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Elucidations is a monthly philosophy podcast recorded at the University of Chicago. Each month, Matt Teichman sits down with a prominent philosopher to talk about their latest work and areas of philosophical expertise. The podcast covers a wide range of topics from the theoretical to the practical (including causation, metaphor, agency, religious freedom, and moral psychology) and explores a wide range of problems from the perennial to the cutting-edge (including skepticism and experimental philosophy).

Elucidations is a monthly philosophy podcast recorded at the University of Chicago. Each month, Matt Teichman sits down with a prominent philosopher to talk about their latest work and areas of philosophical expertise. The podcast covers a wide range of topics from the theoretical to the practical (including causation, metaphor, agency, religious freedom, and moral psychology) and explores a wide range of problems from the perennial to the cutting-edge (including skepticism and experimental philosophy).
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Elucidations is a monthly philosophy podcast recorded at the University of Chicago. Each month, Matt Teichman sits down with a prominent philosopher to talk about their latest work and areas of philosophical expertise. The podcast covers a wide range of topics from the theoretical to the practical (including causation, metaphor, agency, religious freedom, and moral psychology) and explores a wide range of problems from the perennial to the cutting-edge (including skepticism and experimental philosophy).

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Episodes

Episode 118: Tyler Cowen discusses Stubborn Attachments

9/12/2019
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In this episode, Tyler Cowen lays out an interesting normative ethical theory according to which we should be utilitarians, but with a twist: we should be utilitarians who care just as much about the humans of the future as we care about people now. Re-emphasizing our commitment to future people, he argues, has the effect of allowing us to embrace utilitarianism wholeheartedly without having to feel like we aren't doing enough. Why? The best way to make life better for future generations is...

Duration:00:52:55

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

8/30/2019
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In this episode, Brian L. Frye (University of Kentucky) argues that we should think more carefully about our moral reaction to instances of plagiarism.

Duration:00:38:22

Episode 116: Tommy Curry discusses black male studies

8/6/2019
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In this episode, Tommy Curry argues that if we really want to understand gender-based oppression, we have to look at how black men have been targeted for it.

Duration:00:59:23

Episode 115: Katherine Ritchie discusses social groups

7/1/2019
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In this episode, Katherine Ritchie (CUNY Graduate Center, City College) lays out what it means to belong to a social group, and what kind of thing a social group is.

Duration:00:40:04

Episode 114: Sally Haslanger discusses ideology

5/14/2019
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What is the nature of a person's political outlook?

Duration:00:40:49

Episode 113: Tom Pashby discusses quantum mechanics

4/8/2019
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In this episode, Tom Pashby explains how quantum physics is different from theories that came before, and runs through some of the ways that philosophers and physicists have tried to make intuitive sense of this challenging framework.

Duration:00:35:46

Episode 112: Myisha Cherry discusses the skill of conversation

3/7/2019
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In this episode, Myisha Cherry argues that having a productive conversation with someone often involves explicitly laying out each person's background experiences and expectations.

Duration:00:43:47

Episode 111: Greg Kobele discusses mathematical linguistics

1/28/2019
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In this episode, Greg Kobele discusses how abstract mathematics can be useful for arriving at a unified theory of what patterns a person has mastery over when they can speak a language.

Duration:00:41:08

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

12/15/2018
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What is the best way forward for a group of people fairly recently freed from slavery? Booker T. Washington emphasized economic enfranchisement, whereas W.E.B. Du Bois thought it was necessary to achieve political enfranchisement alongside economic enfranchisement. Join us as our guest discusses how threads from this 100-year-old debate persist in today's discussions about racial justice in America.

Duration:00:37:04

Episode 109: Bonus Episode with Matt Teichman and Toby Buckle

10/13/2018
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Bonus episode! In this joint edition of Elucidations and the Political Philosophy Podcast, Matt Teichman and Toby Buckle sit down and have a freeform conversation about why we do podcasts, the nature of moral disagreement, and the existence of political divides.

Duration:00:47:39

Episode 108: Mariam Thalos discusses freedom

9/15/2018
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What do you think of yourself as? A musician? A mother? A political organizer? In this episode, our guest argues that your ability to act and reason freely is premised on your ability to shape and sometimes even invent the labels you apply to yourself.

Duration:00:36:06

Episode 107: Linda Martín Alcoff discusses identity and history

8/3/2018
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In this episode, Linda Martín Alcoff discusses the subtle ways that things like your race, gender, sexual orientation, and class can influence your life. She argues that the best way to understand that kind of influence is by looking to the history of the relevant social group.

Duration:00:50:08

Episode 106: R. A. Briggs discusses gender

6/22/2018
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In this episode, R. A. Briggs discusses some complexities underlying our use of the terms 'man' and 'woman.'

Duration:00:37:29

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

4/20/2018
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How do we tell what the best strategies for changing our beliefs on the basis of new evidence might be?

Duration:00:37:00

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

3/4/2018
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In this episode, Seth Yalcin argues that every belief we have is implicitly framed as the answer to a question, and that at different times we're considering different questions.

Duration:00:38:53

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

1/9/2018
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In this episode, we talk to Brian Leiter about why the writings of Karl Marx are helpful for understanding the current situation of the working and middle class in America, the 2016 Presidential election, and related topics!

Duration:00:50:54

Episode 102: Josh Knobe discusses the true self

12/1/2017
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In this episode, Josh Knobe discusses a series of experiments that try to tease out what we implicitly assume about who a person really is, deep down.

Duration:00:33:20

Episode 101: Miranda Fricker discusses blame and forgiveness

10/21/2017
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In this episode, Miranda Fricker argues that the purpose of blaming someone is to communicate to them your sense of why what they did was wrong.

Duration:00:49:32

Episode 100: Agnes Callard discusses aspiration

9/22/2017
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In this episode, Agnes Callard explains why she thinks aspiration is the process of moving from one set of values to a new set of values in the way you live your life.

Duration:00:49:03

Episode 99: Steven Nadler discusses Spinoza on freedom

8/13/2017
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In this episode, Steven Nadler discusses Benedict de Spinoza's unique reason-centric conception of what it is to live a good life and be free.

Duration:00:39:23