PUBLIC PHILOSOPHY

Philosophy gives us an opportunity to rediscover our intellectual curiosity, especially when applied to questions not traditionally considered 'philosophy'. I think the value of philosophy, and in its study, lies in its demand that we ask questions, and that we refuse to settle for easy answers. Unfortunately, philosophy has become more and more removed from the public sphere.

My work in public philosophy aims to change that. I want to rekindle our desire to ask even the simplest and silliest of questions. For instance, questions like: is the sky really blue?, or do I actually exist? The podcasts I wrote for the Texas Humanities Project address many such questions.

One of my major goals is to bring philosophy to groups who lack access to it. With this goal in mind, I founded Corrupt the Youth - a philosophy outreach program that works with high school students in under-resourced schools. 

I have also written pieces about pre-college philosophy programs, and on the lack of diversity in philosophy.

PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

The Public Life of the Mind, ​May 2020
Examining Ethics Podcast, ​October 2018
Blog of the APA, January 2018
Times Higher Education, ​September 2016

You Didn't Start the Fire

This episode asks: how do you know what you know?

Corrupt the Youth

This episode explores why Ben Franklin so admired Socrates.

Thought Experiments

This episode questions just what philosophy is really good for.

The Battle of the Sexes

This episode explores the social construction of gender and the myth of objectivity.

Color Concepts

This episode might make you question whether the sky is really blue.

The Black Man's Cogito

This episode explores why who we are matters to how we approach our work.

PODCAST EPISODES

Briana Toole   |   btoole@cmc.edu   |   888 N Columbia Ave, Claremont, CA 91711