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The Guerrilla Radio Show » General Philosophy

Paradoxes and Puzzles 2

What is a paradox anyway? And why are philosophers so interested in paradoxes? Is a paradox just a fancy kind of riddle? Or is it some kind of demonstration that a contradiction (or absurd consequence) follows from apparently reasonable assumptions? Do paradoxes actually point out some inexplicable fact about the nature of the world? Or are they just logical/linguistic games? Perhaps the notion of paradox includes all of these elements… or maybe none at all. What merit is there, if any, in analyzing and discussing philosophical paradoxes? Join the GRS crew as they consider the puzzling complexities of the Ship of Theseus, The Lottery and Kripke’s Puzzle About Belief.

 
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GRS Episode, General Philosophy, Paradoxes and Puzzles

Paradoxes and Puzzles 1

What is a paradox anyway? And why are philosophers so interested in paradoxes? Is a paradox just a fancy kind of riddle? Or is it some kind of demonstration that a contradiction (or absurd consequence) follows from apparently reasonable assumptions? Do paradoxes actually point out some inexplicable fact about the nature of the world? Or are they just logical/linguistic games? Perhaps the notion of paradox includes all of these elements… or maybe none at all. What merit is there, if any, in analyzing and discussing philosophical paradoxes? Join the GRS crew as they consider the puzzling complexities of the Sorites and the Liar paradoxes.

 
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Philosophy and Film

What’s the distinction (if any) between the philosophy of film, philosophy in film, philosophy and film or philosophy through film? Do these different titles refer to different disciplines with different objectives? Or is there some unifying relation between these notions? What’s the primary interest in pursuing the notion of philosophy & film? Is the interest interpretative (i.e., making use of philosophical positions, concepts, etc in the interpretation of films)? Or is the primary interest pedagogical (i.e., making use of film in order to illustrate some philosophical position, concept, etc)? Is it both? Neither? How does philosophy & film relate to (or deal with) more traditional philosophical questions related to aesthetics? Is film an art form? If so, what sort of art form is it? In what can the aesthetic value of a film consist? Are some films artworks, while other are just entertainment? If so, what is the difference? Is film somehow especially helpful when it comes to teaching and/or understanding philosophical positions, concepts, etc? If so, why?

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Eastern Philosophy

What is ‘Eastern’ philosophy? What sort of distinction(s) is intended by the use of Eastern in this context? Is the distinction primarily intended to differentiate between Eastern and Western philosophy? If so, is this a legitimate distinction to make? And on what grounds is such a distinction predicated? Is such a distinction more misleading than enlightening? Can all non-Western philosophy be classified as Eastern philosophy? Are there similarities between the various Eastern philosophical schools? If so, what are they? Are there differences? If so, what are they? Would it be better to conceive of Eastern philosophy as Eastern religion? Is there a difference between philosophy and religion for these Eastern schools of thought?

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Analytic vs. Continental Philosophy

What is the distinction between ‘Analytic’ and ‘Continental’ philosophy anyway? Is there a legitimate distinction to be made at all? If so, what’s the best way to distinguish between the two schools: Along geographical lines? By the leading figures of each tradition? Methodological commitments? Topical interests? What are the historical roots (and development) of each school? What are the major topics currently under discussion in each school? What are the closest points of approach between Analytic and Continental philosophy? Is Analytic philosophy merely a way of doing philosophy? Or are there specific interests of Analytic philosophy that are not shared by those doing Continental philosophy?

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