Episode 130: Jessica Tizzard discusses weakness of the will

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] This month, Long Dang and I sit down to talk to Jessica Tizzard (University of Connecticut, Storrs) about weakness of the will. Click here to download Episode 130 of Elucidations. You’re at a party hosted by a close friend. It’s been three hours since you got there, and the evening thus far has been chock full of scintillating conversation, a fun round of Charades followed by Assassins, first rate cocktails, and a dessert to die for....

Back Episode Transcript: No. 111 with Greg Kobele on mathematical linguistics

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] Episode post here. Many thanks to Maria Araújo for this transcription! Matt Teichman: Hello, and welcome to Elucidations. I’m Matt Teichman, and with me today is Greg Kobele, Professor of Computational/Experimental Approaches to Grammar, at the Institute for Linguistics at the University of Leipzig....

Transcript: Episode 129 with Nethanel Lipshitz on discrimination

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] Episode post here. Please join me in welcoming our new transcriptionist, Maria Araújo! Matt Teichman: Hello, and welcome to Elucidations. I’m Matt Teichman. Ben Andrews: And I am Ben Andrew. Matt Teichman: Nethanel Lipshitz is Law and Philosophy Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School....

Back Episode Transcript: No. 116 with Tommy Curry on black male studies

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] Episode post here. I’d like to give a warm welcome and thanks to Johanna Wiedenkeller, our new transcriptionist! Matt Teichman: Hello and welcome to Elucidations. I’m Matt Teichman, and with me today is Tommy Curry, professor of philosophy at Texas A&M University, 1 and he’s here to discuss black male studies....

Episode 129: Nethanel Lipshitz discusses discrimination

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] Full transcript here. This month, Ben Andrew and I are joined by Nethanel Lipshitz (Tel Aviv University, Bar-Ilan University) to talk about discrimination. Click here to download Episode 129 of Elucidations. If someone treats me unequally—that is, if they give other people a relative advantage but not me—am I the victim of discrimination?...

Transcript: Episode 128 with Melissa Fusco on free choice permission

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] Episode post here. Thanks to Caroline Wall for the transcription! Matt Teichman: Hello, and welcome to Elucidations. I’m Matt Teichman, and with me today is Melissa Fusco, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University. And she is here to discuss free choice permission....

Back Episode Transcript: No. 54 with Patricia Blanchette on Frege's logicism

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] Episode post here. Many thanks to David North for this transcription. Matt Teichman: Hello, and welcome to Elucidations, a philosophy podcast recorded at the University of Chicago. I’m Matt Teichman. Jaime Edwards: And I’m Jaime Edwards. Matt Teichman: With us today is Patricia Blanchette, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame....

Episode 128: Melissa Fusco discusses free choice permission

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] Full transcript here. In this episode, Melissa Fusco (Columbia University) and I discuss a difficult problem in philosophical logic called the puzzle of free choice permission. Click here to download Episode 128 of Elucidations. One of the foundational ideas behind philosophical logic is that when you say something, that has further implications beyond the single thing you said....

Back Episode Transcript: No. 103 with Brian Leiter on why we should think about Marx

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] Episode post here. Transcription by David North—thank you, David! Matt Teichman: Hello and welcome to Elucidations, a philosophy podcast recorded at University of Chicago. I’m Matt Teichman. Lawrence Dallman: I’m Lawrence Dallman. Matt Teichman: With us today is Brian Leiter, Karl N....

Back Episode Transcript: No. 92 with Kristie Dotson on epistemic oppression

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] Episode post here. Thanks to Caroline Wall for another excellent transcription! Matt Teichman: Hello, and welcome to Elucidations, a philosophy podcast recorded at the University of Chicago. I’m Matt Teichman, and with me today is Kristie Dotson, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Michigan State University....

