044: Ep40 – Democracy and Education Today

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This fortieth episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast features an interview with Dr. Larry A. Hickman, former Director of the Center for Dewey Studies at Southern Illinois University, talking with co-hosts Eric Weber and Anthony Cashio about John Dewey’s rich ideas about democracy and education, as well as what we can say about the state of each today.

Dr. Larry A. Hickman.

Dr. Hickman is a prolific scholar, who has written on countless social issues from gay rights to school funding. He and his colleague Dr. Tom Alexander co-edited a two-volume set of some of the greatest resources available for studying Dewey’s philosophy, The Essential Dewey, Volumes 1 and 2. Larry also directed the Center for Dewey Studies for many years, obtaining grant after grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and creating an incredible set of digital resources collecting and digitizing Dewey’s works and the works of his contemporaries. In this episode, Larry presents some sobering concerns about the state of education in the United States today, as well as what that and other problems mean for democracy here.

Listen for our “You Tell Me!” questions and for some jokes in one of our concluding segments, called “Philosophunnies.” Reach out to us on Facebook @PhilosophyBakesBread and on Twitter @PhilosophyBB; email us at philosophybakesbread@gmail.com; or call and record a voicemail that we play on the show, at 859.257.1849. Philosophy Bakes Bread is a production of the Society of Philosophers in America (SOPHIA). Check us out online at PhilosophyBakesBread.com and check out SOPHIA at PhilosophersInAmerica.com.

 


(61 mins)

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Notes

  1. John Dewey’s New York Times obituary.
  2. John Dewey, Democracy and Education (New York: The Free Press, 1916/1997).
  3. G. W. F. Hegel, The Phenomenology of Spirit (New York: Oxford University Press, 1977).
  4. Zachary Crockett, “The Case for More Traffic Roundabouts,” Priceonomics (September 18, 2015).
  5. Laurie Roberts, “Roberts: Am I Shocked by Senate President’s (continued) Self Dealing? Yep. And Nope.The (AZ) RepublicThe USA Today, March 6, 2017.
  6. Charles Murray, The Bell Curve (New York: The Free Press, 1996), the book that Larry argues we should have stopped paying attention to 20 years ago.
  7. SOPHIA won the American Philosophical Association / Philosophy Documentation Center Prize for Excellence and Innovation in Philosophy Programs!

 

You Tell Me!

For our future “You Tell Me!” segments, Larry proposed the following question in this episode, for which we invite your feedback:

“I’ve got an answer to this question [in a breadcrumb coming soon], but I want to know yours:

‘What is the meaning of life?’”

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Clutter

Civil American, Volume 2, Article 3 (September 16, 2017), https://goo.gl/38wd1m.

| By John Lachs |

Adobe logo, to serve as a link to the Adobe PDF version of the essay.

When our ancestors lived in caves, every tool was a prized possession. Furs for comfort and drawings to decorate the cave were difficult to come by. They were passed down from generation to generation.

Storage units.

Photo courtesy of Paul Brennan, CC0.

Later, when human productivity made the goods of the world readily available, our grandparents became collectors. Growing control over nature enabled them to stockpile everything imaginable, converting their homes into storage units.

Some claim this was in response to the tough times of the Great Depression. Others attribute it to smart shopping:  buying on sale is a great saving, even if you never use the item.

Photo of clutter.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.com, CCO.
Photo of a water tower made to look like a "catsup" bottle.

Photo courtesy of Andrew Keith, CC0.

The important idea is that the twenty-eighth sweater and the 5-pound Ketchup bottle are there, ready to be used…if, that is, they can be found. “You never know when it’ll come in handy” is a great justification if what you look for is not lost in the clutter.

We feel it impossible to discard perfectly usable clothing even if we have no intention of ever using it. Surely, there is nothing wrong with keeping food that is only a few months past the expiration date. And though we have no interest in the second treadmill a friend wants to give away, we’ll manage to find a place for it.

Packed closet.

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There is always room for the next coffee table and, after a good sale, the clothes in the closets just have to be compressed a little more.  Eventually, the stuff we collect invades all rooms and peaks out from under the beds.

The moment of truth comes when we have to move. The death of a loved one or a divorce reveals the momentousness of the collection.  Every item has memories attached, everything cries to be preserved. Discarding anything feels like losing a friend.

Photo of a Goodwill location.

Photo courtesy of Dwight Burdette, CCO.

Is there a solution? Only one as radical as surgery is for cancer. Take ten items you cannot live without. Leave everything in place and get a couple of friends to bring their friends to carry away whatever they want. What is left can go to charity.

What we value says a lot about who we are. Look over the ten objects you kept. What do they say about you?

 

Dr. John LachsDr. John Lachs is Centennial Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University and is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Society of Philosophers in America (SOPHIA).

