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WHY? - Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life

Second Sunday of each month, at 5:00pm CT
  • Hosted by Jack Russell Weinstein

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.

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"Philosophy and Disability Studies"

Dec 10, 2016

Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Anita Silvers, a philosophy professor at San Francisco State University.  Dr. Silvers is a well-known authority on disability and accessibility issues, particularly government policy and law, medical ethics, employment discrimination, physician assisted suicide and genetics.

"How to Think about Antisemitism"

Nov 13, 2016

In an encore episode from September 2014, host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Daniel Goldhagen, the author numerous books, including The Devil That Never Dies: The Rise and Threat of Global Antisemitism; A Moral Reckoning: The Role of the Catholic Church in the Holocaust and Its Unfulfilled Duty of Repair, and the #1 international bestseller Hitler’s Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust. He is currently affiliated with Harvard’s Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies.  

“An Argument for Moral Relativism”

Oct 9, 2016

Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with David Wong, professor of philosophy at Duke University and author of the book Natural Moralities.

Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Deborah Tannen, professor of linguistics at Georgetown University. Tannen has lectured worldwide, and written and/or edited numerous publications on linguistics, discourse analysis, and interpersonal communication.

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 Jack Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Peter de Marneffe. 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.