The Podcast for Social Research, Episode 9: “Eating the Whole Thing” (Part II): Scientism and Indigestion

This is a supplemental episode of our podcast series as well as the final episode of our “first season”! In this episode – actually recorded several months ago – Michael and Ajay engage in a somewhat freewheeling discussion of several issues raised in our previous podcast, particularly questions raised by philosophical naturalism and “scientism.” Along the way, we discuss a wide variety of issues and figures in philosophy (some of whom are listed in our abbreviated Notations section below) and find that we agree on a surprisingly large number of issues. As Michael mentions at the end of the podcast, he will be not be in our regular, rotating podcast roster this coming year, but will instead be recording an “On the Road” podcast series interviewing philosophers and others around the country. In addition to Michael’s supplemental series, we will return soon with new regular podcasts and more supplemental episodes, as well as new formats, and new people. We really hope you enjoy this episode and have enjoyed the “first season” of the Podcast for Social Research. We’ll be back very soon! As with the last episode, there will be a brief Notations section after the jump. Please make use of it to fill in many of our gaps, and please pardon the raucous music that begins playing next door towards the end of this episode. Ahh, New York.

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Scientism and Indigestion: “Eating the Whole Thing” Part 2


Wilfred Sellars. “Philosophy and the Scientific Image of Man”

Jacques Derrida. “Faith and Knowledge”
Thomas Nagel. The Last Word
Michel Foucault. The Order of Things
Thomas Kuhn. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
Alex Rosenberg. The Atheists Guide to Reality
Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer. The Dialectic of Enlightenment
Theodor Adorno. Negative Dialectics
Friedrich Nietzsche. The Genealogy of Morals
Ibn Rushd (Averroes). The Incoherence of the Incoherence
Baruch Spinoza.  Ethics

Technical Details: Recorded on a Samson CO1U into an msi PC running the beta version of the freeware program Audacity 1.3.13 while consuming enjoyable, yet moderate, amounts of delicious Sixpoint beer (assorted) and good old-fashioned New York City tap water.

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