 

Journal Archive

Call for Papers – UPDATED

CivilAmerican.com

UPDATE: The Society of Philosophers in America (SOPHIA) recently launched Civil American, our newest venue for public philosophical engagement, as a peer-reviewed digital journal on our Web site. We are now announcing also a benefit to the authors of our first 20 articles, beginning in September of 2017: for each of the next 20 articles published in the journal, author(s) of accepted pieces will be paid an honorarium of $100 per essay (co-authors will split it).

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Adobe PDF version of this call for papers.

SOPHIA Trustees Dr. John Shook and Dr. Eric Thomas Weber first envisioned Civil American as a journal targeting general-audiences, a philosophical equivalent to Scientific American. The United States have a rich intellectual tradition, yet much public discourse tends to be sensationalist, rather than civil and philosophical.

Civil American is a place for scholars in philosophy or other fields, students, and SOPHIA members to submit short essays, between 700 and 3,000 words, on topics of importance for living and policy-making, as individuals and communities.

In addition to single essays, we welcome proposals for panels of submissions from groups interested in writing on topics in common. Each piece will be released individually and will then be archived in a yearly volume.

We welcome submissions under 3,000 words (though longer pieces will be considered) and sent by email to: shane.courtland@mail.wvu.edu as an MS Word file.

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Shane Courtland (West Virginia University)

Editorial Board

Elizabeth Anderson (University Michigan)
Peter Boghossian (Portland State University)
Thom Brooks (Durham University)
Daniel Brunson (Morgan State University)
Shane Courtland (West Virginia University)
Tommy Curry (Texas A&M University)
Marilyn Fischer (University of Dayton)
William Irwin (King’s College)
Jackie Kegley (California State University Bakersfield)
John Lachs (Vanderbilt University)
Jana Mohr Lone (University Washington)
Christopher P. Long (Michigan State University)
George R. Lucas (University of Notre Dame)
Michael Lynch (University of Connecticut)
Bertha Alvarez Manninen (Arizona State University)
John McDermott (Texas A&M University)
Scott Pratt (University of Oregon)
Gad Saad (Concordia University)
Michael Shermer (Chapman University)
John Shook (Bowie State University)
Peter Singer (Princeton University)
Eric Thomas Weber (University of Kentucky)

For more information and a journal archive, visit CivilAmerican.com.

043: Ep39 – BC7 – Stoicism Today

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Dr. Gregory Sadler.This thirty-ninth episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast is a special “breadcrumb” episode with Dr. Gregory Sadler, who was featured in Episode 38. Greg is the editor of Stoicism Today, a publication put out by Modern Stoicism.

If you haven’t had a chance to hear Episode 38 with Greg, we call him the YouTube Philosopher, as he has over 40,000 YouTube subscribers. His videos have been viewed nearly 4 million times, with a combined play time of 71 years. Greg is also the “Chief Lord” or maybe just the President of ReasonIO, a business that puts philosophy into practice.

The logo for Modern Stoicism.

As always, you can reach out to us on Facebook @PhilosophyBakesBread and on Twitter @PhilosophyBB; email us at philosophybakesbread@gmail.com; or call and record a voicemail that we play on the show, at 859.257.1849. Philosophy Bakes Bread is a production of the Society of Philosophers in America (SOPHIA). Check us out online at PhilosophyBakesBread.com and check out SOPHIA at PhilosophersInAmerica.com.

 


(14 mins)

 

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Notes

  1. Greg’s writings on Modern Stoicism.
  2. Greg’s Patreon page.
  3. About Stoicism Today.
  4. Stoicon, annual conference.

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042: Ep38 – The YouTube Philosopher

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This thirty-eighth episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast features an interview with Dr. Greg Sadler, The YouTube Philosopher, talking with co-hosts Eric Weber and Anthony Cashio about the great work he has done as a public philosopher. Greg’s videos have been viewed nearly 4 million times…

A screen capture from a video that Dr. Gregory B. Sadler recorded and posted to YouTube, work for which we have dubbed him the YouTube philosopher.

In addition to having built a remarkable following on YouTube, Dr. Sadler is also the President, CEO, and Chief Lord of ReasonIO, a company with which   Greg puts philosophy into practice. With ReasonIO, Greg offers services in public speaking and running workshops. He develops curricula and content for his YouTube channel. He is a philosophical counselor and coach, as well as a philosophical consultant for organizations. Finally, he also serves as a tutor, with 1on1 sessions, assisting students in a variety of ways.

Listen for our “You Tell Me!” questions and for some jokes in one of our concluding segments, called “Philosophunnies.” Reach out to us on Facebook @PhilosophyBakesBread and on Twitter @PhilosophyBB; email us at philosophybakesbread@gmail.com; or call and record a voicemail that we play on the show, at 859.257.1849. Philosophy Bakes Bread is a production of the Society of Philosophers in America (SOPHIA). Check us out online at PhilosophyBakesBread.com and check out SOPHIA at PhilosophersInAmerica.com.

