The Philosophers Stoned

Hosted BySam Labun & Jordan Strauss

A comedy podcast about philosophy with Sam Labun (B.A. and M.A. in philosophy) and comedian Jordan Strauss. Email us with questions or proposed topics at

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 Socrates” or “Little Green Nietzsche,” would struggle to answer questions about the external world, and themselves. Bakker argues that to truly understand ourselves, we must see ourselves in the light of Alien Philosophy.