Is it possible to be a philosopher and believe in God? Our old pal Thommy Aquinas would have said that they're one in the same! This week on Drunken Philosophy, Connor and Dan reach back to the Middle Ages to learn about Saint Thomas Aquinas, AKA the only philosopher purported to have levitated! In addition to being the number one hunk at the University of Paris, Aquinas is credited with bringing ancient philosophy into the modern Christian world. Also in this ep, the return of the Loser Cruiser™! (Editor's note: There were some mic issues on this episode so there are a few awkward cuts and a humming noise in the first 10 minutes. Thanks for bearing with us!)
It's just Dan this week! If you're still reading this and didn't immediately throw your computer/mobile devise out the window of a moving car, boy do we have a special episode in store for you. Connor is away this week having lots of fun, so Dan hunkers down for a in-depth episode all about the moral concept of duty. We're talking Kant, we're talking Nietzsche, and we're talking the Flintstones of course. The episode is a bit shorter and a bit lighter on the laughs, but that content is good baby. Enjoy!
This week, Connor and Dan are taking a trip through hyperspace just to deliver you an extra special sloppy Star Wars episode. Dan was on his way out the door to enjoy a vacation, so he decided to let Connor take the reins as they discuss Daoism, the Force of the Wills, and all the other philosophical influences on a series of movies they probably would have ended up taking about anyways. If you guys enjoy this type of episode (i.e. pop culture focused) let them know and maybe they'll do more!
It's time to get pragmatic up in this podcast. This week, Connor and Dan discuss the philosophy of modern American philosophy Richard Rorty who was all about "Out with the old; In with the new." New Pragmatism that is! Also discussed: Some new losers Connor had a beef with, a free idea for an app that someone can steal, and Connor finally gets woke. Enjoy!
Time to put on your hard hats boys and girls, because this week we're talking about deconstruction! Specifically, Connor and Dan discuss French philosopher Jacques Derrida (AKA Dr. Jack Dorito) who is the father of deconstruction. They take on binaries and ideologies and all the terribly comfortable things we take for granted without ever examining. Also discussed, ska podcasts, adults on scooters, and 70s talk shows. Enjoy!
How do you take something old and make it new again? Do it half-assed of course. This week, Connor and Dan discuss the modern interpretation of Stoicism. They debate whether it's healthy or possible to repress your emotions and they dive head-first into Connor's Oedipal complex. Also, there's a weird discussion about PC culture and the alt right at the end...sorry.
Umm...excuse me? Are we living in frickin' Robocop? Maybe! Last week Dan read about the first robotic policeman being introduced in the city of Dubai and now he's having a mental breakdown. He and Connor discuss whether or not robots can be programmed to make moral decisions and, if they can, what the implications might be if society allows those robots to dish out the law right in citizen's faces. Also, they discuss why the episode is a little late, the ol' trolley problem, and what kind of explosives are popular these days. Enjoy!
Trigger warning for any capitalist fat cats: This episode contains some pretty harsh language directed at the economic system known as capitalism. These sick burns and criticisms come courtesy of the father of Communism himself, Karl Marx. Your hosts, Connor and Dan, break down the intrinsic flaws of capitalism, such as alienation, expendability, and instability, and offer the listener only the most poorly thought out solutions, such as "what if everyone had money?" Regardless, it's a good ep. Enjoy!
How can you be sure strawberries are red? How can you be sure the sun will rise tomorrow? How can you be sure Connor and Dan haven't done this exact episode before? You can't! And neither can they! But that's OK because David Hume says so. Sort of. This week, your hosts dive into epistemology once again to discuss David Hume's skeptical approach to induction. Just because something has happened in the past, doesn't mean it will continue into the future. Like this podcast!
This week on philosophy Connor and Dan finally get back to something Connor actually gives a shit about: robutts. Specifically, whether we should be afraid of them or impressed by them. To answer these questions, your hosts consult the One Pump Chumpsky himself, Noam Chomsky. The linguistics expert from MIT has some pretty damning things to say about all this Artificial Intelligence fervor, and one person on this podcast is happy to hear it (hint: it's not Connor). All things being equal: this is a fun episode! Enjoy it!
