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Egg Timer Philosophy

Egg Timer Philosophy

By Eric Roark

A podcast where philosophical ideas are scrambled up in about five to ten minutes. From ancient philosophy to contemporary approaches and everything in between, if you are looking for accessible, interesting, and relevant philosophy served up fast then you are in the right spot. New episode dished out weekly. Check out the egg timer philosophy website at: www.eggtimerphilosophy.com

Send any comments about past episodes or suggestions for new episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com
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128: Price Gouging and Scarcity
128: Price Gouging and Scarcity
For most people price gouging is a very cut and dry ethical issue.  Tune in to find out how considerations of scarcity make the issue more complex than it first appears to be. Send your thoughts, questions, and ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By ThoBel-0043 - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=90826551
14:53
January 31, 2023
127: Herbert Spencer's Evolutionary Individualism
127: Herbert Spencer's Evolutionary Individualism
Herbert Spencer was an extremely influential 19th century thinker but his ideas exist in relative obscurity today.  He coined the phrase 'survival of the fittest' and wrote extensively on a variety of topics within evolutionary theory, political thought, sociology, psychology, and ethics.  Tune in to learn more about Spencer's ideas and how they are still plenty relevant today. Send you thoughts, questions, and ideas for future episodes to eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By Engraved by Geo. E. Perine, New York. - http://ihm.nlm.nih.gov/images/B24017, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18913026
18:38
January 20, 2023
126: Darwin on Natural Selection
126: Darwin on Natural Selection
Tune in to learn more about Charles Darwin's idea of Natural Selection and how that idea was impactful well beyond the biological sciences.   Send over your questions, thoughts, and ideas for future episodes to eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By Julia Margaret Cameron - Reprinted in Charles Darwin: His Life Told in an Autobiographical Chapter, and in a Selected Series of His Published Letters, edited by Francis Darwin. London: John Murray, Albemarle Street. 1892.Scanned by User:Davepape, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3560761
16:04
January 10, 2023
125: Princess Elisabeth's Objection to Descartes's Dualism
125: Princess Elisabeth's Objection to Descartes's Dualism
In 1643 Elisabeth, Princess of Bohemia, wrote a series of letters to Descartes which posed a strong objection to his dualism.  Tune in to learn more about that objection and how Descartes responded in a lively correspondence with the Princess. You can find the correspondences between Elisabeth and Descartes about dualism here: https://www.earlymoderntexts.com/assets/pdfs/descartes1643_1.pdf Send you questions, thoughts, and ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By Gerard van Honthorst - Alexander Palace, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3819853
16:09
December 30, 2022
124: The Gettier Problem and Knowledge
124: The Gettier Problem and Knowledge
In 1963 Edmund Gettier's short paper offering counterexamples to the idea that knowledge amounts to justified true belief sent shock waves around the philosophical world.  Tune in to learn more about Gettier's influential ideas that still garner a great deal of attention today. You can find a copy of Gettier's paper here: https://fitelson.org/proseminar/gettier.pdf Send your thoughts, questions, and ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By DaveGettier - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=103656875
13:24
December 20, 2022
123: Knowledge as Justified True Belief
123: Knowledge as Justified True Belief
Knowledge is often defined today as justified true belief.  This episode is devoted to taking a look at each part of this influential approach to understanding what knowledge amounts to. Send your comments, questions, and ideas for future episodes to eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com
12:19
December 09, 2022
122: Natural Procedural Rights
122: Natural Procedural Rights
Do people have natural procedural rights to be judged by fair and reliable processes?  That's the topic for this episode of the egg timer.  Tune in for an application of natural rights to an age old question.   Send your comments, questions, and ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By Jonathunder - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3899115
13:15
November 29, 2022
121: Rousseau on Inequality
121: Rousseau on Inequality
Why does inequality exist?  That's the question that Jean Jacques Rousseau set out to answer in the mid 18th century.  Tune in to find out the answer he gives and why his ideas about inequality still hold significant relevance today. Send over your questions, comments and ideas for future episodes to eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Art Attribution: By Maurice Quentin de La Tour - Unknown source, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24158
12:50
November 18, 2022
120: Egalitarianism
120: Egalitarianism
Today's episode takes a look at the nuanced idea of egalitarianism.  Tune in to find out why the view is much more than simply giving everyone the same. Send over you comments, questions, and ideas for future episodes to eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com
12:48
November 08, 2022
119: The Ring of Gyges in Plato's Republic
119: The Ring of Gyges in Plato's Republic
If a person found a ring that gave them the ability to be invisible and face no consequences for how they acted would they have any reason to act justly?  This is the Ring of Gyges example found in the second book of Plato's Republic.   Tune in as this long standing philosophical thought experiment is cracked open. Send your questions, comments, and ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Art Attribution: By RaphaelQS - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=65546874
10:40
October 28, 2022
118: The Prisoner's Dilemma and Game Theory
118: The Prisoner's Dilemma and Game Theory
For this episode of the egg timer a look at the classic prisoner's dilemma.  This is the game that ushered in contemporary game theory in the 1950's and it remains highly relevant today. Send over your questions, comments, and ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com
14:23
October 18, 2022
117: The Rabbit Duck Illusion
117: The Rabbit Duck Illusion
Take a look at the cover art for the episode.  What do you see?  I see a duck but many other people see a rabbit.  Listen in to find out how the rabbit duck illusion brings with it some very interesting philosophical discussion. Send over your thoughts, questions and ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Art Attribution: By Unknown artist - Vectorized using Inkscape 0.92.3 from Kaninchen_und_Ente.png, itself a high-resolution scan from scanned page of Fliegende Blätter, full page: Flegende-Blatter-1892.png, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=72893799
10:36
October 07, 2022
116: Aristotle On The Best Type of Life
116: Aristotle On The Best Type of Life
This episode of the egg timer takes a look at why Aristotle thought the best type of life could only be the life of contemplation.   Send your questions, comments, and ideas for future episodes to eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Art Attribution: By After Lysippos - Jastrow (2006), Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1359807
09:14
September 27, 2022
115: The Montey Hall Puzzle
115: The Montey Hall Puzzle
The Montey Hall Puzzle has perplexed people for over three decades.  Tune in to find out what the puzzle can teach about the idea about making decisions under conditions of variable change. Image Attribution: By The logo is from the following website: cbs.com/lmad cbs.com, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=33711854 Send you thoughts, questions, and ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com
07:03
September 16, 2022
114: Presentism
114: Presentism
Philosophical presentism is the view that the present or present entities are the only things that are real.  Tune in to learn more about this intriguing view. Send over your thoughts, questions and ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com
08:16
September 09, 2022
113: Big Lotteries and Expected Value
113: Big Lotteries and Expected Value
For today's episode a look at the topic of expected value through the lens of the lottery.   Send over your thoughts, questions and ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By Santeri Viinamäki, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=49450513
11:02
September 02, 2022
112: Descartes's Sixth Meditation
112: Descartes's Sixth Meditation
Today's episode concludes the Summer Series and takes a look at how Descartes makes his final push to move from global skepticism to general knowledge. Send your thoughts, questions, or ideas for future episodes to eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Art Attribution: Frans Hals  - André Hatala [e.a.] (1997) De eeuw van Rembrandt, Bruxelles: Crédit communal de Belgique, ISBN 2-908388-32-4.