Transcript: Episode 127 with Nic Koziolek on self-knowledge

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] Episode post here. Thanks once again to Caroline Wall for her transcription efforts! Matt Teichman: Hello, and welcome to Elucidations. I’m Matt Teichman. Nora Bradford: I’m Nora Bradford. Matt Teichman: With us today is Nic Koziolek, Lecturer in Philosophy at Washington University in St....

Episode 127: Nic Koziolek discusses self-knowledge

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] Full transcript here.In this episode, Nic Koziolek (Washington University in St. Louis) returns to talk to me and Nora Bradford about self-consciousness. Click here to download Episode 127 of Elucidations. Self-consciousness, as philosophers use the term, is a word for when you know something about one of your own mental states....

Transcript: Listener Q&A with Agnes Callard and Ben Callard (Episode 126)

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] Episode post here. Another excellent transcription from Caroline Wall—thanks! Matt Teichman: Hello, and welcome to Elucidations, an unexpected philosophy podcast. I’m Matt Teichman. Agnes Callard: I’m Agnes Callard. Ben Callard: And I’m Ben Callard. Matt Teichman: And today is our listener Q&A episode, which means that we’ll be answering questions that you recorded and sent to us....

Transcript: Episode 125 with James Koppel on counterfactual reasoning and automated explanation

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] Episode post here. Caroline Wall does it again! Thanks to Caroline for her excellent transcriptionage. Matt Teichman: Hello, and welcome to Elucidations, an unexpected philosophy podcast. I’m Matt Teichman. Dominick Reo: I’m Dominick Reo. Matt Teichman: With us today is James Koppel, PhD student in computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and professional mentor to experienced software engineers at jameskoppelcoaching....

Transcript: Episode 124 with Graham Priest on Buddhist Political Philosophy

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] Episode post here. Thanks once again to Caroline Wall for this transcript! Matt Teichman: Hello, and welcome to Elucidations. I’m Matt Teichman. Henry Curtis: I’m Henry Curtis. Matt Teichman: With us once again is Graham Priest, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the City University of New York Graduate Center and Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Melbourne....

Episode 126: Listener Q&A with Agnes Callard and Ben Callard

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] Episode transcript here. Three philosophers. Eight head-scratchers. 50 minutes. In this episode, Agnes Callard, Ben Callard and I respond to the world’s most awesome listener-recorded questions. Click here to download Episode 126 of Elucidations. A lot of people have the impression that philosophy is, first and foremost, an enterprise in which college professor types read books that no one can understand, then issue a response in the form of more books that no one can understand....

Episode 125: James Koppel discusses counterfactual inference and automated explanation

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] Episode transcript here. In this episode, James Koppel (MIT, James Koppel Coaching) joins me and Dominick Reo to talk about how we can write software to help identify the causes of disasters. Click here to download Episode 125 of Elucidations....

Transcript: Episode 123 with Graham Priest on Buddhist Metaphysics

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] Episode post here. Thanks once again to Caroline Wall for this transcript! Matt Teichman: Hello, and welcome to Elucidations. I’m Matt Teichman. Henry Curtis: And I’m Henry Curtis. Matt Teichman: With us today is Graham Priest, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the City University of New York Graduate Center and Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Melbourne....

Back Episode Transcript: No. 30 with Marko Malink on modal syllogistic

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] Episode post here. David North does it again! Many thanks to him for typing this transcript up. Matt Teichman: Hello and welcome to Elucidations, a philosophy podcast recorded at the University of Chicago. I’m Matt Teichman. Jaime Edwards: And I’m Jaime Edwards....

Episode 124: Graham Priest discusses Buddhist political philosophy

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] Full transcript here. In this episode, Graham Priest returns to discuss Buddhist political philosophy with me and Henry Curtis. (Last month, we talked with him about Buddhist metaphysics.) Click here to download Episode 124 of Elucidations. Last month, we discussed the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism: that suffering happens, that this suffering is (partially) caused by emotional attachment, that you can deal with it by changing your headspace, and that you can change your headspace by understanding the world, understanding your mind and body, and treating other people well....

