The Philosophy Special (guest post)
“I suspect I’m not alone among philosophers in finding colloquia almost universally frustrating: the speakers are more interesting than the conventional talk allows them to be…” (more…)
Questions from DN Readers and/or for DN Readers
In lieu of a guest post today, I’m sharing a few questions from from Daily Nous readers. Perhaps you can help with answers…
Another Network Comedy To Feature a Philosopher
Is philosophy hot? Following the commercial success of The Good Place, a television sitcom on NBC with a moral philosophy professor as one of its main characters (which, by the way, recently featured a discussion of Jonathan Dancy’s moral particularism, not to mention a re-enactment of part of the trolley problem), the network will be releasing A.P. Bio.
Upcoming Sitcom Based on Recent Philosophy Book
Fox Broadcasting Company is in the process of developing a new comedy television series based on the book, Assholes: A Theory, by philosopher Aaron James (UC Irvine). The show will be called Type-A, reports TV Line (via Splitsider). (more…)
Hoping against Hope: a Perspective on the US Elections from the Periphery (guest post by Loubna El Amine)
The following is a guest post* from Loubna El Amine, assistant professor of political science at Northwestern University.
“If a Trump election feels tragi-comical to many Americans, this has been true of elections in our own countries for so long that both the tragedy and the comedy are now lost on us.”
How To Teach Philosophy In Comedy Clubs (Guest Post by Michael Connell)
The following is a guest post* by Michael Connell, an Australian comedian. Connell has a thing for philosophy, especially Stoicism, which he incorporates into his act (e.g., “How you think shapes how you feel. What I’m saying is that if you don’t enjoy this show, it’s your fault.”). I asked him to talk about his work and conveying philosophical ideas to non-philosop..
Using Comedy Clips in Philosophy Class
I sometimes use excerpts from comedy routines or shows in my teaching. For example, when I teach Frankfurt’s On Bullshit in my contemporary moral problems course, I regularly use this segment from the Colbert Report:
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Louis CK Gets “Philosophical”
“Don’t lie, because lying only fixes everything.”
I don’t know how philosophical Louis CK’s really getting, but I’m enough of a fan of his to give the Washington Post‘s headline writer a pass on this one: “Five times Louis C.K. got really philosophical on late-night talk shows.”
UPDATE: The Huffington Post has published an article on philosophical comedians, includ..
Louis CK on Avoiding the Perfectionism Trap
It’s one thing to be told “don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good,” and another thing to, well, actually not let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Whether it is writing a paper or working through some task at a departmental meeting, there is the temptation to not move forward unless everything is just right, or until one knows everything is going to be j..
Comedians on Philosophers
Modern Day Philosophers is a series of podcasts of comedians talking about philosophers. It is hosted by comedian Danny Lobell, and has featured a variety of conversations with comedians discussing and learning about a variety of philosophers, including Lewis Black on William James, Janeane Garofalo on Tom Regan, Bill Burr on Adam Smith, Fred Stoller on Heraclitus, ..