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5 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Helen Beebee. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Helen Beebee, often where they are interviewed.

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5 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Helen Beebee. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Helen Beebee, often where they are interviewed.

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Causing and Nothingness by Helen Beebee

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Can the absense of something ever be a cause? For example, image you forget to water your plants and your plants all die. Did your failure to water them cause the plants to die? Many people report the intuition you obviously have caused your plants to die, but shocking as it may at first seem, could this intuition actually be wrong?

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"The causal history of the world is a mass of causal processes: events linked by a vast and complex web of causal relations. In order that the causal history of the world should look the way it does look, rather than some other way, there must have been no extra events impinging on it - for those extra events would have had effects that would have changed the causal history of the world in various ways. If Godzilla had impinged upon the causal history of the world, that causal history would have gone very differently. We might even, if circumstances demanded it, want to explain happenings in the world by citing Godzilla’s absence (though it’s hard to imagine that we should ever want to do so). But I see no need to think of Godzilla’s lack of impingement as a kind of causation."

"There just isn’t any objective feature that some absences have and others lack in virtue of which some absences are causes and others are not. So any definition of causation by absence which seeks to provide a principled distinction between absences which are and are not causes is bound to fail: no such definition will succeed in carving nature at its joints."

Special Guest: Helen Beebee.

Apr 04 2020

39mins

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Helen Beebee on Possible Worlds

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Philosophers often talk about possible worlds. Is this just a way of describing counterfactual situations? As Helen Beebee explains, some of them believe that possible worlds actually exist. This episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast is supported by the Marc Sanders Foundation and by Patreon donations. 

Jan 14 2019

16mins

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2/10/2017 – 110th PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS: Helen Beebee on Philosophical Scepticism

Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society
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Oct 08 2017

55mins

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Prof Helen Beebee - Deviance in Philosophy

Radical Philosophy
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Deviance in Philosophy - Professor Helen Beebee explains about implicit bias and stereotype threat, gives us a definition of deviance in philosophy and how the current situation could be changed

Aug 17 2017

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Helen Beebee on Laws of Nature

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What is a law of nature? Is it merely a generalisation about how things behave? Or does it have a different status? Helen Beebee investigates these questions in conversation with Nigel Warburton for this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Philosophy Bites is made in association with the Institute of Philosophy.

Dec 05 2010

16mins

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