Season Two Special Episode: Reflection on "Party and Science and Bullshit"

While we continue feverishly with the production of part two of our series, "Race: Is That a Thing," we offer you a look back at an episode from season one that we find particularly salient to the part of our current series that you are soon to enjoy: namely "Season One - Episode Two: Party and Science and Bullshit." You'll hear Aaron's reflections on one section this week and Ben's reflections on another section next week. 

Season Two - Episode Seven: "Categorical Declarative"

According to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, he “is the central figure in modern philosophy. He synthesized early modern rationalism and empiricism, set the terms for much of nineteenth and twentieth century philosophy, and continues to exercise a significant influence today in metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, political philosophy, aesthetics, and other fields.”

But did Immanuel Kant create the spurious concept of scientific race? We ask Boston College Professor of Philosophy Susan Shell, author of Kant and the Limits of Autonomy and The Embodiment of Reason: Kant on Spirit, Generation and Community.

Season Two - Episode Six: “What the What?”

When people talk about things as social constructs, should we understand that as derision or dismissal? Do socially constructed human kinds, like races, get realer over time, the more those who supposedly fit a construct begin to behave as if they naturally fit it?

We ask Professor of Philosophy and Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Ron Mallon of Washington University in St. Louis these questions and more.

Season Two - Episode Five: "Deflation Part II"

Can there be a plurality of concepts of race floating in the social air? If so, are we okay with that? Are there pragmatic uses for one or more of those concepts in the areas of medicine or public policy? In this episode we speak with Robin O. Andreasen, philosopher and Associate Professor of Linguistics and Cognitive Science at the University of Delaware.