Plato's Cave

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

65 episodes of Plato's Cave since the first episode, which aired on March 2nd, 2020.

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    Ep. 59 - Existentialism: Jacques the Fatalist, by Diderot (PART 2)

    September 21st, 2022  |  1 hr 41 mins
    action, amorality, analysis, angst, cave, choice, deceit, denis, diderot, existential, existentialism, fatalist, forking, free, freedom, grad school, graduate, group, his, jacques, jordan, life, lying, master, meaning, mini series, morality, myers, paths, phd, philosophy, plato, plato's cave, purpose, reading, rider, story, suffering, suicide, tales, the, treachery, university of houston, will

    Part 2 of Jacques the Fatalist and His Master by Denis Diderot.

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    Ep. 58 - Existentialism: Jacques the Fatalist, by Diderot (PART 1)

    September 19th, 2022  |  1 hr 18 mins
    action, amorality, analysis, angst, cave, choice, deceit, denis, diderot, existential, existentialism, fatalist, forking, free, freedom, grad school, graduate, group, his, jacques, jordan, life, lying, master, meaning, mini series, morality, myers, paths, phd, philosophy, plato, plato's cave, purpose, reading, rider, story, suffering, suicide, tales, the, treachery, university of houston, will

    Part 1 of Jacques the Fatalist and His Master by Denis Diderot.

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    Ep. 57 - Existentialism: The Stranger, by Camus

    September 17th, 2022  |  1 hr 50 mins
    action, analysis, angst, camus, cave, choice, existential, existentialism, freedom, grad school, graduate, group, jordan, life, meaning, mini series, myers, phd, philosophy, plato, plato's cave, purpose, reading, stranger, suffering, suicide, the, university of houston

    The Stranger by Albert Camus.

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    Ep. 56 - "Existentialism is a Humanism," by Sartre

    September 15th, 2022  |  1 hr 35 mins
    action, analysis, angst, antione, antoine, cave, choice, creation, ethics, existential, existentialism, freedom, french, grad school, graduate, group, humanism, jordan, life, meaning, mini series, myers, nausea, phd, philosophy, plato, plato's cave, purpose, radical, reading, sartre, self, self-taught man, suffering, suicide, university of houston

    "Existentialism is a Humanism" by Jean-Paul Sartre.

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    Ep. 55 - Existentialism: Nausea, by Sartre (PART 2)

    September 13th, 2022  |  2 hrs 2 mins
    action, analysis, angst, antione, antoine, cave, choice, creation, ethics, existential, existentialism, freedom, french, grad school, graduate, group, humanism, interview, jordan, life, meaning, mini series, myers, nausea, phd, philosophy, plato, plato's cave, purpose, radical, reading, sartre, self, self-taught man, suffering, suicide, university of houston

    Part 2 of Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre.

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    Ep. 54 - Existentialism: Nausea, by Sartre (PART 1)

    September 10th, 2022  |  1 hr 8 mins
    action, analysis, angst, antione, antoine, cave, choice, creation, ethics, existential, existentialism, freedom, french, grad school, graduate, group, humanism, jordan, life, meaning, mini series, myers, nausea, phd, philosophy, plato, plato's cave, purpose, radical, reading, sartre, self, self-taught man, suffering, suicide, university of houston

    Part 1 of Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre.

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    Ep. 53 - Existentialism: Notes from Underground, by Dostoyevsky (PART 2)

    September 8th, 2022  |  1 hr 56 mins
    action, analysis, angst, brothel, butler, cave, choice, dinner, dostoyevsky, existential, existentialism, freedom, from, fyodor, grad school, graduate, group, incel, jordan, life, liza, man, meaning, men, mini series, myers, notes, paradox, part 1, phd, philosophy, plato, plato's cave, purpose, reading, russia, suffering, suicide, underground, university of houston

    Part 2 of Notes from Underground. The Underground Man's past.

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    Ep. 52 - Existentialism: Notes from Underground, by Dostoyevsky (PART 1)

    September 5th, 2022  |  1 hr 46 mins
    action, analysis, angst, cave, choice, dostoyevsky, existential, existentialism, freedom, from, fyodor, grad school, graduate, group, incel, jordan, life, man, meaning, men, mini series, myers, notes, paradox, part 1, phd, philosophy, plato, plato's cave, purpose, reading, russia, suffering, suicide, underground, university of houston

    Part 1 of Notes from Underground. The Paradoxicalist's philosophy.

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    Ep. 51 - Manuel Vargas: Free Will Revisionism

    August 19th, 2022  |  8 mins 16 secs
    agency, beings, better, blame, building, cave, compatibilism, desert, determinism, four, free, freedom, grad school, graduate, hard, interview, jordan, libertarisniam, manuel, moral, myers, phd, philosophy, plato, plato's cave, praise, reasons, responsibility, responsiveness, revise, revisionism, san diego, uc, university of houston, vargas, views, will

    In this episode, I discuss a view about Free Will and Moral Responsibility, Revisionism, with Manuel Vargas. We talk about what it means to be a revisionist about theories in general, how he thinks our view of free will should be reshaped, and how the way we talk about free will and moral responsibility shapes the way we think about the debate.

