Plato's Cave

A Philosophy Podcast by Jordan Myers (MA Student, University of Houston)

About the show

I'm Jordan Myers and I'm a Master's student studying philosophy at the University of Houston. Plato's Cave is my attempt to exit... well, the cave. It's a philosophy podcast meant to help me guide my ascent to the real world, the truth, the place where life is worth living; and apparently that means giving up a regular job with good pay to pursue the security of the academic job market - the philosophy job market nonetheless. Join me on my journey as I cover philosophical works and speak with the best philosophical minds I can convince to come on the show!


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    Ep. 28 - Eddy Nahmias: Neuroscience as a (Non) Threat to Free Will

    February 10th, 2022  |  43 mins 6 secs
    actions, agency, brain, bypassing, cave, choice, debunk, desire, determinism, eddy, free, freedom, grad school, graduate, gsu, harris, jordan, myers, nahmias, neuro, neuroscience, nudge, phd, philosophy, plato, plato's cave, scan, skeptic, source, undermine, will, willusionism

    I spoke with the philosopher Eddy Nahmias about his work in Free Will and Moral Responsibility. What type of freedom do we have, or want to have? And does the increasing understanding of the brain threaten our sense of acting freely? Find out all this and more in my talk with Eddy.

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    Ep. 27 - Seth Shabo: Free Will Mysterianism

    January 20th, 2022  |  1 hr 5 mins
    attitude, cave, chance, community, compatibilism, could, deleware, fischer, frankfurt case, free, grad school, graduate, incompatibilism, inwagen, jordan, libertarianism, luck, moral, myers, mysterianism, mystery, objection, objective, otherwise, peter, phd, philosophy, plato, plato's cave, possibilities, reactive, responsibility, seth, shabo, van, van inwagen, will, wolf

    In this episode, I speak with Seth Shabo about Mysterianism, a view originated by Peter van Inwagen. We also touch related topics: determinism's relevance to responsibility, reactive attitudes, and the Luck Objection to free will.

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    Ep. 26 - Adam Kadlac: Objectification in Sports

    December 29th, 2021  |  1 hr 9 mins
    4, adam, athlete, autonomy, body, cave, chapter, danger, ethics, fan, fandom, forest, grad school, graduate, jordan, kadlac, morality, myers, nussbaum, objectification, owner, phd, philosophy, plato, plato's cave, reactive objective, respect, risk, sport, sports, wake

    In this episode, I speak with Adam Kadlac about a chapter in his newly published book, The Ethics of Sports Fandom. We discuss the pitfalls of objectification within various areas of athletics and from different perspectives. You can purchase the full book now!

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    Ep. 25 - Matthew Flummer: The Free Will Show and Moral Responsibility

    December 13th, 2021  |  50 mins 43 secs
    agency, alternate, case, cave, control, could, cyr, determinism, divine, done, foreknowledge, frankfurt, free, god, grad school, graduate, have, jordan, moral, myers, otherwise, pap, phd, philosophy, plato, plato's cave, podcast, responsibility, show, sourcehood, taylor, the, will, wolf

    In this episode, I speak with Matthew Flummer about various episodes and topics from his podcast, The Free Will Show. We discuss Frankfurt cases, God's Foreknowledge as a threat to freedom, and the type of control needed for responsibility.

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    Ep. 24 - Paul Russell: Free Will, Art, and Morality (& Compatibilism)

    November 18th, 2021  |  1 hr 13 mins
    2008, art, athletics, attitudes, british, cave, chance, columbia, compatibilism, determinism, ethics, evaluation, evil, fate, free, good, grad school, graduate, jordan, judgement, luck, lund, moral, morality, myers, paul, phd, philosophy, plato, plato's cave, project, reactive, responsibility, retribution, revenge, russell, skill, strawson, watson, will, wrong

    In this episode, I speak with Paul Russell about his 2008 paper, "Free Will, Art, and Morality," along with more general topics within the responsibility debate, included in Paul's chapter in the Oxford Handbook on Moral Responsibility (forthcoming). We discuss his case for compatibilism between determinism and moral responsibility.

