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Philosophy Podcasts

Join us each month as we engage in philosophical discussions about the most common-place topics with host Jack Russell Weinstein, professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of North Dakota. He is the director of The Institute for Philosophy in Public Life.

Join us each month as we engage in philosophical discussions about the most common-place topics with host Jack Russell Weinstein, professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of North Dakota. He is the director of The Institute for Philosophy in Public Life.

Location:

Fargo, ND

Description:

Join us each month as we engage in philosophical discussions about the most common-place topics with host Jack Russell Weinstein, professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of North Dakota. He is the director of The Institute for Philosophy in Public Life.

Language:

English


Episodes

"Universal Basic Income"

3/14/2021
An encore presentation of Jack's 2017 conversation with Rutger Bregman, historian and author. He has published four books on history, philosophy, and economics. His History of Progress was awarded the Belgian Liberales prize for best nonfiction book of 2013. The Dutch edition of Utopia for Realists became a national bestseller and sparked a basic income movement that soon made international headlines. The book will be translated in 22 languages. Bregman has twice been nominated for the...

Duration:01:15:45

“Is the Law Consistent?"

2/14/2021
Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with P. Andrew Torrez, an attorney who also hosts a podcast called Opening Arguments, which helps people make sense of legal matters in the news.

Duration:01:28:22

“A Philosophical Look at Ska and Jamaican Music”

1/10/2021
Host Jack Russell Weinsten visits with Heather Augustyn, the author of "Women in Jamaican Music" and "Ska: The Rhythm of Liberation."

Duration:01:25:03

“How Important is the Brain to the Great Philosophical Questions?”

12/13/2020
Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Dr. Patricia Churchland, Professor of Philosophy Emerita at the University of California, San Diego. Her work has focused on the interface between neuroscience and philosophy.

Duration:01:17:53

“How Does Propaganda Work?”

11/8/2020
Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Jason Stanley, the Jacob Urowsky Professor of Philosophy at Yale University. His latest book is How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them.

Duration:01:09:05

"Politics and Debates" - A special episode of the WHY podcast

10/9/2020
In a special edition of the WHY podcast, host Jack Weinstein appears on the Main Street radio show to discuss politics and debates with Main Street host Doug Hamilton.

Duration:00:25:02

“Can There Be A Philosophy of Hate?”

9/13/2020
Jack Weinstein visits with Berit Brogaard, author of HATRED: Understanding Our Most Dangerous Emotion.

Duration:01:21:17

“Is a Universal Basic Income too Utopian to Work?”

8/9/2020
An encore episode from 2017 as Jack visits with Rutger Bregman.

Duration:01:15:28

"Is Free Speech Worth It?"

7/12/2020
Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Thane Rosenbaum, novelist, essayist, and Distinguished University Professor. He is the director of the Forum on Life, Culture, & Society, hosted by Touro College.

Duration:01:18:42

“Why Does Income Equality Make Society Stronger?”

6/12/2020
Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, authors of "The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better," and their newest book, "The Inner Level, How More Equal Societies Reduce Stress, Restore Sanity and Improve Everyone's Well-Being."

Duration:01:24:34

“What is the difference between a religion and a cult?”

5/10/2020
Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with sociologist Susan Palmer of Concordia University where she is an affiliate professor of religions and cultures. Her primary research interest is new religious movements.

Duration:01:14:12

"What is the Role of Philosophy During a Global Crisis?"

4/12/2020
Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Dr. Susan Neiman, director of the Einstein Forum in Potsdam, Germany as they explore foresight, redemption, and societal values.

Duration:01:27:03

“Does it Make Sense to Blame the System?”

2/9/2020
Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Lisa Herzog, associate professor at the University of Groningen, as they explore the conflict between financial incentives and morality.

Duration:01:13:01

"A Philosophical Look at Immigration and Migration"

1/12/2020
Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Adam Hosein, philosophy professor at Northeastern University in Boston. Hosein is the author of "The Ethics of Migration: An Introduction."

Duration:01:11:59

"What is it Like to be a University President?"

12/8/2019
Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with John Ettling, recently retired president of Plattsburgh State University, and former provost at the University of North Dakota.

Duration:01:29:25

"Does Accepting Evolution Mean There is no Meaning of Life?"

11/10/2019
Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Michael Ruse, a faculty member at Florida State in Tallahassee. Ruse specializes in the philosophy of biology and the relationship between science and religion.

Duration:01:21:27

"Who Should We Blame and Who Should We Forgive?"

10/13/2019
Jack visits with Miranda Fricker, Presidential Professor of Philosophy at the City University of New York Graduate Center.

Duration:01:26:53

“Why Do We Need a New Translation of the Hebrew Bible?”

9/8/2019
Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Robert Alter, the world’s foremost Hebrew Scriptures scholar. He just released a new translation of the books of Moses.

Duration:01:18:57

“How do the Arts Contribute to Capitalism and Economic Development?”

8/11/2019
Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Patrick Kabanda, the author of "The Creative Wealth of Nations: Can the Arts Advance Development?"

Duration:01:17:30

“Can We Change Social Norms?”

7/14/2019
Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Cristina Bicchieri, professor of social thought and comparative ethics at the University of Pennsylvania. Their topic is, “Can we change social norms?”

Duration:01:20:27