about the GRS

The GRS Manifesto
The Guerrilla Radio Show is an informal philosophy talk show. Committed to ‘waging war against idiocy’ and ‘bringing philosophy to the masses’, the Guerrilla Radio Show offers its listeners a unique perspective on important philosophical issues. Jam-packed with thought provoking topics, great guests, cool music and a sarcastic sense of humor, the Guerrilla Radio Show is definitely a one-of-a-kind philosophy talk show.

The Guerrilla Radio Show is NOT your typical philosophy talk show. The GRS likes doing things differently and enjoys utilizing a very informal approach to its broadcasts.

The Guerrilla Radio Show is NOT trying to produce a ‘professional’, ‘scholarly’ philosophy talk show.

The Guerrilla Radio Show is NOT officially affiliated with any academic institution. Although the GRS is owned and operated by several graduate students in the University of California, Santa Barbara Department of Philosophy, the GRS does not officially represent the views or opinions of the UCSB Philosophy faculty or graduate student body. The GRS has never been endorsed or sponsored by the UCSB Philosophy Department and should therefore be considered an independent project undertaken by several of the Department’s graduate students.

The GRS Crew
The Gill Man, The Splitter, The Double Deuce, Choibacca, Sparkles the Pegasus, Average Joe

Some GRS Fanmail
Hi there guys. I am a real fan of your show. I live in New Zealand and download your podcasts. I am just starting in philosophy, I have done some independent study and am starting a few papers this semester. The most enjoyable part of my study is listening to your radio show, I find it challenging and at the same time accessible. I have recently been listening to your show on reality (I’m not going in any particular order) and I had a long think about Berkeley’s “If a tree falls in the wood…” proposition. I think I have come up with a solid proof that the question is flawed, and just how it is flawed. I thought it might be an interesting thing to look at in one of your upcoming shows or otherwise I would just be keen to hear what you think of it. Thanks, James Brown.
You guys should have Ken Taylor and John Perry of Philosophy Talk on your show sometime soon. Talk with the old guys about their journeys in the study of philosophy. They are pretty old so it looks like you guys will be taking the lead of philosophy radio on the net pretty soon. Just a thought. Samuel Samul.

Hi, I’m a philosophy instructor in Los Angeles who recently learned about GRS. I’m looking forward to listening to archived shows, and tuning in to new ones. What you’re doing is both much-needed and well done. An interest of mine is the intersection of philosophy and culture – specifically, discussing and applying philosophical concepts to our daily lives. It’s terrific, then, to learn about your venture. I hope you gain a wide audience. If there’s some way for me to be involved in your efforts, I’d love to learn more. Thanks! Mia Wood.

Hey whats going on? I love your radio show. I happen to stumble across it on accident. It’s nice to listen to what other open minded people have to say. But yea, I was wondering if you guys have t-shirts or clothing. Im not sure if Im just blind or not, but i couldnt find anything. Thanks. Ryan Blah.

Hi Gill. Just a few words of appreciation, I have been listening to your show since it has been available on the internet over a year ago (found it via an article on ephilosopher.com), and I am a HUGE fan. Keep it up, your hard work is very much appreciated. Please forward my sincere thanks to the entire team (with a special nod to Choibacca, i’m his biggest fan and I miss him when he’s not on the show :-P). I’m eagerly waiting for next episodes to be posted on the web… (I have a deep interest in paradoxes, so I can’t wait for these… oh, and how come the 28th spectacular episode, which aired before “philosophy of mind” isn’t posted yet ? please don’t tell me there was another “technical glitch”. Kudos to all of you from France! Cheers, Francis Gastellu.

Hey guys. I love your show. I was a radio DJ at rock stations around the US between 1978 and 2000 (yeah, I’m an old guy…). On my 40th birthday I blew off the radio business and decided I would go to college for the first time. My major: philosophy. I graduated last May, right after my 44th birthday. What I must tell you, is how much I envy you guys! During the 20 years I was on the radio, I never had the opportunity to discuss the important questions of life with my audience, as commercial radio and its listeners are more interested in dumbing down the world than inspiring it. Congratulations on an excellent radio program. Those of us who have taken the risk of spending the cost of a college education on a degree in philosophy are a dying breed. While I was in school, I can’t tell you how many times people said to me “Philosophy? What the hell are you going to do with a philosophy degree?” I have to say that, although I’ll never have an occupation as a ‘philosopher’, My life was transformed in ways that no money could ever purchase. Ask any philosophy graduate and they’ll tell you how special it is. Knowing that you guys are on the radio and the internet discussing the experience that myself and other philosophers have shared, makes me feel like I must not be the only geek in the world. Keep up the good work and best of luck to you. I hope your show is around forever! If you ever want to talk philosophy or radio, or both, call me. I’m a fan! I will be listening. Charlie Morriss (B.A. Philosophy, 2004, University of Arizona)