Transcript: Episode 122 with Frithjof Bergmann and David Helmbold on new work, new culture

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] Episode post here. Caroline Wall does it again, folks! We are grateful for her efforts as transcriber. Matt Teichman: Hello, and welcome to Elucidations, an unexpected philosophy podcast. I’m Matt Teichman. Yuezhen Li: I’m Yuezhen Li. Matt Teichman: With us today is Frithjof Bergmann, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Director of the Center for New Work, and David Helmbold, a retired public servant and close collaborator of Frithjof Bergmann’s....

Episode 123: Graham Priest discusses Buddhist metaphysics

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] Full transcript here. This month, Henry Curtis and I sit down with Graham Priest (CUNY Graduate Center) to get the straight dope on Buddhist metaphysics. Click here to download Episode 123 of Elucidations. Buddhism isn’t just a religion—it’s an entire family of philosophical traditions that took root all over the Asian continent for thousands of years....

Transcript: Episode 121 with Aaron Ben Ze'ev on the arc of love

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] Episode post here. Thanks to Caroline Wall for another excellent transcription! Matt Teichman: Hello and welcome to Elucidations, an unexpected philosophy podcast. I’m Matt Teichman. Julia Liu: I’m Julia Liu. Matt Teichman: With us today is Aaron Ben Ze’ev, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Haifa, and he’s here to discuss the arc of love....

Episode 122: Frithjof Bergmann and David Helmbold discuss new work, new culture

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] Full transcript here. This month, we sit down with Frithjof Bergmann (University of Michigan) and David Helmbold to talk about work that we really, really want. Not just kind of, but like, really really. Click here to download Episode 122 of Elucidations....

Back Episode Transcript: No. 78 with Stephen Engstrom on the categorical imperative

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] Episode post here. Thanks once again to David North for all his work on this! Matt Teichman: Hello and welcome to Elucidations, a philosophy podcast recorded at the University of Chicago. I’m Matt Teichman. Francey Russell: And I’m Francey Russell....

Listener Q&A Episode: Send Us Your Questions

Hi, everybody! We’ve decided to do a listener Q&A episode. Need philosophical advice? Stuck on a philosophical conundrum? Do you deeply agree with or object to anything we’ve said on the show? Is there a problem you’ve never heard any philosopher talk about that you’d like to hear us discuss? How does it work? You record a voice message. You email it us. Once we’ve racked up enough of them, Agnes Callard, Ben Callard, and I will take a whack at responding to some....

Back Episode Transcript: No. 88 with Kent Bach on jumping to conclusions

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] Episode post here. Thanks to David North for his hard work on this back episode transcription! Matt Teichman: Hello and welcome to Elucidations, a philosophy podcast ordinarily recorded at the University of Chicago but which today is being brought to you from San Francisco....

Episode 121: Aaron Ben Ze'ev discusses the arc of love

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] Full transcript here. This month, Julia Liu and I talk to Aaron Ben Ze’ev (University of Haifa) about romantic love: what it is, what makes it last for a long time when it lasts for a long time, what makes it end when it ends, and so on....

Transcript: Episode 120 with Robin Dembroff on the gender binary

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] Episode post here. Another bang-up transcription job from Caroline Wall! And now for the text version of this episode… Matt Teichman: Hello, and welcome to Elucidations. I’m Matt Teichman, and with me today is Robin Dembroff, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Yale University....

Transcript: Episode 119 with Stephanie Kapusta

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] Episode post here. Thanks to Caroline Wall for another brilliantly executed transcript. I hope you enjoy the written version! Matt Teichman: Hello and welcome to Elucidations. I’m Matt Teichman. Henry Curtis: And I’m Henry Curtis. Matt Teichman: With us today is Stephanie Kapusta, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Dalhousie University, and she’s here to discuss misgendering....

