Philosophy in the Streets

June 7, 2015
(was 07.14.2014)

Philosophers get a bad rap - they're written off as too academic, too detached from daily life. But we're seeing a philosophy revival, from philosophy cafes to philosophers as therapists.  From the Stoics to Spinoza, an argument for why philosophy still matters.

  1. Philosopher and Wolf - Mark Rowlands

    When he was a young professor, philosopher Mark Rowlands adopted a wolf named Brenin, who turned into his constant companion.  He reflects on the life lessons he learned from Brenin.

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  2. Sonic Sidebar: Rebecca Goldstein on Plato

    Philosopher Rebecca Goldstein says philosophy is still evolving, and continues to shape our values.  She talks about her long fascination with the granddaddy of all philosophers, Plato.

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  3. Philosophy as Therapy - Jules Evans

    After a spate of panic attacks and bouts of depression, Jules Evans says philosophy saved his life - especially the ancient Stoics, who inspired today's Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

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  4. Spinoza's Heresy - Steve Nadler

    Today, the Dutch philosopher Spinoza - father of the Enlightenment - is revered, but in the mid-17th century, he was branded a heretic by his Jewish congregation in Amsterdam.  Recently, philosopher Steve Nadler was asked if Spinoza should be exonerated. He explains why he said no.

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  5. BookMark: Eric Jarosinski

    Eric Jarosinski bookmarks "Mythologies" by Roland Barthes.

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  6. On Our Minds: The Perfect Peach

    Nikiko Masumoto's family farm goes back several generations in her family.  Today, it grows some of the world's best peaches.  Nikiko explains the link between growing food and growing stories.

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