Hi. I’m a final year philosophy undergrad who listens to the show over the internet and I am becoming rather fond of it. In the UK, on bbc radio 4, we have a show that is very broadly similar, but presented by grownups and rather less silly (not that I don’t love your style obviously). It calls its subject matter “the history of ideas’ but at least a large minority of this is philosophy and philosophical ideas have some bearing on almost everything they cover. Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/history/inourtime/ Anyway, one of the things they do for each show is come up with a reading list. I think that this would be a really good thing for you to do as well. Maybe you could stick it on the blog. Oh yes, you should also do a show about modality. Modality turns me on. That is all. Keep up the good work. The more Jo (or Joe) Public can learn about philosophy the better. I for one am pig sick of being asked at parties: “What is philosophy? Is it just like psychology/new age/geology?” and then watching their eyes glaze as I launch into A Complete History of Thought (abridged). Love you babies. James.

Dear GRS Crew. The program is bloody brilliant! I enjoy philosophy quite a bit, and was pleased to find your show in a web-search. Yesterday, I listened to “PhilosophyTalk” hosted by two Stanford Profs, but they were far less entertaining (as well as seemingly less fair with the material). While at work today, I listened to your programs on aesthetics, philosophy of religion, epistemology, metaphysics and the one on the place of philosophy in our culture…all were well-done and enjoyable. Good work. I wish there were more programs to go through. Myself, I read philosophy for “shits and giggles” (the question is do I understand it?)… I’ve gotten strange looks from bookstore employees when they ask “Is this for a class?”, and I respond “No…for fun!” Apparently Plantinga, Seneca, Russell, Kant, Whitehead, Van Inwagen and Descartes aren’t on the New York Times Best-Seller list? Hummm? I don’t know, but I can’t get enough of the stuff… I wish I could read more, but life doesn’t allow it, so your program satisfies craving…sorry for the rambling, but it’s my look-winded way of saying “good job, keep it up!” Bravo, Jeff W.

Hey Gillman. Just writing to say great show, keep up the good work. I’m in Sydney, Australia. Not sure how I can offer thanks for hours of educational entertainment, but would be glad to assist if you’re ever visiting and want a tour guide. Regards, Adrian.

HI! I just wanted to let you know that I absolutely LOVE your show! It is so intellectually stimulating, and I just love debating all those issues. Please never stop :) I was wondering if you have some listserv that I could be added on, so I know what are the upcoming shows. Do you sell any of the shows on cds? Thank you!! NS.

Gentlemen, I have just discovered your show archive on the prestigious Internet and I would like to take the time to thank you fine gentlemen for providing such a valuable public service. I majored in philosophy in my undergraduate days, I even wrote an awful (in retrospect) paper on Limbic Systems and Value Judgment (damn, I miss that) and have an unrelenting appetite for philosophy and philosophical literature. Thus far I have only been able to listen to the Anti-realism, Continental/Analytic, and Eastern Philosophy shows, but on this admittedly small sample I would venture to give your show high marks indeed. I especially enjoyed last of these three shows. In fact, I have read a number of Professor Ames’ translations of various works of Chinese philosophy…his translation of The Analects of Confucius is one of my favorites. Part of the “divide” if you will, between you gentlemen, and Professor Ames, might be attributable to (ironically) that Analytic/Continental gap again. At present the are two loosely related “schools” of comparative philosophy regarding Confucianism in the west: the so-called “Boston Confucians” (which seeks to fuse Christianity and Confucianism or promote dialogue between the two) and the so-called “Hawaii school.” Professor Ames is often cited as a member of the latter. A hallmark of this “school” is a hermeneutic approach to Confucian thought, as might have been gleaned by Pr. Ames’ reference to the Continental philosopher Hans-Georg Gadamer’s notion of “fusion of horizons.” Gadamer’s work seems to me to have important intersections with Ames’ and perhaps Confucianism itself. Anyway…I think it’d be great if you had Professor Ames or other experts on Chinese philosophy etc. on the show to continue this interesting dialogue. Keep up the good work!! Best, Thomas Wood.

It is refreshing to learn of your radio show. Philosophy, contrary to many of the opinions out there, is more alive than ever! God might be dead, but philosophy is not! (Nietzsche of course) I am an undergrad at SDSU, and I believe I’m in a position to hear many different perspectives from my fellow students. They all (non-majors) like, respect, and are somewhat intimidated by philosophy, but I notice that on a whole people seem quite interested in philosophy. The problem is that there is little access to a forum for discussion…that’s why your Guerilla radiow show is so novel. Keep up the excellent work! Aaron Friday (San Diego State University).