Idle Talk 14 04 13 Lies

This week’s Idle Talk is all about lies. Nicola is cohost (unless I’m lying!). Lying is generally considered wrong but what if by lying you could prevent a greater evil? Would this still make the lie wrong? Kant would argue that even lying in this Read More …

Idle Talk 07 04 13 The meaning of meaning

On this week’s show we ask, what is the meaning of meaning?  To answer this we also had to tackle questions such as “what makes a statement meaningful?” and “what is it something to be meaningful?”. “From where do statements derive truth value or meaning. Read More …

Idle Talk 14 03 13 Waking up in vagueness

This week we force ourselves to think before we speak as we delve into the philosophy of language and examine the problem of vagueness. An example of a phrase that is vague in the philosophical sense could be “If you cut one head off of Read More …

Idle Talk 03 03 13 Life by the book. Facebook and Envy

Facebook has changed the way we communicate and relate to each other. It has allowed us to broaden our horizons, keep in touch with friends and increase our sense of connectedness with our peer groups. However there is a problem. A recent study by Humboldt University Read More …

Idle Talk 17 02 13 “Organ donation”

On this week’s show our topic is the practical ethics of organ donation. We start by asking “should you be made to sign the organ donor register?” We then discuss the ethical and practical implications for allowing people to sell their organs in a free Read More …

Idle Talk 03 02 13 “Why is saving two is better then one?”

“Why is saving two people better then one? A matter of fairness” This week we are talking normative ethics. Imagine this scenario: A Coast Guard sees two ships in trouble and can only rescue one. One ship has 1 person aboard the other has 2. Most people would agree that Read More …

Idle Talk 27 01 13 “Being inFORMed of Plato’s Cave”

This week we tackle one of philosophy’s most famous allegories, Plato’s cave. Something we have often alluded to on the show but never actually bothered to sit down and explain. The allegory of the cave gets us to question our access to knowledge and even Read More …