thing.  

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Gandhi as Philosopher

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Philosophy for the Young: Corrupting or Empowering?

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Why Self-Deception Research Hasn’t Made Much Progress

I’d like to talk frankly about why research on the topic of self-deception hasn’t made much progress—as far as I can see—despite a steady-stream of on-going interest. There’s been some excellent work, but it doesn’t seem to me that the topic on the whole has moved forward all that much. In both philosophy and psychology there has been a tendency to talk about self-deception as if it were one thing. If it’s one thing, we can just figure out what that is. Right?

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