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MeaningofLife.tv: Sophia
MeaningofLife.tv: Sophia

MeaningofLife.tv: Sophia

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Knowledge, Reality, Truth, Morality … Daniel Kaufman, Massimo Pigliucci, and their guests explore the rich universe of philosophical investigation and inquiry.

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The Problem with Everything (Daniel Kaufman & Meghan Daum)

Meghan’s new book, The Problem with Everything ... The premature obsolescence of Generation X ... Meghan’s positive reaction to negative reviews of her book ... Joan Didion’s critique of the Women’s Movement ... The effect of online porn on Millennials ... Why do institutions capitulate to Twitter mobs? ... How Gen Xers are dealing with aging ...

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Is Wittgenstein Overrated? (Daniel Kaufman & Crispin Sartwell)

Why Crispin loves writing takedowns of cultural icons ... Crispin: Ludwig Wittgenstein is overrated ... Dan objects to people who try to live their lives philosophically ... Hume and the limits of human reason ... Wittgenstein's critique of representationalism ... Did Wittgenstein debunk philosophical skepticism? ... Crispin: I want my metaphysics to be compatible with my common sense ...

109 MINOCT 23
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Is Wittgenstein Overrated? (Daniel Kaufman & Crispin Sartwell)

Natural Kinds (Daniel Kaufman & Massimo Pigliucci)

What are “natural kinds”? ... What the former planet Pluto can teach us about natural kinds ... Massimo’s changing views on theoretical entities ... Is there a paradigm shift on the horizon in evolutionary biology? ... Is skepticism toward natural kinds the same as skepticism toward essential properties? ... Why Massimo is skeptical of the concept of "laws of nature" ... Describing “ultimate reality” ... Can we distinguish between sex and gender without natural kinds? ... Can we have a conception of “normal” without natural kinds? ...

97 MINOCT 2
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The Ethics of Boycotts (David Ottlinger & Carson Young)

Our era of boycotts, from Jimmy Johns to Uber to Nike ... The ethics and political philosophy of boycotts ... "Society is not a person" ... Waheed Hussein's concept of social change economic consumerism ... Group power and coercion ... Why boycotts usually fail ... How can we judge the worthiness of a boycott's goals? ...

89 MINSEP 25
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Activism and Philosophy (Daniel Kaufman & David Ottlinger)

The fight, and meta-fight, in philosophy over trans issues ... David's essay on philosophy and activism ... The admonition to "go read the literature" ... Dan: The profession needs to push back against the mob ... Should philosophers avoid signing petitions? ... David regrets the "neglect of the ordinary virtues" in this battle ... How professors should teach controversial subjects ...

98 MINSEP 17
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Postmodernism in Life and Literature (Daniel Kaufman & E. John Winner)

A brief history of 20th-century literary criticism ... John's battles against radical feminists as a grad student at SUNY Albany ... Post-structuralism and "how modernity failed itself" ... English department politics ... John: "Postmodernity is all around us" ... Postmodernity in the world vs. in the academy ... Post-postmodernism and cultural stagnancy ...

95 MINSEP 4
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Western Philosophy as White Supremacism (Daniel Kaufman & Crispin Sartwell)

Crispin's recent essay, "Western Philosophy as White Supremacism" ... Dan accuses Crispin of ahistorical revisionism ... Descartes as a product of his age ... Privileging the intellectual over the physical ... Is "the conquest of nature" a good or bad thing? ... Crispin: Metaphysics and racism feed each other ... Is self-mastery a key to freedom, or antithetical to it? ... The worst political philosophy, except for all the others? ...

86 MINAUG 9
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The Great Disintegration (Daniel Kaufman & Oliver Burkeman)

Journalism, from information scarcity to attention scarcity ... Is it harder to find “good” information these days? ... Oliver: Reliance on social media creates false controversies ... Has the mainstream media really drifted towards partisanship? ... How to dismantle the partisan divide ... Dan: Americans were more divided in 1968 than now ... Social injustice: Perception, reality, and urgency ...

86 MINJUL 26
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The Great Disintegration (Daniel Kaufman & Oliver Burkeman)

"Stranger Things" and Generation X (Daniel Kaufman & Milton Lawson)

Why Dan and Milton love Stranger Things ... How does the new season measure up? ... Is "the Upside Down" a coherent idea? ... Is Generation X about to have its moment in pop culture? ... Dan fears wokeness is ruining pop culture ... The risks of a fourth Stranger Things season ... Pop culture in an era of massive corporate control ... Speculating on HBO's mysterious Watchmen adaptation ...

85 MINJUL 18
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Gender Noncomformity and Feminism (Daniel Kaufman & Jane Clare Jones)

Where have all the feminists gone? ... The feminist tradition in philosophy ... How does second-wave feminism distinguish sex from gender? ... Jane: Patriarchy hurts men, too ... On the present controversy around gender non-conformity and identity ... Was Prince genderqueer? ... Gender, feminism, and the classical liberal tradition ...