 

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Notes

  1. Greg’s company, ReasonIO.
  2. Greg’s main YouTube channel.
  3. Greg’s writings on Modern Stoicism.
  4. Greg’s Patreon page.
  5. Greg’s Half-Hour Hegel series on YouTube.
  6. Gregory Sadler, Reason Fulfilled by Revelation: The 1930s Christian Philosophy Debates in France (Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University Press of American, 2011).

 

You Tell Me!

For our future “You Tell Me!” segments, Greg proposed the following question in this episode, for which we invite your feedback:

“What do you want philosophy to be tackling in your day to day life problems?”

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041: Ep37 – Philosophy in High School

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Nick CaltagiaroneIn this thirty-seventh episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast, Eric Weber and Anthony Cashio interview Nick Caltagiarone, who’s been teaching history for 16 years at the West Chicago Community High School, and has taught philosophy there as well for 13 of those years. We spoke with Nick about “Philosophy in High School,” asking why and how to teach philosophy in high school, as well as about Nick’s experience.

Photo of high school students in a deep discussion.

Weber met Caltagiarone at the 2017 meeting of the Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization (P.L.A.T.O.), which was held in June at the University of Chicago. Caltagiarone has charted his own course, given that there are not many resources designed for helping people to teach philosophy at that level. His story is inspired and inspiring, and can offer guidance for other high school teachers interested in trying their hands at teaching philosophy to high schoolers.

Listen for our “You Tell Me!” questions and for some jokes in one of our concluding segments, called “Philosophunnies.” Reach out to us on Facebook @PhilosophyBakesBread and on Twitter @PhilosophyBB; email us at philosophybakesbread@gmail.com; or call and record a voicemail that we play on the show, at 859.257.1849. Philosophy Bakes Bread is a production of the Society of Philosophers in America (SOPHIA). Check us out online at PhilosophyBakesBread.comand check out SOPHIA at PhilosophersInAmerica.com.

 

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Notes

  1. Jostein Gaarder, Sophie’s World (New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2007).
  2. Jacob Graham, “Presocratics,” The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (ISSN 2161-0002).
  3. Jean-Paul Sartre, No Exit & Three Other Plays (New York: Vintage Press, 1989).
  4. David Konstan, “Epicurus,” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2014.
  5. Brad Inwood and Alexander Jones, “Hellenistic Thought,” Encyclopedia.com, 2005.

 

You Tell Me!

For our future “You Tell Me!” segments, Nick proposed the following question in this episode, for which we invite your feedback:

“If you could go back and be 17 again, what would you like to have been taught in a high school philosophy course? What would you want to learn about?”

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040: Ep36 – Quality Philosophy for Everyone

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This thirty-sixth episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast features an interview with Cole Nasrallah, talking with co-hosts Eric Weber and Anthony Cashio about the paper that she gave at the Future of Philosophical Practice seminar at the University of North Carolina Asheville in July of 2017. Cole’s paper was on “The Elements of High Value Philosophy and Audience Accessibility.”

Photo of Cole Nasrallah.

Cole is a philosopher, an author, and a teacher, as well as an artist and photographer. She teaches philosophy at a private girls academy and at the College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cole has written for the public, studied bioethics, and has been a professional photographer. She has a knack for speaking and writing in accessible and clever ways. For one example, in this interview, she explains that “YOLO,” which stands for “You only live once,” is “the poor man’s carpe diem!” We had a great time talking with Cole in Asheville and since then on social media.

Listen for our “You Tell Me!” questions and for some jokes in one of our concluding segments, called “Philosophunnies.” Reach out to us on Facebook @PhilosophyBakesBread and on Twitter @PhilosophyBB; email us at philosophybakesbread@gmail.com; or call and record a voicemail that we play on the show, at 859.257.1849. Philosophy Bakes Bread is a production of the Society of Philosophers in America (SOPHIA). Check us out online at PhilosophyBakesBread.com and check out SOPHIA at PhilosophersInAmerica.com.


(58 mins)

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Notes

Albert Camus, looking way cooler than just about anyone.

Camus, looking crazy cool.

    1. Introduction to Truth Tables.
    2. Philosophy Bro.
    3. Albert Camus, Nobel Prize winner.
    4. Cole’s essay on Facebook that attracted over 18,000 engagements.
    5. WebMD on tubal ligation.
    6. Photo of Cole Nasrallah, showing her full bunny ears.

      Cole’s full photo, featuring Louise’s bunny ears.

      In case you were wondering, yes, Cole’s photo above is a tribute to Louise from Bob’s Burgers.

     

    You Tell Me!

