The Philosophers Stoned

Episode 40: Nothing

In this perplexing episode, we discuss why there is something rather than nothing. Quantum physics says that there is something rather than nothing because the quantum energy field naturally fluctuates from potentiality to actuality. But philosophers-of-nothing persist: why is there is a quantum energy field at all? This question seems like an impossible riddle. However,…

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Episode 39: Q and A

In this episode we respond to questions from listeners about a variety of topics. We couldn’t answer every question this week, but we will get through them all eventually. If you want your question read on the podcast, email TPSpodcast420@gmail.com.

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Episode 38: Anarchy

In this episode, we discuss philosophical Anarchism. Anarchy means the absence of government authority. Anarchists come in many forms, but Anarchy does not necessarily mean moral nihilism and chaos. As Alan Moore writes in V for Vendetta: “Anarchy means ‘without leaders,’ not ‘without order.’” The essence of anarchy as a political ideal is that human…

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Episode 36: Leviathan

Social Contract Theory is a theory that the State’s legitimate and justified authority over the individual is based on a mutual agreement between the individual and the State. In theory, we agree to give up certain rights (e.g. the right to steal your neighbor’s cows) and in exchange, the State protects our other rights (e.g….

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Episode 35: Behaviourism

The question of “Nurture vs Nature” to explain human behaviour has long interested psychologists and philosophers. Behaviourists believed the answer was definitely “Nurture”- everything about our behaviour can explained in terms of our environment. The most radical behaviourists believed that everything about human behaviour could be explained by studying rats in mazes. Today, however, behaviourism…

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Episode 34: What Happened To Kill Tony?

In this episode, we take a break from philosophy and discuss recent events from stand-up comedy. Tony Hinchcliffe is a stand-up comedian who has hosted the live show/podcast Kill Tony for many years. Kill Tony is a lottery show where anyone can put their name in a hat for a chance to perform 60 seconds…

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Episode 33: Philosophy of Sports

In this episode we discuss a range of topics, from the Mayan Ball Game, to the essential characteristics of sports, to the controversial topic of transgender athletes. Sports have traditionally been segregated based on sex: men’s leagues and women’s leagues. However, transgender athletes have challenged the efficacy of sex segregation. Is it time for a…

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Episode 32: The Future of Classics

In this episode, we discuss the work of Domincan-born philosopher Dan-el Padilla Peralta, currently Associate Professor of Classics at Princeton University. “Classics” is the study of ancient Greece and Rome, including their languages and philosophy. Peralta argues that the future of classics is in jeopardy, because these ancient societies fully embraced slavery. Philosophers like Plato…

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Episode 31: Evolution and Morality

Many animals appear to have the capacity for moral behavior- altruism and kinship exists in many species, not just humans. This suggests that much of our moral behavior was selected for by evolutionary processes. Some biologists have concluded that ethics is now in the province of evolutionary biology, not philosophy. Are moral philosophers out of…

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Episode 30: The Empty Man [SPOILERS]

In this episode, we philosophically review the 2020 horror film, “The Empty Man.” There will be spoilers, so we recommend that you watch the movie first, then listen to the review. The Empty Man is an alien entity that promotes a philosophy of murderous nihilism, and is the very epitome of Nietzsche’s infamous warning, “If…

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