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Five Questions

By Kieran Setiya
I ask philosophers five questions about themselves.

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Kit Fine
I ask the philosopher Kit Fine five questions about himself. Kit Fine is Professor of Philosophy and Mathematics at NYU. He is the author of several books, including “Reasoning with Arbitrary Objects” (1985), “The Limits of Abstraction” (2002), and “Semantic Relationism” (2007).
19:20
August 3, 2021
Miranda Fricker
I ask the philosopher Miranda Fricker five questions about herself. Miranda Fricker is Professor of Philosophy at the City University of New York Graduate Center and the author of “Epistemic Injustice: Power and the Ethics of Knowing” (2007). Rachel Whiteread, “Untitled (Stacks)” Doris Salcedo, “Fragmentos”
34:44
July 27, 2021
Lawrence Blum
I ask the philosopher Larry Blum five questions about himself. Lawrence Blum is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Education at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He is the author of several books including, most recently, “Integrations: The Struggle for Racial Equality and Civic Renewal in Public Education” (2021).
26:34
July 20, 2021
Sebastian Rödl
I ask the philosopher Sebastian Rödl five questions about himself. Sebastian Rödl is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Leipzig. He is the author of “Self-Consciousness” (2007), “Categories of the Temporal” (2012), and “Self-Consciousness and Objectivity: An Introduction to Absolute Idealism” (2018).
27:22
July 13, 2021
Cheryl Misak
I ask the philosopher Cheryl Misak five questions about herself. Cheryl Misak is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto. Her books include “Truth and the End of Inquiry” (1990), “The American Pragmatists” (2013), and “Frank Ramsey: A Sheer Excess of Powers” (2020).
24:16
July 6, 2021
Philip Pettit
I ask the philosopher Philip Pettit five questions about himself. Philip Pettit is Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Human Values at Princeton University and Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy at the Australian National University. He is the author of many books, including “The Common Mind” (1996), “Republicanism: A Theory of Freedom and Government” (1997), and “The Birth of Ethics” (2018).
30:25
June 29, 2021
Anil Gomes
I ask the philosopher Anil Gomes five questions about himself. Anil Gomes is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oxford. He is the author of “Iris Murdoch on Art, Ethics, and Attention” (2013), “Is There a Problem of Other Minds?” (2011), “Kant on Perception” (2014), and other essays.
27:38
June 22, 2021
Elizabeth Barnes
I ask the philosopher Elizabeth Barnes five questions about herself. Elizabeth Barnes is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Virginia and the author of “The Minority Body” (2016).
27:07
June 15, 2021
Sarah Moss
I ask the philosopher Sarah Moss five questions about herself. Sarah Moss is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Michigan and the author of “Probabilistic Knowledge” (2018).
26:27
June 8, 2021
Raimond Gaita
I ask the philosopher Raimond Gaita five questions about himself. Rai Gaita is Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne and Emeritus Professor of Moral Philosophy at King’s College London. He is the author of many books, including “Good and Evil: An Absolute Conception” (1991), “Romulus, My Father” (1998), and “A Common Humanity” (1998). J. S. Bach, Cello Suites, performed by Pablo Casals
36:06
June 1, 2021
Philosophers@MIT
I ask five of my colleagues one question about themselves. MIT Philosophy
29:29
May 25, 2021
Stephen Darwall
I ask the philosopher Steve Darwall five questions about himself. Steve Darwall is Andrew Downey Orrick Professor of Philosophy at Yale University. He is the author of several books, including “Impartial Reason” (1983), “Welfare and Rational Care” (2002), and “The Second-Person Standpoint” (2006).
25:10
May 18, 2021
Rachel Barney
I ask the philosopher Rachel Barney five questions about herself. Rachel Barney is Professor of Classics and Philosophy at the University of Toronto. She is the author of “Names and Nature in Plato’s ‘Cratylus’” (2001) and other essays on ancient philosophy.