94 MINJUL 9
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Latest Episodes

The Problem with Everything (Daniel Kaufman & Meghan Daum)

Meghan’s new book, The Problem with Everything ... The premature obsolescence of Generation X ... Meghan’s positive reaction to negative reviews of her book ... Joan Didion’s critique of the Women’s Movement ... The effect of online porn on Millennials ... Why do institutions capitulate to Twitter mobs? ... How Gen Xers are dealing with aging ...

75 MIN1 w ago
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The Problem with Everything (Daniel Kaufman & Meghan Daum)

Is Wittgenstein Overrated? (Daniel Kaufman & Crispin Sartwell)

Why Crispin loves writing takedowns of cultural icons ... Crispin: Ludwig Wittgenstein is overrated ... Dan objects to people who try to live their lives philosophically ... Hume and the limits of human reason ... Wittgenstein's critique of representationalism ... Did Wittgenstein debunk philosophical skepticism? ... Crispin: I want my metaphysics to be compatible with my common sense ...

109 MINOCT 23
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Is Wittgenstein Overrated? (Daniel Kaufman & Crispin Sartwell)

Natural Kinds (Daniel Kaufman & Massimo Pigliucci)

What are “natural kinds”? ... What the former planet Pluto can teach us about natural kinds ... Massimo’s changing views on theoretical entities ... Is there a paradigm shift on the horizon in evolutionary biology? ... Is skepticism toward natural kinds the same as skepticism toward essential properties? ... Why Massimo is skeptical of the concept of "laws of nature" ... Describing “ultimate reality” ... Can we distinguish between sex and gender without natural kinds? ... Can we have a conception of “normal” without natural kinds? ...

97 MINOCT 2
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Natural Kinds (Daniel Kaufman & Massimo Pigliucci)

The Ethics of Boycotts (David Ottlinger & Carson Young)

Our era of boycotts, from Jimmy Johns to Uber to Nike ... The ethics and political philosophy of boycotts ... "Society is not a person" ... Waheed Hussein's concept of social change economic consumerism ... Group power and coercion ... Why boycotts usually fail ... How can we judge the worthiness of a boycott's goals? ...

89 MINSEP 25
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The Ethics of Boycotts (David Ottlinger & Carson Young)

Activism and Philosophy (Daniel Kaufman & David Ottlinger)

The fight, and meta-fight, in philosophy over trans issues ... David's essay on philosophy and activism ... The admonition to "go read the literature" ... Dan: The profession needs to push back against the mob ... Should philosophers avoid signing petitions? ... David regrets the "neglect of the ordinary virtues" in this battle ... How professors should teach controversial subjects ...

98 MINSEP 17
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Activism and Philosophy (Daniel Kaufman & David Ottlinger)

Postmodernism in Life and Literature (Daniel Kaufman & E. John Winner)

A brief history of 20th-century literary criticism ... John's battles against radical feminists as a grad student at SUNY Albany ... Post-structuralism and "how modernity failed itself" ... English department politics ... John: "Postmodernity is all around us" ... Postmodernity in the world vs. in the academy ... Post-postmodernism and cultural stagnancy ...

95 MINSEP 4
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Postmodernism in Life and Literature (Daniel Kaufman & E. John Winner)

Western Philosophy as White Supremacism (Daniel Kaufman & Crispin Sartwell)

Crispin's recent essay, "Western Philosophy as White Supremacism" ... Dan accuses Crispin of ahistorical revisionism ... Descartes as a product of his age ... Privileging the intellectual over the physical ... Is "the conquest of nature" a good or bad thing? ... Crispin: Metaphysics and racism feed each other ... Is self-mastery a key to freedom, or antithetical to it? ... The worst political philosophy, except for all the others? ...

86 MINAUG 9
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Western Philosophy as White Supremacism (Daniel Kaufman & Crispin Sartwell)

The Great Disintegration (Daniel Kaufman & Oliver Burkeman)

Journalism, from information scarcity to attention scarcity ... Is it harder to find “good” information these days? ... Oliver: Reliance on social media creates false controversies ... Has the mainstream media really drifted towards partisanship? ... How to dismantle the partisan divide ... Dan: Americans were more divided in 1968 than now ... Social injustice: Perception, reality, and urgency ...

86 MINJUL 26
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The Great Disintegration (Daniel Kaufman & Oliver Burkeman)

"Stranger Things" and Generation X (Daniel Kaufman & Milton Lawson)

Why Dan and Milton love Stranger Things ... How does the new season measure up? ... Is "the Upside Down" a coherent idea? ... Is Generation X about to have its moment in pop culture? ... Dan fears wokeness is ruining pop culture ... The risks of a fourth Stranger Things season ... Pop culture in an era of massive corporate control ... Speculating on HBO's mysterious Watchmen adaptation ...

85 MINJUL 18
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"Stranger Things" and Generation X (Daniel Kaufman & Milton Lawson)

Gender Noncomformity and Feminism (Daniel Kaufman & Jane Clare Jones)

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94 MINJUL 9
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Gender Noncomformity and Feminism (Daniel Kaufman & Jane Clare Jones)
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