Most Recent Episodes

  1. Episode 102: Emerson on Wisdom and Individuality

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    On Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “The American Scholar” lecture (1837) and his essays “Self-Reliance” and “Circles” (1841). Be yourself! Don’t conform! Realize your oneness with the universe!

  2. Episode 101: Maimonides on God

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    On Guide for the Perplexed about God’s lack of properties, featuring guest comedian Danny Lobell of the Modern Day Philosophers podcast.

  3. Episode 96: Oppenheimer and the Rhetoric of Science Advisers

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    Discussing Lynda Walsh’s book “Scientists as Prophets: A Rhetorical Genealogy” (2013) with the author, focusing on Robert J. Oppenheimer. What is the role of the science adviser? Should scientists just “stick to the facts,” or can only someone with technical knowledge make decisions about what to actually do?

  4. Episode 95: Gödel on Math

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    On two unpublished essays considering the implications of Godel’s incompleteness theorems and asserting mathematical realism. With guest Adi Habbu.

  5. Episode 94: Schopenhauer on Reading, Writing, and Thinking

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    On Arthur Schopenhauer’s essays, “On Authorship and Style,” “On Thinking for Oneself,” and “On Genius” (all published 1851). Is the best way to do philosophy (or any art) to self-consciously build on the work of others to advance the genre? Schopenhauer says no!