    For our future “You Tell Me!” segments, Cole proposed the following question in this episode, for which we invite your feedback: When you’re writing or making an argument, the question always to ask yourself is why it matters. It’s the “So what?” question.

    Let us know what you think matters!  TwitterFacebookEmail, or by commenting here below.

039: Ep35 – BC6 – 10,000 Downloads Celebration & Giveaway!

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This thirty-fifth episode, a short breadcrumb, is being released early to announce the fact that Philosophy Bakes Bread has reached the exciting early milestone of 10,000 episode downloads! We also wanted to put this out early, given that we’re setting a deadline to enter our celebration give-away: October 1st, 2017! Listen to this breadcrumb or read the transcript here below for more information about how to enter!

UPDATES:

Photo of a sticker featuring the Philosophy Bakes Bread logo. This post was first put up in late July, when we had hit 10k downloads. We wanted to announce that fact and to let people know early about ways to win some PBB swag (t-shirt, coffee mug, mouse pad, etc). Since then, we’ve added a new incentive – for every entrant – and we’ve had a lot more downloads since… Here’s the update, as of August 30th:

  1. In addition to those who win swag, everyone who enters will receive a 4″ round sticker featuring the Philosophy Bakes Bread logo. You know you want one… 🙂
  2. After only a month after we first posted this (then, late July, now late August), we’ve gone from 10k downloads to 15,834 downloads…! And from 84 countries. We’re pretty excited. Listenership is growing exponentially. In June, we had 2,600 downloads… July: 3,700, & now in August, nearly over: 4,500 so far. This is really exciting to watch. We are SO grateful!! Thank you all!!

 

Photo of sparklers and fireworks as a symbol of celebration!

Reach out to us on Facebook @PhilosophyBakesBread and on Twitter @PhilosophyBB; email us at philosophybakesbread@gmail.com; or call and record a voicemail that we play on the show, at 859.257.1849. Philosophy Bakes Bread is a production of the Society of Philosophers in America (SOPHIA). Check us out online at PhilosophyBakesBread.com and check out SOPHIA at PhilosophersInAmerica.com.

 

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038: Ep34 – Saving American Culture in a Yurt

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This thirty-fourth episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast features an interview with Drs. Randall Auxier and John Shook, talking with co-hosts Eric Weber and Anthony Cashio about the institute that they and Dr. Larry Hickman (not present in this interview) co-founded, the American Institute for Philosophical and Cultural Thought.

Drs. John Shook (left) and Randy Auxier (right)

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Dr. Auxier is the author of Metaphysical Grafiti: Deep Cuts in the History of Rock and The Quantum of Explanation, with Gary Herstein, as well as of numerous articles in the philosophy of culture, history of philosophy, philosophy of science, and metaphysics. He’s also been the editor of numerous volumes in the Library of Living Philosophers series.

Dr. John Robert Shook is also a prolific scholar, who has additionally edited several journals and books. John is the author of The God Debates, and Dewey’s Social Philosophy, among many other works. John was on the show early on, in episode 3, “All Shook Up about World War III.”

Listen for our “You Tell Me!” questions and for some jokes in one of our concluding segments, called “Philosophunnies.” Reach out to us on Facebook @PhilosophyBakesBread and on Twitter @PhilosophyBB; email us at philosophybakesbread@gmail.com; or call and record a voicemail that we play on the show, at 859.257.1849. Philosophy Bakes Bread is a production of the Society of Philosophers in America (SOPHIA). Check us out online at PhilosophyBakesBread.com and check out SOPHIA at PhilosophersInAmerica.com.

 


(1 hr 8 mins)

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Notes

  1. American Institute for Philosophical and Cultural Thought, AmericanPhilosophy.net.
  2. In this episode, Eric Weber mentions that people from 67 countries have downloaded episodes of Philosophy Bakes Bread. That was true at the time of recording this episode. As of the release of this episode in our podcast that number has risen to 79.

 

 

You Tell Me!

For our future “You Tell Me!” segments, Drs. Shook and Auxier proposed the following question in this episode, for which we invite your feedback:

  1. “What do you think we ought to be trying to do to make America better? What do we need to be doing that we could be doing better?
  2. “Are you content to ride the crest of a high civilization and do nothing whatsoever to pass that wave on to the next generation and the generation after that?”

Let us know!  TwitterFacebookEmail, or by commenting here below.

 

SOPHIA 2017 Chapter Seed Grants

Call for Applications!

We are calling for applications for seed grants for up to $600, to support efforts to start SOPHIA Chapters at the local or online levels. The deadline for applications is October 15th, 2017.

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Application document with instructions: in MS Word format or in Adobe PDF format

Application-only files: in MS Word format or in Adobe PDF format

Applications should be emailed to us at PhilosophersInAmerica@gmail.com, preferably in Adobe PDF format, by October 15th, 2017. We are happy to answer questions in advance, sent to the same email address.