16:30
August 26, 2022
111: The Blind Chessmaster
111: The Blind Chessmaster
Where does a game of chess actually exist?  That's the question for this episode of the egg timer and its answer open a number of very interesting philosophical possibilities. Send your thoughts, questions, and ideas for future episodes to eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Photo Attribution: By Alan Light - Own work by the original uploader, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20299
08:56
August 18, 2022
110: Descartes's Fifth Meditation
110: Descartes's Fifth Meditation
This  episode covers major themes from Descartes's fifth meditation in his  'Meditations on First Philosophy'.  His primary focus in the fifth meditation is to address how it is that thoughts relate with the essence of abstract objects like triangles as well as material objects such as mountains.  Descartes gives special attention in this meditation to how claims about knowledge of God's essence necessarily relate with God's existence in ways that cannot be applied so directly to other things. Send your thoughts, questions, or ideas for future episodes to eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Art Attribution: Frans Hals  - André Hatala [e.a.] (1997) De eeuw van Rembrandt, Bruxelles: Crédit communal de Belgique, ISBN 2-908388-32-4.
13:57
August 11, 2022
109: Descartes's Fourth Meditation
109: Descartes's Fourth Meditation
This episode covers major themes from Descartes's fourth meditation in his 'Meditations on First Philosophy'.  His central concern in the fourth meditation is to address the source of our error in a way that still leaves room for a non deceiving God.  He tries to accomplish this through a very thought provoking treatment of human will and freedom.  Tune in to see if you think Descartes manages to successfully locate the origin of human error while preserving a God who does not engage in deception. Send your thoughts, questions, or ideas for future episodes to eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Art Attribution: Frans Hals  - André Hatala [e.a.] (1997) De eeuw van Rembrandt, Bruxelles: Crédit communal de Belgique, ISBN 2-908388-32-4.
17:40
July 28, 2022
108: Descartes's Third Meditation
108: Descartes's Third Meditation
This episode of the egg timer covers Descartes's Third Meditation within his Meditations on First Philosophy.  During the Second Meditation Descartes made the case for people having absolute certainty, knowledge, that the self as a thinking thing exists in some fashion.  In his third Meditation Descartes goes further and attempts to demonstrate that people can possess absolute certainty about an external world beyond the self.   Send your thoughts, questions, or ideas for future episodes to eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Art Attribution: Frans Hals  - André Hatala [e.a.] (1997) De eeuw van Rembrandt, Bruxelles: Crédit communal de Belgique, ISBN 2-908388-32-4.
19:47
July 14, 2022
107: Descartes's Second Meditation
107: Descartes's Second Meditation
This episode covers Descartes's Second Meditation within his Meditations on First Philosophy.  Here Descartes introduces his infamous idea, 'I think, therefore I am'. Send your thoughts, questions, or ideas for future episodes to eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Art Attribution: Frans Hals  - André Hatala [e.a.] (1997) De eeuw van Rembrandt, Bruxelles: Crédit communal de Belgique, ISBN 2-908388-32-4.
13:03
June 30, 2022
106: Self-Defense
106: Self-Defense
For this episode a discussion of self-defense with emphasis given to the ideas of proportionality and aggression. Send over your thoughts, questions, or ideas for future episodes to eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By Bundesarchiv, Bild 102-00504 / CC-BY-SA 3.0, CC BY-SA 3.0 de, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5478932
10:32
June 23, 2022
105: Descartes's First Meditation
105: Descartes's First Meditation
Descartes first meditation from his Meditations on First Philosophy kicks off the Summer Series.  Listen in the find out how Descartes demolishes all of his beliefs in order to begin the search for a foundation for anything that he can know with absolute undoubtable certainty. Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Art Attribution: Frans Hals  - André Hatala [e.a.] (1997) De eeuw van Rembrandt, Bruxelles: Crédit communal de Belgique, ISBN 2-908388-32-4.
11:33
June 16, 2022
104: Descartes Summer Series Announcement
104: Descartes Summer Series Announcement
Listen in to find out details about the Descartes Summer Series. Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Art Attribution: Frans Hals  - André Hatala [e.a.] (1997) De eeuw van Rembrandt, Bruxelles: Crédit communal de Belgique, ISBN 2-908388-32-4.
03:39
June 09, 2022
103: Tocqueville's Democracy in America: Part 2
103: Tocqueville's Democracy in America: Part 2
Join in for this part two of a discussion about Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America.  Special focus will be given the the greatest threats to democracy that Tocqueville sees and how he thinks the idea of enlightened self interest can be used to confront them. Send your comments, questions, and ideas for future episodes to eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: Image Attribution: By Théodore Chassériau - [1], Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=87145391
11:43
June 02, 2022
102: Tocqueville's Democracy in America: Part 1
102: Tocqueville's Democracy in America: Part 1
Alexis de Tocqueville is most well known for his phrase, 'the tyranny of the majority'.  Listen in to learn more about Tocqueville's thoughts about Democracy in America that he formed after his journey to the United States in the early 1830's.   Send over your comments, questions, and ideas for future episodes to eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By Théodore Chassériau - [1], Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=87145391
12:50
May 26, 2022
101: Economics Without Ethics?
101: Economics Without Ethics?
This episode of the egg timer takes a look at the possibility of offering a comprehensive economic view without an ethical foundation.  Those prospects are not good. Image Attribution: By Foto: Jonn Leffmann, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=81842350 Send your comments, questions, and ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com
11:50
May 19, 2022
100: Are Numbers Even Real?
100: Are Numbers Even Real?
