WHY? - Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life

Second Sunday of the Month, 5pm CT

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.

Why? -- Should Prostitution be Legal?

Aug 14, 2016

Jack Russell Weinstein talks with Peter de Marneffe about questions of consent, freedom, danger, morality and more.  Peter de Marneffe, who is Professor of Philosophy at Arizona State University.  Peter de Marneffe writes about liberty and liberalism, individual rights, and government paternalism. He is the author of Liberalism and Prostitution (Oxford University Press, 2010) and The Legalization of Drugs with Doug Husak (Cambridge University Press, 2005).

Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Dr. Tommie Shelby, department of philosophy at Harvard University, the Caldwell Titcomb Professor of African and African American Studies. He is the author of We Who Are Dark: The Philosophical Foundations of Black Solidarity. 

Why is Religious Commitment Important?

Jun 12, 2016

Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Robert Audi, the O'Brien professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame.

"Do We Still Need The Eighteenth Century?"

May 8, 2016

Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Ryan Patrick Hanley, Associate Professor of Political Science at Marquette University. His research in the history of political philosophy focuses on the Scottish Enlightenment. He is the author of Adam Smith and the Character of Virtue (Cambridge University Press, 2009), and co-editor, with Darrin M. McMahon, of The Enlightenment: Critical Concepts in History, 5 vols. (Routledge, 2010).

"How To Think Philosophically About Aging"

Apr 10, 2016

Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Sharona Hoffman, the Edgar A. Hahn Professor of Law at Case Western University; professor of bioethics; and co-director of the Law-Medicine Center; and the author of Aging with a Plan: How a Little Thought Today Can Vastly Improve Your Tomorrow.

"Why Philosophy Won't Go Away"

Mar 9, 2016

Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, author of “Plato at the Googleplex, Why Philosophy Won't Go Away.” Goldstein has taught at Barnard and Trinity Colleges, and Rutgers, Columbia, Brandeis, and Harvard University. She is the author of numerous scholarly articles, two non-fiction books on Gödel and Spinoza, seven novels, and numerous short stories. She has been a MacArthur Fellow.

"Are Sports Destroying American Universities?"

Feb 14, 2016

Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Murray Sperber, a visiting professor in the Cultural Studies of Sport in Education program at UC Berkely. Previous to that he taught for many years at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he is a Professor Emeritus of English and American studies.

Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Janice Willis, professor of religion at Wesleyan University and the author of several books on Tibetan Buddhism.

"Metaphors We Live By"

Dec 11, 2015

Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with George Lakoff and Mark Johnson, authors of the classic text, "Metaphors We Live By," which changed our understanding of metaphor and its role in language and the mind.

"What is Courage"

Nov 8, 2015

Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Professor Ryan Balot of the University of Toronto, author of the book, “Courage in the Democratic Polis.”