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Front Porch Philosophers
76 minutes | Oct 29, 2020
In this episode, the Front Porch Philosophers talk about politics and the upcoming election. Raymond asks Jared and Mike questions about their incentives for voting and their perspectives on several political topics including money in politics, the electoral college, voting in the South, and their perspectives on the current political parties. Most importantly, Jared discusses the duties that come with being a citizen in a democracy. If you have questions or would like to hear more about these topics then feel free to tweet at us, send us a DM, or message us on Facebook. Join The Discussion: Twitter l Facebook l Patreon
77 minutes | Oct 21, 2020
Chadwick Forever: Black Panther and Philosophy
In this episode, the Front Porch Philosophers reflect on the exceptional work of the late Chadwick Boseman. Specifically, they discuss the importance and gravity of his work as the Marvel hero Black Panther. Topics of discussion include themes dealing with colonialism, black masculinity, and personal stories about how the untimely passing of Chadwick Boseman impacted young fans. Rest in power Chadwick Boseman. May your artistic legacy live on in the hearts and minds of those you inspired. Join the Discussion: Twitter l Facebook l Patreon
70 minutes | Sep 22, 2020
In this episode, the Front Porch Philosophers talk about the idea of white ignorance, race, racism in America (including scientific, cultural, and economic racism). Jared, Michael, and Raymond are not black, nor do they feel as though they can speak on behalf of black people (or anyone else but themselves for that matter), but they are white, southern, and have been known to be ignorant white people on many occasions. If you want to hear three philosophers talk about their understanding of racism and white ignorance, especially their experiences from their hometowns in the American South, then pull up a chair and turn on the radio (or your favorite place to get podcasts). They don't have all the answers but you might learn something despite their ignorance. Join The Discussion: Twitter l Facebook Support FPPhilosophers: Patreon
46 minutes | Sep 17, 2020
In this follow up episode, the Front Porch Philosophers discuss the idea of transhumanism. They frame this discussion by examining the TV series Upload. What is transhumanism? (You might ask.) Well, its best explained as a theory that technology can be used to free and save humanity from its limitations. Transhumanists are especially concerned with death and the possibility of cheating it by using technology. Join Jared, Michael, and Raymond on the front porch to learn more about this strange and mesmerizing subject. Join The Discussion: Facebook l Twitter Support Us: Patreon
47 minutes | Jun 30, 2020
What does it mean to be a humanist?
In this episode, the Front Porch Philosophers discuss the idea of 'humanism'. Humanism is a philosophical movement that seeks to understand what it means to be human. Your hosts (Jared, Michael, and Raymond) discuss this broad-reaching idea by talking about a few important points: 1) what is 'humanism' (what is the goal?), 2) how does it work, 3) why is it important (if it is at all), 4) how does it apply to discussions about politics, ethics, morality, and social theory at large. Join them on the front porch. They don't have all the answers, but they always enjoy the conversation. If you like the podcast, then check out our blog for free! Join The Discussion: Twitter l Patreon l Facebook
61 minutes | Apr 22, 2020
End of the World
In this episode, Mike wants to talk about the apocalypse or at least apocalyptic literature and thinking. Join the Front Porch Philosophers as they discuss the history, development, and logic of apocalyptic thinking. Mike begins by discussing the nature of time, beginning in Augustinian thinking, and explains how the ideas surrounding time have changed and slowly impacted apocalyptic thinking. Jared gives us a view into the early Christian mindset before turning to the American evangelical mindset, while Raymond draws connections between apocalypse and fatalistic thinking. It's the end of the world...or is it? Join them on the front porch where complex concepts and ideas get discussed casually. Join The Discussion: Twitter l Patreon l Facebook
45 minutes | Mar 4, 2020
Democratic Socialism Explained
With all the hype from American politics, especially from Berniecrats, the new political question is what does democratic socialism mean? In this episode, Jared, Michael, and Raymond have an in-depth conversation about the nature of democratic socialism. They lay out the history of the idea of socialism, the bad versions, the good versions, and all the negative stereotypes. More importantly, they shed light on the difference between revolutionary socialism and democratic socialism--this is the key distinction between Communist China and Denmark. In a follow-up episode, the hosts will focus on Bernie Sanders's version of democratic socialism and how it compares with Elizabeth Warren's capitalist...socialism??? Anyways, if you want to learn more about political philosophy and the current context in American politics, then we welcome you to this conversation on the front porch. Join The Discussion: Twitter l Patreon l Facebook
46 minutes | Feb 13, 2020
Let's Talk Identity Politics (With Kirsten Gerdes and Lucas Scott Wright)
The hosts of the Front Porch Philosophers podcast are in sunny California with special guests Kirsten Gerdes and Lucas Scott Wright. Jared and Raymond look to the expertise of these two scholars for insight into the global phenomenon: identity politics. What are identity politics? When and where did this idea originate? Is it inevitable that our politics will be grounded in identity? And how does American identity politics compare with other countries? We ask Kirsten and Lucas these questions and more. If you want to understand the philosophical background of this idea and learn where it came from, then check out this episode of the Front Porch Philosophers. Thanks again to Kirsten Gerdes and Lucas Scott Wright for joining the conversation! Join The Discussion: Twitter, Facebook, and Patreon
63 minutes | Jan 28, 2020
Do aliens exist? Have they visited us?