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    Ep. 50 - Declaration of the Rights of Man (PPE series prt7)

    August 18th, 2022  |  1 hr 48 mins
    cave, citizen, constitution, declaration, enlightenment, foundation, government, grad school, graduate, group, independence, jordan, law, man, myers, phd, philosophy, plato, plato's cave, political, politics, ppe, protection, reading, rights, states, united, university of houston, us

    In part 7 of the Political Philosophy Reading Group series, Adam, Giffin, and I discuss the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen, a foundational Enlightenment document that inspired some of the United States' own formational ideas.

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    Ep. 49 - "Two Concepts of Liberty" by Isiah Berlin (PPE series prt6)

    August 16th, 2022  |  1 hr 8 mins
    ability, berlin, capability, cave, concepts, freedom, from, grad school, graduate, group, isiah, jordan, liberty, myers, negative, oppression, phd, philosophy, plato, plato's cave, political, politics, positive, ppe, reading, two, university of houston

    In part 6 of the Political Philosophy Reading Group series, Adam, Giffin, and I discuss Berlin's famous concepts of positive and negative liberty.

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    Ep. 48 - The Communist Manifesto (PPE series prt5)

    August 14th, 2022  |  2 hrs 1 min
    alienation, boredom, bourgeoise, bullshit, capitalism, career, cave, class, communism, engles, estranged, factory, grad school, graduate, group, job, jordan, karl, labor, marx, marxism, money, myers, phd, philosophy, plato, plato's cave, political, politics, ppe, proletariat, quit, reading, russell, shit, university of houston, wealth, work, working

    In part 5 of the Political Philosophy Reading Group series, Adam, Giffin, and I keep the Marx train going with a discussion of the Communist Manifesto, a political call to arms for the global workers of the 19th century. We talk about its historical and present day relevance.

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    Ep. 47 - Estranged Labor by Karl Marx (PPE series prt4)

    August 12th, 2022  |  2 hrs 9 secs
    alienation, boredom, bourgeoise, bullshit, capitalism, career, cave, class, communism, engles, estranged, factory, grad school, graduate, group, job, jordan, karl, labor, marx, marxism, money, myers, phd, philosophy, plato, plato's cave, political, politics, ppe, proletariat, quit, reading, russell, shit, university of houston, wealth, work, working

    In part 4 of the Political Philosophy Reading Group series, Adam, Giffin, and I discuss the pamphlet/writings of Karl Marx. We talk about the concept of estrangement or alienation with respect to present day and historical work environments and detail our own experiences with the concept.

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    Ep. 46 - Reactive Attitudes and Restorative Justice (PPE series prt3)

    August 8th, 2022  |  1 hr 39 mins
    anger, attitudes, australia, cave, conflict, consequentialist, forgiveness, freedom, grad school, graduate, group, guilt, jordan, justice, mcgeer, moral, myers, offender, phd, philosophy, plato, plato's cave, political, politics, ppe, princeton, property, punishment, reactive, reading, resentment, responsibility, restorative, retribution, retributivism, strawson, university of houston, victim, victoria

    In part 3 of the Political Philosophy Reading Group series, Adam, Giffin, and I discuss the paper "Co-Reactive Attitudes and the Making of Moral Community" by Victoria McGeer, wherein she links an adoption of P.F. Strawson's thesis about the reactive attitudes directly to the practice of restorative justice.

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    Ep. 45 - "What is the Point of Equality?" by Elizabeth Anderson (PPE series prt2)

    August 4th, 2022  |  2 hrs 42 mins
    ability, anderson, capabilities, capacity, cave, chance, egalitarian, egalitarianism, equality, equity, fate, fortune, grad school, graduate, group, income, jordan, luck, myers, phd, philosophy, plato, plato's cave, political, politics, ppe, reading, society, success, university of houston

    In part 2 of the Political Philosophy Reading Group series, Adam, Giffin, and I discuss the paper "What is the Point of Equality?" by Elizabeth Anderson, which investigated the role of luck in creating egalitarian outcomes. Anderson focuses on a capabilities approach to political equality which differs from some common intuitions held by luck egalitarians.

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    Ep. 44 - Conflict as Property and Restorative Justice (PPE series prt1)

    July 30th, 2022  |  1 hr 32 mins
    as, attitudes, cave, christie, colorado, conflict, criminal, criminology, disagreement, grad school, graduate, group, jordan, justice, myers, nihls, nils, phd, philosophy, plato, plato's cave, political, politics, ppe, prison, property, reactive, reading, restorative, ted talk, university of houston

    In part 1 of the Political Philosophy Reading Group series, we discuss the formative paper "Conflict as Property" by Nils Christie along with some of its more modern applications in restorative justice.