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Episodes 6-12

Episode 12: Marx, Communism, and Political Philosophy

Mike and Tones discuss Marx’s Communist Manifesto.  Are his views “good on paper, bad in practice,” a blueprint for tyranny, or a noble system?  Were the events in Cambodia the bastardization of Marxist ideals or the logical path set out by his Manifesto?  What role does philosophy have in judging political theory?

Please note that Mike and Tones both give rather strong judgements on Marx and his political theory, which may drift a bit from our Prime Directive/Mission Statement.  As always, we do invite you to read the discussed work for yourself, think critically, and to make your own judgements.  As always, we also invite you to add to the discussion via email or the “comments” portion of this page.

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Episode 11: Socrates II: Apology, Crito, Democracy and Principles.

Mike and Tones continue their discussion on Socrates in the Apology and the Crito, focusing on what philosophic ideas we can pull from these stories and why they are essential to even those who don’t study philosophy.  What does the tragic story of Socrates say about living according to principles?  What does it say about Democracy?

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Episode 10: Socrates in Theaetetus

Mike and Tones begin their discussion on Socrates (to be continued) by concentrating on Plato’s Theaetetus.  They don’t get in too deep in regards to the epistemological content of the book but rather use it to examine the character of Socrates and to discuss his role as one of the most important philosophers… EVER.  Tones also discusses a rare trip to the movie theater and compares/contrasts The Avengers to Titanic and other disaster films as it ties in well to Episode 9’s Aesthetics discussion.

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Bumper Music by Nightosaur off of their NEW album, SpaceAxers.  Check them out here: NIGHTOSAUR 

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Episode 9: Aesthetics

Mike and Tones discuss philosophy’s role in Aesthetics and why anyone should care enough to think about art.  We also argue if Aesthetics should cover non-art within its definition.  This finally leads us to emphasize the role ideas and values play in artists’ creations and our subsequent appreciation of their works.

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Episode VIII: FreeWill, B.F. Skinner, and Aesthetics

A discussion of B.F. Skinner and Tones’s recent findings on Twitter take us deeper into the discussion of Freewill.  We also begin our discussion of Aesthetics, but merely as a teaser for Episode 9.

Click here to Stream: Episode8

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Episode VII: Presocratics and “Bull Crap”

Are the PreSocratics a bunch of goof balls with crazy ideas or are they worth studying?  Also, we discuss an article: “Philosophy: A Bunch of Bull Crap.”  Well, Is it?

Click here to Stream: Ep7: Presocratics and “Bull Crap”

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Click here  to access the referenced Philosophy: A Bunch Of Bull Crap article by Jordan Roston

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Episode VI: Nietzsche, LOVE, and Dichotomies!

We offer our take on Nietzsche, we discuss LOVE (happy Valentines Day), and the importance of recognizing false dichotomies.

Click here to Stream: philosurvivalguideep6

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Bumper Music by MPLS ‘s own, Small White: http://www.myspace.com/smallwhite  (thanks, guys!)


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