Episode 120: Robin Dembroff on going beyond the gender binary

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] Episode transcript here. This month, I talk to Robin Dembroff (Yale University) about the gender binary: what it is, what people mean when they say they’re outside of it, and what political motivation there may be for resisting it....

Transcript: Episode 118 with Tyler Cowen

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] Episode post here. This is the first in our series of interview transcripts, courtesy of the awesomely talented Caroline Wall. Enjoy! Matt Teichman: Hello, and welcome to Elucidations. I’m Matt Teichman, and with me today is Tyler Cowen, professor of economics at George Mason University and the author of numerous books in economics and numerous articles in philosophy....

Episode 119: Stephanie Kapusta Discusses Misgendering

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] Episode transcript here. This month, Henry Curtis and I sit down to talk to Stephanie Kapusta (Dalhousie University) about misgendering. Click here to download the episode. In the ordinary sense of the term, misgendering is when someone addresses someone else in a way that corresponds to the wrong gender....

Episode 118: Tyler Cowen Discusses Stubborn Attachments

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] Episode transcript here. This month, we’re joined by Tyler Cowen (Professor of Economics at George Mason University), to talk about utilitarianism, economic growth, and the future. Click here to download the episode. Utilitarianism is the name we give a family of normative ethical theories, most of which are variations on the idea that doing the right thing involves imparting the greatest amount of benefit to the greatest number of people....

Further Reading on plagiarism

So first, Brian L. Frye’s own work on plagiarism is super interesting and I highly recommend it: “Plagiarism Is Not A Crime,” Brian L. Frye Next, Professor Frye recommends the following recent pieces of writing on the topic: “The Case for Plagiarism,” Andrew Carter “Against Academic Rentiership,” Steve Fuller “Neurologist Oliver Sacks on Memory, Plagiarism, and the Necessary “Forgettings of Creativity,” Maria Popova “Media Pranks,” Kembrew McLeod We’ll post a link to Brian L....

Episode 117: Brian L. Frye says to plagiarize this podcast

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] This month, we talk to Brian L. Frye (University of Kentucky College of Law) about how we deal with and react to plagiarism. Click here to listen to our conversation. Plagiarism is obviously terrible, and plagiarizers should be punished to the full extent of the law....

Further Reading on black male studies

Tommy Curry has very generously provided an ample list of reading recommendations, for those of you who are interested in following up on our previous episode. Chetty, Hendren, Jones, and Porter, ‘Race and Economic Opportunity in the United States: An Intergenerational Perspective‘ Veenstra, ‘The Gendered Nature of Discriminatory Experiences by Race, Class, and Sexuality‘ Purdie-Vaughs and Eibach, ‘Intersectional Invisibility‘ Assari, ‘Educational Attainment Better Protects African American Women than African American Men Against Depressive Symptoms and Psychological Distress‘...

Episode 116: Tommy Curry discusses black male studies

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] Full transcript here. This month, we sit down with Tommy Curry (University of Edinburgh currently; Texas A&M at the time of the recording) to discuss a new area of academic research called black male studies. You can see his full bio at the end of this entry, and you can click here to listen to our conversation....

Further Reading: Social Groups

If you want to explore our guest’s view on social groups in more detail, you can check out the following two papers: Social Structures and the Ontology of Social Groups, Katherine Ritchie The Metaphysics of Social Groups, Katherine Ritchie Happy reading! Matt Teichman...

Episode 115: Katherine Ritchie discusses social groups

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] This month, I sit down with Katherine Ritchie (CUNY Graduate Center, City College) to talk about what a social group is. Click here to listen to our conversation. What is there to being a group of people? Does being in a group basically just mean you’re on the list of people who are in the group, or is there more to it?...

Further reading on ideology

For those of you who are curious to sink your teeth into Sally Haslanger’s incredible body of work, we recommend you visit her website, which features many of her writings: https://sallyhaslanger.weebly.com/...

