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Welcome to Open Door Philosophy, hosted by current Rice University philosophy major Andrew Graziano and his former high school philosophy teacher, Derek Parsons! We unpack big philosophical concepts in an understandable way, so be sure and stop by every other Tuesday and fill your philosophical tool box with the equipment necessary to live a good life.

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Ep. 5 Who Are You? Maybe.

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Ep. 33 Thought Experiments and Their Value With Guest Dr. Helen De Cruz
What are thought experiments? What role do they play in philosophy, and how might they be helpful to us in our own lives? Join us for this special episode with guest Dr. Helen De Cruz as we discuss her latest book, Philosophy Illustrated: Forty-Two Thought Experiments To Broaden your Mind.  Open Door Philosophy on Twitter @d_parsonage or @opendoorphil Open Door Philosophy on Instagram @opendoorphilosophy Open Door Philosophy website at opendoorphilosophy.com Contact us via email at opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com
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June 14, 2022
Ep. 32 Philosophy as a Way of Life, Part 2
Critical of philosophy as a discipline too focused on abstract theory, French philosopher Pierre Hadot posits that ancient philosophy is meant to be an aid to living well. In this episode we provide commentary and analysis of his essay Spiritual Exercises from his book Philosophy as a Way of Life on topics such as learning to die, dialoguing, and other aspects critical to living a good life.   Open Door Philosophy on Twitter @d_parsonage or @opendoorphil Open Door Philosophy on Instagram @opendoorphilosophy Open Door Philosophy website at opendoorphilosophy.com Contact us via email at opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com
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May 31, 2022
Ep. 31 Philosophy as a Way of Life, Part 1
Critical of philosophy as a discipline too focused on abstract theory, French philosopher Pierre Hadot posits that ancient philosophy is meant to be an aid to living well. In this episode we unpack his essay Spiritual Exercises from his book Philosophy as a way of life. In the following episode, we will provide commentary and analysis.  Open Door Philosophy on Twitter @d_parsonage or @opendoorphil  Open Door Philosophy on Instagram @opendoorphilosophy  Open Door Philosophy website at opendoorphilosophy.com  Contact us via email at opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com
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May 17, 2022
Ep. 30 Epictetus, The Slave Who Became a Stoic Master - Stoic Thinkers Part 4
Born into slavery in the first century, Epictetus founded a school of philosophy and became a stoic master. Join us for an overview of the life and philosophy of Epictetus. This is part four of our series on Stoic thinkers.  Open Door Philosophy on Twitter @d_parsonage or @opendoorphil  Open Door Philosophy on Instagram @opendoorphilosophy  Open Door Philosophy website at opendoorphilosophy.com  Contact us via email at opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com
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May 03, 2022
Ep. 29 Marcus Aurelius, the Stoic Emperor - Stoic Thinkers Part 3
Born in the second century, Marcus Aurelius is one of the best known philosophical thinkers and highly regarded for his book "Meditations". Join us as we review the life and philosophy of the Roman emperor and Stoic thinker Marcus Aurelius. This is part three of our series on Stoic thinkers. Open Door Philosophy on Twitter @d_parsonage or @opendoorphil Open Door Philosophy on Instagram @opendoorphilosophy Open Door Philosophy website at opendoorphilosophy.com Contact us via email at opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com
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April 19, 2022
Ep. 28 Seneca and the Stoic Life - Stoic Thinkers Part 2
This episode focuses on the life and philosophy of Roman statesman and Stoic practitioner Seneca the Younger. Plus an advert to get you in the outdoor grilling frame of mind! This is part two of our series on Stoic thinkers.  Open Door Philosophy on Twitter @d_parsonage or @opendoorphil  Open Door Philosophy on Instagram @opendoorphilosophy  Open Door Philosophy website at opendoorphilosophy.com  Contact us via email at opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com
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April 05, 2022
Ep. 27 Introduction to Stoicism - Stoic Thinkers Part 1
The beginning of a four part series on the stoic thinkers Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius. This episode focuses on the history and central tenants of stoicism, plus a Houston Rodeo themed sponsorship! Open Door Philosophy on Twitter @d_parsonage or @opendoorphil Open Door Philosophy on Instagram @opendoorphilosophy Open Door Philosophy website at opendoorphilosophy.com Contact us via email at opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com
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March 22, 2022
Ep. 26 Listener Q&A
In this episode we answer questions submitted by our listeners! Are insects worthy of moral consideration? What topics do we like to debate? Are humans inherently entitled to anything? Plus a special advert with an eye on summer, and a visit to the quote corner! Open Door Philosophy on Twitter @d_parsonage or @opendoorphil Open Door Philosophy on Instagram @opendoorphilosophy Open Door Philosophy website at opendoorphilosophy.com Contact us via email at opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com
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March 08, 2022
Ep. 25 Philosophers on Consciousness With Guest Jack Symes
Jack Symes of the podcast The Panpsycast joins us to discuss his brilliant new book Philosophers on Consciousness: Talking About the Mind and have a few laughs as well.  Open Door Philosophy on Twitter @d_parsonage or @opendoorphil Open Door Philosophy on Instagram @opendoorphilosophy Open Door Philosophy website at opendoorphilosophy.com Contact us via email at opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com
