Living Philosophy

Todd Mei

What is your second-life? Living Philosophy is dedicated to exploring the inspiring second lives of people who have successfully made significant changes to their careers and lives through self-reflection, insight, and practice. Listen also to our Public Philosophy podcasts, which you can find by topic and the bespoke logo artwork. Hosted by Dr Todd S. Mei, former Head of Philosophy at the University of Kent (UK), and founder, consultant, and freelance author at Philosophy2u.com.

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Philosophy & Cryptocurrency with Sebastian Purcell
Apr 29 2022
Philosophy & Cryptocurrency with Sebastian Purcell
Do crytpocurrencies and blockchain technology figure substantially in the possibility of financial freedom for those who currently are lacking in wealth? Or does the hype really just indicate that all things crypto are based on a speculative bubble and Ponzi schemes? Prof. Sebastian Purcell (SUNY, Cortland) discusses the legal, technological, and philosophical novelties behind cryptocurrencies that can potentially transform our lives for the better. He also weaves in how Aztec philosophy can help us think through what it means to have a rooted life.Living Philosophy is brought to you by Philosophy2u.com.Host:Dr Todd MeiSponsors:Philosophy2u.comHillary Hutchinson, Career and Change Coach at Transitioning Your LifeHermeneutics in Real LifeGeoffrey Moore, author of The Infinite Staircase     Links Related to this Episode:Sebastian Purcell (LinkedIn; Quora)Twitter (@lspurcell)The Art of the Bubble (website)Bitibles (website)Aztec Philosophy (IEP)Aztec and Ancient Greek Philosophy (Aeon)Peter Lynch (Wikipedia)Sparrow Rodgers (bio)Jamie Diamond (Wikipedia)Vitalik Buterin (Wikipedia)DAO (Ethereum)NFT (Verge)Smart contract (IBM)FitFi (website)Adoption curve (Wikipedia)Proof of Work (Investopedia)Proof of Stake (Investopedia)Environmental Impact of Bitcoin (Forbes)Intro to Crypto (Bollocks and the Blockchain)The Promise of Crypto (Quora)Meaningful Work (Philosophy2u)Music: Earth and the Moon, by KetsaLogo Art: Angela Silva, Dattura Studios
Mind and the Philosophy of Medicine with David Corfield
Mar 31 2022
Mind and the Philosophy of Medicine with David Corfield
Medicine involves more than science and evidence-based experiments. In today’s health climate—where there seems to be a conflict of interest between health care, on the one hand, and pharmaceutical companies and the privatization of medicine, the other hand—it is easy to overlook a more holistic approach that understands how illness is causally linked to both the mind and body. David Corfield (University of Kent, UK) is Associate Professor of Philosophy, with special interests in the philosophies of mathematics, science, logic, medicine, history, and psychoanalysis. He discusses the importance of the role of the mind in medicine, and more generally, how a well-rounded approach to academic research and investigation provides a much more balanced and informed perspective.Living Philosophy is brought to you by Philosophy2u.com.Host:Dr Todd MeiSponsors:Philosophy2u.comHillary Hutchinson, Career and Change Coach at Transitioning Your LifeHermeneutics in Real LifeGeoffrey Moore, author of The Infinite Staircase     Links Related to this Episode:David Corfield (Wikipedia | University of Kent)Twitter (@DavidCorfield8)Why Do People Get Ill? by Corfield and Leader (Amazon)Modal Homotopy Type Theory: The Prospect of a New Logic for Philosophy (Oxford University Press)Darian Leader (Psychoanalyst)Thomas Kuhn (SEP)Imre Lakatos (SEP)Alasdair MacIntyre (Wikipedia)Albert Lautman (Wikipedia)R. G. Collingwood (SEP)John Ruskin (Wikipedia)Lacanian Psycholanalysis (Wikipedia)Vienna Circle (SEP)Type Theory (SEP)Idiographic vs. Nomothetic Analysis (Wikipedia)Music: Earth and the Moon, by KetsaLogo Art: Angela Silva, Dattura Studios
Why Does Hermeneutics Matter?
Feb 22 2022
Why Does Hermeneutics Matter?
We see it every day—the problem of misunderstanding and misreading meaning and intentions. It can be the cause of frustration, hurt, and even violence. Hermeneutics is the branch of philosophy interested in how the interpretation of language, symbols, texts, and even the nature of existence requires a nuanced and open-minded approach. It can potentially help us to resolve a lot of the problems of miscommunication. Listen to three experts—Andreea Deciu Ritivoi (Carnegie Mellon University, USA), David Utsler (North Central Texas College, USA), and Nicholas Davey (University of Dundee, UK)—reflect on the importance of hermeneutics and why it matters to our everyday lives.Living Philosophy is brought to you by Philosophy2u.com.Host:Dr Todd MeiSponsors:Philosophy2u.comHillary Hutchinson, Career and Change Coach at Transitioning Your LifeHermeneutics in Real LifeLinks Related to this Episode:Andreea Deciu Ritivoi (Carnegie Mellon University)David Utsler (Discursive Dialectics)Nicholas Davey (Wikipedia)Intro to Hermeneutics (YouTube)Hans Georg-Gadamer (SEP)Paul Ricoeur (SEP)Wilhelm Dilthey (SEP)Georgia Warnke (PhilPeople)Antigone (Wikipedia)Anthropocentrism (Oxford Bibliographies)Reading Suggestions by the PanelistsHans Weidenfeld, Absolute NothingnessWalter Kempowski, Swangsong 1945Wilhelm Dilthey, Introduction to the Human SciencesClifford Geertz, The Interpretation of CultureWolfgang Iser, The Range of InterpretationGianni Vattimo, Beyond Interpretation: The Meaning of Hermeneutics for PhilosophyMircea Eliade, The Sacred and the Profane: The Nature of ReligionWalter Benjamin, The Storyteller: Tales Out of LonelinessMusic: Earth and the Moon, by KetsaLogo Art: Angela Silva, Dattura Studios