Philosophy Talk returns to the Marsh Theatre in San Francisco for another pair of live recordings! Join us for the final two programs in our 2012-2013 season.
12:00 pm - The Dark Side of Science with Paul Rabinow
Science aims tell us something about nearly everything, from the atoms in our cells to the motions of the stars. It assumes that knowledge is good for its own sake, and therefore takes as its sole purpose the acquisition of knowledge. But shouldn’t knowledge serve practical and ethical concerns, like ending conflict and feeding the hungry? Could some knowledge be interesting, but ultimately irrelevant? And isn’t there some knowledge we might be better without, such as how to build nuclear weapons? John and Ken test their claims with UC Berkeley anthropologist Paul Rabinow. (buy tickets)
3:00 pm - Trust and Mistrust with Jorah Dannenberg
If we couldn't trust each other, our lives would be very different. We trust strangers not to harm us, we trust our friends to take care of our most prized possessions, we even trust politicians (sometimes) to come through on their campaign promises. But trust may also come at a high cost: it can leave us vulnerable to lies, deception, and blackmail. So is it reasonable for us to be so trusting? And how should we treat those who trust us? John and Ken put their trust in Stanford philosopher Jorah Dannenberg. (buy tickets)
Tickets can be purchased online, by phone, or in person through The Marsh box office.