Episode 114: Sally Haslanger discusses ideology

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] This month, Emily Dupree and I talk to Sally Haslanger (MIT) about ideology. Click here to listen to our conversation. We throw the word ‘ideology’ around a lot, but what does it actually mean? Well, unfortunately, different people mean different things by it at different times....

Further Reading: Quantum Mechanics

For people who are interested in delving into the philosophical literature on quantum mechanics and its interpretations, Tom Pashby recommends the Stanford Encylopedia of Philosophy entry as a starting point. Happy reading! Matt...

Episode 113: Tom Pashby discusses quantum mechanics

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] Ever wonder what quantum mechanics is? You are not alone. This month, we talk to Tom Pashby (University of Chicago) about what makes quantum mechanics so hard to interpret, despite the fact that it makes incredibly accurate empirical predictions. Click here to listen....

Episode 112: Myisha Cherry discusses the skill of conversation

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] In this episode, Myisha Cherry (UC Riverside) and I talk about talking. What makes someone good at at, and what makes someone bad at it? Click here to listen to our conversation. We don’t always think of conversation as a skill....

Episode 111: Greg Kobele discusses mathematical linguistics

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] This month, we talk to Greg Kobele (Universität Leipzig) about what linguistics is and how abstract mathematics can be of use to it. Click here to listen to our conversation. Linguists study the rules that speakers of a given language actually follow when they speak....

Further reading on Du Bois

For those of you who are interested in following up on what Chike Jeffers and I discussed, you can’t go wrong reading Du Bois himself: The Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. Du Bois You may also be interested in reading the papers that were given during this event on Elizabeth Anderson’s book: Fall 2013 Symposium: Anderson on Integration Happy reading! Matt...

Episode 110: Chike Jeffers discusses the social and political philosophy of W.E.B. Du Bois

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] This month, we sit down with Chike Jeffers (Dalhousie University) to discuss the work of W.E.B. Du Bois. Click here to listen to our conversation. It’s the end of the American civil war. 4 million slaves have just been freed....

Episode 109: Bonus episode with Matt Teichman and Toby Buckle

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] This month, Toby Buckle of the Political Philosophy Podcast and I are doing a joint episode. Click here to listen to it! Instead of the usual format wherein I draw that month’s guest out about a particular topic, Toby Buckle and I have a freeform conversation about why we do podcasts, the universality of fundamental moral principles, and the nature of political disagreement....

Further reading on freedom

Those of you who would like to follow up on our previous episode could hardly do any better than to check out Mariam Thalos’ incredible book on the topic! A Social Theory of Freedom, Mariam Thalos Matt Teichman...

Episode 108: Mariam Thalos discusses freedom

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] This month, I sit down with Mariam Thalos (University of Tennessee, Knoxville) to discuss freedom. What is it, why do we want it, and how do we attain it? Click here to listen to our conversation. We all categorize ourselves....

Further reading on identity and history

Professor Alcoff recommends the following books to those of you who are interested in working through her views in detail: Rape and Resistance (2018) The Future of Whiteness (2016) Visible Identities: Race, Gender, and the Self (2006)...

Episode 107: Linda Martín Alcoff discusses identity and history

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] In this episode, Emily Dupree and I had the pleasure of talking to Linda Martín Alcoff (Hunter College & CUNY Graduate Center) about identity. Click here to listen to our conversation. Let’s start with some terminology. ‘Identity’ means different things in different contexts, but in this episode we use it to mean something like: ‘the social demographic a person belongs to....

Episode 106: R. A. Briggs discusses gender

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] This month, it is our privilege to have R. A. Briggs (Stanford University) back on a second time to discuss the nature of gender. Click here to listen to our conversation. What exactly is gender? Simone de Beauvoir drew a distinction between gender and biological sex, and encouraged us to think of the former as the social significance of the latter....

Further reading on epistemic decision theory

For those of you who would like to read up on formal epistemology as it relates to decision theory, our esteemed guest recommends: Epistemic Utility Arguments for Probabilism, Richard Pettigrew Happy reading! Matt Teichman...

