Hello, my name is Jordan and I'm the host of this show. I graduated the University of Pittsburgh in 2019 with a degree in engineering and a minor in philosophy and now I'm preparing to hopefully return to academia as a PhD student. This podcast is one way in which I'll keep my philosophical skills sharp and try to soak up all the wisdom I can from the best people in the field.
April 7th, 2020 | 1 hr 16 mins
academia, academic, affirmative action, atheism, boghossian, cave, controversy, free will, grad school, graduate, grievance, how to have, humanities, impossible conversations, james, lindsay, manual for creating atheists, metaphysics, muckraker media, outrage, peter, phd, philosophy, plato, plato's cave, portland state, professor, reform, science, scientific method, shaming, socrates, socratic method, studies, teaching, twitter, university
In this episode, I speak with Dr. Peter Boghossian about where academic philosophy stands in the modern university system. We discuss the problems that it and other humanities create for themselves and for the public, and how to reform the standards in the field by injecting a scientific and Socratic standard.
April 4th, 2020 | 1 hr 46 mins
450 volts, abu ghraib, abuse, asch, authority, browning, cave, conformity, crimes, evil, experiment, germany, goldhagen, grad school, graduate, iraq, milgram, morality, muckraker media, murder, nazi, obedience, phd, philosophy, plato, plato's cave, prison, rape, shock, stanford, test, war, yale, zimbardo
In this episode, I discuss the Stanley Milgram and Phil Zimbardo experiments and what they say about our human nature. These experiments are also tied into the Browning vs Goldhagen debate on how he German population was convinced to do such terrible acts during the holocaust.
March 29th, 2020 | 1 hr 34 mins
argument, bejamin, ben, blame, burgis, cave, compatiblism, determinism, free will, freedom, give, grad school, graduate, jon, kant, korsgaard, michael brooks, moral, morality, muckraker media, neuroscience, phd, philosophy, plato, plato's cave, punishment, resentment, responsibility, rosen, skeptic, strawson, them
In this episode, I speak with Ben Burgis for a second time about free will compatiblism in a deterministic world. We speak about the metaphysics of free will and determinism, and what should constitude ground for moral responsibility. We also discuss my grad school writing sample and Christine Korsgaard's work.
March 20th, 2020 | 1 hr 1 min
alastair, birmingham, cave, choice, contingency, counterfactual, decision theory, dr., free will, grad school, graduate, metaphysics, multiple worlds, options, oxford, phd, philosophy, physics, plato, plato's cave, professor, quantum, self, theory, university, wilson
In this episode, I spoke with Professor Alastair Wilson about his newly released book, The Nature of Contingency: Quantum Physics as Modal Realism. We spoke about contingency, counterfactuals, the multiple worlds interpretation of quantum physics, free will, and more.
March 16th, 2020 | 1 hr 36 mins
ben, burgis, cave, compatiblism, crime, determinism, fatalism, free will, grad school, graduate, incompatiblism, iona iltaila, jerry coyne, jon, luck, moral, neuroscience, phd, philosophy, plato, plato's cave, punishment, puppet, responsibility, robot, rosen, sam harris, two for tea
In this episode, Ben Burgis and Jon Rosen join me for a discussion on whether we have free will, or not, and if we do have it, is it the important type of freedom? I very much enjoyed hearing the two of them spar and I hope you find it valuable as well.
March 16th, 2020 | 1 hr 22 mins
cave, deception, empathy, ethics, grad school, graduate, hypocrisy, hypocrite, itunes: moral hypocrisy, itunes:59, lying, moral hypocrisy, morality, phd, philosophy, plato, plato's cave, relationships, that's bs, thats bs, thought experiment
In this episode, Giffin, Jordan, Brian, and Adam talk about what moral hypocrisy is and what it is not. Plus, how bad is being a moral hypocrite really? Is is actually worse to be a hypocrite than just lie? Find out in this episode.
March 16th, 2020 | 24 mins 40 secs
cave, compatiblism, determinism, free will, freedom and resentment, galen, grad school, graduate, itunes:61, itunes:pf strawon, korsgaard, moral responsibility, objective attitude, optimist, p.f. strawson, pessimist, phd, philosophy, plato, plato's cave, reactive attitude, responsibility, strawson, that's bs, thats bs, watson
In this episode, I discuss P.F. Strawson's landmark paper on moral responsibility, Freedom and Resentment, and its posing challenges towards those who believe free will and determinism have anything to do with responsibility.
