The Team

Philosophy Talk celebrates the value of the examined life.

Ken Taylor


Ken Taylor is the current Henry Waldgrave Stuart Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University. He is also director of Stanford's interdisciplinary program in Symbolic Systems.

John Perry


John Perry is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of California at Riverside, and Henry Waldgrave Stuart Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Stanford University.

Shuka Kalantari

Roving Philosophical Reporter

Shuka Kalantari is a Bay Area journalist who was born in Iran and raised in Northern California. Her reports have taken her to Turkey, Cambodia, and across U.S.

Laura Maguire

Director of Research

Laura originally hails from Ireland, but has called San Francisco home for many years.

Devon Strolovitch


Devon Strolovitch, Producer Born and raised in Montreal, Devon studied medieval Judeo-Portuguese manuscripts and earned a PhD in Linguistics from Cornell University before pursuing radio profession

Merle Kessler

Sixty-Second Philosopher

Merle Kessler is a writer, humorist, and performer, best known perhaps by his pen name, Ian Shoales. As Ian Shoales he has been churning out cranky yet strangely humorous commentaries since 1979.

Leslie Francis

Film Editor/Featured Contributor

Leslie Francis is a philosophy professor and law professor at the University of Utah. Her fields include applied ethics of all types, disability, philosophy of law, and law and health care.