This week on Drunken Philosophy, Connor and Dan wade into the murky waters of political philosophy and discuss the unforeseen dangers of majority rule in a democratic state. What could possibly go wrong when you let the majority decide what's best? What could be the problem with letting a small fraction of the electorate dictate the course of nation? Turns out, a lot! Featuring a brief cameo from Jack Sparrow.
This week Drunken Philosophy gets a little spooky (clanking chains!) because it's spring time and that means it's time to talk about death. Connor and Dan explore different philosophers' opinions on death and specifically whether or not we should be afraid of it. Also, because it came up completely organically, they spend an inordinate amount of time discussing Star Wars...sorry. Also, Connor's audio was a bit quiet this episode but hopefully it's leveled out some in the mix. Enjoy! Love you all!
This week on Drunken Philosophy, Connor and Dan dive head first into some phenomenological philosophy and see how many times they can trip over that particular phrase. They're specifically discussing Matthew Ratcliffe's recent lecture entitled Phenomenology, Naturalism, and Sense of Reality in which he attempts to describe the presupposed "world" that surrounds us in phenomenological terms. It's a trip, man. Which is why it's a perfect episode for Connor to quit drinking and imbibe some THC. Also discussed: Silly Puddy, Aliens movies, and philosophers with a side of beef!
Try, for a moment, to put yourself in somebody else's shoes. Now, hopefully that person is also listening to this podcast, otherwise you're going to miss out. This week, Connor and Dan try on all sorts of shoes as they discuss empathy and how it plays a part in different aspects on philosophy. They talk philosophy of mind and Connor admits he's an automaton. They talk morality and what pieces of crap little kids are. They talk the about the Internet and Dan explains the wonders of Sonic the Hedgehog virtual chat rooms. It gets weird.
This week, Connor and Dan treat you to an extra sloppy episode of Drunken Philosophy. Connor took it upon himself to do some extracurricular studying this week and came over-prepared for the drinking portion of the podcast. Luckily, Dan is there to sour his mood with some truly pessimistic philosophy. They're talking about John Gray's 2002 book Straw Dogs, which takes a big crap on humanism and basically tells everyone to give up. Oh also, these two drunk dummies solve all the problems in the Middle East. You're welcome, World!
Who better to discuss superintelligence then two of the most super-intelligent podcasters working today? Unfortunately John Hodgman in Ira Glass were unavailable, so Connor and Dan are taking a crack at discussing Nick Bostrom and his theories on the future of hard AI, specifically as expressed in his 2014 book Superintelligence. Topics discussed: the singularity, the danger of a superintelligence, and the danger of drinking rubbing alcohol. Also, Connor wants to put himself in a jerk-off machine. What else is new.
There's a new hot little video game out on the market and maybe you've heard of it. It's called Everything and, wouldn't you know it, it's semi-related to philosophy! Specifically, the philosophy of the rascal guru himself Mr. Alan Watts. This week, Connor and Dan get in touch with the everything that exists inside every individual. They're stripping themselves of their egos and their submerging their consciousness into the ocean of the universe. It's no surprise that mushrooms are discussed at length.
Behind every great man is a woman letting him know that he's getting a bunch of shit wrong. This week on Drunken Philosophy, Connor and Dan are talking about Elisabeth of Bohemia, a super smart and savvy lady that nobody talks about for some reason. Specifically, they're talking about her influential correspondence with Renee Descartes during which she took that dumb ol' boy to school. Also discussed: smoking has in Amsterdam, the funny papers, and finally what's up with Pluto?
This week Connor and Dan take on two master debaters. You know them, you love them, it's Chomps and the Frenchman. In 1971, these two titans of thought sat down on Dutch television to debate the existence of human nature. Almost 45 years later, two drunk guys are sitting on a podcast trying to parse out what the hell they were talking about. Other topics discussed: sub-genres of sex, being born on a soccer field, and potentially racist terms from the Vietnam War.
150! Seven score and ten more, as they say. That's how many intellectually stimulating eps of Drunken Philosophy there have been. And almost five of them were good! This week, Connor and Dan take a short break from the regularly scheduled programming to reminisce about episodes long past. They're talkin' movies, they're talkin' robots, and of course, they're talkin' bestiality for some reason...