Philosophy Talks, With Bob And Scott, #3.

A Conversation between Robert Hanna and Scott Heftler

hilosophy Talks, With Bob And Scott is a series of conversations about fundamental philosophical ideas, problems, and topics, from A to Z.

The aim of these conversations is to move us beyond the false dichotomy between Analytic philosophy and so-called “Continental” philosophy–as if there were no other relevant alternatives: but in fact, there is at least one–toward a broadly and radically Kantian philosophy of the future.

This is the third episode.

In this episode, we discuss:

1. Embodied Minds in Action (2009) and The Mind-Body Politic (2019), both co-authored with Michelle Maiese.

2. The partially causal, formative, and normative power of social institutions for shaping our thinking, feeling, and action, for better or worse.

3. How to shape people’s thinking for the better, with sufficient respect for their human dignity, in the face of the backfire effect.

4. How to shape people’s thinking for the better, with sufficient for their human dignity, in the face of the amnesia problem.

5. The link between Logical Empiricism/Positivism and popular anti-realism.

6. How to create and cultivate sustainable group projects with “shared heart” (concordar).

7. What do Cantor’s, Gödel’s, and Tarski’s profound formal results, respectively bearing witness to transfinite numbers, incompleteness (aka the non-equivalence of truth and proof, and the inherently non-logical source of mathematical axioms), and the Liar Paradox (aka the semantic irreflexivity of truth), mean for mechanistic biology and physics?

8. Logico-mathematical incompleteness and the physico-mechanical incompleteness of quantum mechanics.

9. What drove Frege’s commitments to logical realism and logicism for arithmetic?

10. Formal piety (for mathematical logic), natural piety (for physics), the fundamental cognitive attitude of creative piety in general, and their world-historical implications for philosophy and society.



Episode 1.

Episode 2.

Philosophy Talks, With Bob And Scott–YouTube Playlist.



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