A hundred episodes of the egg timer later, but are numbers even real?   Send your comments, questions, and ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By Alex1011 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1013851
11:59
May 12, 2022
99: Peter Kropotkin on Mutual Aid
99: Peter Kropotkin on Mutual Aid
Listen in the learn more about the late nineteenth century philosopher and historian Peter Kropotkin.  Kropotkin was a communist and anarchist.  He argued that mutual aid, not competition, defined the evolution of species, including that of human beings.   Send your comments, questions, and ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By Nadar - NYPL, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7604176
12:08
May 05, 2022
98: Religious Liberty And The State
98: Religious Liberty And The State
This episode of the egg timer reviews the topic of religious liberties and toleration within political communities.  Special focus is given to the tension between the state as a being understood as a supreme authority with the belief by many that actually this is false and God, not the state, is the supreme authority.  Send you thoughts, questions, or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com 
11:40
April 29, 2022
97: Transhumanism and Immortality: Part 2
97: Transhumanism and Immortality: Part 2
More discussion of transhumanism and immortality with focus given to why many people are not so sure they would want to live forever.   Send your thoughts, questions, and ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Art Attribution: By Lucas Cranach the Elder - Unknown source, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=30264218
11:49
April 22, 2022
96: Transhumanism and Immortality: Part 1
96: Transhumanism and Immortality: Part 1
Could people in the not too distant future become immortal?  Sounds unlikely, right.  Well, tune in to find out how this might not be so unlikely.   Send your thoughts, questions, and ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Art Attribution: By Lucas Cranach the Elder - Unknown source, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=30264218
07:49
April 15, 2022
95: Ethics and Truth
95: Ethics and Truth
Today's topic is how to best think about ethical truth as it relates with truth in other areas of human inquiry such as mathematics and the natural sciences.  Many people believe that truth within ethics is something very different than truth within math, physics, or chemistry.  This episode takes a critical look at how well that belief stands up.   Send your thoughts, questions, or ideas for episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com
10:09
April 08, 2022
94: Truth: The Basic Views
94: Truth: The Basic Views
During this episode of the egg timer three major themes/questions related with truth are covered.  What is it that truth applies to?  How do subjectivity and objectivity relate with truth? What are the major philosophical approaches to thinking about truth?   Send your thoughts, questions, and ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By Walt Disney - Original Trailer (1940), Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12786158
13:28
April 01, 2022
93: The Turing Test
93: The Turing Test
In 1950 Alan Turing introduced an inventive test to explore whether people could distinguish between interacting with another person or with a machine.  That test has been come to be known as the Turing test and it continues to be one of most important ideas in the philosophy of technology.  Listen in to find out more about Alan Turning's innovative and thought provoking test. Send your comments, questions, or ideas for future episodes to eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By Unknown author - http://www.turingarchive.org/viewer/?id=521&title=4, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22828488
09:52
March 25, 2022
92: Marx on Alienated Labor
92: Marx on Alienated Labor
Today's episode takes a look at Karl Marx's thoughts about alienated labor.  Tune in to find out why Marx valued labor a great deal but thought that capitalistic working conditions tended to alienate people from their labor. Send your thoughts, questions, and ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By John Jabez Edwin Mayal - International Institute of Social History, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=591288
11:02
March 18, 2022
91: Economic Inequality
91: Economic Inequality
This episode of the egg timer takes a look at the relationship between economic inequality and history.  Special attention will be given to Robert Nozick's Wilt Chamberlin example.   Send you thoughts, questions, or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By from [1], Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20331239
10:26
March 11, 2022
90: Secondary Ticket Markets
90: Secondary Ticket Markets
This episode of the egg timer takes a look at the economics and ethics of the secondary ticket market.  This is a market understandably loathed by many but the existence of the market involves economic and psychological factors that often go ignored. Send you thoughts, questions, and ideas for future episodes to eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By Richard Eriksson - originally posted to Flickr as The Scalpers Are Cheating The (Vancouver Folk Music) Festival, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7145622
09:02
March 04, 2022
89: Thomas Kuhn on Scientific Revolutions
89: Thomas Kuhn on Scientific Revolutions
Today's episode looks at some major themes from Thomas Kuhn's 1962 book, 'The Structure of Scientific Revolutions'.  That book was one of the most important and influential philosophical works of the 20th century and led many scientists and others to reconsider the nature of science.  Tune in to learn a bit more about Kuhn's groundbreaking approach to scientific inquiry. Send your thoughts, questions, or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: Davi.trip, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
08:07
February 25, 2022
88: Anselm's Ontological Argument for the Existence of God
88: Anselm's Ontological Argument for the Existence of God
Today's episode takes a look at St. Anselm's ontological argument to prove the existence of God.  Anselm makes the case that the existence of God can be established in a purely rational way without appealing to divine revelation or any empirical features of the world.  For Anselm our ability to imagine a being of which none greater can be imagined is enough to establish the existence of God.  His argument is often disputed and most philosophers and others think that it goes wrong somewhere but yet its simplicity and eloquence has vexed thinkers for a millennia who disagree with the argument to show how it goes wrong. Send your thoughts, questions and ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By Unknown author - National Portrait Gallery, Portrait D23949. Donated by Mary Elizabeth Stopford in 1931., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6663173
09:02
February 18, 2022
87: Emma Goldman on Anarchism
87: Emma Goldman on Anarchism
This episode of the egg timer takes a look at Emma Goldman's defense of anarchism as a viable political theory and approach to life.  For many people anarchism is a non-starter but Goldman's defense is thought provoking and well worth considering. Send you comments, questions, or ideas for future episodes to eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By T. Kajiwara (1876–1960) - Library of Congress[1], Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5465320
10:50
February 11, 2022
86: Ethical Relativism
86: Ethical Relativism
This episode of the egg timer takes a critical look at the view of ethical relativism.  It is a commonly held belief that the foundation of ethics rests on relative judgments that will differ greatly between different groups of people.  Listen in to find out how well that idea holds up. Send your comments, questions, and ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com
08:02
February 04, 2022
85: Max Stirner's Anti-Authoritarianism
85: Max Stirner's Anti-Authoritarianism
Max Stirner is not a household name but his nineteenth century anti-authoritarian views set the stage for anarchist and libertarian views with relevance today.  Tune in to find out more about Stirner's pioneering ideas. Send your questions, comments, or ideas for future episodes to eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By Friedrich Engels - File:Y-Stirner.png, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7384574
09:08
January 28, 2022
84: Advaita Vedanta and Reality
84: Advaita Vedanta and Reality
This episode of the egg timer explores the major themes of Advaita Vedanta within the Indian Philosophical Tradition with special attention given to how the view distinguishes empirical reality from ultimate reality.   Send your thoughts, comments, or ideas for future episodes to eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By Raja Ravi Varma - https://artsandculture.google.com/asset/adi-shankaracharya/WgFvX3x6i0ckfQ, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10306665
08:22
January 21, 2022
83: Martin Luther King Jr. on Just and Unjust Laws
83: Martin Luther King Jr. on Just and Unjust Laws
