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John Perry

Mar 10, 2015
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John Perry is the Henry Waldgrave Stuart Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Stanford University, and a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at University of California Riverside. He is author of over 100 articles and books on the philosophy of language and the philosophy of mind. He received a Jean Nicod Prize (France), a Humboldt Prize (Germany), and a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 1983, he co-founded Stanford's Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI) and served as its director. He also wrote the internet’s most popular essay on procrastination.

Ken Taylor

Mar 10, 2015
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Ken Taylor (1954-2019) was the co-founder of Philosophy Talk and its co-host for almost fifteen years. He was the Henry Waldgrave Stuart Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University and director of Stanford's interdisciplinary program in Symbolic Systems. His work lies at the intersection of the philosophy of language and the philosophy of mind, with an occasional foray into the history of philosophy. He is the author of many books and articles, including Truth and Meaning, Reference and the Rational Mind, and Referring to the World

Identity Politics
Jul 17, 2016

The notion of identity has become so hugely important in contemporary political discourse that no conversation on social issues would be complete without it.

The Mystery of Music
Jul 24, 2016

Most of us listen to music on a regular basis, but we don't think much about how we listen. Moreover, when we disagree about music, we'...

An Eye for an Eye: The Morality of Revenge
Oct 13, 2013

We are often taught that vengeance is a reprehensible or unworthy motivation and that, as a result, pursuing revenge should not be the method of choice when meting out punishment for crimes.

"Ethics of Whistleblowing" wins Bronze Award for Social Impact at the New York Festivals
Dec 31, 1969

Public Radio Show ‘Philosophy Talk’ Wins Bronze at the 2016 New York Festivals® International Radio Program Awards Nationally Syndicated show “Edward Snowden and the Ethics of Whistleblowing” is recognized in the Social Issues category for its insight, creativity and engagement.

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Public Radio Show ‘Philosophy Talk’ Wins Bronze at the 2016 New York Festivals® International Radio Program Awards Nationally Syndicated show “Edward Snowden and the Ethics of Whistleblowing” is recognized in the Social Issues category for its insight, creativity and engagement.

Live at the Marsh San Francisco December 14

Oct 16, 2014
Date: 
Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 12:00

Philosophy Talk returns to The Marsh Theater in San Francisco on Sunday December 14 for the first two live recordings in our 2014-15 season!

  • 12:00pm - Anarchy: Dream or Nightmare? with James Martel
    Anarchism says there's no need for a state, that it would be better to have a society without central government. Anarchists dislike the often heavy-handed authority that government brings. Yet the dream of the stateless society is not a simple one. How can we have law and order without government? What's involved in a self-governed society, free from authority? And how could we ever peacefully transition from central governance to anarchy? John and Ken question authority with James Martel from San Francisco State University, editor of How Not to be Governed: Readings and Interpretations from a Critical Anarchist Left. (buy tickets)
     
  • 3:00pm - Cyber-Activism with Lucy Bernholz
    Whether it's making donations and signing petitions online, or using social media to highlight political causes, cyber-activism has never been easier. With a few clicks, we can make our voices heard around the globe. But who's listening, and is anything actually changing? Does cyber-activism mobilize real-world action on the ground, or does it reduce political engagement to simple mouse-clicking and ultimately threaten the subversive nature of change? John and Ken get active with Lucy Bernolz from the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, co-author of Disrupting Philanthropy: Technology and the Future of the Social Sector. (buy tickets)

Tickets can be purchased online, by phone, or in person through The Marsh's box office.

The Marsh is located at 1062 Valencia Street in San Francisco's Mission District.

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Live at the Marsh Berkeley June 22

Apr 22, 2014
Date: 
Sunday, June 22, 2014 - 12:00

Philosophy Talk is back at The Marsh Theater in Berkeley on Sunday June 22 for the final two live recordings in our 2013-14 season.

  • 12:00pm - Second-Guessing Ourselves with Sherri Roush
    We like to think of ourselves as self-aware, reflective beings, but psychological studies demonstrate that we’re usually overconfident in the accuracy of our own beliefs. Memory, for example, can be extremely unreliable, even when we feel certain we know what happened. Surprisingly, when we’re made aware of this, we adjust our level of confidence in ourselves only slightly. How, then, can we doubt ourselves in a rational and efficient manner to bring our beliefs closer to reality? And, just as importantly, how do we prevent ourselves from falling into the other extreme of constant second guessing? John and Ken think twice with Sherri Roush from UC Berkeley, author of Tracking Truth: Knowledge, Evidence, and Science. (buy tickets)
     
  • 3:00pm - Is Intuition a Guide to Truth? with Alvin Goldman
    Turns out that Galileo was right and Aristotle was wrong: in a vacuum, a feather and a bowling ball will fall from a tall building at exactly the same speed. This is not to say that Aristotle wasn’t a brilliant thinker; empirical evidence shows he just had a wrong intuition. Even the most powerful intuitions we have can be misleading. Why is it, then, that many philosophers treat them as crucial when arguing for a conclusion? Can intuitions lead us to important truths about the world, or do they merely teach us about ourselves? John and Ken trust their gut with Alvin Goldman from Rutgers University, author of Pathways to Knowledge: Public and Private.  (buy tickets)
Tickets can be purchased online, by phone, or in person through The Marsh's box office.
 
The Marsh is located at 2120 Allston Way in Berkeley, California.
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We're coming to Oregon April 2-5!

Feb 17, 2014
Date: 
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 18:00

Mark your calendars: on Saturday April 5 at 7:30 pm, Philosophy Talk will be recording a brand-new program live at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in downtown Portland.

Come see John, Ken, the Roving Philosophical Reporter, the Sixty-Second Philosopher, and live musical guests the Plāto'nes for "Remixing Reality: Art and Literature for the 21st Century" with special guest David Shields, author of Reality Hunger: A Manifesto.

***Click here to purchase tickets and join the conversation as part of our audience.

We'll also be at Oregon State University in Corvallis on Wednesday April 2 at 7:00 pm for a live recording of "The New Surveillance Society: Big Brother Grows Up."

And we'll be taking calls LIVE on the air Thursday April 3 at 9 pm on OPB as the Philosophers discuss "Conspiracy Theories."

Watch this space for more details!

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