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Episode 44 – Slavery


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On this episode of the podcast, we revisit the topic of belief, this time focusing on the ramifications of the beliefs we hold. First, we ask ourselves why we should even attempt to arrive at truth if certainty is impossible, and examine this question in the context of how our beliefs affect others. Next, we introduce slavery as an example of the consequences that can come from false beliefs and learn why Aristotle, St. Augustine, and St. Thomas Aquinas argued in favor of it. Finally, we hear Jean Jacque Rousseau’s rebuttal to the pro-slavery philosophers and ask ourselves what practices we might be engaged in today that future generations will see as barbaric. All this and more on the latest episode of Philosophize This!

 

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Additional Stuff For Anyone Interested:

Bio of Rousseau http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/510932/Jean-Jacques-Rousseau

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy: http://www.iep.utm.edu/rousseau/

NY Times Article on Rousseau from 05: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/11/06/books/review/06schiff.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

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