philosophy http://wamc.org en "Plato At The Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away" By Rebecca Goldstein http://wamc.org/post/plato-googleplex-why-philosophy-wont-go-away-rebecca-goldstein <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Is philosophy obsolete? Are the ancient questions still relevant in the age of cosmology and neuroscience, not to mention crowd-sourcing and cable news?</p><p>In her new book, <em>Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away</em>, acclaimed philosopher and novelist <a href="http://www.rebeccagoldstein.com/">Rebecca Newberger</a> Goldstein provides a dazzlingly original plunge into the drama of philosophy, revealing its hidden role in today’s debates on religion, morality, politics, and science.</p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:40:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 87937 at http://wamc.org "Plato At The Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away" By Rebecca Goldstein "Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, And The Gap Between Us And Them" By Joshuar Greene http://wamc.org/post/moral-tribes-emotion-reason-and-gap-between-us-and-them-joshuar-greene <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.wjh.harvard.edu/~jgreene/">Joshua Greene</a> is the John and Ruth Hazel Associate Professor of the Social Sciences and the director of the Moral Cognition Laboratory in the Department of Psychology, Harvard University.</p><p>In his new book, <em>Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them</em>, he explores the underlying causes of modern conflict.</p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 16:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 79964 at http://wamc.org "Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, And The Gap Between Us And Them" By Joshuar Greene "The Trolley Problem" by Thomas Cathcart http://wamc.org/post/trolley-problem-thomas-cathcart <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tom </span>Cathcart<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, author of </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, joins us this morning to discuss his new book, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Trolley Problem</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The Trolley Problem is an ethical thought experiment dreamed up in 1978 by British philosopher </span>Philippa<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Foot.</span></p><p><em>The Trolley Problem</em> explores the problem through the lens of a trial in the court of public opinion—readers are members of the jury. Cathcart presents two distinct philosophical takes on the problem through the lawyers’ closing statements, but also offers up a number of alternate outlooks on related conundrums through a variety of other media.</p><p>Tom Cathcart spent most of his career in health care, including directing a boarding home for people with HIV/AIDS in Portland, Maine. His old college pal, Danny Klein, enlisted him as co-author of a book about how jokes can illuminate philosophical ideas. His new book is his first solo project.</p><p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 76577 at http://wamc.org "The Trolley Problem" by Thomas Cathcart The Book Show #1287 - Daniel Klein http://wamc.org/post/book-show-1287-daniel-klein <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In his early 70s, author Daniel Klein came to terms with aging. Klein returned to the Greek village and philosophers he has visited for decades to discover authentic ways of aging.</p><p>In <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0143121936/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0143121936&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">Travels with Epicurus: A Journey to a Greek Island in Search of a Fulfilled Life</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=0143121936" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1" /> </em>, he concludes that old age is a privilege to be savored, rather than a disease to be cured or a condition to be denied.</p><p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 19:06:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 59897 at http://wamc.org The Book Show #1287 - Daniel Klein An Unknown World: Notes on the Meaning of the Earth by Jacob Needleman http://wamc.org/post/unknown-world-notes-meaning-earth-jacob-needleman <p>Philosopher Jacob Needleman joins us to discuss his book, <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1585429015/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=1585429015&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">An Unknown World: Notes on the Meaning of the Earth</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=1585429015" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1"></em>. The book explores the question: What is the purpose of life on Earth?</p><p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 51343 at http://wamc.org An Unknown World: Notes on the Meaning of the Earth by Jacob Needleman