Do you think aliens exist? Or maybe you do already and think that they have already visited us! In this episode, Jared, Michael, and Raymond debate the existence of alien life forms and talk about the evidence that supports the UFO=alien connection. Michael is a die-hard 'hopeful' that aliens have in fact visited this planet, but Jared and Raymond are more skeptical. So listen to this episode and see what you think! They will get into all of the nitty-gritty details and theories: the Drake Equation, the USS Nimitz Incident, the Fermi Paradox, and whether or not Bruce Willis is personally hunting down earth-killing-asteroids as we speak! If you have comments, then check out our Patreon page or Tweet us. Don't forget to hit subscribe, follow us, and/or like us so we know you're there. Join The Discussion: Twitter l Patreon l Facebook l Youtube
60 minutes | Nov 21, 2019
Post-modernism and post-truth (Interview with Josiah Solis)
In this episode of the Front Porch Philosophers podcast, we've invited a special guest on to talk about Post-modernism. You may have heard of this term 'post-modernity'. Maybe you've heard critiques blame post-modernist for the 'post-truth era'. Or maybe you learned about some of these intellectuals from your introduction to philosophy class in College. But, honestly, it's just as likely that you don't know what 'post-modern' means, which is why we brought on an expert. Join Jared, Michael, and Raymond on the front porch as they discuss post-modernism with Josiah Solis, a PhD student at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, CA. Join The Discussion: Twitter l Patreon l Facebook l YouTube
53 minutes | Nov 10, 2019
Cults with Cameron
Do you ever wonder about cults? You watch an episode of your favorite TV drama and low and behold its another cult murder or mass cult suicide. Today, the Front Porch Philosophers podcast is joined by Cameron, a cult expert. Cameron is currently working on his PhD and has made cults the centerpiece of his research. Jared, Michael, and Raymond are very excited to invite Cameron to the front porch, and they hope that you enjoy this front porch discussion about cults. Join the Discussion: Twitter l Facebook l Patreon
55 minutes | Oct 17, 2019
Let's Talk Ghosts. (Happy Halloween!!!)
All hallows eve is a special time of year that brings up spooky stories about ghosts, ghouls, and everything paranormal you can imagine. In this bonus episode, Jared, Michael, and Raymond talk about their beliefs about ghosts, and what philosophical principles and concepts are at the roots of America's cultural obsession with the paranormal. Join them on the front porch to talk about this scary philosophical subject, and be safe this year as you venture out into the world for candy and frights!! Join The Dicussion: Twitter l Patreon l Facebook l Website l YouTube
65 minutes | Oct 1, 2019
Superheroes are fascist? Wait...what?
Welcome back to another episode of the Front Porch Philosophers podcast! Jared, Michael, and Raymond look into popular superhero lore and the political ideology called fascism. For decades there have been occasional critiques raised against superheroes for portraying images of fascism. They explore this critique and try to add some much-needed nuance to the conversation. They mostly talk about Batman, Ironman, and Captain America, but the hosts of the Front Porch Philosophers also briefly talk about Black Panther (which will get its own episode in the future!). Pull up a chair and join the conversation! Join The Discussion: Twitter l Patreon l Website l YouTube l Facebook
52 minutes | Sep 19, 2019
What is ethics?
