1. Science, Technology & Society I: Francis Bacon


    What is science? In general, answers to this question fall between two poles. The first is the traditional view of science–that it is a process of discovery which, performed correctly, faithfully reveals the mysteries of the universe. The second holds that science is a social process which invents, rather than discovers, models of the universe.

  2. Paul Feyerabend and Philosophy of Science


    The philosopher of science Paul Feyerabend (1924 – 1994) argued that the standard account of science as an orderly, rational, methodical process is a “fairy tale.” In practice, science is a messy business, and this messiness is essential to creativity.

  3. The event(s) of September 11


    Two years after 9/11, several New Yorkers packed into a courtroom in order to hear a court case on the semantics of the word occurrence. The question was this: Was the attack on One and Two World Trade Center one event or two?

  4. Against Debate


    Why the typical model of public argumentation, where two adversaries square off, is not the best model for philosophy and not good for our podcast.

  5. Murder and Ideology: philosophers have only interpreted the world; the point is to change it.


    In the ordinary business of science it is reasonable to claim that the moon causes the tides, and to refer to empirical data as evidence. In the ordinary business of literary criticism it is reasonable to claim that Gordon Geko was greedy or that house elves are moral stand-ins for the peoples of our world who are enslaved and oppressed – and to refer to various theories of literature,…Read more »

  6. Technology and Individuality


    There is a classic anxiety about technology: that it can lead to a lack of individuality and spiritual emptiness. Why might this be?

    The place to start is with the lack of control technology can bring about in our lives.…Read more »