Philosophy

The City Podcast: The Philosophy of Sherlock Holmes

by Timothy Motte on February 9, 2015

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Did you know that even though Sherlock Holmes says he is using deductive reasoning, in actuality he is using abductive reasoning to solve his cases?

In this episode of The City, Cate MacDonald and David Gilbert talk with Dr. Phil Tallon, editor of the book, The Philosophy of Sherlock Holmes. They explore why Sherlock Holmes remains so popular, what kind of superhero he is, his hyper-imaginative ability, the ethics of killing off a fictional character, and the nature of friendship and enmity.

Featuring: Cate MacDonald, David Gilbert, Dr. Phil Tallon

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If you ever want an example of how to have a friendly discussion while strongly disagreeing, listen to this podcast.

Two Christian philosophers, Dr. Bruce Gordon and Dr. John Mark Reynolds, discuss the issue of whether Young Earth Creationism is a roadblock to faith or a viable theory of origins. They address both the literary interpretation of Genesis and the best scientific evidence we currently have.

You will learn a lot.

Featuring: Dr. John Mark Reynolds, Dr. Bruce Gordon

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The City Podcast: The History of the Unborn, pt. 1

by Timothy Motte on October 13, 2014

 

Believe it or not, Roe v. Wade was not the starting point for the debate about the status of the unborn. In some ways, the judges thought that they were putting the lid on a tired, old issue, not sparking a heated culture war.

Many in the pro-life movement seem to view the abortion debate ahistorically, as if it is only a contemporary problem that sprang up from nowhere. But there is a long story about how we got to Roe v. Wade, and it starts in the ancient world.

Dr. Anthony Joseph, history professor at HBU, teaches a course tracing this story.

Featuring: Dr. Anthony JosephDr. John Mark ReynoldsDr. Holly Ordway

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Mentioned in this podcast:

  • Not God’s Type, by Dr. Holly Ordway (disclaimer: HBU receives a small portion of the proceeds from books purchased through this link)
  • The Didache

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This podcast was recorded on location at the CiRCE Institute’s 2014 Classical Education Conference.

CiRCE president, Andrew Kern, discusses with Dr. Reynolds and Cate MacDonald what classical education is, the difference between imperial education and classical education, the principle that children are persons, the importance of challenges, the necessity of Christ, and when Socrates would run away from a discussion.

Featuring: Andrew Kern, Dr. John Mark Reynolds, Cate MacDonald

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The City Podcast: The Future of Science

by Timothy Motte on August 11, 2014

Will science always be the way it is now?

Dr. Phillip E. Johnson doesn’t think so. Dr. Johnson is considered to be the father of the Intelligent Design movement, and he has kept a close eye on the scientific community. In this episode he talks with Dr. Reynolds about some exciting new directions starting to emerge in the fields of quantum physics and information theory.

Science need not keep its materialist foundation forever. It can change and is changing. 

Featuring: Dr. Phillip E. Johnson, Dr. John Mark Reynolds, Randall Gremillion

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Mentioned in this podcast:

  • Darwin on Trial, by Dr. Phillip E. Johnson
  • Defeating Darwinism by Opening Minds, by Dr. Phillip E. Johnson
  • Signature in the Cell, by Dr. Stephen Meyer
  • Darwin’s Doubt, by Dr. Stephen Meyer

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The City Podcast: Local Politics and Social Media

by Timothy Motte on July 14, 2014

In many of the hot button issues, progressives seem to have much more coherent messaging strategies on social media. These tactics are philosophically neutral and ought to be used by both sides.

When it comes to politics, you owe it to your philosophy to study how to win.

Featuring: Rachel Motte, Dr. John Mark Reynolds

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