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Episode 79 – “Five Characters in Search of an Exit”

In discussions about the nature of knowledge, skepticism looms large: How do we know we are not brains in vats? How do we know we are not dreaming? In raising these skeptical worries we are acutely aware that it doesn’t … Continue reading

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Episode 62 – “Shadow Play”

In our discussion of “Where is Everybody” we considered the possibility that the world is radically different from the way it appears to be. “Shadow Play” raises a different kind of skeptical problem, a problem generated by what philosophers call … Continue reading

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Episode 53 – “Twenty-Two”

Miss Liz Powell has a problem. She has a recurring dream, but¬† she finds it “difficult to decide which is reality, and which is nightmare.” Does she dream that she wakes up from her hospital bed, knock a ¬†water glass … Continue reading

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Episode 52 – “A Penny for Your Thoughts”

The philosophical examination of an aspect of the human condition is often carried out by taking some feature of that condition, and imaging its absence, and then thinking about how that difference – the human condition minus some feature – … Continue reading

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Episode 50 – “The Whole Truth”

Opening an episode entitled “The Whole Truth” with a scene (in fact, it’s the only scene of the entire episode) at a used car dealership is hilarious, and what ensues does not disappoint. A young couple, “just browsing” for dependable … Continue reading

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