For today's episode of the egg timer the topic will be Martin Luther King's distinction between just and unjust laws.  King had a well developed view about the difference between just and unjust laws.  Tune in to find out what King has to say about this important difference. Send your thoughts, questions, or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By Nobel Foundation - Description page (direct link), Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9719576
12:02
January 14, 2022
82: Assumptions
82: Assumptions
This episode of the egg timer is focused around exploring the nature of assumptions.  What is an assumption and how do they play a crucial role in our thinking?  Tune in to find out how assumptions are crucial to thinking but as the same time lead to a vexing paradox.  Send you questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes to eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com
07:47
January 07, 2022
81: God and Foreknowledge
81: God and Foreknowledge
This episode of the egg timer takes a look at the implications that God's foreknowledge has for free will.  If God knows all there is to know about the future can people make free choices and can those free choices involve alternative possibilities for the person making the choice?  William James thought the answer was yes, tune in to find out why he thought this and how well his view stands up. Send your questions, comments, and ideas for future episodes to eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Art Attribution: By Attributed to Giovanni Battista Cima da Conegliano - The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 0RN, UK [1], Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10662424
08:19
December 31, 2021
80: Gifts and Gift Giving
80: Gifts and Gift Giving
For this Holiday edition of the egg timer the topic will be the economic, social, and philosophical aspects of gifts and gift giving.  Can all gifts be given an economic analysis or is there something about gifts and gift giving that cannot be quantified into dollars and cents?  Listen in as the economy of gifts gets a new ribbon.   Send your questions, comments, or ideas for future episodes to eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By Contributor(s): The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld.) - The Courier-Mail, 27 October 1942, p. 4., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26380361
09:04
December 25, 2021
79: Public Goods, Free Riders, and Rose Gardens
79: Public Goods, Free Riders, and Rose Gardens
This episode of the egg timer will focus on public goods and free riders.  Do people have obligations to pay for things that generally benefit them?  Listen is as this question is cracked open. Send you questions, comments, and ideas for future episodes to eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By Deror avi - Own work, Attribution, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4253540
10:19
December 22, 2021
78: The Morality of Taxation
78: The Morality of Taxation
This episode of the egg timer takes a look at the morality of taxation and compares taxation to other types of economic exchange. Send your questions, comments, and ideas for future episodes to eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By UK Government - !Original: UK GovernmentVector: JDspeeder1, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=97628216
10:18
December 16, 2021
77: Kant on Space and Time
77: Kant on Space and Time
This episode of the egg timer continues with themes from Kant's epistemology and metaphysics within his Critique of Pure Reason and looks specifically at the topics of space and time.  Listen in to find out how Kant thought that space and time where necessary for understanding anything at all. Send you questions, comments, or ideas for future show to eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: Unidentified painter, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
14:01
December 10, 2021
76: Kant on the Phenomena and Noumena
76: Kant on the Phenomena and Noumena
This episode of the egg timer cracks open Immanuel Kant's discussion of the Phenomena and Noumena.  The Phenomena are objects which we apprehend through our 'sensible intuition' or appearances, while the Noumena are the transcendental 'things in itself'.  Tune in to listen to how Kant attempts to navigate these key aspects of his metaphysical worldview.   Send your comments, questions, or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: Unidentified painter, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
10:53
December 03, 2021
75: Freedom and Mental Conflict
75: Freedom and Mental Conflict
This episode of the egg timer takes a look at the relationship between freedom and mental conflict.  Could a person who experiences mental peace value freedom?  Probably not.  Tune in to find out why.   Send your questions, comments, and ideas for future episodes to eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By Sasha Wolff from Grand Rapids - Can't Concentrate: 14/365, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11343038
07:44
November 26, 2021
74: Review of 'The Truman Show'
74: Review of 'The Truman Show'
Today on the egg timer a film review of, 'The Truman Show' Send your question, comments, or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com To see the trailer for the film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlnmQbPGuls Image Attribution: By The poster art can or could be obtained from Paramount Pictures., Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20131284
08:55
November 19, 2021
73: Camus and the Myth of Sisyphus
73: Camus and the Myth of Sisyphus
This episode of the egg timer cracks open Albert Camus existential interpretation of the Myth of Sisyphus.  Listen in as Greek mythology and French existential thought are scrambled up. Send over your questions, comments, and ideas for future episodes to eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Art Attribution: By Titian - [2], Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3860214
09:38
November 12, 2021
72: Tattoos and End of Life Medical Care
72: Tattoos and End of Life Medical Care
The topic for this episode is how to morally evaluate cases where a person has a 'do not resuscitate tattoo' and is brought to a hospital in need of life saving medical interventions but is unable to verbalize or outwardly express their wishes.  What's a doctor to do?   Send over your questions, comments, or ideas for future episodes to eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com 
07:35
November 05, 2021
71: Locke on Tacit Consent
71: Locke on Tacit Consent
The focus of this egg timer will be John Locke's thoughts about tacit consent and the role it plays in justifying the legitimacy of government.   Send your Comments, questions, or ideas for future episodes over to eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By Godfrey Kneller - 1. Unknown source2. derivate work of File:Godfrey Kneller - Portrait of John Locke (Hermitage).jpg (from arthermitage.org), Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=110128
13:15
October 29, 2021
70: Consent
70: Consent
Consent is the topic for this egg timer.  Along with thinking about the role of consent within an ethical system focus will also be given to the various types of consent that philosophers often focus upon: direct, tacit, and hypothetical.   Send over your comments, thoughts, or suggestions for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By US Army - https://media.defense.gov/2017/Apr/11/2001730347/-1/-1/0/170411-A-QY194-001.JPG, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=61824768
09:19
October 22, 2021
69: Marx on False Consciousness
69: Marx on False Consciousness
This episode of the egg timer explores Karl Marx's idea of false consciousness.  Marx suggested that many people/workers are radically wrong about what is in their best interest.  How could this be true?  Tune in to learn more about this provocative idea. Send over your thoughts, questions, or ideas for future shows to eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By John Jabez Edwin Mayal - International Institute of Social History, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=591288
10:36
October 15, 2021
68: Marx on Relative Deprivation
68: Marx on Relative Deprivation
This episode of the egg timer focuses on Karl Marx's thoughts about relative deprivation.  Special focus will be given to how relative deprivation relates with the principle of 'equal pay for equal work'. Send your questions, comments, or ideas for future episodes to eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By (Photo courtesy of Frans de Waal.) - Powell K: Economy of the Mind. PLoS Biol 1/3/2003: e77. https://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.0000077, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12012849
07:44
October 08, 2021
67: Poisonous Balloons and Vaccine Mandates
67: Poisonous Balloons and Vaccine Mandates
This episode of the egg timer considers the topic of governmentally imposed vaccine mandates.  Specific attention is given to the types variables that ought to be considered when the government sets policy surrounding harms and risk. Send your questions, comments, or ideas for future episodes to eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By Photo Credit: James GathanyContent Providers(s): CDC - This media comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Public Health Image Library (PHIL), with identification number #2674.