26:48
May 11, 2021
Lucy O'Brien
I ask the philosopher Lucy O'Brien five questions about herself. Lucy O’Brien is Professor of Philosophy at University College London and the author of “Self-Knowing Agents” (2007). Rembrandt van Rijn: “Self-Portrait with Two Circles”
29:28
May 4, 2021
Richard Kimberly Heck
I ask the philosopher Riki Heck five questions about themselves. Riki Heck is Professor of Philosophy at Brown University. They are the author of “Frege’s Theorem” (2011) and “Reading Frege’s ‘Grundgesetze’” (2012).
22:09
April 27, 2021
Jonathan Wolff
I ask the philosopher Jonathan Wolff five questions about himself. Jonathan Wolff is the Alfred Landecker Professor of Values and Public Policy at Oxford University. He is the author of several books, including “Why Read Marx Today?” (2002), “The Human Right to Health” (2012), and “Ethics and Public Policy: A Philosophical Inquiry” (2020).
30:13
April 20, 2021
Hannah Ginsborg
I ask the philosopher Hannah Ginsborg five questions about herself. Hannah Ginsborg is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley. She is the author of “The Normativity of Nature: Essays on Kant’s ‘Critique of Judgement’” (2015). Raphael's “Ecstasy of St. Cecilia”
28:48
April 13, 2021
T. M. Scanlon
I ask the philosopher T. M. Scanlon five questions about himself. Tim Scanlon is the Emeritus Alford Professor of Natural Religion, Moral Philosophy, and Civil Polity at Harvard. He is the author of several books, including “What We Owe to Each Other” (1998), “Moral Dimensions” (2009), and “Why Does Inequality Matter?” (2018).
22:18
April 6, 2021
Gerald Dworkin
I ask the philosopher Gerald Dworkin five questions about himself. Gerald Dworkin is Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at UC Davis and the author of “The Theory and Practice of Autonomy” (1988).
27:23
March 30, 2021
Elisabeth Camp
I ask the philosopher Elisabeth Camp five questions about herself. Elisabeth Camp is Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University. She is the author of “Slurring Perspectives” (2013), “Thinking with Maps” (2007), and other essays in the philosophy of language and mind.
25:03
March 23, 2021
David Hills
I ask the philosopher David Hills five questions about himself. David Hills is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University and the author of "Aptness and Truth in Verbal Metaphor" (1997) and other essays in aesthetics and the philosophy of mind.
24:60
March 16, 2021
Michele Moody-Adams
I ask the philosopher Michele Moody-Adams five questions about herself. Michele Moody-Adams is Joseph Straus Professor of Political Philosophy and Legal Theory at Columbia University. She is the author of “Fieldwork in Familiar Places” (1997) and a forthcoming book “Making Space for Justice: Social Movements, Collective Imagination, and Political Hope.” Robert Gould Shaw Memorial, Boston Common
29:34
March 9, 2021
Matthew Boyle
I ask the philosopher Matt Boyle five questions about himself. Matt Boyle is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Chicago and the author of a forthcoming book, “Transparency and Reflection.”
29:08
March 2, 2021
Havi Carel
I ask the philosopher Havi Carel five questions about herself. Havi Carel is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Bristol and the author of “Illness: The Cry of the Flesh” (2008) and “Phenomenology of Illness” (2016).
26:02
February 23, 2021
Mark Wilson
I ask the philosopher Mark Wilson five questions about himself. Mark Wilson is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh and the author of “Wandering Significance: An Essay on Conceptual Behavior” (2006) and “Physics Avoidance and other Essays in Conceptual Strategy” (2017).
30:00
February 16, 2021
Seana Shiffrin
I ask the philosopher Seana Shiffrin five questions about herself. Seana Shiffrin is Professor of Philosophy and Pete Kameron Professor of Law and Social Justice at UCLA. She is the author of “Speech Matters: On Lying, Morality, and the Law” (2014).
26:11
February 9, 2021
Season 2 Trailer
I introduce the second season of Five Questions, a podcast in which I ask philosophers five questions about themselves. New episodes post on Tuesday mornings.
