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Knowledge, Reality, Truth, Morality … Sophia is a show where we talk interesting people to explore the rich universe of philosophical investigation and inquiry.

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Latest Episodes…

  1. A Sunny Nihilism? (w/ Wendy Syfret and Kevin Currie-Knight)

    Kevin Currie-Knight (East Carolina University) chats with Wendy Syfret (VICE Asia) about her new book The Sunny Nihilist: How a Meaningless Life Can Make You Truly Happy. They talk about such things as why the modern world relentlessly seeks meaning in everything, whether nihilism is a viable or liberating response, ...


  2. Assessing Richard Hanania's Conservatism

    In this episode, Robert Gressis (philosophy, California State University, Northridge) and David Leitch (political science, California State University, Northridge) discuss the work of aspiring conservative public intellectual, Richard Hanania. 01:01 - Let’s talk about sex, baby!04:44 - Hanania’s master idea—give the right a policy program.15:57 - Wokeness and civil ...


  3. The (Im)Possibility of Discussion on Social Media (w/ Sheena Mason and Kevin Currie-Knight)

    Sheena Mason (SUNY Oneonta) and Kevin Currie-Knight dialogue about the perils and promises of discussion on social media. (Sheena is more optimistic about the potential than Kevin is.) Along the way, they talk about perspectives on truth and whether humans are capable of getting it in an objective way, the ...


  4. Growing Up Metal and Grunge

    EA's own Kevin Currie-Knight and I discuss our respective essays, Growing up Metal and Growing up Grunge. We talk about the appeal of heavy music and different conceptions of masculinity, the differences between early and late Gen Xers, growing up in the 1970's and '80's, authenticity, and much ...


  5. A Discussion with Michael Grenke on Lise van Boxel's "Warspeak: Nietzsche's Victory over Nihilism"

    00:35 About Lise van Boxel and St. John’s College 06:00 Nietzsche and Nihilism 12:50 The Good, the Transcendent, and Nihilism 19:00 Philosophy as Genealogy 29:30 On the concept of “Warspeak” 41:00 On the question of Authority and authorities 47:00 Nietzsche and Hume 51:00 What is distinctive about van Boxel’s take ...