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Open Door Philosophy

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Welcome to Open Door Philosophy, hosted by current philosophy major Andrew Graziano and his former high school philosophy teacher, Derek Parsons! We invite you to unpack big philosophical concepts
along with us so that you might have a better understanding of some of the world’s most enduring questions. Be sure and stop by every other Tuesday as we fill our philosophical tool boxes with the equipment necessary to live a good life.

For more content specific goodness, visit opendoorphilosophy.com.
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Utilitarianism: Calculate the Best Possible Decision
Have you ever wondered how you can calculate the best possible decision? For the second episode on our four-episode arc, we take a deep dive into the ethical system, Utilitarianism. We'll talk about the philosophers of Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart-Mill and their approach to how we should live the most ethical lives! Please check out our website at opendoorphilosophy.com where you can find more information about the show and get access to our booklist. Also, feel free to email us any questions or any quotes you want us to review on the podcast by emailing opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com You can also find us on Twitter and Instagram @opendoorphilosophy If your life is in need of some philosophy, the door is always open!
52:21
September 7, 2021
Why Morality Matters
What is morality and why is everyone so crazy about it? Are some decisions better than others? What's the difference between ethics and morality? Join us on the first episode of our four-episode arc about morality! Please check out our website at opendoorphilosophy.com where you can find more information about the show and get access to our booklist. Also, feel free to email us any questions or any quotes you want us to review on the podcast by emailing opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com You can also find us on Twitter and Instagram @opendoorphilosophy If your life is in need of some philosophy, the door is always open!
01:01:03
August 24, 2021
Pragmatism and William James with Guest Jeffrey Howard
Do you make judgements about how to live from our personal experiences? Well, Pragmatism might be for you. For our first episode about an American philosopher, we invited Jeffrey Howard, the editor-in-chief at Erraticus, and podcast host at Damn the Absolute! to learn more about this field of philosophy. Please check out our website at opendoorphilosophy.com where you can find more information about the show and get access to our booklist. Also, feel free to email us any questions or any quotes you want us to review on the podcast by emailing opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com You can also find us on Twitter and Instagram @opendoorphilosophy If your life is in need of some philosophy, the door is always open! https://erraticus.co/
59:50
August 10, 2021
Kierkegaard - The Father of Existentialism
Take a "leap of faith" with us on this week's episode where we discuss Derek's trip to Copenhagen, where he visited the father of Existentialism, Soren Kierkegaard. We discuss ideas such as subjective truth, God, and, of course, the famous expression "Leap of Faith". After this episode, we promise you won't be either in fear or trembling (bad joke), unless that's your truth!  Please check out our website at opendoorphilosophy.com where you can find more information about the show and get access to our booklist. Also, feel free to email us any questions or any quotes you want us to review on the podcast by emailing opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com You can also find us on Twitter and Instagram @opendoorphilosophy If your life is in need of some philosophy, the door is always open!
55:16
July 27, 2021
How To Do Philosophy
When thinking about philosophy, the question of how it is practiced is rarely discussed. If one holds, as Open Door Philosophy does, that one ought to practice philosophy in order to live well, then it seems that the question of how it is done is necessary. This week, we dive into how philosophy should be practiced. Join us for a great episode! Please check out our website at opendoorphilosophy.com where you can find more information about the show and get access to our booklist. Also, feel free to email us any questions or any quotes you want us to review on the podcast by emailing opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com You can also find us on Twitter @opendoorphil and Instagram @opendoorphilosophy If your life is in need of some philosophy, the door is always open!
58:46
July 13, 2021
A Philosopher's Guide To Friendship
Why do philosophers want to talk about something as uninteresting as friendship? Aren't their more important things to think about? For Roman philosopher, Marcus Tullius Cicero, the answer was no. Join us this week to learn why he thought so and what the ideal friendship actually is? Please check out our website at opendoorphilosophy.com where you can find more information about the show and get access to our booklist. Also, feel free to email us any questions or any quotes you want us to review on the podcast by emailing opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com You can also find us on Twitter @opendoorphil and Instagram @opendoorphilosophy If your life is in need of some philosophy, the door is always open!
01:03:59
June 29, 2021
Do we have a Soul?
In this week's episode, we switch topics and look at a question which has plagued philosophers throughout the ages: If we do have a soul, is it immortal? The most famous answer to this question is perhaps done by the great philosopher, Plato, in his book Phaedo. We look at Plato's best argument, and consider if the argument stands under our criticism! This isn't an episode your soul is going to want to miss! Please check out our website at opendoorphilosophy.com where you can find more information about the show and get access to our booklist. Also, feel free to email us any questions or any quotes you want us to review on the podcast by emailing opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com You can also find us on Twitter @opendoorphil and Instagram @opendoorphilosophy If your life is in need of some philosophy, the door is always open!
