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Episode 12: Violence in Video Games / Nov. 13, 2020

With Dr Rebecca Davnall

Hosted by Katie Moody

Edited by Constantinos Stylianou

Why do we think of some violent acts in video games as wrong, and others not? In this episode, Katie Moody speaks to Dr. Rebecca Davnall, a lecturer in philosophy and game design studies at the University of Liverpool, about whether actions in video games can be morally wrong.

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Episode 11: Future people / Nov. 6, 2020

With Dr Joe Slater

Hosted by Ross Patrizio Katie Moody

Edited by Signe Emilie Eriksen

Do we have obligations to future people? Would it be better to just nuke the world? In this episode Katie Moody and Ross Patrizio talk to Dr Joe Slater, a lecturer in moral philosophy at the University of St Andrews, about our moral obligations to people living in the future.

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Episode 10: Buddhism and the non-self / Oct. 30, 2020

With Pavel Nitchovski

Hosted by Hamish Stewart Keir Aitken

Edited by Signe Emilie Eriksen

Buddhism, and its metaphysics, is not given much attention in Western philosophy. Fortunately, Pavel Nitchovski, a PhD candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was as annoyed as we were about this, and decided to teach the topic in the Summer of 2020. In this episode, Hamish Stewart and Keir Aitken quiz Pavel about Buddhism’s conception of the non-self.

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Episode 9: Disability and Enhancement / Oct. 23, 2020

With Lysette Chaproniere

Hosted by Jasmine Hunt Keir Aitken

Edited by Constantinos Stylianou

What is disability? How does it relate to enhancement? Do enhancements promote equality, or inequality? In this episode, Jasmine Hunt and Keir Aitken discuss the relationship between disability and enhancement – and the social and philosophical relevance of each – with PhD student Lysette Chaproniere.

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Episode 8: Causation / Oct. 16, 2020

With Dr Neil McDonnell

Hosted by Arianna Clark Ruaridh Gilmartin

Edited by Constantinos Stylianou

Most of us probably think we know how causation works. If we flick the switch of the kettle, we will cause the kettle to boil. If we set up a line of dominoes, and knock over the first domino, we will have caused that domino to fall, which will cause the next domino to fall, and the next, and the next, and so on. However, Dr Neil McDonnell – The Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Research Fellow of the University of Glasgow – is going to discuss just some of the ways in which talking about causation isn’t so simple, with Ruaridh Gilmartin and Arianna Clark.