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The Philosophists

The Philosophists - Declan & Simon - look to inject some philosophy into your day. So if you're looking for meaning, morality, or just a bit of mayhem then tune in. This project may or not succeed, but what's the worst that could happen? Listen & find out!

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Ep 2 - Beyond Cockroach Ethics - Part 1 (Utilitarianism vs Deontology)

What can a cockroach teach us about ethics? Well, in this episode we attempt to find out as we talk our way through two of the most widely accepted ethical systems - Utilitarianism and Deontology. While scuttling around, we'll meet the great Immanuel Kant (well, not literally) and see how his ethical ideas can get you out of a sticky situation.Is morality a numbers game or just a bunch of rules? Decide for yourself after hearing us out. Just one thing to note - this is the first part of a mini-series on the main ethical models and we'll be back next time to cover Virtue ethics, which will complete the moral menu we have prepared for you.If Mr Kant suitably convinces you to treat humans with the utmost dignity then we would greatly appreciate it if you could please donate whatever you can afford to provide a life-saving mosquito net to someone who really needs it at http://www.againstmalaria.com/thephilosophistsFollow the show on Twitter at @philosophistpodOther LinksAn Irish Goodbye - As promised at the start of the episode, here is a way to make your exits as sharp as your wit!Deontology & KantBBC's "In Our Time" podcast with Melvyn Bragg has a wonderful episode on Kant's Copernican Revolution. Find out more about Kant, his ideas and his even some of his quirksThe Panpsycast Podcast really dive into Kantian Ethics (Part I) in a fun and accessible wayFor something shorter and more visual, The School Of Life's short animated overview of Immanuel Kant is a pretty good way to spend 8 minutes of your lifeUtilitarianismHere we go again, this time The Panpsycast Podcast pick apart Utilitarianism and give plenty of background contextIn just under 5 minutes, Julia Markovits packs just the right amount of info into this excellent illustrated Wireless Philosophy video on UtilitarianismWikipedia entry briefly covering some of the systems of ethics mentioned in this episode (this was in last month's show notes but we thought it useful to list again)Socially AwkwardYou can follow @thephilosophists on Instagram or on FacebookYou can follow Declan at @theirishpenguin; Simon's keeping a low profile :-)Just be glad we don't have a TikTok!Show website at https://www.thephilosophists.com (rss feed)Credits"Bike, Bell Ding, Single, 01-01.wav" by InspectorJ (www.jshaw.co.uk) of Freesound.orgIntro music and cover artwork by © 2021 Declan McGrath, All Rights Reserved

27mins

19 Jul 2021

Rank #1

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Ep 1 - Feeling Bad About Doing Good

In this episode, Declan and Simon ask - should you feel bad about doing "good"?"What?!" you may ask. But have you ever asked yourself if you should give almost all your money to charity? And, if you don't then how you should approach the question of whether you should do more? Is every one of your pleasures condemned to be a guilty pleasure? Cosmic Skeptic's video asking if Should You Sell All Your Possessions? kickstarted our discussion. And we think you'll enjoy where our discussion took this.While we are on the subject of doing good, we would greatly appreciate it if you could please donate whatever you can afford to provide a life-saving mosquito net to someone who really needs it at http://www.againstmalaria.com/thephilosophistsFollow the show on Twitter at @philosophistpodOther LinksEffective Altruism websites that rank charities in terms of impact per amount donated - http://givewell.org, https://www.thelifeyoucansave.orgDavid Pearce's Quora post listing What Are The Arguments Against Antinatalism? (You can follow David at @webmasterdave)Wikipedia entry on David Benatar's book Better Never to Have BeenWikipedia entry on AntinatalismWikipedia entries on Transhumanism and Humanity+Wikipedia entry briefly covering some of the systems of ethics mentioned in this episodeSocially AwkwardYou can follow @thephilosophists on Instagram or on FacebookYou can follow Declan at @theirishpenguin; Simon's keeping a low profile :-)Just be glad we don't have a TikTok!Show website at https://www.thephilosophists.com (rss feed)Credits"Bike, Bell Ding, Single, 01-01.wav" by InspectorJ (www.jshaw.co.uk) of Freesound.orgMusic and artwork by © 2021 Declan McGrath, All Rights Reserved

32mins

5 Apr 2021

Rank #2