50:52
June 15, 2021
The Life and Ideas of Friedrich Nietzsche with Guest Carson Knox
This week we visit with Nietzsche scholar Carson Knox. In addition to Nietzsche's biography and unique writing style, we cover well known Nietzschean ideas such as the Will to Power, Eternal Recurrence, and the Ubermensch.  Please check out our website at opendoorphilosophy.com where you can find more information about the show and get access to our booklist. Also, feel free to email us any questions or any quotes you want us to review on the podcast by emailing opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com You can also find us on Twitter @opendoorphil and Instagram @opendoorphilosophy If your life is in need of some philosophy, the door is always open!
59:16
June 1, 2021
Falling Upward: The Second Half of Life
In this episode, we look at a book by Fr. Richard Rohr entitled Falling Upward: A Spiritually for the Second Half of Life. We consider topics such as the role of suffering, non-dualistic thinking, and how we might come into a more generous and compassionate understanding of ourself and others. This continues our theme from the previous episode on how the way we live impacts how well we die. Please check out our website at opendoorphilosophy.com where you can find more information about the show and get access to our booklist. Also, feel free to email us any questions or any quotes you want us to review on the podcast by emailing opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com You can also find us on Twitter @opendoorphil and Instagram @opendoorphilosophy If your life is in need of some philosophy, the door is always open!
44:36
May 18, 2021
What Does It Mean To Die Well?
Why should we think about death? How does the quality of our life impact the quality of our death? Philosophers have been thinking about these issues for thousands of years. Check out today's episode to learn more about these topics and how to prepare for the only inevitability in life: death.  On a much lighter note, please check out our website at opendoorphilosophy.com where you can find more information about the show and get access to our booklist. Also, feel free to email us any questions or any quotes you want us to review on the podcast by emailing opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com You can also find us on Twitter @opendoorphil and Instagram @opendoorphilosophy If your life is in need of some philosophy, the door is always open!
50:26
May 4, 2021
Marcus Aurelius and Stoicism
In this episode, we review the life of Marcus Aurelius, one of our philosophical role models, on his 1900th birthday! We discuss his place in Roman history, the book "Meditations" for which he is so well known, many quotes, and offer an overview of the philosophy of living known as Stoicism.  Please check out our website at opendoorphilosophy.com where you can find more information about the show and get access to our booklist. Also, feel free to email us any questions or any quotes you want us to review on the podcast by emailing opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com You can also find us on Twitter @opendoorphil and Instagram @opendoorphilosophy If your life is in need of some philosophy, the door is always open!
57:05
April 20, 2021
Who Are You? Maybe.
This week Andrew and Mr. Parsons discuss what it means to have an identity by thinking about Heraclitus. No, not the philosopher! The plant! Please check out our website at opendoorphilosophy.com where you can find more information about the show and get access to our booklist. Also, feel free to email us any questions or any quotes you want us to review on the podcast by emailing opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com You can also find us on Twitter @opendoorphil and Instagram @opendoorphilosophy If your life is in need of some philosophy, the door is always open!
45:39
April 6, 2021
Do You Exist?
This week, Mr. Parsons and Andrew explore the nature of reality through the influential ideas of Descartes, particular in his work Meditations and Discourse on Method.  Please check out our website at opendoorphilosophy.com where you can find more information about the show and get access to our booklist. Also, feel free to email us any questions or any quotes you want us to review on the podcast by emailing opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com You can also find us on Twitter @opendoorphil and Instagram @opendoorphilosophy If your life is in need of some philosophy, the door is always open!
47:42
March 23, 2021
A Beginner's Guide to Aristotle
On this episode, Mr. Parsons and Andrew discuss perhaps the most influential philosopher of all time, Aristotle. We discuss his basic biographical facts, his lasting impact on science and the empirical approach to knowledge, and a bit about ethics.  Also, James the cat wants to engage with philosophy.  Please check out our website at opendoorphilosophy.com where you can find more information about the show and get access to our booklist. Also, feel free to email us any questions or any quotes you want us to review on the podcast by emailing opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com You can also find us on Twitter @opendoorphil and Instagram @opendoorphilosophy If your life is in need of some philosophy, the door is always open!
44:02
March 9, 2021
Welcome to Open Door Philosophy!
Welcome to Open Door Philosophy. A podcast focused on helping listeners live better lives by introducing a fun, digestible philosophical topic that anyone can understand. When your life is in need of philosophy the door is always open.
00:50
February 26, 2021
Plato's Allegory of the Cave
This week Mr. Parsons and Andrew discuss the famous, "Allegory of the Cave". We discuss the meaning of truth, the form of the good, and the purpose of philosophy. Please check out our website at opendoorphilosophy.com where you can find more information about the show and get access to our booklist. Also, feel free to email us any questions or any quotes you want us to review on the podcast by emailing opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com You can also find us on Twitter @opendoorphil and Instagram @opendoorphilosophy If your life is in need of some philosophy, the door is always open!
46:25
February 23, 2021
What is Philosophy?
Derek Parsons and Andrew Graziano start off the podcast by discussing what philosophy is, and what it isn't.  Please check out our website at opendoorphilosophy.com where you can find more information about the show and get access to our booklist. Also, feel free to email us any questions or any quotes you want us to review on the podcast by emailing opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com You can also find us on Twitter and Instagram @opendoorphilosophy If your life is in need of some philosophy, the door is always open!
35:16
February 9, 2021