02:56
February 2, 2021
Rae Langton
I ask the philosopher Rae Langton five questions about herself. Rae Langton is Knightbridge Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge. She is the author of “Kantian Humility” (1998) and “Sexual Solipsism” (2009).
23:37
October 27, 2020
Sophie Grace Chappell
I ask the philosopher Sophie Grace Chappell five questions about herself. Sophie Grace Chappell is Professor of Philosophy at the Open University. She is the author of several books, including “Knowing What To Do” (2014) and the forthcoming “Epiphanies.”
28:23
October 20, 2020
Jonathan Lear
I ask the philosopher Jonathan Lear five questions about himself. Jonathan Lear is the John U. Nef Distinguished Service Professor in the Committee on Social Thought and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Chicago. He is the author of several books, including “Radical Hope” (2006) and most recently, “Wisdom Won From Illness: Essays in Philosophy and Psychoanalysis” (2017).
28:56
October 13, 2020
Alice Crary
I ask the philosopher Alice Crary five questions about herself. Alice Crary is University Distinguished Professor at the New School for Social Research and a Visiting Fellow at Regent’s College, Oxford. She is the author of "Beyond Moral Judgment" (2007) and "Inside Ethics: On the Demands of Moral Thought" (2016).
26:10
October 6, 2020
Kwame Anthony Appiah
I ask the philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah five questions about himself. Kwame Anthony Appiah is Professor of Philosophy and Law at NYU and the author of several books, including "Experiments in Ethics" (2010), "As If: Idealization and Ideals" (2017), and most recently, "The Lies that Bind: Rethinking Identity" (2019).
28:26
September 29, 2020
Gabriel Richardson Lear
I ask the philosopher Gabriel Richardson Lear five questions about herself. Gabriel Richardson Lear is Professor of Philosophy and in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago.  She is the author of "Happy Lives and the Highest Good: An Essay on Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics" (2004) as well as several articles on the importance of beauty, poetry, and love in Plato’s ethics.
25:23
September 22, 2020
David Christensen
I ask the philosopher David Christensen five questions about himself. David Christensen is Professor of Philosophy at Brown University and the author of "Putting Logic in its Place" (2004).
24:10
September 15, 2020
Barbara Herman
I ask the philosopher Barbara Herman five questions about herself. Barbara Herman is Griffin Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Law at UCLA. Her books include "Moral Literacy" (2008) and "The Practice of Moral Judgment" (2006).
26:22
September 8, 2020
Tim Crane
I ask the philosopher Tim Crane five questions about himself. Tim Crane is Professor of Philosophy at the Central European University. He is the author of "The Mechanical Mind" (1995/2003), "The Objects of Thought" (2013), and "The Meaning of Belief" (2017).
24:10
September 1, 2020
Jane Heal
I ask the philosopher Jane Heal five questions about herself. Jane Heal is Professor in Philosophy Emerita at the University of Cambridge. She is the author of "Fact and Meaning" (1989) and "Mind, Meaning, and Imagination" (2003).
26:05
August 25, 2020
Tom Baldwin
I ask the philosopher Tom Baldwin five questions about himself. Tom Baldwin has taught Philosophy at Cambridge University and the University of York (UK), where is now an emeritus Professor. His publications include "G. E. Moore" (1990) and "Contemporary Philosophy: Philosophy in English since 1945" (2001). From 2005 until 2015 he was editor of Mind.
26:46
August 18, 2020
Alva Noë
I ask the philosopher Alva Noë five questions about himself. Alva Noë is an author and philosopher at the University of California, Berkeley. His writings include "Action in Perception" (2004), "Strange Tools" (2015), and "Infinite Baseball" (2019).
28:46
August 11, 2020
Helen Steward
I ask the philosopher Helen Steward five questions about herself. Helen Steward is Professor of the Philosophy of Mind and Action at the University of Leeds. She is the author of two books: "The Ontology of Mind" (1997) and "A Metaphysics for Freedom" (2012).
25:11
August 4, 2020
Richard Holton
I ask the philosopher Richard Holton five questions about himself. Richard Holton is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge and the author of "Willing, Wanting, Waiting" (2006).
