1. Metzinger on Spirituality and Intellectual Integrity

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    This video of a talk by Thomas Metzinger called “Spiritualität und intellektuelle Redlichkeit” (in German, with English captions) has attracted some attention on the Internet; Metzinger has translated his title into English (“Spirituality and Intellectual Honesty”) written an essay (available in PDF form here) summarizing the main ideas of the talk.…Read more »

  2. Democracy and the Freedom of Choice

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    There is a fundamental incoherence to the universal prescription of the freedom to choose: since any one choosing anything is impossible, the parameters of this freedom are who is choosing and what they can choose.

  3. Topics for #103 & #104: Thoreau and Nozick

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    We discussed Thoreau’s “Walden,” and then recorded a fresh conversation on Robert Nozick’s defense of libertarianism to replace the lost conversation from last May. We were rejoined for that by Slate’s Stephen Metcalf.

  4. Topic for #101: Maimonides on God

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    Discussing “Guide for the Perplexed” on God’s (lack of) characteristics and related matters, featuring guest participant Danny Lobell from the Modern Day Philosophers podcast.

  5. Yes, PEL Live 7/20 Will Be Web-Cast

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    We’ve tested out a web-cast solution for this Sunday’s 1-4pm central discussion of the Symposium (plus Philosophy Bro, plus Mark Lint music). Go to partiallyexaminedlife.com/PEL-Live at the time for the webcast link.