Episode 15 | Vegetarianism | 51’00”

Is it always wrong to eat animals? In this episode we talk to Peter Singer and to Jeff Mcmahan about this quotidian moral question. Peter Singer is a laureate professor at the University of Melbourne, and the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University; Jeff Mcmahan is Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University.

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Episode 14 | Spinoza | 26’32”

In this episode Steven Nadler talks about Baruch Spinoza, one of the great rationalist philosophers of the 17th century. Steven Nadler has written on Descartes, Malebranche, Leibniz, and Spinoza; he is currently the William H. Hay II Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Episode 13 | Moral Progress | 21’16”

In this episode we talk to Peter Singer about the progress of morality: has there really been moral progress? Should we, one day, give moral status to computers? And why be moral anyway? Peter Singer is a laureate professor at the University of Melbourne, and the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University.

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Episode 12 | Metaethics | 35’36”

In this episode Simon Kirchin introduces a number of positions in metaethics, and tells us which one he prefers. Simon Kirchin is Reader in Philosophy at the University of Kent. He has interests in all areas of ethics, as well as aesthetics, political philosophy, epistemology and metaphysics. He is the author of Metaethics, and has edited a number of volumes, most recently one entitled Thick Concepts. He is currently writing a book about evaluative judgement.

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Episode 11 | Presocratics | 43’05”

In this episode Dr. Kelli Rudolph talks about the Presocratics, and argues that they are relevant to contemporary philosophy. Dr. Rudolph (AB Princeton, MPhil and PhD Cantab.) is a Lecturer in Classics and Philosophy at the University of Kent. She has previously been a Research Fellow in Philosophy at Oxford and Assistant Professor at Grand Valley State University. Her main research interests are in Presocratic and Hellenistic philosophy.

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Episode 10 | Beauty in Mathematics | 24’44”

What is the nature of mathematics? Can it be beautiful? Christian Helmut Wenzel considers these questions within the framework of Kant’s transcendental philosophy. He has both a PhD in Philosophy and in Mathematics, and is a Distinguished Professor at the National Taiwan University. This interview took place on January 24, 2013.

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