Synopsis

Hosted by political philosopher and Vanderbilt University professor Robert Talisse, Why We Argue is an interview podcast that brings in academics, philosophers, historians, journalists, politicians, and other notable public figures to think about the state of American political discourse and the roll intellectual humility can play in public conversation. Created by Humility & Conviction in Public Life a project of the University of Connecticut's Humanities Institute and funded by the John Templeton Foundation.

Episodes

  • The Conviction Workshop

    The Conviction Workshop

    09/04/2019 Duration: 27min

    This episode is a collection of talks with philosophers who attended Humility & Conviction in Public Life's Conviction Workshop in St. Petersburg Florida. In this episode you'll hear clips from Jen Cole Wright, Matthew Pianalto, Regina Rini, Christiane Heibach, and Justin E. H. Smith. 

  • Controversial Ideas and “No Platforming” with Jeff McMahan

    Controversial Ideas and “No Platforming” with Jeff McMahan

    26/03/2019 Duration: 31min

    Jeff McMahan is White’s Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Oxford.  His research focuses broadly on moral and political philosophy, and is perhaps best known for his work on the moral issues surrounding killing and letting die.

  • Democratic Faith and Social Change with Eddie Glaude, Jr.

    Democratic Faith and Social Change with Eddie Glaude, Jr.

    12/03/2019 Duration: 32min

    Eddie Glaude Jr. is James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Religion, and Chair of the Department of African American Studies, at Princeton University. He is the author of An Uncommon Faith: A Pragmatic Approach to the Study of African American Religion.

  • Global Oil and Social Change with Leif Wenar

    Global Oil and Social Change with Leif Wenar

    05/03/2019 Duration: 27min

    Leif Wenar the Chair of Philosophy and Law at Kings College London.  He is the author of the 2016 book Blood Oil: Tyrants, Violence, and the Rules that Run the World.  This book has led to the publication, in 2018, of a companion volume, Beyond Blood Oil: Philosophy, Policy, and the Future.

  • Religious and Political Identities with Michele F. Margolis

    Religious and Political Identities with Michele F. Margolis

    19/02/2019 Duration: 30min

    Michele F. Margolis is assistant professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania.  She has recently published a book titled From Politics to the Pews: How Partisanship and the Political Environment Shape Religious Identity.

  • The Constitution as a Public Ethos with Corey Brettschneider

    The Constitution as a Public Ethos with Corey Brettschneider

    05/02/2019 Duration: 26min

    Corey Brettschneider is Professor of Political Science at Brown University, and Visiting Professor of Law at Fordham University.  His work is focused in democratic theory and constitutional law. His most recent book is titled The Oath and the Office: A Guide to the Constitution for Future Presidents

  • Is Social Media Killing Democracy? with Regina Rini

    Is Social Media Killing Democracy? with Regina Rini

    22/01/2019 Duration: 33min

    Regia Rini is the Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Moral and Social Cognition at the York University.  Her research resides at the intersections of moral philosophy, psychology, and political epistemology.  She also publishes popular work on topics concerning the social and political impacts of technology. She is currently working on a book about social media and democracy.

  • Are Citizens Polarized with Steven Kull

    Are Citizens Polarized with Steven Kull

    07/06/2018 Duration: 27min

    Steven Kull is a Senior Research Associate and director of the Program for Public Consultation at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. He is also the Founder and Director of the nonpartisan organization Voice of the People, which is working to create structures and institutions that would enrich the channels of communication between Congress and citizens. Steven is a political psychologist who studies a range of phenomena from public political ignorance and popular attitudes about climate change to congressional decision-making and international attitudes towards religion.  

  • Epistemic Vice with Ian James Kidd

    Epistemic Vice with Ian James Kidd

    24/05/2018 Duration: 23min

    Ian James Kidd is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at University of Nottingham with research interests in epistemology, vices, epistemic justice, and illness. He is a co-author of the recently published The Routledge Handbook of Epistemic Justice.

  • Faith and Politics with David Gergen, Rabbi Melissa Weintraub, Eboo Patel, and John Dankosky

    Faith and Politics with David Gergen, Rabbi Melissa Weintraub, Eboo Patel, and John Dankosky

    10/05/2018 Duration: 01h10min

    This episode will feature a conversation between former presidential advisor David Gergen, Rabbi Melissa Weintraub of Resetting the Table, and Eboo Patel of the Interfaith Youth Core, taken from Humility and Conviction in Public Life’s event Faith & Politics which was held on April 25, 2018 at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum in Hartford, Connecticut with the CT Forum. The conversation was moderated by John Dankosky of Connecticut public radio.

