Sunday, October 27, 2013

Arthur C. Danto: January 1, 1924 – October 25, 2013


Dear readers,

It is with great sadness that I report the death of philosopher, art critic, and Why? Radio guest Arthur C. Danto; he was 89 years old. I am not qualified to write his obituary. Instead, I will simply remark that he was a pleasure to work with and that I learned a great deal from him before and during our recorded conversation.

When I first approached him to be a guest, he remarked that he didn’t “get around at all easily” and invited us into his living room to do the interview. What you hear on the episode then, is both Arthur and our engineer in his apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. It was an intimate setting and a generous invitation that I will always be grateful for.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Are the traditional disciplines (like philosophy) obsolete?





This is the text of the monologue from last night's episode of Why? Radio. To hear the entire episode and a detailed conversation about the nature of human knowledge and understanding, please click here.



Universities across the country are experiencing changes; administrators are restructuring things and altering how they hire faculty. Most of it is awful, a lot of it is just an excuse to have more money to spend on public relations, and a great deal of it is wrapped-up in power politics internal to particular schools. But in the middle of it all is the claim that traditional disciplines are either obsolete or a luxury, a loss of faith in what gets called “pure research.”

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Next Episode of WHY? Radio: "The Unity of the Sciences: Is all knowledge connected?" with guest Joseph Margolis



WHY? Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life presents:


"The Unity of the Sciences: Is all knowledge connected?"
A discussion with Joseph Margolis.
Sunday, September 13, 5 p.m. central time.

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