Generous Questions

Asking philosophers what they're up to, and then asking them to explain it some more.

About the show

A podcast about philosophy that's made in the Department of Philosophy at Queen's University Belfast. Joe Morrison asks colleagues, students and visiting academics a bunch of questions about the ideas that they're exploring.

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  • Episode 8: Susan Notess: Listening, silencing, gaslighting and honesty

    April 21st, 2020  |  1 hr 17 mins
    ethics, listening, silencing, susan notess

    Susan Notess is finishing up a PhD at the University of Durham on the philosophy and ethics of listening. We talked about what it means to listen, what silencing does to participants in a conversation, our obligations to listen, 'listening exercises', and much much more.

  • Episode 7: Clare Moriarty – Berkeley, Mathematics, Trolling and Tarwater

    February 3rd, 2020  |  51 mins 58 secs
    berkeley, clare moriarty, idealism, philosophy of mathematics, professional philosophising

    Come and meet Dr Clare Moriarty, she’s an expert on George Berkeley’s philosophy of mathematics. We talk about: what it’s like to have precarious employment in universities; the nature of working on a subject which overlaps with several disciplines at once; Berkeley's views on calculus, whether Berkeley was a professional troll, and why he was so hung up about tarwater.

  • Episode 6: Aoife – Icelandic Sagas and moral philosophy

    August 30th, 2019  |  1 hr 2 mins
    aoife, ethics, icelandic sagas, morality, student, virtue ethics

    Aoife's been reading Icelandic sagas and trying to work out how to make philosophical sense of all the promising and killing and revenge and drama. So we talk about it!

  • Episode 5: Rupert – Ethical Egoism

    August 23rd, 2019  |  24 mins 46 secs
    ethical egoism, ethics, rupert, student

    A chance to meet another QUB philosophy student: I spoke with Rupert, who was in the process of finishing a project DEFENDING ethical egoism, a position which says that a person is morally obliged to do all and only those actions which are in their own self-interest. A moral principle that says: do whatever's good for YOU!

  • Episode 4: Aine – Pyrrhonic Scepticism

    August 16th, 2019  |  21 mins 59 secs
    aine, epistemology, scepticism, student

    An episode with a QUB Philosophy student, Aine, who has been writing a research project in epistemology. We talk about knowledge and scepticism (or skepticism), about dogmatically-held-beliefs and the tranquility of not having having any beliefs.

  • Episode 3: Nancy Jecker – the chronically ill, the newly deceased

    August 9th, 2019  |  28 mins 38 secs
    bioethics, chronic illness, ethics, medical ethics, nancy jecker

    I spoke to Professor Nancy Jecker from the University of Washington and about her interests on the ethics of chronic illness, about itai hoteru ('corpse hotels'), about the narrative conception of the self, and about how people in universities use their academic titles.

  • Episode 2: Jonathan Webber – Freedom and Morality

    August 2nd, 2019  |  39 mins 50 secs
    existentialism, jonathan webber

    Part 2 of an interview with Jonathan Webber, professor of philosophy at the University of Cardiff. We talk about existentialism, freedom, ethical action, and I also asked him about the process of writing his book, Rethinking Existentialism (2018, OUP), the current zeitgeist for existentialism (as well as the return of essentialist ideas among public/popular intellectuals).

  • Episode 1: Jonathan Webber – projects and choices

    July 12th, 2019  |  38 mins 24 secs
    existentialism, jonathan webber

    Jonathan Webber has published a book, Rethinking Existentialism (2018, OUP), and it's great, so I asked him some questions all about it and about existentialism.