Hey everyone! Jared, Michael, and Raymond are back with an episode on the subject/topic of ethics. The debate is on as Jared and Raymond try to convince the very skeptical and typically contrarian in spirit--obviously Michael--that ethics is actually important for the average individual. Join them on the front porch as they layout a variety of different ethical ideas and examples. They don't always disagree, but it's fun to hear academics argue. Don't forget to push that subscribe button! (Pardon any audio issues in this episode.) Join the discussion: Twitter l Patreon l Website l Facebook
58 minutes | Aug 20, 2019
Free Will and Determinism Pt 2
In this episode, Jared, Michael, and Raymond continue their debate about free will and determinism. Raymond took notes from the previous discussion and posed several questions to Jared and Michael. Can we still talk about free will in an age of neuroscience and biology? Can we ever avoid arguments regarding determinism? Is it possible to conceive of a concept of freedom without having a "free will"? Join them in this episode to find out answers to these questions and more. Join The Discussion: Twitter l Patreon l Website l Facebook
59 minutes | Jul 30, 2019
Free Will and Determinism (Pt. 1)
In this episode, Jared, Michael, and Raymond breakdown the free will and determinism debate. They explain the historical background of the debate and then explain the strengths and weaknesses of both sides. Finally, each of them chooses a side--pick a position on the debate. They will have to defend their positions in Part 2 of this two-part series. If you have an idea for an episode or a philosophical topic that interests you, then join the discussion! Join The Discussion: Twitter l Patreon l Website l Facebook
57 minutes | Jun 27, 2019
We're Back!!! Philosophy of Religion is my favorite.
Hello all! We are back! In this episode, we are going to talk about the philosophy of religion. This is a special episode for Jared and Raymond. They are both philosophers of religion, i.e., they specialize in this field of research. We want to talk about the uniqueness and awesome-ness that is the philosophy of religion. Rest assured, this is not an episode on theology. Anyone can do philosophy of religion, with or without actually having a personal belief in religion. We talk about the professional field of philosophy, which deals with the concept of God, religious belief, moral and ethical approaches to religion, religious language, logical justifications of religious belief (and so much more). We hope you enjoy this episode! Stay tuned for more episodes as we start introducing some new programming. Join The Discussion: Twitter l Patreon l Website
55 minutes | May 27, 2019
Is Philosophy Worthwhile?
Jared, Michael, and Raymond discuss the importance of philosophy. But what is philosophy? Why should people care about getting some philosophical education? They start with some basic definitions, and then our three hosts argue and complain about the rest. It seems like each host has an ax to grind in this episode. Jared gets frustrated with the self-help trend. Raymond is jealous of the social sciences. And all three of them agree that picking up a philosophy book from time to time would be beneficial for everyone. Seriously, join the discussion. How has philosophy changed your life? Can you recommend a life-changing philosophy text? Tweet us or comment. We look forward to hearing from you! Join The Discussion: Twitter l Patreon l Website l Facebook
65 minutes | May 9, 2019
Is religion antiquated?
In this episode, Jared, Michael, and Raymond talk about religion. Immediately, the contrarian (aka Michael) argues that religion is an antiquated description of reality. The religion scholars (Jared and Raymond), of course, push back on this attack. So, let's figure out what religion really is? Why do people dedicate their lives to it? How is one religion different from another? Michael also wants to know how religion is anything but an attempt to describe reality, i.e., like science does. They even discuss cults a little. Join them on the front porch to get Front Porch Philosophers take on religion! Leave a comment. Subscribe. Or shoot an email and it might get read on a mailbag episode: firstname.lastname@example.org Join The Discussion: Patreon l Twitter l Facebook l Website
64 minutes | Apr 30, 2019
What is truth? (Pt 2)
Truth? What is it anyways? This is definitely a good moment to catch up on the different forms of truth. In this episode (part 2 of a series on truth) the guys pickup with Raymond arguing that religious forms of truth are different from empirical and propositional forms of truth (see part 1 of this series). Michael is not sure he wants to go that far, and Jared ends up moderating (but ultimately siding with Raymond). Join the Front Porch Philosophers Podcast as these three academics argue about what counts as truth and what doesn't. How are religious kinds of truth different from scientific kinds of truth? Is absolute truth possible? Or is all truth ultimately relative? Listen in and find out! Join The Discussion: Twitter l Patreon l Website
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