10:58
October 01, 2021
66: Freedom, Moral Responsibility and Alternative Possibilities
66: Freedom, Moral Responsibility and Alternative Possibilities
Does freedom require alternative possibilities?  That's the question for this episode of the egg timer.  Tune in as Harry Frankfurt's enduring answer to this question is cracked open.   Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By Enoch Lai at the English language Wikipedia, CC  BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4684093
09:35
September 24, 2021
65: Justin McBrayer Discusses His Book 'Beyond Fake News: Finding the Truth in a World of Misinformation'
65: Justin McBrayer Discusses His Book 'Beyond Fake News: Finding the Truth in a World of Misinformation'
For Today's episode of the Egg Timer Justin McBrayer discusses ideas related with his book, 'Beyond Fake News: Finding the Truth in a World of Misinformation'.  Listen in as Justin discusses the increasingly prominent problem of navigating the media in an environment of disinformation and falsehoods.   For further information about Justin's book you can check out his webpage about his book here: https://www.justinmcbrayer.com/fake-news Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com
08:46
September 17, 2021
64: Cooley's Looking Glass Self
64: Cooley's Looking Glass Self
On this episode of the egg timer the topic is Charles Horton Cooley's looking glass self.  Cooley offers a fascinating and dynamic social interpretation of the self.  Tune in to find out more. Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image attribution: By Unknown photographer - 1902 Michiganensian, page 8, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=47493090
08:05
September 10, 2021
63: Paley, Watches, and God
63: Paley, Watches, and God
On today's episode of the egg timer the topic is William Paley's watchmaker analogy to prove the existence of God.  Paley suggests that a person who finds a watch on a beach is right to think that someone designed the watch.  And likewise by analogy someone who realizes the complexity of a person is right to think that people are designed and that their designer is God.  Does this analogy work to prove the existence of God?  Tune in as that question is explored. Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image attribution: Unknown authorUnknown author, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
08:42
September 03, 2021
62: Harm
62: Harm
This episode of the egg timer delves into the topic of harm.  Harm is often treated is a purely comparative way by asking if a person has been made 'worse off' than they were before the harm.  But as we'll see this idea is not nearly so iron clad as it is often treated.   Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By Illustrator T. Allom - History of the cotton manufacture in Great Britain by Sir Edward Baines,, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9430141
08:30
August 27, 2021
61: Science, Evolution, and Circular Reasoning
61: Science, Evolution, and Circular Reasoning
On this episode of the egg timer the topic is the bootstrapping problem within the empirical sciences.  In particular, the question of what reasons do we have to think that vision is a reliable and true representation of reality will be discussed.  Often answers to this question double down on using vision as an answer to this question, but as we'll discover that answer just gets caught in the wheels of circular reasoning. Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By NASA/WMAP Science Team - Original version: NASA;  modified by Cherkash, Public Domain,  https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11885244
09:22
August 20, 2021
60: Moral Luck
60: Moral Luck
What role should luck play in our moral assessments?  If a person intends to harm another but as luck would have it is not able to do so should we morally assess their action the same as if they had succeeded in harming another?  Tune in as those and other questions related with moral luck are discussed on this episode of the egg timer. Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By Phyzome under the GFDL. - Phyzome, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=84812
09:22
August 13, 2021
59: Nietzsche and The Arts
59: Nietzsche and The Arts
On this last episode of the Nietzsche Summer Series the topic will be Nietzsche and The Arts.  Tune in to learn more about the forces of Greek Tragedy that helped to carve out Nietzsche's artistic and philosophical views.   Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Art Attribution: Art Attribution: Edvard Munch, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
10:02
August 06, 2021
58: Nietzsche and Nihilism
58: Nietzsche and Nihilism
On this fourth installment of the Nietzsche Summer Series the topic will be Nietzsche's ideas and nihilism.  Nietzsche is sometimes mistakenly treated as a nihilist and this episode of the egg timer seeks to be better clarify his position toward questions of value.   Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Art Attribution: Art Attribution: Edvard Munch, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
08:05
July 23, 2021
57: Martin Bunzl Discusses His Book 'Thinking While Walking: Reflections on the Pacific Crest Trail'
57: Martin Bunzl Discusses His Book 'Thinking While Walking: Reflections on the Pacific Crest Trail'
Today on the egg timer we are joined by guest host Martin Bunzl.  Join in as Dr. Bunzl discusses his new book, Thinking While Walking: Reflections on the Pacific Crest Trail.   Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com
10:06
July 16, 2021
56: Nietzsche's Ubermensch
56: Nietzsche's Ubermensch
On this third installment of the Nietzsche Summer Series the topic will be Nietzsche's Ubermensch.  Join in for an episode that takes a look how Nietzsche developed this vexing idea. Check out details about the Nietzsche Summer Series at eggtimerphilosophy.com Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Art Attribution: Art Attribution: Edvard Munch, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
09:22
July 09, 2021
55: Nietzsche's Will to Power
55: Nietzsche's Will to Power
In the second Nietzsche summer series episode the topic will be the Will to Power with specific focus on the text 'Beyond Good and Evil'.  The Will to Power played a critical role in Nietzsche's thoughts and he considered it to be a more basic aspect of humanity than even self preservation.  Tune in to find out just how Nietzsche thought that conventional morality was little more than a human creation to deny this most basic aspect of humanity.  Check out details about the Nietzsche Summer Series at eggtimerphilosophy.com Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Art Attribution: Art Attribution: Edvard Munch, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
08:57
June 25, 2021
54: The Non-Identity Problem in Bioethics
54: The Non-Identity Problem in Bioethics
On today's episode the topic is the non-identity problem which has become central in many bioethics debates surrounding the beginning of life. Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By Carin Araujo, http://www.prtc.net/~carin - Stock.xchng #197853, Copyrighted free use, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=380811
05:25
June 19, 2021
53: Nietzsche and Truth
53: Nietzsche and Truth
On this episode of the egg timer, and the first in the Nietzsche Summer series, we explore Nietzsche 1873 essay 'On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense'.  Special attention is given to the strong connection that Nietzsche makes between conventional notions of truth and the formation of metaphor.  Check out details about the Nietzsche Summer Series at eggtimerphilosophy.com Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Art Attribution: Art Attribution: Edvard Munch, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
08:52
June 11, 2021
52: Nietzsche Summer Series Announcement
52: Nietzsche Summer Series Announcement
Over the course of the Summer the egg timer will be having a Summer podcast series covering the ideas of Friedrich Nietzsche.  See release dates below for episodes topics in the series and also check out the egg timer website at eggtimerphilosophy.com for associated readings for each episode. June 11, 'Truth and Perspectivism': June 25, 'Will To Power': July 9, 'Ubermensch': July 23, 'Nihilism': August 6, 'The Arts' Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Art Attribution: Art Attribution: Edvard Munch, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
02:21
June 09, 2021
51: Hobbes on Government
51: Hobbes on Government
Under what conditions should people living without a government agree to form a government?  On this episode of the egg timer we see the answer that Thomas Hobbes gave nearly four hundred years ago to this long standing question among political philosophers. Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Art Attribution: By Unknown author - http://21republicans.com/preserving-america/85/thomas-hobbes-on-punishments.aspx, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9546790
07:20
