Gratitude and Giving

'Tis the season of giving, as they say, and in that spirit, please know that we're extremely grateful to you for listening, following, and supporting Philosophy Talk. We truly couldn't do what we do without you!

Yes, the holidays are upon us, and we thought we'd kick off the giving season by sharing discussions about altruism. Get your charitable juices flowing, think of ways you can contribute, and above all, enjoy these episodes from the archives.

We begin with Stanford political scientist Rob Reich (author of a brand-new book called Just Giving: Why Philanthropy Is Failing Democracy and How It Can Do Better), who spoke to John and Ken in 2008 about the morality of giving and keeping. That same year our hosts welcomed Jeff Schloss from Westmont College, co-editor of Altruism and Altruistic Love: Science, Philosophy, and Religion in Dialogue, for a discussion of the role of altruism and selfishness in human life. More recently, the philosophers asked New Yorker writer Larissa MacFarquhar about extreme altruism and her then-new book, Strangers Drowning: Grappling with Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices, and the Overpowering Urge to Help. The role of the emotions in a well-lived life was the topic of an early episode with the prolific Martha Nussbaum, author of Upheavals of Thought: The Intelligence of Emotions. Finally, John and Ken welcome Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Science Director at the Greater Good Science Center, to ask about the science of (holiday) happiness. So grab you favorite warm beverage (hot chocolate anyone?) and cozy up to some feel-good listening, guaranteed to enhance the season at hand!