Why? Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life

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A monthly philosophy show hosted by Dr. Jack Russell Weinstein that explores current everyday themes. Jack visits with guests who work in academic philosophy or whose professions are ideal for digging into the philosophical issues that affect everyday life.

The mission of "Why? Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life" is to create a large-scale conversation between philosophical professionals and the general public. Even more so, however, the show was created to illustrate how day-to-day life is steeped in deep philosophical commitments and to provide a venue for exploration of those same commitments.

Each episode begins with a monologue-style discussion of current events as seen through a philosophical lens then features a discussion with the guest about their work and how it relates to general audiences.

Dr. Weinstein is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Dakota and the Director of the Institute for Philosophy in Public Life. He has had a career-long interest in public philosophy as well as long-term interest in radio. Why? is the combination of the two. He has authored two books, three edited collections and journal symposia, and over two dozen articles and reviews. He has contributed work for lay audiences to newspapers, magazines, and public radio. He lives in Grand Forks with his wife Kim, their daughter Adina, and their dog Mingus. Hide full description

The mission of "Why? Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life" is to create a large-scale conversation between philosophical professionals and the general public. Even more so, however, the show was created to illustrate how day-to-day life is steeped in deep philosophical commitments and to provide a venue for exploration of those same commitments.Each episode begins with a monologue-style discussion of current events as seen through a philosophical lens then features a discussion with the guest about their work and how it relates to general audiences. Dr. Weinstein is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Dakota and the Director of the Institute for Philosophy in Public Life. He has had a career-long interest in public philosophy as well as long-term interest in... Show full description


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Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with British philosopher Helen Steward, Professor of Philosophy of Mind and Action at the University of Leeds.

  • Added: Jun 05, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
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Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Kerry Diamond, co-founder of Cherry Bombe magazine.

  • Added: May 17, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
Caption: Otavio Bueno
Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Otavio Bueno, professor of philosophy at the University of Miami. He focuses on philosophy of science, phil...

  • Added: Apr 10, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
Caption: Ernest Sosa
Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Ernest Sosa, professor of history at Rutgers University.

  • Added: Mar 09, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
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It is Why? Radio’s 100th episode; a powerful milestone for a monthly show. To help us celebrate, we are joined by writers, activists, and feminist ...

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  • Added: Feb 25, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: David B. Wong
It's common for people to disagree about what constitutes an ethical approach to an issue or a way of living. Can more than one approach be right? ...

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  • Added: Oct 22, 2016
  • Length: 53:58
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Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Deborah Tannen, University Professor and Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University and author of ma...

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  • Added: Oct 01, 2016
  • Length: 53:50
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Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Peter de Marneffe, Professor of Philosophy at Arizona State University. He writes about liberty and libera...

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  • Added: Oct 01, 2016
  • Length: 55:11
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Caption: Tommie Shelby
Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Dr. Tommie Shelby, department of philosophy at Harvard University, the Caldwell Titcomb Professor of Africa...

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  • Added: Jul 30, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: Robert Audi
Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Robert Audi, the O'Brien professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame.

  • Added: Jun 25, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
Caption: Ryan Hanley
Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Ryan Patrick Hanley, associate professor of history at Marquette University. His research in the history of...

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  • Added: May 17, 2016
  • Length: 53:40
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Caption: Sharona Hoffman
Everyone gets older, but not everyone plans for it. Even fewer people think about that planning philosophically. We look closely at one author’s pr...

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  • Added: May 05, 2016
  • Length: 53:59
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Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, author of “Plato at the Googleplex, Why Philosophy Won't Go Away.”

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  • Added: Mar 10, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
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When we think of college, we think of sports: of the big 10, of the NCAA, of the draft. Yet, the more money college sports earns and the more profe...

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  • Added: Feb 17, 2016
  • Length: 54:01
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Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with George Lakoff and Mark Johnson, authors of the classic text, "Metaphors We Live By," which changed our unde...

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  • Added: Dec 29, 2015
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: Alexandra Grant
Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Alexandra Grant, exploring her use of language to combine art and literature.

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  • Added: Nov 08, 2015
  • Length: 53:50
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Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Elizabeth Anderson, the John Dewey Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies and...

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  • Added: Oct 09, 2015
  • Length: 53:59
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Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Dan Kahan, the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law & Professor of Psychology at Yale Law School. His prim...

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  • Added: Aug 10, 2015
  • Length: 54:00
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Hosst Jack Russell Weinstein visits with choreographer, performance artist, scholar, and of course dancer, Helanius J. Wilkins.

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  • Added: May 21, 2015
  • Length: 53:54
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Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Rachel Laudan, food historian and the author of Cuisine and Empire: Cooking in World History.

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  • Added: Mar 28, 2015
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 1