June 04, 2021
50: Durkheim on Religion
50: Durkheim on Religion
On today's episode the topic will be Emile Durkheim's treatment of religion with special emphasis given to the distinction between the sacred and the profane. Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By Unknown author - https://www.clicksociologico.com/2017/03/emile-durkheim.html, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=90156602
06:13
May 28, 2021
49: The Communist Manifesto
49: The Communist Manifesto
This episode of the egg timer is devoted to taking a critical look at the Communist Manifesto or more formally titled 'Manifesto of the Communist Party'.  Specifically the topics of history and power as well as the definition that Marx and Engels give to communism will be explored. Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By John Jabez Edwin Mayal - International Institute of Social History, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=591288
11:37
May 21, 2021
48: The Detachable Body
48: The Detachable Body
On this episode of the egg timer the topic will revolve around questions concerning what constitutes the body as well how advanced technology will force people to rethink the rights that protect the body. Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By David Buckley - Shadow Robot Company Ltd. From our contract engineering gallery., CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2107342
07:30
May 14, 2021
47: The Euthyphro Dilemma
47: The Euthyphro Dilemma
Do the Gods love the good because it is good or is something good because the Gods love it?  That's the dilemma that Plato posed through the voice of Socrates in his dialogue Euthyphro and the topic for this episode of the egg timer. Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com
08:22
May 07, 2021
46: The Trolley Problem: Part II
46: The Trolley Problem: Part II
On today's episode we delve deeper into the ethical conundrum of the trolley problem. Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By 04_15_09_162xp_-_Flickr_-_drewj1946.jpg: Drew  Jacksich from San Jose, CA, The Republic of Californiaderivative work:  Bruce1ee - This file was derived from:  04 15 09 162xp - Flickr -  drewj1946.jpg:, CC BY-SA 2.0,  https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19584033
07:44
April 30, 2021
45: The Trolley Problem: Part 1
45: The Trolley Problem: Part 1
Imagine you are conducting a trolley and the break gets stuck.  If you do nothing the trolley will kill five workman on your path.  But you can quickly switch tracks where the trolley will kill one person.  Should you pull the lever and switch tracks?  That's the question on this episode of the egg timer. Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By 04_15_09_162xp_-_Flickr_-_drewj1946.jpg: Drew Jacksich from San Jose, CA, The Republic of Californiaderivative work: Bruce1ee - This file was derived from:  04 15 09 162xp - Flickr - drewj1946.jpg:, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19584033
08:58
April 23, 2021
44: Nietzsche on Eternal Recurrence
44: Nietzsche on Eternal Recurrence
How would you respond to the offer to live life again forever exactly as you have lived it?  That's the question Nietzsche poses with his eternal recurrence thought experiment.  This episode explores how the notion of regret plays a strong role in how this offer is treated. Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Art Attribution: Edvard Munch, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
06:10
April 16, 2021
43: Vegetarianism and Animal Welfare
43: Vegetarianism and Animal Welfare
Is eating meat a moral practice?  Today's episode explores this question with specific attention given to a very interesting analogy between eating meat and swinging a baseball bat into a cow's skull offered by Robert Nozick. Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By This image was released by the Agricultural Research Service, the research agency of the United States Department of Agriculture, with the ID k7964-1 (next)., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1882556
07:26
April 09, 2021
42: Euthanasia
42: Euthanasia
This episode of the egg timer explores James Rachels's influential essay, 'Active and Passive Euthanasia'.  Rachels suggests that the distinction based upon the difference between killing and letting die that has shaped medical policy surrounding euthanasia in the United States is deeply flawed.  Tune in to find out why Rachels holds this position. Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: Shutterstock
06:40
April 02, 2021
41: Crito: The Death of Socrates
41: Crito: The Death of Socrates
This episode of the egg timer is devoted to the Platonic Dialouge of Crito.  In this Dialouge Socrates finds himself in prison awaiting a death sentence and his friend Crito has come to visit.  Crito comes with the enticing offer of helping Socrates escape from prison.  Listen to why find out why Socrates rejects the offer and accepts his sentence of death. Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By Sting, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=96296061
06:51
March 27, 2021
40: Weakness of Will
40: Weakness of Will
Does weakness of will exist?  It sure seems like the answer is yes but as we will see, by looking at the basic views of Plato and Aristotle, the answer is more nuanced and interestingly complex than it first appears.   Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: SOUNDCLOUD
07:19
March 20, 2021
39: Threats, Offers, and The Godfather
39: Threats, Offers, and The Godfather
This episode of the egg timer considers the distinction between threats and offers.  Many people typically think that offers are morally permissible and threats are not. This thought is normally right but as we will explore things are more complicated than they first appear. Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Photo Attribution: Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images
06:12
March 13, 2021
38: Human Nature and Freedom
38: Human Nature and Freedom
Can human nature and freedom coexist?  Maybe, but if so a new way to look at both ideas will probably be needed.  Enjoy this episode of the egg timer as the topic of how human nature and freedom might relate with one another is explored. Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By TonyTheTiger - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20006688
06:35
March 06, 2021
37: Act vs. Rule Utilitarianism
37: Act vs. Rule Utilitarianism
On this episode of the egg timer the distinction between act and rule utilitarianism is given a closer look. Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: Alpha Stock Images - http://alphastockimages.com/
07:41
February 28, 2021
36: Use
36: Use
This episode of the egg timer is devoted to exploring and attempting to define the concept of use. Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
08:17
February 20, 2021
35: Milton Friedman on Business Ethics
35: Milton Friedman on Business Ethics
Do people conducting business have any ethical obligations beyond following the law and making as much profit as possible?  On Today's episode we will explore Milton Friedman's influential answer to this question. Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice - RobertHannah89, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16163396
07:27
February 13, 2021
34: Utilitarianism
34: Utilitarianism
This episode of the egg timer is devoted to exploring the basic aspects of utilitarian ethical thought. Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: Perhelion, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons
08:54
February 06, 2021
33: George Berkeley's Idealism
33: George Berkeley's Idealism
What exists?  George Berkeley argued that the only things that exists are minds and ideas.  Find out more about this odd but strangely compelling view on this episode of the egg timer. Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Art Attribution: By John Smibert - 1wEMkObfE2BRpQ at Google Cultural Institute maximum zoom level, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21869417
10:06
January 30, 2021
32: William James on Free Will and Determinism
32: William James on Free Will and Determinism
Today on the egg timer the topic will be how William James makes the case that a deterministic view of the world is confronted with a very challenging dilemma. Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By Notman Studios (photographer) - [1]MS Am 1092 (1185), Series II, 23, Houghton Library, Harvard University, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16250941
09:32
January 23, 2021
31: Free Will: The Basic Views
31: Free Will: The Basic Views
This episode of the egg timer is devoted to reviewing the basic positions that philosophers take toward free will.  Are alternatives possibilities necessary for free will?  That's just one question that will be scrambled up on this episode. Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By Enoch Lai at the English language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4684093
08:26
January 16, 2021
30: Ought Implies Can, or Does it?
