Posts in Culture and Ethics
#46: Hush! I’m Committing Cultural Violence

Museums are weird, or so says Danielle. In fact, she thinks that they are glaring evidence of the racist imperialist history of the West, and because of that, she finds it hard to find the serenity and aesthetic transcendence that we have all been trained to expect there. José thinks that we have a chance to define ourselves and connect with others by engaging (quietly, please!) with these very same objects. They fight it out.

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#43: If My Therapist Could See Me Now

This episode, José and Danielle talk about how to have difficult conversations. José suggests that the classic way of thinking about conversations—as the communication of information or beliefs—does not actually get the best results. Instead, if we are to find truth, connection, and a shared public life, we need to learn to identify and communicate emotional feelings, a much more difficult task.

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#35: Freeloaders & Fascists

In this episode, special guest Charlie Gilkey—philosopher and founder of Productive Flourishing and author of the forthcoming Start Finishing and The Small Business Life Cycleargues that all American citizens should serve three years in the military. He claims that such an experience engenders courage and fulfills a moral obligation of all citizens to meaningfully participate in the national defense. Although José seems persuaded by this idea, Danielle is not so sure.

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#29: The “I” in Us

Danielle suggests that identity politics—organizing and motivating political action through features of your identity such as race, gender, class, nationality, religion, etc.—is insufficient for the type of collective action needed to solve some important global problems. How do we, as a society, tackle issues like climate change or global poverty when we see ourselves as fractured groups, each with its own concerns? José believes that all political action must necessarily begin with the interests, needs, and perspectives of identity.

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#28: Our Patron Saint

We welcome guest Dr. Jack Russell Weinstein, Director of the Institute for Philosophy in Public Life at the University of North Dakota and host of the public radio show and podcast Why? Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life, to talk about public philosophy. How is talking to a public audience about philosophy different than speaking to those in traditional academic settings? What do philosophers have to offer the public? What exactly are we doing here on Think Hard?

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#11: Tolerating the Nazi Next Door

Danielle and José discuss the value of tolerance. Tolerance is a paradox because if we tolerate everyone, we have to tolerate those who are intolerant, thus threatening our tolerant society. Is there really a clear line between tolerating people’s speech and beliefs and tolerating their actions and policies? Why should we value tolerance, and how do we treat those who are intolerant?

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#2: Stop Traffic...and You Die

In this episode, Danielle and José consider the force, function, and fragility of political protests. We consider some of the recent Republican-backed legislation that threatens to limit the ability for people to protest. What purpose do protests serve in the public arena? In what ways do protests help build a sense of community? Is violence in public protesting ever acceptable? Here is a Washington Post article summarizing the national trend in legislation against protests 

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#1: I had a crumby trip because I'm a crumby person

In our inaugural episode, Danielle and José discuss travel and authenticity. When we go on trips, many of us are in search of some kind of authentic experience of another place. Where does this desire for authenticity come from and is it possible to achieve? Is the search for authenticity harmful for the places we travel? We end the show by discussing what we’ve been thinking about over the last few weeks, and leave our listeners with some recommendations.

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