July 21st, 2020 | 1 hr 28 mins
frankfurt, free will, fuck, pain
David and Tamler want to go old school and discuss a classic Frankfurt paper on free will. But do they want to want that?
Are they free to want
what they want to want?
Are they free to will what they want to will
or to have the will they want?
And if that’s not Dr. Seuss enough for you, shouting “FUCK” increases pain tolerance but what about shouting “TWIZPIPE”?
November 14th, 2017 | 1 hr 24 mins
blame, free will, moral luck, moral responsibility, mortal questions, thomas nagel
David and Tamler dip back into the Thomas Nagel well, and discuss the problem of "moral luck." Why do we blame drunk drivers who hit someone more than drunk drivers who make it home OK? Why do we judge people for things that are beyond their control (when we have strong intuitions that uncontrollable acts don't deserve blame)? Does moral luck ultimately swallow all of our behavior? Can we truly embrace the view that "actions are events and people are things" or are we stuck with another unsolvable clash of competing perspectives (just like the problem of absurdity)?
Plus, Dave exposes himself on the Partially Examined Life, Tamler self-censors, and somehow we discuss Hollywood harassment and stand-up comedy without mentioning Louis CK. (But only because we recorded this episode about five hours before the NY Times story broke.)