30: Ought Implies Can, or Does it?
This episode of the egg timer is devoted to exploring the moral principle that 'ought implies can'.  The principle enjoys lots of philosophical support but is more questionable than it first appears. Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Art Attribution: By Edmund Leighton - Art Renewal Center Museum, image 15585., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1782908
06:24
January 09, 2021
29: Music, Money, and Value
29: Music, Money, and Value
How much money would it take for you to sell your ability to experience music?  That's the question for this episode of the egg timer. Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Art Attribution: By Phintias - User:Bibi Saint-Pol, own work, 2007-02-10, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2724330
06:14
January 02, 2021
28: Self-Ownership
28: Self-Ownership
What does it mean for a person to own their self?  This episode of the egg timer explores the basic answer that political philosophers have given to this vexing question. Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By Collectie Stichting Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38618231
09:15
December 26, 2020
27: Ownership
27: Ownership
This episode of the egg timer explores the concepts of ownership and property.  Do you own, in any sense, a car that you have just rented at the airport counter?  Tune in, as this and other examples are discussed. Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By Brian Stansberry (photographer) - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15893366
09:48
December 19, 2020
26: Science and Falsification
26: Science and Falsification
What separates science from other areas of inquiry?  Karl Popper argued that it is the activity of falsification.  Tune in to hear about Karl Popper's falsification driven view of scientific inquiry. Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By NASA/WMAP Science Team - Original version: NASA; modified by Cherkash, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11885244
07:27
December 12, 2020
25: Aristotle's Ethics
25: Aristotle's Ethics
This episode of the egg timer is devoted to discussing the major themes within Aristotle's approach to ethics. Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Art Attribution: By After Lysippos - Jastrow (2006), Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1359807
12:57
December 05, 2020
24: Veblen's Conspicuous Consumption
24: Veblen's Conspicuous Consumption
What forces drive us to economically consume?  Today's egg timer will take a look at the philosophical and socially engaging answer that Thorstein Veblen gives to this question. Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Photo Attribution: Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=249718
09:12
November 27, 2020
23: Pirsig on Time and Experience
23: Pirsig on Time and Experience
This episode of the egg timer explores a passage from Robert Pirsig's 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' to better understand the relationship between time and experience. Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=259260
09:06
November 21, 2020
22: Mill's Marketplace of Ideas
22: Mill's Marketplace of Ideas
Should society regulate objectionable speech?  This episode of the egg timer considers and critiques John Stuart Mill's answer to this long standing and difficult question. Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By BeenAroundAWhile at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=45374438
06:33
November 15, 2020
21: Voluntary Choice and Belief
21: Voluntary Choice and Belief
Do we have voluntary control over our beliefs?  It turns out probably not in the vast majority of cases.  This episode explains why this is the case and explore the relationship between freedom and belief. Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By User:Lbeaumont based on image by Mila / Brocken Inaglory - This file has been extracted from another file: Multy droplets impact.JPG, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=29111316
07:49
November 07, 2020
20: God and the Problem of Evil
20: God and the Problem of Evil
Do the evils of the world provide evidence against the existence of God?  Listen in as this question is explored on this episode of the egg timer. Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Art Attribution: By Michelangelo - English Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Sistine_jonah.jpg, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=820319
09:14
November 01, 2020
19: Justice in Rawls's Veil of Ignorance: Part II
19: Justice in Rawls's Veil of Ignorance: Part II
What principles of justice would people agree to under a veil of ignorance that prevents them from knowing things about themselves such as their ethnicity, gender identity, and sexual orientation? John Rawls says, the 'difference principle' and the 'liberty principle'.  This episode breaks down and discuss each of these ideas. Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: English: Published by the Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. Photograph taken by Alec Rawls, John's son. The portrait was uncredited on the original dust jacket, but Alec is identified as its photographer on the copyright page of the 1994 German-language first edition of the book John Rawls by Thomas Pogge., Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
10:06
October 24, 2020
18: Justice In Rawls's Veil of Ignorance: Part 1
18: Justice In Rawls's Veil of Ignorance: Part 1
How do we create a just society? In this episode of the egg timer we take a look at how John Rawls used the idea of ignorance to provide a very inventive answer to this question. Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: English: Published by the Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. Photograph taken by Alec Rawls, John's son. The portrait was uncredited on the original dust jacket, but Alec is identified as its photographer on the copyright page of the 1994 German-language first edition of the book John Rawls by Thomas Pogge., Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
08:31
October 16, 2020
17: Rights
17: Rights
This episode of the egg timer tackles the question: what are rights?  In order to answer this question the relationship between rights and obligations is cracked open.   Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By Rowland Scherman - U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16632865
07:32
October 11, 2020
16: Experience, Knowledge and Qualia
16: Experience, Knowledge and Qualia
If you knew every physical fact about the world but had only experienced the confines of a black and white room would you learn anything new when you see a ripe red tomato for the first time?  This episode of the egg timer considers this thought experiment and the threats to the physicalist world view that it poses. Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Art Attribution: By made by Was a bee. - Original strawberry's image is from Image:Fragaria_Fruit_Close-up.jpg uploaded by User:FoeNyx,and original man's image is from Image:Munemitsu Mutsu 2.jpg uploaded by User:Ueda.H,and I User:Was a bee combined it in one image., CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=709740
07:38
October 02, 2020
15: Four Noble Truths of Buddhism: Part II
15: Four Noble Truths of Buddhism: Part II
This episode of the egg timer delves into the depths of Nirvana through Buddha's third and fourth noble truths.  This episode is a continuation of last week's episode that explored Buddha's first and second noble truths. Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Art Attribution: By Daderot - Own work, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=41616919
07:19
September 25, 2020
14: Four Noble Truths of Buddhism: Part 1
14: Four Noble Truths of Buddhism: Part 1
