The Meaning of Knowledge: Crash Course Philosophy #7

On today’s episode…CATS. Also: Hank talks about some philosophy stuff, like a few of the key concepts philosophers use when discussing belief and knowledge, such as what defines an assertion and a... Read more »

How to Argue – Philosophical Reasoning: Crash Course Philosophy #2

Before we dive into the big questions of philosophy, you need to know how to argue properly. We’ll start with an overview of philosophical reasoning and breakdown of how deductive arguments work... Read more »
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Leonardo DiCaprio & The Nature of Reality: Crash Course Philosophy #4

Today Hank gains insight from that most philosophical of figures…Leonardo DiCaprio. In this episode, we’re talking about the process of philosophical discovery and questioning the relationship between appearance and reality by taking... Read more »

What Is God Like?: Crash Course Philosophy #12

Today we are moving on from the existence of God to look at the philosophical debate surrounding the traditional divine attributes – omnipotence, omniscience, omnitemporality, and omnibenevolence. We are exploring the puzzles... Read more »

Intelligent Design: Crash Course Philosophy #11

Last week we introduced Thomas Aquinas’s four cosmological arguments for the existence of god; today we introduce his fifth argument: the teleological argument, and the ensuing dialogue it initiated. — Bokeh Spiral... Read more »

Divine Command Theory: Crash Course Philosophy #33

As we venture into the world of ethics, there are a lot of different answers to the grounding problem for us to explore. One of the oldest and most popular is the... Read more »

Personal Identity: Crash Course Philosophy #19

Today Hank is building on last week’s exploration of identity to focus on personal identity. Does it in reside in your body? Is it in the collective memories of your consciousness? There... Read more »

Personhood: Crash Course Philosophy #21

Now that we’ve started talking about identity, today Hank tackles the question of personhood. Philosophers have tried to assess what constitutes personhood with a variety of different criteria, including genetic, cognitive, social,... Read more »

Locke, Berkeley, & Empiricism: Crash Course Philosophy #6

This week we answer skeptics like Descartes with empiricism. Hank explains John Locke’s primary and secondary qualities and why George Berkeley doesn’t think that distinction works — leaving us with literally nothing... Read more »

Kant & Categorical Imperatives: Crash Course Philosophy #35

Our next stop on our tour of ethics is Kant’s ethics. Today Hank explains hypothetical and categorical imperatives, the universalizability principle, autonomy, and what it means to treat people as ends-in-themselves, rather... Read more »