A Million Little Gods
A Million Little Gods, hosted by Aaron Gowen and Ben Feddersen at the University of Hamburg, is podcast about being of two—or more—minds about things and being okay with that.
info_outline Season 2 - Episode 8: "The Holy Family in a Pane of Frosted Glass 04/02/2019
Season 2 - Episode 8: "The Holy Family in a Pane of Frosted Glass To set the stage for part two of our series, “Race: Is That a Thing?", we take a deep look at a recurring metaphor that has permeated our entire series.
info_outline Season 2 Special Episode: Ben's Hot Take On "Party And Science And Bullshit" 03/26/2019
Season 2 Special Episode: Ben's Hot Take On "Party And Science And Bullshit" One last look back at Season One Episode Two: Party and Science and Bullshit, before we start setting its principles to the test in part two of our series, "Race: Is That a Thing?" next week.
info_outline Season 2 Special Episode: Reflection on "Party and Science and Bullshit" 03/18/2019
Season 2 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.
info_outline Season 2 - Ep 7 Footcast Appendix 03/04/2019
Season 2 - Ep 7 Footcast Appendix Once again, this is a set of material that we couldn’t fit into Episode Seven: “Categorical Declarative” proper. Consider the contents of the appendix the audio footnote podcasts—or “footcasts”—to that episode. We will be releasing Episode Eight: “The Holy Family in a Pane of Frosted Glass” on Monday, March 18.
info_outline Season 2 - Episode 7: "Categorical Declarative" 02/18/2019
Season 2 - Episode 7: "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.”
info_outline Season 2 - Episode 6: "What the What?" 02/04/2019
Season 2 - Episode 6: "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?
info_outline Season 2 - Episode 5: "Deflation Part II" 01/18/2019
Season 2 - Episode 5: "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.
info_outline Season 2- Episode 4: "Deflation Part I" 01/11/2019
Season 2- Episode 4: "Deflation Part I" If race has no essence, then is it an irrational social contrivance? Or is it somewhere in-between? We speak with Michael Hardimon, Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego, and author of Rethinking Race: The Case for Deflationary Realism, who argues we must come to terms with the limited ways in which race really does exist.
info_outline Season 2 - Ep 3 Footcast Appendix 01/04/2019
Season 2 - Ep 3 Footcast Appendix This is a set of material that couldn’t fit into Episode Three: “Kinds” proper, including sections of the interview with philosopher Sewart Umphrey. Consider the contents of appendix the audio footnote podcasts—or “footcasts” to that episode. We will be releasing Episode Four: “Deflation-Part I” next Thursday, January 10, and Episode Five: “Deflation-Part II” the following Thursday, January 17.
info_outline Season 2 Special Episode: A Conversation With Barry Lam 12/20/2018
Season 2 Special Episode: A Conversation With Barry Lam This is the first of a series of occasional special episodes of A Million Little Gods with fellow philosophy podcasters.
info_outline Season 2 - Episode 3: "Kinds" 12/07/2018
Season 2 - Episode 3: "Kinds" As our guest this episode, philosopher Stewart Umphrey, writes, “Our everyday understanding of natural things presupposes that their reality does not depend on how we regard them, and that the way we ordinarily regard them is heuristically if not cognitively valuable.” Join us as we explore natural kinds in our continued attempt to determine whether “race” is really a thing, and what makes things things in the first place.
info_outline Season 2 - Episode 2: "Things" 11/21/2018
Season 2 - Episode 2: "Things" Our season is called "Race: Is That a Thing?" What does it mean for a thing to be a thing? What is a thing? We consult Oxford English Dictionary editor and authorized OED historian Peter Gilliver, who updated the entry on "Thing."
info_outline Season 2 - Episode 1: "Differences" 11/05/2018
Season 2 - Episode 1: "Differences" How deep do the categories we use to navigate the world go? Are they more transient than we normally think? In episode one of the new season, Ben and Aaron lay the groundwork for the series "Race: Is That a Thing?"
info_outline Season 2 Preview: "Linguistic Typological Smackdown" 10/30/2018
Season 2 Preview: "Linguistic Typological Smackdown" Are there types of languages that are unique from other types of languages? Are there newer languages that are formed from other languages, but have less vocabulary, less grammar, less stuff? Is that what we mean by “creoles”? John McWhorter thinks so; Salikoko Mufwene doesn’t. Welcome to the smackdown.
info_outline Episode 5: I Am What I Am That I Am - Part 3 12/31/2015
Episode 5: I Am What I Am That I Am - Part 3 In this final part of a three-part series on what it means to be a self--and the final episode of the first season--Aaron discusses with the analytic philosopher Galen Strawson whether you can know your own character, thinking of yourself as the same person over time, and telling a narrative about your life.
info_outline Episode 4: I Am What I Am That I Am - Part 2 12/14/2015
Episode 4: I Am What I Am That I Am - Part 2 In this second episode of a three-part series on what it means to be a self, we tour a cognitive neuroscience research laboratory, examine "qualia"—instances of subjective perception or experience—and discuss with Prof. Galen Strawson the counterintuitive view of "panpsychism"—the idea that consciousness is a primordial feature of all things.
info_outline Special Episode: Metcalf on Knausgaard 07/29/2015
Special Episode: Metcalf on Knausgaard This is a special appendix episode of A Million Little Gods. It's an extended conversation with Stephen Metcalf about the writing of Karl Ove Knausgaard, losers, resentniks, and how Knausgaard is a mashup of Adolf Hitler and Annie Dillard . . . or maybe Wordsworth. Either way, you should listen.