4.2. INTROPHIL – Objectivism, Relativism and Emotivism

4.2. INTROPHIL – Objectivism, Relativism and Emotivism

So we’re talking about the status of morality. That is the status of judgments like Genocide is morally abhorrent or Polygamy is morally dubious. What are we doing when we make judgments like this? And to think about that question, I’ve put forward three questions that we can think about. First, are these judgments the […]

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POP CULTURE: Mark Zuckerberg’s T-shirts

POP CULTURE: Mark Zuckerberg’s T-shirts

he looks like an ordinary guy he could be the taxi driver who took you to the airport a maths teacher or the manager of a gym in fact he’s one of the richest and most powerful people who has ever lived and he’s only just in his 30s he may be only still at […]

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2017 Maps of Meaning 12: Final: The Divinity of the Individual

2017 Maps of Meaning 12: Final: The Divinity of the Individual

I Started that I started the beginning of the class three months ago talking to you about What it what the problem was that I was trying to address? and The fundamental problem was the problem of belief systems and the issue is was what precisely constitutes a belief system and Then a secondary question […]

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POP CULTURE: Emma Watson

POP CULTURE: Emma Watson

“And now, let’s turn to a young woman who has chosen to lend her voice… …to this very important solidarity movement. She’s a leading British actor, an advocate for gender equality in her own right, she’s been involved with the promotion of girls’ education for several years. Ladies and gentlemen, please join me in welcoming […]

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The Late Capitalism of K-Pop

The Late Capitalism of K-Pop

it has always struck me how kpop seems to be like an accelerated version of Western pop it is brighter more dynamic and more calculated it styles and genres constantly shift and the song sections rapidly change from the high-cost music video sets the tightly coordinated choreography it seemed like the end result of work […]

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Martin Kusch: Relativism (3/5)

Martin Kusch: Relativism (3/5)

Okay, so I’ve given you one key example of how a relativist methodology in science looks. Let’s develop this a little bit further and ask ourselves, so why was this perceived as a threat or as a challenge, we might say, to the philosophy of science? Some philosophers of science saw it as a threat […]

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A Defense of Overthinking Pop Culture

A Defense of Overthinking Pop Culture

Here’s an idea. Popular culture is an abstract location where values are secured and challenged. ICYMI, in these final three episodes, we’re talking about the principles that have guided Idea Channel. This is the second of those episodes, meaning that it is our second to last episode ever. We’re doing this in the hopes of […]

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HISTORY: CONSUMERISM

HISTORY: CONSUMERISM

For most of history, the overwhelming majority of the Earth’s inhabitants have owned, more or less, nothing. The clothes they stood up in, some bowls, a pot and a pan, perhaps a broom and, if things were going really well, a few farming implements. Nations and peoples remained consistently poor. Global GDP did not grow […]

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Are Older People Wiser?

Are Older People Wiser?

This episode is brought to you by Hover Are older people wiser? No, not necessarily. I think older people are experienced and I think there’s a difference. So if you’ve experienced something, then you’ve had some learning from it. I think wisdom sometimes comes from even small children. Okay, this is my Nana. She’s the […]

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Kant & Categorical Imperatives: Crash Course Philosophy #35

Kant & Categorical Imperatives: Crash Course Philosophy #35

Crash Course Philosophy is brought to you by Squarespace. Squarespace: share your passion with the world. I don’t know if you’ve noticed this, but all of our discussions about ethics so far have had one thing in common: God. Divine Command Theory, for example, argues that what’s good, and what’s not, are determined by a […]

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