The Philosophers Stoned

Episode 29: Alien Philosophy

In this episode, we discuss a paper by Canadian philosopher and fantasy novelist R. Scott Bakker. In his paper, “On Alien Philosophy,” Bakker argues that the evolutionary forces that caused Earth species to develop intelligence and philosophy could likely cause alien species to develop their own intelligence and philosophy. And, like us, their philosophers, “Martian…

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Episode 28: Socrates v Jesus v Buddha: Triple Death Match!

In this episode, we join the hosts of the Bible Beaters Podcast, Caleb Campbell and Kyle Vestner, for a stimulating menage a quatre to compare and contrast three revolutionary thinkers: Did you know Jesus, Socrates, and Buddha all wore the same brand of sandals (Adidas)? And none of them ever had a real job? Did…

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Episode 27: Dao, All The Way Daon

This week we struggle to comprehend the ancient Chinese philosophy of Daoism. Daoism is believed to have originated with the mystical sage Laozi, or “Old Philosopher.” Dao means, “way” or “path.” The way you do everything- the philosophy you live by. your morning routine, the way you walk down the street- is your dao. Dao…

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Episode 26: The Stoics

In this episode we examine the ancient philosophy of Stoicism. The Stoics denounced all passions and were terrible guests at orgies. We delve deep into the Stoic’s theory about the origins of the universe, which involves divine sperm and an endless cycle of Conflagrations, and we also examine their theory of knowledge, ethics, and emotion….

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Episode 25: Epicurus, “Epically Curious”

In this episode we begin responding to a listener question about Epicurus, Stoics, and Taoists. Epicurus was a philosopher from Ancient Greece who developed a unified theory of particle physics, consciousness, human social evolution, language and psychology. He was also a flat-Earther but we’ll forgive it just this once 😉 Please send your questions, comments,…

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Episode 24: Animal Rights

In this episode, we discuss the concepts of speciesism and the moral consideration of animals under utilitarianism and the philosophy of animal rights. Shoutout to Matt Pusch for his heroic editing of this trainwreck of an episode.

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Episode 23: Possible Worlds

In this episode, Sam and Jordan follow their tradition of discussing some random nonsense and then digging into a deep philosophical topic. This week it’s possible worlds. Some philosophers, like some physicists, believe in a multiverse of “parallel universes” or “possible worlds.” But philosopher David Lewis didn’t need any fancy telescopes to develop his theory;…

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Episode 22: The Sophists, Rhetoric, and Weaponized Persuasion

In this episode, we respond to a listener question about the Sophists of Ancient Greece. Gorgias (AKA Lil Gorgeous) claimed that he did not teach the art of living well, but rather the art of persuasion. Persuasion is value-neutral- the artful persuader can lead people to a life of virtue and knowledge, but they could…

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Episode 21: Moral Dilemmas of Colonizing Space

In this episode, Sam and Jordan discuss Agent Smith’s theory about humans from “The Matrix.” and the moral dilemmas that arise when considering whether to colonize other worlds or make a sustainable home on Earth. Also, an interesting listener email about Rhetoric and the Sophists of Ancient Greece.

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Episode 20: Working in a Brewery and Toxic Masculinity

Jordan discusses the trials and tribulations of working at a Willy-Wonka-esque brewery. Then, the boys dig deep into the mailbag to answer your questions, including a question on Toxic Masculinity. Disclaimer: This episode is fraught with technical difficulties. Please consider this an “optional” episode.

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