Why? Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life Join us each month as we engage in philosophical discussions about the most common-place topics with host Jack Russell Weinstein, professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of North Dakota. He is the director of The Institute for Philosophy in Public Life.
Why? Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life

Why? Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life

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Join us each month as we engage in philosophical discussions about the most common-place topics with host Jack Russell Weinstein, professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of North Dakota. He is the director of The Institute for Philosophy in Public Life.

Most Recent Episodes

"Is the Law Consistent?"

Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with P. Andrew Torrez, an attorney who also hosts a podcast called Opening Arguments, which helps people make sense of legal matters in the news.

"A Philosophical Look at Ska and Jamaican Music"

Host Jack Russell Weinsten visits with Heather Augustyn, the author of "Women in Jamaican Music" and "Ska: The Rhythm of Liberation."

"How Important is the Brain to the Great Philosophical Questions?"

Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Dr. Patricia Churchland, Professor of Philosophy Emerita at the University of California, San Diego. Her work has focused on the interface between neuroscience and philosophy.

"How Does Propaganda Work?"

Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Jason Stanley, the Jacob Urowsky Professor of Philosophy at Yale University. His latest book is How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them.

"Politics and Debates" - A special episode of the WHY podcast

In a special edition of the WHY podcast, host Jack Weinstein appears on the Main Street radio show to discuss politics and debates with Main Street host Doug Hamilton.

"Can There Be A Philosophy of Hate?"

Jack Weinstein visits with Berit Brogaard, author of HATRED: Understanding Our Most Dangerous Emotion.

"Is a Universal Basic Income too Utopian to Work?"

An encore episode from 2017 as Jack visits with Rutger Bregman.

"Is Free Speech Worth It?"

Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Thane Rosenbaum, novelist, essayist, and Distinguished University Professor. He is the director of the Forum on Life, Culture, & Society, hosted by Touro College.

"Why Does Income Equality Make Society Stronger?"

Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, authors of "The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better," and their newest book, "The Inner Level, How More Equal Societies Reduce Stress, Restore Sanity and Improve Everyone's Well-Being."

"What is the difference between a religion and a cult?"

Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with sociologist Susan Palmer of Concordia University where she is an affiliate professor of religions and cultures. Her primary research interest is new religious movements.

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