March 15th, 2020 | 1 hr 6 mins
cave, clyde rathbone, conversation, dayne rathbone, dialetic, epistemology, grad school, graduate, internet, itunes:54, itunes:letter, letter, letter wiki, phd, philosophy, plato, plato's cave, rhetoric, that's bs, thats bs, trolling, twitter
In this episode, I speak with Clyde Rathbone who is a co-founder of Letter, a new and very engaging online marketplace of conversations. We discuss why the platform is very unique and inspiring, and about the health of out conversations, doing things that mater, and finding meaning in life. It was a all-around great talk, and I hope you think so too!
March 15th, 2020 | 1 hr 1 min
boghossian, cave, college campus, conversations, grad school, graduate, how to have impossible conversations, impossible, itunes: peter boghossian, itunes:51, outrage, pc culture, peter, phd, philosophy, plato, plato's cave, practical guide, sjw, that's bs, thats bs, twittter
In this episode, I speak with Peter Boghossian about his new book, co-authored with James Lindsay, How To Have Impossible Conversations. We discuss the book, SJW culture, moral relativism, Twitter, the grievance studies paper, and more. I had a great time speaking to Peter and found him to be a downright decent and honest guy. I hope you enjoy our talk and buy his book.
March 15th, 2020 | 1 hr 13 mins
aristotle, cave, consequantialism, ethics, grad school, graduate, itunes:43, itunes:aristotlepart2, mean, morality, objectivism, part 2, phd, philosophy, plato, plato's cave, realism, relativism, that's bs, thats bs, vice, virtue
In this episode, In this episode, Jordan, Brian, and Adam discuss the possible shortcomings of Aristotelian ethics as opposed to consequentialism or deontology. Plus, a quibble on moral relativism.
March 15th, 2020 | 1 hr 15 mins
cave, epistemology, grad school, graduate, grievance studies, helen, hoax, identity politics, itunes:37, itunes:helen pluckrose, phd, philosophy, plato, plato's cave, pluckrose, postmodernism, regressive left, that's bs, thats bs
In this episode, I sit down with Helen Pluckrose to discuss the grievance studies papers she co-authored. We also discuss epistemology on the left and her upcoming book and how to combat regressive leftism.
March 15th, 2020 | 1 hr 11 mins
action, aristotle, cave, consequentialism, ethics, eudiamonia, grad school, graduate, itunes:episode, itunes:title, life, morality, phd, philosophy, plato, plato's cave, that's bs, thats bs, vice, virtue
Part 1 of a 2 part series on Aristotelian virtue ethics.
March 15th, 2020 | 1 hr 23 mins
bible, cave, church, depression, family, god, grad school, graduate, itunes:32, itunes:paul vanderklay, jesus, jordan peterson, meaning, myth, pastor, phd, philosophy, plato, plato's cave, religion, sam harris, that's bs, thats bs
In this episode, I spoke with Paul about many interesting topics: God, my religious experiences, his pastoral work, Jordan Peterson's religiosity, interpreting scripture, and more. This was a really interesting and fun episode, and I hope you think so too!
March 14th, 2020 | 2 hrs 8 mins
cave, cultural relativism, dirty, ethics, grad school, graduate, history, imperialism, moral relativism, phd, philosophy, plato, plato's cave, podcast, random history topics, rhetoric in history, that's bs, thats bs
In this episode of Plato's Cave, I invite on Adam from That's BS and two guests from the Dirty History Podcast, Thomas and Woodrow. We talked about WWI and WWII, Imperialism, Rhetoric in history, Random history topics, Moral relativism, and Ethics in history. This was an amazing podcast to record and I hope you like it as well.
March 2nd, 2020 | 38 mins 29 secs
allegory, camel, cave, child, enlightenment, friedrich nietzsche, grad school, graduate, lion, nietzsche, overman, phd, philosophy, plato, plato's cave, society, the republic, truth, ubermensch, values
In this episode of Plato's Cave, I unpack The Allegory of the Cave from Plato's Republic and Thus Spoke Zarathustra from Friedrich Nietzsche and use both works to explain what I'm hoping to accomplish with this podcast.