24:48
July 28, 2020
Jennifer Hornsby
I ask the philosopher Jennifer Hornsby five questions about herself. Jennifer Hornsby is Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London. She is the author of "Actions" (1980) and "Simple Mindedness: In Defense of Naive Naturalism in the Philosophy of Mind" (2001).
23:50
July 21, 2020
Cora Diamond
I ask the philosopher Cora Diamond five questions about herself. Cora Diamond is Kenan Professor of Philosophy Emerita at the University of Virginia. She works on Wittgenstein and in moral philosophy and is the author of "The Realistic Spirit" (1995) and "Reading Wittgenstein with Anscombe, Going on to Ethics" (2019).
22:12
July 14, 2020
Barry Lam
I ask the philosopher Barry Lam five questions about himself. Barry Lam is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Vassar College. He is the producer and host of the podcast, Hi-Phi Nation, a show about philosophy that turns stories into ideas.
23:45
July 7, 2020
Nancy Bauer
I ask the philosopher Nancy Bauer five questions about herself. Nancy Bauer is Professor of Philosophy and Dean of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. She is the author of "Simone de Beauvoir, Philosophy, and Feminism" (2001) and "How to Do Things with Pornography" (2015).
21:51
June 30, 2020
Tommie Shelby
I ask the philosopher Tommie Shelby five questions about himself. Tommie Shelby is the Caldwell Titcomb Professor of African and African American Studies and Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University. He’s the author of “Dark Ghettos: Injustice, Dissent, and Reform” (2016) and “We Who Are Dark: The Philosophical Foundations of Black Solidarity” (2005).
25:35
June 23, 2020
Gideon Rosen
I ask the philosopher Gideon Rosen five questions about himself. Gideon Rosen is Stuart Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University. He works in the philosophy of mathematics, metaphysics, and moral philosophy, and is the author, with John Burgess, of "A Subject with No Object" (2000).
26:29
June 16, 2020
Scott Shapiro
I ask the philosopher Scott Shapiro five questions about himself. Scott Shapiro is the Charles F. Southmayd Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy at Yale Law School. His areas of interest include jurisprudence, international law, constitutional law, criminal law and cybersecurity; and he is the author of "Legality" (2011) and, with Oona Hathaway, of "The Internationalists: How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World" (2017).
27:60
June 9, 2020
Zena Hitz
I ask the philosopher Zena Hitz five questions about herself. Zena Hitz is a Tutor at St. John's College, Annapolis. Her new book, "Lost in Thought," is about the pleasures of intellectual life.
26:05
June 2, 2020
Béatrice Longuenesse
I ask the philosopher Béatrice Longuenesse five questions about herself. Béatrice Longuenesse is Silver Professor of Philosophy at New York University. Among her recent publications are "I, Me, Mine: Back to Kant and Back Again" (2017) and "The First Person in Cognition and Morality" (2019), her 2017 Spinoza Lectures at the University of Amsterdam.
25:36
May 26, 2020
Richard Moran
I ask the philosopher Richard Moran five questions about himself. Richard Moran is Brian D. Young Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University.  He is the author of Authority and Estrangement: "An Essay on Self-Knowledge" (2001), "The Exchange of Words: Speech, Testimony, and Intersubjectivity" (2018), and "The Philosophical Imagination" (2017).
28:33
May 19, 2020
Susan Wolf
I ask the philosopher Susan Wolf five questions about herself. Susan Wolf is Edna J. Koury Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  Her works include "Freedom Within Reason" (1993), "Meaning in Life and Why It Matters" (2010), and "The Variety of Values: Essays on Morality, Meaning and Love" (2014).
22:43
May 12, 2020
David Velleman
I ask the philosopher David Velleman five questions about himself. David Velleman is Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at New York University and Miller Research Professor of Philosophy at Johns Hopkins University. His new book is "On Being Me: A Personal Invitation to Philosophy."
21:34
May 5, 2020
Season 1 Trailer
I introduce Five Questions, a podcast in which I ask philosophers five questions about themselves. New episodes post on Tuesday mornings.
02:26
April 28, 2020