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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

“What Makes a Movie Good?”

11/13/2022
Host Jack Russell Weinstein explores the question “What Makes a Movie Good?” with Jinhee Choi, Reader in Film Studies at King's College London.

Duration:01:23:44

"Philosophical Concerns About Today's Supreme Court"

10/9/2022
Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Andrew Seidel, the author of "The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism Is Un-American;" and "American Crusade: How the Supreme Court is Weaponizing Religious Freedom." He’s also co-editor of an academic text, "Law and Religion: Cases and Materials." From his online bio: "Andrew graduated cum laude from Tulane University (’04) with a B.S. in neuroscience and environmental science and magna cum laude from Tulane University Law School (’09, part of...

Duration:01:15:54

"Are Indian Tribes Sovereign Nations?"

9/11/2022
The University of North Dakota recently announce that it found Native American human remains in storage, and has begun the repatriation process. With that current headline in mind, we offer an encore episode with George “Tink” Tinker, the Clifford Baldridge Emeritus Professor of American Indian Cultures and Religious Traditions at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado, where he was still teaching at the time of this 2014 conversation.

Duration:00:52:59

"On Liberty and Libertarianism”

8/14/2022
Political freedom lies at the core of any democracy. Yet some people claim that even countries like America and England aren’t free enough. What does a free society look like and how much liberty is necessary for the moral life? In this encore presentation from 2011, Jack visits with James Otteson. At the time, he was Professor of Philosophy and Economics at Yeshiva University, but has since moved to Notre Dame, where he is the John T. Ryan Jr. Professor of Business Ethics. He is also the...

Duration:00:52:56

"What Does it Mean to Be African?"

7/10/2022
Jack Russell Weinstein is here to preview this Sunday’s Why radio show as he visits with Firoze Manji. Manji is a Kenyan activist with more than 40 years’ experience in international development, health, human rights, teaching, publishing and political organizing. He is the recipient of the 2021 Nicolás Cristóbal Guillén Batista Lifetime Achievement Award from the Caribbean Philosophical Association. (Wikipedia)

Duration:01:02:23

“What Do Community Colleges Do?”

6/12/2022
UND distinguished professor of philosophy, Jack Russell Weinstein, visits with Brian Huschle, Northland Community and Technical College.

Duration:01:20:23

“How to Think Like A Hindu”

5/8/2022
Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Swami Sarvapriyananda.

Duration:01:25:00

"Ask Me Anything"

4/10/2022
In this special episode, Ashley Thornberg presents Jack with philosophical questions submitted by listeners.

Duration:01:41:38

“What is a Model Minority?”

3/13/2022
Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Emily S. Lee, professor of philosophy at California State University at Fullerton, and the author of "Race as Phenomena: Between Phenomenology and Philosophy of Race."

Duration:01:13:19

"Love, Hate, or Eat: How Humans Relate to Animals"

2/13/2022
This encore episode from April 2012 examines our relationship with animals. Why do some cultures eat dogs and others invite them into their bedrooms? Why do some people find spiders disgusting but others consider them a delicacy? Who enjoyed a better quality of life—the chicken on a dinner plate or the rooster who dies in a Saturday-night cockfight? What can we really learn from experiments on mice?On the next episode of WHY? we’ll talk with author Hal Herzog about human attitudes towards...

Duration:01:15:24

The Tables Have Turned: Jack Russell Weinstein Becomes the Interviewee

2/10/2022
On this Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, Main Street's Ashley Thornberg discusses various aspects of race and the importance of holidays with UND philosophy professor Jack Russell Weinstein.

Duration:00:48:52

"Why Plato and Not Prozac"

1/9/2022
This encore from 2011 is quite appropriate for today as host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Lou Marinoff. Can philosophy make our lives better? Can it help us develop better senses of self? Can it ever be used as a therapy-like tool to heal us psychologically or inspire us to change our behavior? In this episode of WHY? we will look at the role of belief, worldview, and intellectual choices, to see how they contribute to a healthy, well-balanced personality. Lou Marinoff is Professor of...

Duration:01:08:02

"The Separation of Church and State"

12/12/2021
Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Andrew L. Seidel, a constitutional attorney and the Director of Strategic Response at the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

Duration:01:16:16

"Should the Government Care About You?"

11/15/2021
Does the government have the responsibility to care about its citizens? Does it have an obligation to think of each of us as people, as individuals, and not just as interchangeable? Join WHY? as we talk with influential and ground-breaking philosopher Virginia Held about the ethics of care and how her approach change the way we think about the government, the law, and justice itself. Virginia Held was a Distinguished Professor at the City University of New York. She is the author of numerous...

Duration:00:52:58

“How do philosophers talk about sex, love, and desire?”

10/11/2021
Sarah LaChance Adams is Florida Blue Distinguished Professor; Director of the Florida Blue Center for Ethics at the University of North Florida; and the author of "New Philosophies of Sex and Love: Thinking Through Desire." She visits with host Jack Russell Weinstein, distinguished professor of philosophy at the University of North Dakota.

Duration:01:20:07

“What is Machine Learning and Why is it Important to Philosophy?”

9/13/2021
UND philosophy professor Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Emily Sullivan, assistant professor of philosophy at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. Her research explores the intersection between philosophy and data and computer science.

Duration:01:16:23

“The Argument for Peace and Non-Violence”

8/8/2021
Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with peace activist Kathy Kelly

Duration:01:11:13

“Why Do Conspiracy Theories Work?”

7/9/2021
Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Quassim Cassam, philosophy professor at the University of Warwick in the UK.

Duration:01:11:24

"The Politics of Crisis"

6/13/2021
Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with philosophy professor Olufemi Taiwo of Georgetown University.

Duration:01:21:44

"A Philosophy of Consulting"

5/9/2021
Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with consultant Bob Colleran.

Duration:01:11:28