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Robert Gressis

18 Podcast Episodes

Latest 28 Aug 2021 | Updated Daily

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What's Money, Eh? (w/ David Dick and Robert Gressis)

Everyday Philosophers

David Dick (of the University of Calgary) and Robert Gressis talk about the differences between American and Canadian universities (as usual, the Canadians use funny words); what it's like to teach in a business school (David often has to sprinkle ethics on papers); David's research in the philosophy of money (does the nature of money constrain what we can use for money? Or is it the effects of a currency that determine what we should use for money?); David's thoughts on cryptocurrency (it's not ideal, but the horse is out of the barn); and David's thoughts on tipping (he comes not to praise it, but to bury it). 4:45 - What’s the difference between American and Canadian universities?12:56 - What’s it like to teach in a business school? (And David is stoked about the philosophy of accounting)33:29 - David’s current research: the philosophy of money, in particular the ethics and ontology of currency. 46:27 - Cryptocurrency, OF COURSE. 1:01:30 - David’s stance on tipping: tipping bad.1:17:37 - Interest in the philosophy of money is compounding!

1hr 21mins

22 Aug 2021

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Kafkatraps, Cults, and Conspiracies (w/ Robert Gressis and Kevin Currie-Knight)

Sophia

Robert Gressis (Cal State Northridge) and Kevin Currie-Knight (East Carolina University) talk about Kafkatraps. Kafkatrapping is a rhetorical technique where an objection to a particular charge will be used as evidence of that charge. (Are you a communist? If you say no, that just shows how sneaky a communist you are.) Rob and Kevin talk about how and why Kafkatraps work, their uses in cults, cospiracy theories, and other insular movements, and a few articles Kevin has written (for the Electric Agora) about Kafkatraps. 7:32 - When denials confirm the charge: what are Kafkatraps and how do they work? 16:31 - Kafkatrapping has a lengthy history23:15 - Why do people (even unintentionally) employ Kafkatraps? 40:38 - Plausible and implausible reasons to doubt/dismiss the testimony of others45:12 - Why cults often use Kafkatrapping techniques (and how Kevin almost became a scientologist)54:34 - Why cults have to be small to see themselves as special1:00:20 - How conspiracy theorists use Kafkatraps to dismiss naysayers

1hr 26mins

28 Apr 2021

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Teaching at a Catholic college and Working on the Atonement (w/ Chris Dodsworth and Robert Gressis)

Everyday Philosophers

In this episode, Robert chats with Chris Dodsworth (Professor, Spring Hill College) about what it's like to teach at a Catholic college (spoiler: it's good!) and on the doctrine of the Atonement. We focus in particular on why Christians care about the Atonement, why the doctrine is baffling, how to make it less baffling, and why attempts to make it less baffling might not work. 0:00:00​ Introductions0:01:25​ Small Talk0:04:07​ What it’s like to teach at a Jesuit college0:11:53​ How Catholic is Spring Hill College?0:16:32​ The atheists at Spring Hill are mostly friendly (in the technical sense)0:23:10​ Chris’s research project: the Atonement, how does it work??0:31:31​Why is the Atonement the central Christian doctrine?0:38:45​ Why the Atonement is so weird0:44:00​ Atonement: At-One-Ment or paying off debts?0:50:00​ William Lane Craig’s penal substitution view of the Atonement1:03:40​ Chris attacks Craig’s view while Rob tries to (sort of) defend Craig1:12:45​ Why retain the doctrine of the Atonement?

1hr 16mins

10 Mar 2021

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Questioning the Practice of Grading in Schools (Robert Gressis & Kevin Currie-Knight)

MeaningofLife.tv: Sophia

Rob and Kevin make small talk ... Kevin describes and laments the grade economy ... What's the relationship between grades and learning? ... Bryan Caplan's "The Case Against Education" and how it has traumatized Rob ... Unschooling ... If schools suck so much, how did Rob and Kevin learn? ...

1hr

18 Feb 2021

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Questioning the Practice of Grading in Schools (Robert Gressis & Kevin Currie-Knight)

MeaningofLife.tv: Sophia

Rob and Kevin make small talk ... Kevin describes and laments the grade economy ... What's the relationship between grades and learning? ... Bryan Caplan's "The Case Against Education" and how it has traumatized Rob ... Unschooling ... If schools suck so much, how did Rob and Kevin learn? ...

1hr

18 Feb 2021

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Questioning the Practice of Grading in Schools (Robert Gressis & Kevin Currie-Knight)

MeaningofLife.tv

Rob and Kevin make small talk ... Kevin describes and laments the grade economy ... What's the relationship between grades and learning? ... Bryan Caplan's "The Case Against Education" and how it has traumatized Rob ... Unschooling ... If schools suck so much, how did Rob and Kevin learn? ...

1hr

18 Feb 2021

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Who Is Entitled? (Daniel Kaufman & Robert Gressis)

MeaningofLife.tv

A review of Kate Manne's book Entitled sparks an online philosophy feud ... Is America systematically misogynistic? ... How Twitter incentivizes bad behavior ... The professional norms around book reviewing ... Dan sees "no honor all the way down" on the other side ... Self-immolating philosophers ... Is there a case for keeping some topics off limits? ...

1hr 20mins

7 Oct 2020

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Who Is Entitled? (Daniel Kaufman & Robert Gressis)

MeaningofLife.tv: Sophia

A review of Kate Manne's book Entitled sparks an online philosophy feud ... Is America systematically misogynistic? ... How Twitter incentivizes bad behavior ... The professional norms around book reviewing ... Dan sees "no honor all the way down" on the other side ... Self-immolating philosophers ... Is there a case for keeping some topics off limits? ...

1hr

7 Oct 2020

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Who Is Entitled? (Daniel Kaufman & Robert Gressis)

MeaningofLife.tv: Sophia

A review of Kate Manne's book Entitled sparks an online philosophy feud ... Is America systematically misogynistic? ... How Twitter incentivizes bad behavior ... The professional norms around book reviewing ... Dan sees "no honor all the way down" on the other side ... Self-immolating philosophers ... Is there a case for keeping some topics off limits? ...

1hr

7 Oct 2020

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The Microfoundations of Marxism (Robert Gressis & Jaime Edwards)

MeaningofLife.tv: Sophia

Jaime explains how Marx understood ideology ... Our tendency to get facts wrong in a self-serving way ... Cognitive biases that lead the working class astray ... Why do we have reason? ... "Thank God for the ruling class!" ... How do the elite get what they want? ... Imagining the meetings of the megarich ...

1hr

22 Sep 2020

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