033: Ep29 – What’s the Public Got to Do with It?

Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast

In this twenty-ninth episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast, co-hosts Dr. Eric Thomas Weber and Dr. Anthony Cashio interview Drs. Amanda Fulford and Naomi Hodgson, on the topics of “What is the public?” and understanding philosophy as education – sung in a Tina Turner voice: “What’s the Public Got to Do with It, Got to Do with It?”

Photo of Drs. Naomi Hodgson (left) and Amanda Fulford (right) at the 2017 Public Philosophy Journal's Collaborative Writing Workshop.

Photo courtsey of Dr. Christopher P. Long, taken at the Public Philosophy Journal’s 2017 Collaborative Writing Workshop in Hickory Corners, Michigan.

Dr. Fulford is Reader in the Philosophy of Education at Leeds Trinity University in Leeds, in the United Kingdom. Her work is informed by thinkers including Stanley Cavell and his readings of the 19th century essayists Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Dr. Naomi Hodgson is Lecturer in Education Studies at Liverpool Hope University, also in the U.K., where she teaches the philosophy of education. Her work is focused on the relationship between education, government, and subjectivity.  She is author of Citizenship for the Learning Society (Wiley, 2016) and she coauthored Philosophy and Theory in Educational Research with Amanda, releasing that book also in 2016, with Routledge Press.

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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  1. The Cross Examined Life podcast.
  2. Stanley Cavell, The Senses of Walden (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992).



You Tell Me!

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

  1. If some things about you changed, your hair, a tattoo, a lost limb, are you still the same person?”
  2. “If some new people move to town, is your community the same community as it was before they came to town?”
  3. What is philosophy for?”

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