COVID-19: Some Characteristics and Historical Context
Season 4, Ep. 2
In the second full-length episode ofThe Grindstone's COVID-19 Series, we look at the disease itself, and put it into historical context. We begin by talking with experts about viruses in general, the ability of COVID-19 to make its way around the world so quickly, and why this only emphasizes our need to be diligent when going out into the world where physical distancing and wearing face masks is concerned, a topic we discussed through an ethical lens in the first episode.Our guests in this episode are: Dr. David Bernard, an emergency pediatrics physician in Birmingham, AL; returning guests Dr. Amy Martin, a bioethicist at IU Health, and Dr. Audrey Ruple, Assistant Professor of One Health Epidemiology at Purdue; Dr. Kevin Harrelson, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Ball State University; and PhD candidate in the Department of History at Purdue, Caitlin Fendley.Enjoy and thanks for listening!
On Trolleys, Shutdowns and Face Masks
Season 4, Ep. 1
In this, the first full-length episode of The Grindstone's COVID-19 Series, we start with some ethical questions. We start with considerations of moral dilemmas in a broader, philosophical sense. We then drill down to talk about the moral dilemma inherent in determining whether or not to shut down the economy as a response to the pandemic, and the different short- and long-term consequences this decision can, did, and will have. And is having, at the time we posted this episode. We also look at some of the potential effects of shutting down the economy on the heathcare system and the economy itself. We then end the show with considerations of the moral psychology of wearing face masks and the ethics of social distancing.Our guests in this episode are: Dr. Dan Kelly, Professor of Philosophy at Purdue; Dr. Amy Martin, a bioethicist at IU Health; Dr. Jillian Carr, Assistant Professor of Economics at Purdue; Dr. Audrey Ruple, Assistant Professor of One Health Epidemiology at Purdue; and Tom Doyle, a graduate student in the Department of Philosophy at Purdue.Enjoy and thanks for listening!
Welcome to The Grindstone COVID-19 Series
The Grindstone is releasing a COVID-19 series over the next few weeks. Today we introduce the series, which will sound quite different from our typical format, and share the story of how it came to be and how we recorded it. We also wanted to take a moment to say hello to all of you, and that we hope you all are staying healthy and safe out there.Check out the first full-length episode from our COVID-19 series this Friday afternoon, 19th June, 2020!Thanks for listening!
Andrew Cutrofello: This Quintessence of Dust, and the Hand That Writ It
Season 3, Ep. 9
We have a special bonus episode of The Grindstone today!Years ago, Matthew interviewed Dr. Andrew Cutrofello, Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University Chicago, during Dr. Cutrofello's visit to Purdue to give an Illuminations Lecture. We video recorded this interview on 21 November 2013. Consider this a basement tape, a demo of sorts. The audio is a little quiet in places as we converted it from video, and it is definitely unrehearsed, factual errors and all.Matthew and Dr. Cutrofello discuss among other topics: Shakespeare's Sonnet 71, the meta-poetics of contemporary and Shakespearean poetry, meta-references to the act of writing in Sonnet 71 and the physical act of writing poetry by hand (i.e., chirographically) vs. with the aide of technology, Hamlet as an interlocutor of philosophers, their favorite film versions of Hamlet and the range of potential and actual performances, Shakespeare in contemporary culture and contemporary culture's relation to Elizabethan culture, and the Shakespeare role they would love most to play.Dr. Cutrofello's book, All for Nothing: Hamlet's Negativity, was published by the MIT Press (2014).You can watch his Illuminations lecture, "On the Idea of Metaphysical Poetry", here.Enjoy, and thanks for listening!
The Grindstone Live: Ask a Philosopher
Season 3, Ep. 8
On Wednesday, 21 August 2019, The Grindstone set up a table in the Purdue Memorial Mall as part of the College of Liberal Arts' Celebrate Liberal Arts Week. This week was itself part of the larger "150 Years of Giant Leaps" sesquicentennial celebration of Purdue University.We asked students and other passersby what they think philosophy is, whether or not they have taken philosophy classes, and generally opened up the microphones giving people the opportunity to ask a philosopher any questions they had. This episode features some of the results of those conversations.Thanks to Drs. Daniel R. Kelly, Michael Augustin, Leonard Harris, and Morganna Lambeth, and graduate student Brandon Rdzak for their participation. And a big thank you to all of the students and other members of the campus community who stopped by that day to engage our philosophers. The end of the pod features a very special guest - a true Boilermaker icon!Special thanks to Caroline Cross, who produces and edits The Grindstone, for her tireless efforts in stitching together all of this audio!
A Quick Update from The Grindstone
Season 3, Ep. 7
This week, just a quick update from The Grindstone. We look ahead to upcoming episodes that will drop in the next couple weeks, and future content we are currently planning.Most of all we just want to say thank you for listening, and that we hope this finds you all healthy and safe.Take care of yourselves and each other!(Full episodes returning Friday, 24 April 2020.)
Richard McKirahan Lecture: An Aristotelianizing Parmenides
Season 3, Ep. 6
This episode of The Grindstone features the lecture given by Richard McKirahan (Pomona College) at Purdue University on Saturday, 27 April 2019. The lecture was given at a conference honoring the career of Dr. Patricia Curd, Professor Emerita of the Department of Philosophy at Purdue.The title of the lecture is: "An Aristotelianizing Parmenides".In this talk, Dr. McKirahan discusses the historical Parmenides' poem. In the poem itself, generally speaking, Parmenides examines being, that which is. The broader debate around the poem largely centers on fragment 8, in which a series of arguments is given for the characteristics of what is. The traditional view is that as a consequence of these arguments for what is, Parmenides is subscribing to a numerical monism, the theory that what is is one unitary thing. Here, however, Dr. McKirahan offers a different interpretation, one which he forms through Aristotle's discussion of being qua being in the Metaphysics. This Aristotelian interpretation does not preclude there being many "genuine beings," which would alleviate the burden of Parmenides' supposed numerical monism. Another outcome of Dr. McKirahan’s interpretation of the poem is that it gives us a better pathway for understanding the transition from the first part of the poem, in which Parmenides is concerned with the inquiry into what is and what makes something a genuine entity, to the second part of the poem in which Parmenides presents his cosmology.This is the fifth and final episode from the "PatFest" series. Thank you to Dr. Michael Augustin, Postdoctoral Research Associate at Purdue University and scholar of ancient philosophy, for his tireless efforts in organizing the conference and for helping us with the introductions to this series and the individual lectures. Special thank you to Caroline Cross, a Philosophy major at Purdue, for recording, editing and producing the introductions, and for putting the series together. And thanks to you all for listening!