Episode 105: R. A. Briggs discusses epistemic decision theory

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] This month, we are joined by R.A. Briggs (Stanford University), who is here to discuss an interdisciplinary area of study called epistemic decision theory. Click here to listen to our conversation. Epistemic decision theory is an area of study that brings together two sub-disciplines....

Episode 104: Seth Yalcin discusses the question-sensitivity of belief

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] This month, we learn that there’s more to a person’s beliefs than just one big blob of information! Seth Yalcin (University of California, Berkeley) sits down with us to talk about how a person’s beliefs are sorted into answers to various questions....

Further reading on Marx

For those of you who would like to follow up on our conversation with Brian Leiter, his paper ‘Why Marxism Does Not Need Normative Theory’ goes through some of the questions we discussed in more detail. Matt Teichman...

Episode 103: Brian Leiter explains why we should think about Marx

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] Full transcript here. This month, Brian Leiter (University of Chicago) makes his third (!) appearance on the program to talk about how Karl Marx can help us understand our current political moment. Click here to listen to our conversation....

Further reading on the true self

If you want to follow up on the research Josh Knobe has been doing with his colleagues on the true self, you can check out the following piece for the New York Times: ‘In Search of the True Self,’ Josh Knobe Or, for a more detailed presentation, you can read: “Beliefs About the True Self Explain Asymmetries Based on Moral Judgment,” George E. Newman, Julian De Freitas, and Joshua Knobe...

Episode 102: Josh Knobe discusses the true self

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] This month, we get right into it with Josh Knobe (Yale University) about the notion of a person’s true self. Click here to listen to our conversation. Who are you, deep down, in your core? Maybe it isn’t fully clear what would count as an answer to that question, but it’s still a question we ask all the time....

Further reading on blame and forgiveness

For those of you who want to delve further into our esteemed guest’s views about blame and forgiveness, check out the following two papers: ‘What’s the Point of Blame?,’ Miranda Fricker ‘Forgiveness—an ordered pluralism,’ Miranda Fricker Happy reading! Matt Teichman...

Episode 101: Miranda Fricker discusses blame and forgiveness

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] This month, Emily and Matt chat with Miranda Fricker (CUNY Graduate Center) about blame and forgiveness. Click here to listen to our conversation. We have a lot of conflicting feelings about blame. When someone does something bad, we feel a strong urge to blame them, and when it all goes down as intended, the person deserves the blame, and they learn that what they did was wrong, we intuitively feel that justice has been done....

Further reading on aspiration

To whet your appetite for Agnes Callard’s incredible forthcoming book on aspiration, here is a chapter-by-chapter summary. Happy reading! Matt Teichman...

Episode 100: Agnes Callard discusses aspiration

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] This month, we sit down with Agnes Callard (University of Chicago) to talk about aspiration. Click here to listen to our conversation. Have you ever wanted to get into something? Maybe you find it really boring to sit through an opera right now, but you think you might be missing something and want to learn how to appreciate opera....

Further reading on Spinoza

Those of you who are interested in following up on Spinoza will definitely enjoy this incredible graphic book by Ben and Steven Nadler: ‘The Graphic Spinoza,’ Ben Nadler and Steven Nadler Happy reading! Matt Teichman...

Episode 99: Steven Nadler discusses Spinoza on freedom

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] This month, we delve back into the early modern period with Steven Nadler, William H. Hay II Professor of Philosophy, Evjue-Bascom Professor of the Humanities, and Weinstein-Bascom Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Click here to listen to our conversation....

Further reading on credibility

If you’d like to delve further into Jennifer Lackey’s views about credibility excesses, she has generously made her excellent paper ‘Credibility and the Distribution of Epistemic Goods’ available for you to download. Enjoy! Matt Teichman...

Episode 98: Jennifer Lackey discusses credibility

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] This month, we talk to Jennifer Lackey (Northwestern University) about what it means to be too trustful of another person. Click here to listen to our conversation. For some time, feminist authors have been concerned about the fact that women tend to be believed less than men, simply because they’re women....

