Is the art separate from the artist? Can a moral defect in a film undermine its aesthetic quality?
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Michael Huemer on Disobeying the Law
52:28Should you disobey the law, at least some of the time? If justice isn’t simply enforcing the law, then what is it? And what sorts of laws would we have in a just society?
Is Nuclear War Ever Justified? | Eron Fasser
53:17Should certain weapons be banned from use in war? Are there limits on the amount of force countries should use to protect their citizens? Is it ever justified to kill innocent civilians to end a war? ICJ Advisory Opinion: https://www.icj-cij.org/en/case/95
Plato’s problem with Democracy | Clif Mark
49:40Is Democracy the best political system? Plato thought not. But what is the best alternative? Clif Mark, from the podcast Good in Theory, joins us this week to discuss Plato’s Republic. https://goodintheorypod.com/
Is it wrong to enjoy good films made by bad people? | Travis Timmerman
59:21Is the art separate from the artist? Can a moral defect in a film undermine its aesthetic quality?
The Power of Imagination | Amy Kind
52:43What would a world without imagination be like? Why do we feel sympathy, fear or excitement for fictional characters? And can imaginary actions be morally wrong?
Where is my mind? | Shaun Stanley
56:01Are human being merely sophisticated robots? Do we have mental states or can we be understood only through our behavior?
Should You Trust Experts? | Oliver Traldi
56:33There's a growing trend to distrust scientists. Sometimes they get the facts wrong, or align with a political party. What should we do in the face of conflicting expertise? Who should we trust?
How To End Global Poverty | Andy Kuper
56:43Andy Kuper, the founder and CEO of LeapFrog Investments, tells us how his PHD in philosophy led him to marry profit with purpose, by creating investment funds with deep impact on the lives of 200 million low-income people worldwide, while generating strong returns for its investors and the companies in which it invests. https://leapfroginvest.com Andy's Book Democracy Beyond Borders: https://www.amazon.com/Democracy-Beyond-Borders-Representation-Institutions-ebook-dp-B000WNHG48/dp/B000WNHG48/ Contact us: Mark.Oppenheimer[at]gmail and Jwerbe[at]gmail
Cryonics: who wants to live forever? | Francesca Minerva
45:46Is cryonics a viable route to immortality? Is immortality desirable, or would it present us with endless boredom and meaninglessness?
Addiction | Daniel Hochman
1:05:03Is being addicted to love or chocolate the same as being addicted to cocaine?