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    Ep. 23 - Susan Wolf: On Moral Responsibility

    October 22nd, 2021  |  1 hr 23 secs
    act, asymmetrical, asymmetry, attitudes, blame, cave, chance, chapel, character, determinism, ethics, free, freedom, good, grad school, graduate, hill, importance, jordan, luck, moral, morality, myers, objective, of, phd, philosophy, plato, plato's cave, praise, reactive, reasons, responsibility, responsiveness, sommers, strawson, susan, the, unc, will, wolf

    In this episode, I speak with Susan Wolf about her first two papers, "Asymmetrical Freedom" and "The Importance of Having Free Will." These papers have been influential to me and I was lucky enough to discuss them with Dr. Wolf. We discuss her views on moral responsibility, reactive attitudes, and her upcoming projects.

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    Ep. 22 - John Martin Fischer: Moral Responsibility Semicompatibilism

    September 16th, 2021  |  1 hr 8 mins
    anger, attitudes, black, blame, case, cave, compatibilism, determinism, device, frankfurt, free, freedom, grad school, graduate, guidance, jordan, mechanism, moderate, moral, myers, pap, phd, philosophy, plato, plato's cave, reactive, reasons, resentment, responsibility, responsiveness, riverside, semi, semicompatibilism, uc, watson, will

    In this episode, I speak with John Martin Fischer about his semicompatibilism about moral responsibility. We use his 2012 paper, "Semicompatibilism and its Rivals" as a framework for the discussion.

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    Ep. 21 - Gregg Caruso: Just Deserts & Rejecting Retributivism

    June 4th, 2021  |  1 hr 25 mins
    agent, attitudes, blame, caruso, cave, compatibilism, compatibilist, consequentialism, criminal justice, dan, daniel, death, debating, dennett, deserts, event, frankfurt, free, grad school, graduate, gregg, harris, interview, jordan, just, libertarianism, moral, myers, objective, penalty, person, phd, philosophy, plato, plato's cave, praise, punishment, reactive, rejecting, responsibility, retributivism, strawson, subjective, will

    In this episode, I speak with Gregg Caruso about this recent book, Just Deserts, co-authored with Dan Dennett. We discuss his claims about rejecting deep moral responsibility while still preserving many distinctions that compatibilists like Dan find important. We also dive into the divide between he (and myself) and Dennett.

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    Ep. 20 - Per-Erik Milam: Letting Go & Forgiveness

    May 8th, 2021  |  1 hr 6 mins
    address, attitudes, blame, calhoun, cave, community, dana, erik, ethics, forgiveness, friends, go, gothenburgh, grad school, graduate, harm, injury, jordan, letting, milam, moral, myers, nelkin, objective, per, phd, philosophy, plato, plato's cave, praise, reactive, relationships, responsibility, strawson, wrong

    In this episode, I speak with Per Milam about his recent work on letting go as an alternative to forgiveness. These topics naturally touch on the practices of blame and responsibility and Strawson's reactive attitudes.

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    Ep. 19 - Derek Leben: Pascal's Wager & Anti-Natalism for AI

    April 15th, 2021  |  1 hr 14 mins
    ai, artificial, bostrom, cave, consciousness, control, derek, destroy, deutsche, elon, ethics, god, grad school, graduate, hard, harris, infinite, intelligence, johnstown, jordan, leben, machine, materialism, musk, myers, pascal, phd, philosophy, pitt, pittsburgh, plato, plato's cave, problem, sam, suffering, universe, university, wager

    In this episode, I speak with Dr. Derek Leben about his recent Philosophy Now article, Pascal’s Artificial Intelligence Wager. We talk about Pascal's wager applied to AI, the control problem, consciousness, our ability to control the course of AI development, and the meaning that grounds moral realism.

