A University of Chicago Philosophy Podcast
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By Matt Teichman
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I really enjoy your podcast. How about an episode on counterfactual conditionals and how they are applied. I majored in history but your podcast makes philosophy interesting. Counterfactuals are one topic that I find difficult.
Thanks for listening! Very glad to hear you enjoy the podcast. We’ve actually just recorded a whole episode on counterfactuals with Paolo Santorio, though it isn’t going to come out for a while. (Paolo’s work on counterfactuals is superb.) I can definitely see why you’d be interested in counterfactuals as a historian! There’s been some interesting work on the role of counterfactuals in historiography specficially, which I can try to dig up the references on if you’re interested.
In the meanwhile, here’s a paper on counterfactuals that I really like:
If you find that one too formal/technical, the opening two chapters of David Lewis’ book, Counterfactuals, are a little more accessible and always a lot of fun to read. Hopefully as the field develops, more people will step up to the plate and write some fully introductory textbook-style material on some of these core topics in philosophical logic.
Hi Matt, I’m listening to Elucidations, currently up to #70, think they’re great, would happily post a review/recommendation as requested but don’t know how to. I access the podcasts via website, not iTunes. Have looked at iTunes but don’t see any reviews. Please advise.
PS I came to Elucidations via a recommendation from Peter Adamson’s history of philosophy podcasts.
Thanks so much for taking the time to listen! You can visit our iTunes page here:
If you have iTunes installed on your computer, there is a link from that page you can click on to take you to Elucidations page within iTunes, from which you can leave ratings and reviews. Let me know if you have any difficulty.
Have you considered doing an Elucidations episode with Christine Korsgaard? I was reminded of her interesting take on animal rights by a mention in a recent New Yorker article on that topic, http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/11/28/if-animals-have-rights-should-robots
Actually, I imagined you had already done so and that I had heard it! But the Search on this site doesn’t turn anything up. (Likely it was … erm … Philosophy Bites.) I may have mentally linked that to Elucidations because of her former UChicago connection.
Following up on where I heard her interviewed on a podcast, it was indeed as speculated on Philosophy Bites: http://philosophybites.com/2015/02/christine-korsgaard-on-the-status-of-animals.html
Both the New Yorker and this Philosophy Bites blurb (and if I recall correctly, the introduction in the audio) mention Harvard but not her previous affiliation here at UChicago. I don’t really suppose that means she owes you an interview … but you could try out that appeal! 🙂
Thanks for the suggestion. Korsgaard is a brilliant philosopher and absolutely at the top of my list to have on as a guest. Hopefully she will pass through town before too long and will have time to record one with me!
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