Philosophy Talk

Hosted by Josh Landy and Ken Taylor
Guests: David Eagleman & James Martel

February 17, 2019 | San Francisco
Sunday 12pm & 3pm


“Philosophy Talk is as accessible as it is thoughtful…” — Los Angeles Times

“An American radio show, ‘Philosophy Talk,’ could teach British broadcasting a thing or two about quality intellectual debate…one of the great joys of American radio. It’s radio that knows how to talk.” — The Guardian UK

Experience a live taping of Philosophy Talk radio, and see how much fun thinking can be.

Join our live audience at The Marsh to record TWO new episodes of Philosophy Talk, the nationally syndicated public radio show. At noon, philosophers Ken Taylor and Josh Landy will welcome renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman of Stanford University to discuss neuro-engineering. At 3pm, the philosophers will chat with political scientist, James Martel, of San Francisco State University about the concept of authority. In addition to thought-provoking conversation, audience questions, and laughter, both shows will feature Roving Philosophical Reporter Holly McDede, satirist and Sixty Second Philosopher Ian Shoales, and musical guest Tiffany Austin.

12:00pm – “Neuro-Engineering: Beyond the Five Senses?” with David Eagleman, neuroscientist, author, & host of the PBS series “The Brain”
Humans evolved to have a variety of sense–smell, sight, touch, etc.–that provide inforamtion about the world around us. Our brains use the sensory information to construct a particular picture of reality. But what if it were technologically possible to hack our brains and create new senses for humans, such as echolocation or magnetoception? How would our brains integrate this new kind of information? What would it be like to perceive the world using these strange new senses? And how would these novel senses change out view of reality?

3:00pm – “Authority & Resistance” with James Martel, political scientist at San Francisco State University
Authority can refer to people or institutions that have the political power to make decisions, give orders, and enforce rules. It can also refer to a certain kind of expertise or knowledge that we might defer to. Sometimes we respect authority, sometimes we resist it or revolt against it. But where exactly does authority come from, and when, if ever, ought we defer it? How do we challenge authority? What makes an authority figure authoritarian? And can there be anarchist forms of authority?

Artist Biography

Ken Taylor is the current Henry Waldgrave Stuart Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University. He is also director of Stanford’s interdisciplinary program in Symbolic Systems. His work lies at the intersection of the philosophy of language and the philosophy of mind, with an occasional foray into the history of philosophy. He is the author of many books and articles, including “Truth and meaning, reference and the Rational Mind,” and the forthcoming “Referring to the World.” He is hard at work on his magnum opus book long in the making called “A Natural History of Normativity,” which he reduces all things normative to something merely natural.

Josh Landy is the Andrew B. Hammond Professor of French, Professor of Comparative Literature, and co-director of the Literature and Philosophy Initiative at Stanford University. He is also director of Stanford’s Structured Liberal Education program. His research focuses on the intersection of philosophy and literature. Among many other publications, he is the author of Philosophy as Fiction: Self, Deception, and Knowledge in Proust and How to Do Things with Fictions.

Show Info

Tickets: Open Seating $20 – $35 in advance | $25 – $35 at the door
$55 & $100 reserved seating
Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 12pm & 3pm
80 minutes (each talk) |No intermission | No age limit
Please do not bring infants to the show