Ken and John discuss the future of philosophy with three rising stars in American philosophy: Elizabeth Harman from New York University, Brian Weatherson from Cornell University, and Sean Kelly fr
Marco Rubio once said in his campaign trail, America's economy needs "more welders and less philosophers." A recent donation by a billionaire Wall Street investor challenges the common perception that philosophy is impractical and disconnected with the pursuit of economic gains. Value investor Bill Miller gave $75 million to the philosophy department at Johns Hopkins University, where he was once a PhD student. Miller claims that philosophy has benefitted him incredibly as an investor.
This is the largest gift a university's philosophy department has ever received; however, it comes short of the amount STEM programs receive. As the world confronts more complex problems, some think that philosophy holds the key to illuminating humanity's vision. What are some other reasons to give to philosophy?
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Scholars from Berkeley and from Stanford have played a big role on Philosophy Talk. Sure, John and Ken are from Stanford, but many of our most frequent and most brilliant guests are from Berkeley
Is a university a research institute with students, or and educational institution with research around the edges – or something in between? To whom does the university answer – the trustees? Th
Many of us generally admire people who donate large sums of money to charity. Yet people donate for all sorts of reasons – some selfless, some not so much.