The Calamari Ring of Gyges

In this episode we discuss a variety of philosophical topics related to the Netflix series Squid Game. Along the way we complain about rich people and offer some interesting rankings and comparisons.

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Old MacDonald Told a Joke

In this episode we mourn the passing of comedian Norm MacDonald as we discuss the philosophy of comedy. Plato and Camus walk into a bar…

Music in this episode: “Attack of the Mole Men” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Am I Losing Me?

In this episode we discuss philosophical issues at the intersection of personal identity and death. As Billy Joel is want to say “Don’t go changing.”
The papers we allude to in the episode can be found in Exploring the Philosophy of Death and Dying edited by Michael Cholbi and Travis Timmerman.

Music in this episode: “Attack of the Mole Men” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Hell is Other Rich People

In this first episode of Season 8 we take a look at some of the more noteworthy philosophical themes found in a couple of recent television limited series: The White Lotus and Nine Perfect Strangers. This episode promises to be so intense that you will need two spa days and an afternoon on a yacht to recover.

Music in this episode: “Attack of the Mole Men” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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To Boldly Go Where No Franchise Has Gone Before

In this episode we do a season wrap-up where we reflect on the past year’s events and look at some philosophical models of what the future might look like. We are also coming “live” from the 2021 meeting of the Popular Culture Association (this is the fourth installment of a multi-episode series). We talk to David LoConto about some of his favorite points of intersection between philosophy and pop culture. We discuss (among other things) the latest installment in the Star Trek franchise—Discovery, which was most likely named after the ELO album of the same name.

Music in this episode: “Attack of the Mole Men” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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From the PCA: Oh To Be Virtually Influential!

In this episode we are coming “live” from the 2021 meeting of the Popular Culture Association (this is the third installment of a multi-episode series). We talk to a couple of prominent scholars, Gwendolyn Dolske and Randy Jensen, about some of their favorite points of intersection between philosophy and pop culture. We discuss (among other things) social media, the good life, and living in a virtual world.

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From the PCA: The Pumpkin King’s Gambit!

In this episode we are coming “live” from the 2021 meeting of the Popular Culture Association (this is the second installment of a multi-episode series). We talk to a couple of prominent scholars, Jason Murphy and Siobhain Lash, about some of their favorite points of intersection between philosophy and pop culture. We discuss (among other things) the Queen’s Gambit and the Nightmare Before Christmas.

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“Attack of the Mole Men” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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From the PCA: Plagues, Video Games, and Spaghetti in the Bathtub!

In this episode we are coming “live” from the 2021 meeting of the Popular Culture Association (this is the first installment of a multi-episode series). We talk to a couple of prominent scholars, Ed Cameron and Jennifer McMahon, about some of their favorite points of intersection between philosophy and pop culture. We discuss (among other things) the films of Harmony Korine, Sartre’s No Exit, Camus’s The Plague, and the online game Among Us. Just doing our part to keep things light and positive.

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For Hume the Bell Tolls!

In this episode we talk about David Hume’s thoughts on miracles and beliefs as they apply to that ugliest of pop culture phenomenon: the conspiracy theory. Along the way we visit a couple of underground pizza parlors, talk with some lizard people, and dare Bill Gates to just try tracking our whereabouts.

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A Selfie is Worth about 25 Words

In this episode we talk about challenges to living an authentic life in light of some recent trends on social media. We address the timeless question: can someone truly be in bad faith if they are like really photogenic?

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