Philosophy Talk regularly records programs for live audiences around the country.

Several shows have been professionally filmed and are presented here. Enjoy!

Z Space, San Francisco, California - How Fiction Shapes Us with Joshua Landy


Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon - Why Be Moral? with James Sterba


Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon - The Nature of Wilderness with Jay Odenbaugh


Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon - The Moral Costs of Climate Change with Allen Thompson


Stanford University, Palo Alto, California - Corporations and the Future of Democracy with Russ Feingold


Mill Valley Public Library, Mill Valley, California - What Is Love? with Troy Jollimore


Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon - Is Nothing Sacred Anymore? with Cora Diamond


Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon - Latin-American Philosophy with Joseph Orosco


The Marsh, San Francisco, California - What is a Wife? with Marilyn Yalom


The Marsh, San Francisco, California - War, Sacrifice, and the Media with Judith Butler


Illahee Institute, Portland, Oregon - Desire with William Irvine


Illahee Institute, Portland, Oregon - Beliefs Gone Wild with Michael Philips


Stanford University, Palo Alto, California - The Very Idea of a University with John Etchemendy


Oregon Public Broadcasting, Portland, Oregon - Race, Class, and Inequality with Elizabeth Kiss

Behind the scenes at KALW in San Francisco - Time, Space, and Quantum Mechanics

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Upcoming Shows

  • October 30 : Memory and the Self
    Ever since John Locke, philosophers have wondered about memory and its connection to the self. Locke believed that a continuity of consciousness and...
  • November 6 : Election Special 2016
    John and Ken look beyond the horse race at some of the bigger questions raised by this year’s campaign: • Do we always have a duty...
  • November 13 : The Legacy of Freud
    Did you really want to eat that last piece of cake, or were you secretly thinking about your mother? Sigmund Freud, who might have suggested the...
  • November 20 : Acting Together
    Many goals are too complex for one person to accomplish alone. Every day, we pool together our planning abilities with those around us to get things...

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