I'm an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Houston. I'm the author of Relative Justice (Princeton 2012) and A Very Bad Wizard: Morality Behind the Curtain which features interviews with eminent researchers including Peter Singer, Susan Wolf, Philip Zimbardo, Anthony Appiah, Frans de Waal, Jonathan Haidt, along with VBW guests Paul Bloom and Valerie Tiberius. My new book Why Honor Matters comes out in Spring 2018.
June 1st, 2015 | 1 hr 14 mins
Dave drags Tamler into the nerd abyss by making him watch an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation (“Tapestry,” from the 6th season). We talk about the themes of the episode: regret, risk aversion, the arrogance of hindsight, and the dream of living your past “knowing what you know now.”
May 18th, 2015 | 1 hr 17 mins
Dave and Tamler break the cardinal rule of comedy by trying to analyze it. What are the origins and functions of humor? Can a theory explain what makes us laugh? Is humor entirely subjective?
April 20th, 2015 | 1 hr 24 mins
Special guest Yoel Inbar joins us to talk about Hitchcock’s masterpiece/gimmick "Rope."
April 6th, 2015 | 1 hr 19 mins
Holy crap, it's the apocalypse!!!!...for philosophy. Maybe.
March 19th, 2015 | 1 hr 13 mins
Dave and Tamler talk about the human tendency to believe in a just world. Why do we have the belief? Does it make us less motivated to fight injustice? How does it connect to our beliefs about free will and punishment?
February 27th, 2015 | 2 hrs 46 mins
Sam Harris gets back in the VBW ring for another round on moral responsibility, ethical theories, and the grounds for our obligations to other people.
February 9th, 2015 | 1 hr 1 min
Dave and Tamler discuss a new study that, according to Tamler, offers decisive support for restorative approaches to criminal punishment (the only problem is he didn't read past the introduction). And speaking of justice, we talk about "White Bear"--the most disturbing episode of the UK series Black Mirror that doesn’t involve sex with a non-kosher animal.
January 19th, 2015 | 1 hr 15 mins
Dave and Tamler take a break from blame and responsibility to tackle a much easier subject: meaning in life.
January 1st, 2015 | 1 hr 12 mins
Dave and Tamler argue some more about the role of emotion and intuition in blame judgments, and then offer some moral psychology-related recommendations for your New Year’s viewing and reading pleasure.
December 15th, 2014 | 2 hrs 32 mins
Bestselling author and friend of the podcast Sam Harris joins Tamler and Dave for a marathon podcast. (Seriously, pack two pairs of astronaut diapers for this one).