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Episode 139 – “Night Call”

When Miss Elva Keene, and elderly and infirm woman living in rural Maine, appears to be getting phone calls in the middle of the night, what is really happening, or at least what really matters, is that she is remembering … Continue reading

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Episode 134 – “You Drive”

Moral philosophy, or ethics, concerns norms of right action.  One way to try to characterize actions that are right, or morally permissible, is as actions that don’t violate the norms of right action. This characterization is empty, unless we can … Continue reading

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Episode 130 – “The 7th is Made up of Phantoms”

George Santayana, a Spanish-American philosopher of the late 19th and 20th century, said that those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. In this episode, we find that those who do remember the past are condemned to … Continue reading

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Episode 125 – “The Last Night of a Jockey”

Most of us have had the experience of being misunderstood by others. Sometimes these misunderstandings are small. For example, a host may choose to serve you a vegetarian meal, mistaking you for a vegetarian, when you were really hoping for … Continue reading

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Episode 121 – “In Praise of Pip”

In our interactions with one another, and also in our observations of the actions of individuals in fiction, we find ourselves assessing behavior. We judge individuals as good, or kind, or vicious, or even evil. We consider what has been … Continue reading

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