Recommended reading on time biases

Meghan Sullivan’s book on time biases is due out any moment now. (Of course, according to her argument, we should feel indifferent to when it comes out, but I can’t help but feel anticipation!) If, like me, you are having trouble resisting the pull of that particular time bias, check out her and Preston Greene’s excellent article from last year that explores a number of the arguments we discussed. ‘Against Time Bias,’ Preston Greene and Meghan Sullivan...

Episode 97: Meghan Sullivan discusses time biases

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] This month, Meghan Sullivan (University of Notre Dame) urges us to consider how we feel about the past, present, and future. Click here to listen to our conversation. Remember the marshmallow test? Back in the 1970s, some psychological experiments suggested that people who opted to delay short-term rewards if it meant a bigger reward in the future were likely to have more successful lives....

Further reading on the role of belief in reasoning

To do a deep dive into what I discussed with Nic Koziolek, check out the following papers: ‘Inferring as a Way of Knowing,’ Nic Koziolek ‘Coming to Believe,’ Nic Koziolek ‘Belief, Judgment, and Rational Explanation,’ Nic Koziolek He has a treasure trove of other work up on his website, which I would encourage you to visit. Matt Teichman...

Episode 96: Nic Koziolek discusses the role of belief in reasoning

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] This month, we talk to Nic Koziolek (Auburn University) about some big, meaty topics, including but not limited to thought, judgment, belief, reasoning, and knowledge. Click here to listen to our conversation. We engage in reasoning on a constant basis....

Further reading on the genealogy of color

Those of you who would like to follow up on the history of color concepts can do no better than to check out Zed Adams’ fascinating book on the topic! On the Genealogy of Color, Zed Adams Happy reading. Matt Teichman...

Episode 95: Zed Adams discusses the genealogy of color

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] This month, we talk to Zed Adams (New School for Social Research) about colors like red, blue, and green. Click here to listen to our conversation. What is the color red? Is it a physical property of certain chemicals–the fact that they tend to reflect light with a wavelength of about 670 nm and absorb the rest?...

Further reading on fictional names

If you’d like to follow up on our interview with Zsofia Zvolenszky, check out her paper: Fictional Characters, Mythical Objects, and the Phenomenon of Inadvertent Creation, Zsofia Zvolenszky Happy reading! Matt Teichman...

Episode 94: Zsofia Zvolenszky discusses fictional names

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] This month, we talk to Zsofia Zvolenszky (Eötvös University) about fictional characters and places. Click here to listen to our conversation. Han Solo and Luke Skywalker sneak on board the Death Star and attempt to rescue to Princess Leia. The escape plan goes awry, and pretty soon it looks more like Princess Leia is rescuing them....

Episode 93: Barry Lam discusses obligations after death

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] This month, we talk about whether we owe the dead anything with Barry Lam. Barry Lam is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Vassar College, Story Lab Fellow at Duke University, and creator, producer, and lead host of Hi-Phi Nation, an exciting new philosophy podcast that turns stories into ideas....

Further reading on epistemic oppression

If you’d like to do a deep dive into some of our esteemed guest’s writings on epistemic oppression, here are links to some of her papers on the topic: ‘Conceptualizing Epistemic Oppression,’ Kristie Dotson ‘A Cautionary Tale: On Limiting Epistemic Oppression,’ Kristie Dotson ‘Tracking Epistemic Violence, Tracking Practices of Silencing,’ Kristie Dotson Happy reading! Matt Teichman...

Episode 92: Kristie Dotson discusses epistemic oppression

Subscribe to Elucidations! [ RSS ] [ Apple ] [ Google ] [ Stitcher ] [ Spotify ] Note: this episode was recorded in 2016, prior to the US presidential election. Kristie Dotson will be coming back in a future episode to give us her latest thoughts on these topics in light of recent developments in US politics!...