This episode of the egg timer takes a look at Buddha's first and second noble truths.  Particular attention will be given to the idea of attachment. Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Art Attribution: By Daderot - Own work, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=41616919
07:43
September 17, 2020
13: The State as a Force Monopolizer
13: The State as a Force Monopolizer
How should the state be defined?  This episode of the egg timer takes a look at Max Weber's influential attempt to answer this question.  Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: Joseph A. Lambach, U.S. Marine Corps, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
10:01
September 09, 2020
12: Pascal's Wager
12: Pascal's Wager
Is believing that God exists a good rational bet to place?  Blaise Pascal thought so.  This episode of the egg timer takes a closer look at this divine wager. Art Attribution: By unknown; a copy of the painting of François II Quesnel, which was made for Gérard Edelinck en 1691[réf. nécessaire]. - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12193020
07:51
September 02, 2020
11: Sartre and Bad Faith
11: Sartre and Bad Faith
This episode of the egg timer takes a look at Jean Paul Sartre's notions of bad faith and authenticity.  Many claim to value freedom a great deal but bad faith threatens to make that valuing an act of self-deception.  The roots of this self-deception are explores as well as whether authenticity offers a path to genuine freedom. Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By Unknown author - Archivo del diario Clarín. Fotografía publicada en 1983 en la revista dominical del periodico ilustrando un artículo sobre el poeta, en Buenos Aires, Argentina, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4523001
07:22
August 26, 2020
10: Existentalism
10: Existentalism
This episode of the egg timer is devoted to existential philosophy.  In particular Sartre's existential slogan that 'existence proceeds essence' will be discussed and its implications explored. Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Art Attribution: By Eexistentialcrisiss - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=64115224
07:13
August 20, 2020
9: Plato's Allegory of the Cave
9: Plato's Allegory of the Cave
This episode of the egg timer is devoted to Plato's infamous allegory of the cave.   Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Art Attribution: By RaphaelQS - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=65546874
07:49
August 05, 2020
8: Aquinas, Big Rocks, and God
8: Aquinas, Big Rocks, and God
Can God make a rock so big that He cannot lift it?  This episode of the egg timer explores the answer that Thomas Aquinas gave to this seeming paradox. Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Art Attribution: By Benozzo Gozzoli - The Yorck Project (2002) 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei (DVD-ROM), distributed by DIRECTMEDIA Publishing GmbH. ISBN: 3936122202., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=314693
09:30
July 26, 2020
7: Thoreau's Civil Disobedience
7: Thoreau's Civil Disobedience
This episode of the egg timer explores Henry David Thoreau's 1849 essay 'Civil Disobedience' .  Thoreau's approach to civil disobedience is put in the spotlight and we see how his view compares and contrasts with that of major 20th century advocates for civil disobedience such as Gandhi and King. Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Art Attribution: By Edward Sidney Dunshee (1823-1907) - Anna Ricketson (1902) Daniel Ricketson and his friends[1], Boston: Houghton Mifflin, OCLC 2952813, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24950780
08:55
July 07, 2020
6: Knowledge and Classical Islamic Philosophy
6: Knowledge and Classical Islamic Philosophy
This episode of the egg timer continues on the theme of knowledge from last week's episode.  But a shift in focus is made toward the work of the 11th century Islamic thinker, Al-Ghazali.  As we see, Al-Ghazali masterfully demonstrated the case for epistemic skepticism roughly 400 years before Descartes is often credited with accomplishing this feat. Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Arabic Calligraphy Attribution: By السيف ذو الوشاح - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50000224
10:08
June 03, 2020
5: Descartes and Knowledge
5: Descartes and Knowledge
What, if anything, can we know with absolute certainty?  This episode of the egg timer takes a critical look at the answer Rene Descartes gives to this question.  His answer has provided the foundation for the last 400 years of philosophical thought surrounding knowledge. Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Art Attribution: Frans Hals  - André Hatala [e.a.] (1997) De eeuw van Rembrandt, Bruxelles: Crédit communal de Belgique, ISBN 2-908388-32-4.
08:55
May 27, 2020
4: Robert Nozick's Experience Machine
4: Robert Nozick's Experience Machine
If you could plug into in a machine that would provide you with the experience of any desire and wish that you had while all the time your brain were hooked up to electrodes running to the machine would you flip the switch and plug into the machine?  This thought provoking question posed by Robert Nozick is the topic of this week's egg timer.  And yes Nozick wrote about this idea roughly 25 years before the first Matrix film was released on the big screen. Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Image Attribution: By made by Alexander Wivel [1]. - knol article, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8719730
06:06
May 20, 2020
Egg Timer Philosophy Trailer
Egg Timer Philosophy Trailer
A podcast where philosophical ideas are scrambled up in about five minutes. From ancient philosophy to contemporary approaches and everything in between, if you are looking for accessible, interesting, and relevant philosophy served up fast then you are in the right spot. New episode weekly. Send any comments about past episodes or suggestions for new episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com
01:12
May 19, 2020
3: Identity Puzzles and The Ship of Theseus
3: Identity Puzzles and The Ship of Theseus
If we dismantle a ship one plank at a time and replace the rotting wood with new planks of wood slowly over a few decades and then wake up to find that the ship no longer has any of the original parts left is it the same ship?  This is the puzzle of the Ship of Theseus. During this episode questions about identity over time will float past ships and be applied to persons as well. Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Art Attribution: Rémi Kaupp, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
09:26
May 12, 2020
2: Mill's Harm Principle
2: Mill's Harm Principle
This episode of the egg timer explores John Stuart Mill's 'harm principle'.  Mill offers this principle to suggest when the liberty of the person can be legitimately restricted.  The basic idea is that the liberty of people can be restricted when they harm or threaten to harm others.  What exactly this amounts to will be the crux of this episode. Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Art Attribution: By London Stereoscopic Company - Hulton Archive, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=30913285
09:14
May 05, 2020
1: Stoicism
1: Stoicism
This inaugural episode of the Podcast starts things off by looking at the Ancient tradition of Stoicism.  The life approach where one is ever-cautious to avoid basking too much in glory or worrying about the problems that life might hold for us in the future.  The stoic faces life as it is and refuses to become shaped and molded by that which is outside of themselves.   Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: eggtimerphilosophy@gmail.com Art Attribution: Paolo Monti, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
09:01
May 01, 2020