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    Ep. 18 - Tamar Schapiro: Weakness of Will

    March 26th, 2021  |  37 mins 42 secs
    action, akrasia, animal, cave, compatibilism, compatibilist, ethics, free, freedom, grad school, graduate, jordan, kant, kantian, libertarian, mit, myers, nature, phd, philosophy, plato, plato's cave, responsibility, schapiro, tamer, weak, weakness, will

    In this episode, I speak with philosopher Tamar Schapiro about her work on weak willed action from a Kantian perspective. This all relates to her forthcoming book, Feeling Like it: a Theory of Inclination and Will.

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    Ep. 17 - Philip Goff: Panpsychism

    December 16th, 2020  |  59 mins 20 secs
    atom, bat, body, brain, cave, chalmers, combination, consciousness, dualism, durham, epiphenomenalism, error, experience, fmri, galileo, goff, grad school, graduate, hard, interview, jordan, materialism, mind, muckraker media, myers, nagel, neuroscience, of, pan, panpsychism, panpsychist, phd, philip, phillip, philosophy, plato, plato's cave, problem, reduction, reductionism, scan, theory

    In this episode, I speak with Dr. Phillip Goff about Panpsychism. We discuss what we mean by consciousness, why materialist reductionism doesn't satisfy as an explanation of its existence, and what Panpsychism can offer as a theory of consciousness.

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    Ep. 16 - Patrick Lee Miller: Be Right Back and The Entire History of You

    October 11th, 2020  |  1 hr 46 mins
    ai, analysis, ash, back, be, black, brooker, cave, charlie, chip, death, denial, emotion, entire, frued, grad school, graduate, grain, grief, history, jealousy, jordan, lee, loss, lust, martha, memory, miller, mind, mirror, muckraker media, myers, netflix, patrick, phd, philosophy, plato, plato's cave, review, right, sadness, simulation, technology, the, you

    In this episode, I speak with Dr. Patrick Lee Miller about two episodes of the phenomenal Netflix series, Black Mirror: BE Right Back and The Entire History of You. We discuss the episode's themes of grief, loss of self to technology, memory, loved ones, relationships, jealousy, and more. This was a ton of fun and I hope you enjoy it as well!

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    Ep. 15 - Brandon Warmke: Moral Grandstanding

    September 25th, 2020  |  52 mins 42 secs
    abuse, book, brandon, cave, ethics, grad school, graduate, grand, grandstand, grandstanding, interview, jordan, justin, media, moral, muckraker media, myers, phd, philosophy, plato, plato's cave, politics, posturing, religion, review, signaling, social, stand, talk, tosi, trump, twitter, use, vice, virtue, warmke

    In this episode, I speak with Brandon Warmke about his new book, Grandstanding, which he co-authored with Justin Tosi. Brandon is a professor of philosophy at Bowling Green State University. I highly recommend the book, and I hope this talk does it justice. I very much enjoyed speaking with Brandon, and I hope you enjoy our conversation as well.

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    Ep. 14 - Brandon Robshaw: Eternal Recurrence

    September 4th, 2020  |  55 mins 13 secs
    ban, brandon, burqa, cave, eternal, eternity, europe, grad school, graduate, infinity, islam, jordan, liberal, loop, muckraker media, myers, nietzsche, now, phd, philosophy, plato, plato's cave, political, recurrence, reincarnation, robshaw, should, state

    In this episode, I speak with Dr. Brandon Robshaw about his recent piece in Philosophy Now on Nietzsche's Eternal Recurrence. We also discuss his new book, 'Should a Liberal State Ban the Burqa?' (The short answer is no.)

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    Ep. 13 - David Papineau: Materialism and Consciousness

    August 23rd, 2020  |  52 mins 28 secs
    argument, bernardo, cave, chalmers, color, consciousness, david, dualism, free will, goff, grad school, graduate, hard, idealism, jordan, kastrup, mary, materialism, mind, monism, muckraker media, myers, naturalism, panpsychism, papineau, phd, phillip, philosophy, plato, plato's cave, problem, reduction, science, scientist, searles, theory, theory of mind, zombie

    In this episode, I talk with David Papineau about his rejection of the Hard Problem of Consciousness, how dualism infects thinking about theory of mind, and how materialism is the best account of why we have experiences.