Institute for Philosophy and Public Life offers a wide range of
free activities and resources open to everyone with an interest
in philosophy. We have modernized our web portal to make it
easier to navigate, particularly on mobile phones. We have also created
a new website for prospective philosophy majors to help convinced
skeptical parents that philosophy degree holders are competitive
in today's job market. And, as usual, we offer both in-person and
radio-based opportunities for people to come together and explore
philosophy in a supportive and non-adversarial environment.
making college free improve education?”
March 30, 4 p.m.
UND Chester Fritz Library
East Asian Room (3rd floor)
as we formally present Katy Ramey with her scholarship award as the
first ever winner of the Eliot
Glassheim Essay Award on
Capitalism and the Common Good. Share
snacks and coffee as she reads her winning essay, then responds to
commentary by IPPL's intern Sam Amendolar. Discussion will follow. Audience
discussion will follow.
Citizens’ Philosophy Discussion Group
(note later date)
Bully Brew Coffee Shop
month, an engaging group of philosophy enthusiasts get together to
consider how philosophical assumptions have changed during their
lifetimes. In the two years since this group began, it has
expanded to include people of all ages.
This month's topic: “Should studying abroad be a
mandatory part of every American’s education?”
IPPL’s new, mobile-enabled, modernized, website and archives.
IPPL and Why? Radio have completely revamped their website. It has
intuitive navigation, works perfectly on mobile devices, and is
cleaner and easier to read. It still has all the same resources: a
complete archive of past Why?
Radio episodes, and links to streaming audio, IPPL
projects, and all the other material IPPL publishes online. Please
visit and explore.
The URL remains the same: www.philosophyinpubliclife.org. Or, if
you want to go directly to the Why? Radio homepage, you can still
use www.whyradioshow.org. We do
recommend that regular visitors update their bookmarks for
particular episodes or projects. Those addresses have been revised
to fit the new website..
Is a Great Major!”
A powerful new online resource for students.
They told you that philosophy majors don’t get jobs.
They told you that you should practice asking “do you want fries
with that?” They told you philosophy wasn’t about real-world
skills. They were wrong.
Explore the incredible employment- and salary-statistics of
philosophy degree holders. Share a site designed to persuade
everyone that philosophy is a great, employable, and lucrative
major. Submit your own story to help show the world that philosophy
is not frivolous, but is a useful tool for whatever profession its
This new website has hit a nerve. In its first two weeks alone,
PIAGM received 25,000 views and has more than a hundred backlinks.
See what the fuss is about. Visit www.philosophyisagreatmajor.com
Radio & Podcast
next Why? Radio:
April 9, 5 pm central
ordinary people understand advanced logic?” with guest
discipline has its technical side; philosophy has logic. The deeper
you get into it, the more mathematical and, frankly, the more
indecipherable it seems. On the next Why? Radio, we’re going to
look at this logic and ask whether it really is only for
we know things better?" with guest
We live in
the days of “alternative facts,” what does this say about human
knowledge? People think that climate change is a myth, even though
most scientists claim the evidence for it is overwhelming. What
does this tell us about our ability to know what we know?
To answer these questions, Why? Radio looks past the facts and the
disagreements to examine the human faculty of knowledge itself. In
today’s episode we introduce and explore epistemology–the
philosophical investigation into the nature and limits of
you heard this one?
Revisit a previous episode of Why? Radio.
Intelligence in Everyday Work” with guest Mike Rose. Originally
broadcast: November, 2014.
Mike Rose’s mother was a waitress. She worked for years negotiating
the complex world of planning around, strategizing about,
delivering to, and socializing with customers. She had to master
timing, memory, efficiency, and psychology, but if you asked just
about anyone, they would have said her work involved no deep
thought at all. She had to master timing, memory, efficiency, and
psychology, but if you asked just about anyone, they would have
said her work involved no deep thought at all.
In his important book The Mind at Work. Mike challenges the idea
that waitressing is thoughtless, while also looking at the complex
intellect of hairdressers, electricians, carpenters, and others in
similar professions. This episode of Why? asks us to relearn
everything we claim to know about manual laborers, and reexamine
our assumptions about the role of thinking in jobs.
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