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February 22, 2022
Ep. 24 Materialism and Panpsychism - The Mind-Body Problem Part 2
In this episode, we introduce the Mind-Body positions known as Materialism and Panpsychism, plus we acknowledge our sponsors and visit the Quote Corner!  Open Door Philosophy on Twitter @d_parsonage or @opendoorphil  Open Door Philosophy on Instagram @opendoorphilosophy Open Door Philosophy website at opendoorphilosophy.com Contact us via email at opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com
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February 08, 2022
Ep. 23 Consciousness Introduction and Dualism - The Mind-Body Problem Part 1
In this episode, Andrew and Derek introduce the topic of Consciousness or the Mind-Body Problem, discuss the position called Dualism, visit the bookshelf, and introduce new sponsors!  Open Door Philosophy on Twitter @d_parsonage or @opendoorphil Open Door Philosophy on Instagram @opendoorphilosophy Open Door Philosophy website at opendoorphilosophy.com Contact us via email at opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com
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January 25, 2022
Ep. 22 - Our Favorite Philosophy Books
Welcome to the final episode of season one where we discuss our favorite philosophy books!! Don't worry. We'll be back in the beginning of 2022! Until then, enjoy these book recommendations! 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!
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November 30, 2021
Ep. 21 The Eternal Tao
"The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao." Join us this week for our first episode in Eastern philosophy about the famous work, the Tao Te Ching by Laozi. 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!
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November 16, 2021
Ep. 20 Introduction To Transcendentalism
Emerson and Thoreau. We've all heard these names, and perhaps we've even heard of the philosophy they practiced in some way. Join us on an exploration into the philosophy of Transcendentalism!! 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!
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November 02, 2021
Ep. 19 Problems in Philosophy with Guest Dr. Gregory Sadler
This week, we have Andrew's favorite online philosophy educator, Gregory Sadler, join us to talk about problems that come up with philosophy: misrepresentations in pop culture, how it's represented in schools, and of course, the ever present trolley problem! We're beyond excited and hope you are too! 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!
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October 19, 2021
Ep. 18 Virtue's Path To Happiness - Ethics and Morality, Part Four
In this fourth of a four episode series, Andrew and Mr. Parsons discuss Virtue Ethics as a way to determine proper ethical and moral action. Mr. Parsons recounts a recent, personal moral quandary. Andrew has terrible allergies. 
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October 05, 2021
Ep. 17 Kant You Get Enough? (Duty Ethics) - Ethics and Morality, Part Three
Do we have a duty to act a certain way? Do we have a duty to ourselves and others? Kant we do this? Learn the answer to all of these questions and puns in this 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 and Instagram @opendoorphilosophy If your life is in need of some philosophy, the door is always open!
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September 21, 2021
Ep. 16 Calculate the Best Possible Decision with Utilitarianism - Ethics and Morality, Part Two
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!
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September 07, 2021
Ep. 15 Why Morality Matters - Ethics and Morality, Part One
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!
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August 24, 2021
Ep. 14 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/
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August 10, 2021
Ep. 13 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!
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July 27, 2021
Ep. 12 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!
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July 13, 2021
Ep. 11 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!
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June 29, 2021
Ep. 10 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!
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June 15, 2021
Ep. 9 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!
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June 01, 2021
Ep. 8 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!
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May 18, 2021
Ep. 7 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!
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May 04, 2021
Ep. 6 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!
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April 20, 2021
Ep. 5 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!
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April 06, 2021
Ep. 4 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!
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March 23, 2021
Ep. 3 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!
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March 09, 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.
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February 26, 2021
Ep. 2 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!
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February 23, 2021
Ep. 1 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!
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February 09, 2021