016: Ep12 – That’s a Wicked Problem You’ve Got There

Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast

Dr. Danielle Lake.In this twelth episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast, co-hosts Dr. Anthony Cashio and Dr. Eric Thomas Weber interview Dr. Danielle Lake of Grand Valley State University on the topic of what are called “wicked problems.”

Line drawings contrasting traditional problems with wicked problems, where the former is just two crossed lines and the latter is many chaotically scribbled, crossed lines.

Dr. Lake is assistant professor in the department of Liberal Studies at Grand Valley State University, with her Ph.D. in Philosophy. In 2016, she was honored with the John Lachs Award for Public Philosophy from the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy. She is the author of Institutions and Process: Problems of Today, Misguided Answers from Yesterday (2008), in addition to many journal articles. 

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(1 hr 9 mins)

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  1. Jostein Gaarder, Sophie’s World (2007).
  2. Jean Paul Sartre, “Existentialism Is a Humanism,” Online for free, or on Amazon.
  3. Epictetus, Handbook (aka Enchiridion), Online for free, or on Amazon.
  4. The Internet Classics Archive.

You Tell Me!

For our future “You Tell Me!” segments, Dr. Lake proposed the following question in this episode, for which we invite your feedback: “How can you today step across the divides that we have and engage and advocate for progress with regard to the shared problems that we face?” What do you think?

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