  • What Money Can’t Buy with Michael Sandel

    What Money Can’t Buy with Michael Sandel

    26/04/2018 Duration: 29min

    Michael Sandel is Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University.  Sandel is an internationally renowned political philosopher who Newsweek has lauded as “the world’s most relevant living philosopher.”  His latest project is a video series titled What Money Can’t Buy, which has Michael and an international group of college students exploring the question “What, if anything, is wrong with a world in which everything is for sale?”  You can view the series for free at whatmoneycantbuy.org.

  • Political Polarization and Epistemic Arrogance Workshop

    Political Polarization and Epistemic Arrogance Workshop

    12/04/2018 Duration: 46min

    This episode is a collection of segments from papers given at Humility and Conviction in Public Life’s workshop on Political Polarization and Epistemic Arrogance. On this episode you will hear short selections from talks given by Jennifer Saul, Lani Watson, Michael Lynch, Alessandra Tanesini, Elizabeth Krumrei Mancuso, Steven Sloman, and Heather Battaly.

  • Polarization with Shanto Iyengar

    Polarization with Shanto Iyengar

    22/03/2018 Duration: 27min

    Shanto Iyengar is Professor of Political Science at Stanford University.  He has written extensively on news media and political communication in contemporary democracy.  His most recent book is titled Media Politics: A Citizen’s Guide (W. W. Norton, 2015); new edition is forthcoming this year.  His current research focuses on political polarization, framing effects, and political affect.

  • Policing and Political Division with Alex Vitale

    Policing and Political Division with Alex Vitale

    08/03/2018 Duration: 25min

    Alex Vitale is a Professor of Sociology and coordinator of the Policing and Social Justice Project at Brooklyn College. He has written for a number of popular publications including the New York Times, New York Daily News, USA Today, and the Nation. His newest book The End of Policing is out now from Verso press.

  • Anger, Forgiveness, and Public Philosophy with Myisha Cherry

    Anger, Forgiveness, and Public Philosophy with Myisha Cherry

    22/02/2018 Duration: 31min

    Myisha Cherry is a PhD candidate in Philosophy at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and next year will be Assistant Professor of Philosophy at University of California, Riverside. She is co-editor of the volume, The Moral Psychology of Anger.  Her work is focused on the nature of anger and forgiveness, especially in the context of racial injustice.  Cherry is also the host and creator of the UnMute Podcast.

  • Conspiracy Theories with Quassim Cassam

    Conspiracy Theories with Quassim Cassam

    08/02/2018 Duration: 31min

    Quassim Cassam is Professor of Philosophy at University of Warwick in the UK.  His academic work resides at the intersection of epistemology and philosophy of mind, where he explores topics pertaining to self-knowledge, self-deception, and epistemic virtue and vice.  His forthcoming book is titled Vices of the Mind, and it will be published this year with Oxford University Press.

  • Public Debate and Respectful Engagement with John Corvino

    Public Debate and Respectful Engagement with John Corvino

    25/01/2018 Duration: 26min

    John Corvino is  Professor of Philosophy at the Wayne State University in Detroit.  His academic work focuses on topics in moral, social, and legal philosophy surrounding sexuality, gender, marriage, religious conviction, and discrimination.  But John is also an active public philosopher who frequently participates in public debates over these topics. He produces and appears in a popular YouTube series of short videos devoted to the philosophical discussion of controversial topics.  He is the author of What’s Wrong with Homosexuality?, co-author (with Maggie Ghallagher) of Debating Same Sex Marriage, and.co-author (with Ryan Anderson and Sherif Girgis) of Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination, all published with Oxford University Press.

  • Constitutional Reform in Iceland with Jon Olafsson

    Constitutional Reform in Iceland with Jon Olafsson

    11/01/2018 Duration: 32min

    Jon Olafsson is Professor in the n the department of Comparative and Cultural Studies at the University of Iceland.  His research is focused on democracy, political participation, dissent, reconciliation, and social criticism.  Jon has written extensively about the efforts in Iceland – from roughly 2010 to 2013 - to revise the nation’s constitution.

  • Testimony and Anonymity with Sandy Goldberg

    Testimony and Anonymity with Sandy Goldberg

    28/12/2017 Duration: 27min

    Sandy Goldberg is Professor of Philosophy at Northwestern University.  He specializes in epistemology and philosophy of language, with particular interest in the social aspects of knowledge and speech; these foci converge in his ongoing work on testimony.  Sandy has written several books including Relying on Others (Oxford 2010) and, more recently, Assertion (Oxford 2015); his forthcoming book is titled To the Best of Our Knowledge, and is forthcoming with Oxford University Press.

  • Misogyny and Politics with Kate Manne

    Misogyny and Politics with Kate Manne

    14/12/2017 Duration: 36min

    Kate Manne is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Cornell University.  She specializes in moral and social philosophy and feminist philosophy.  her new book is titled Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny (Oxford 2018).

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