I need to take a break from Patterson in Pursuit to focus on health and writing. I can’t wait to return.
Philosophy in the real world. Interviews with intellectuals from across the globe. Topics include philosophy, politics, religion, science, economics, mathematics, spirituality, and every other important topic. Steve Patterson is a philosopher working outside of academia, and he’s currently traveling the world to interview professors, theologians, monks, and everybody else who is passionate about the world of ideas.
Consciousness is a hard phenomenon to explain in any worldview. We seem to be able to intentionally change the content of our experience. How is that possible?
Who determines whether an individual or group has the right to govern themselves?
At what point does secession become legitimate?
How many people need to get together in order to secede?
I try to tackle some of these questions while giving my perspective on the imminent Catalonia independence referendum. I am unabashedly in favor of secession – all the way down to the individual.
Language is ambiguous. If you want to communicate effectively, you must understand that different people have different meanings for the same words.
Far too many rationalists waste their time arguing for objective definitions, instead of stating their intended meaning for words.
Can the whole be greater than the sum of its parts? Does consciousness require that we split the world between mind and body? Can free will exist in a naturalistic worldview?
Dr. David Kelley joins me on this episode to give his Objectivist perspective on these questions. As Dr. Kelley explains, many ideas in Objectivism are heavily influenced by Aristotelean thinking.