November 2014

Hypocrisy

This week’s episode is about Hypocrisy.  There’s certainly a lot of hypocrisy around, especially in politics.  But how bad is it?  Is it a simply necessary evil for an effective politician?  Or is it really one of the worst kinds of vices?

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The Moral Costs of Climate Change

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Transformative Experiences

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Identities Lost and Found in a Global Age

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The Philosophy of Humor (And the Humor of Philosophy)

  A skeleton walks into a bar.  It says, “Give me a beer and a mop.” That’s my idea of a great joke.  It’s short.  The first line creates a vivid image. Then with nothing further you get the punchline.  It takes most people a couple of seconds to get it; the clearer the initial image, the sooner one starts laughing.  Or groaning. But some people hate this joke.  Not subtle.  Not cerebral.  No one has yet told me it is offensive to skeletons, but that’s just a matter of time. Here is another of my favorites.

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Intuitions Are a Guide to…Look Here!

A debate rages in philosophy about whether intuitions can help us know the truth. The intuitions in question are psychological states that arise in response to real or hypothetical examples. A classic example (mentioned on the recent intuitions show): imagine Jewish people are in your basement and a Nazi is at your door in 1942. Is it right to lie to the Nazi? Intuition in this case favors lying. But is this intuition really showing us the truth? Do intuitions tell the truth in general?

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The Fairness Fixation

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