The Roundtable
11:40 am
Fri April 11, 2014

"Plato At The Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away" By Rebecca Goldstein


  Is philosophy obsolete? Are the ancient questions still relevant in the age of cosmology and neuroscience, not to mention crowd-sourcing and cable news?

In her new book, Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away, acclaimed philosopher and novelist Rebecca Newberger 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.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Tue December 17, 2013

"Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, And The Gap Between Us And Them" By Joshuar Greene

    Joshua Greene 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.

In his new book, Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them, he explores the underlying causes of modern conflict.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Tue October 29, 2013

"The Trolley Problem" by Thomas Cathcart

      Tom Cathcart, author of Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar, joins us this morning to discuss his new book, The Trolley Problem. The Trolley Problem is an ethical thought experiment dreamed up in 1978 by British philosopher Philippa Foot.

The Trolley Problem 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.

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.

WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

The Book Show #1287 - Daniel Klein

    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.

In Travels with Epicurus: A Journey to a Greek Island in Search of a Fulfilled Life , he concludes that old age is a privilege to be savored, rather than a disease to be cured or a condition to be denied.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Thu March 14, 2013

An Unknown World: Notes on the Meaning of the Earth by Jacob Needleman

Philosopher Jacob Needleman joins us to discuss his book, An Unknown World: Notes on the Meaning of the Earth. The book explores the question: What is the purpose of life on Earth?