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Naked Humanity

By Stefani Ruper

Existentialist philosophers such as Albert Camus and Hannah Arendt once said the modern world has rendered us naked: we are stripped of traditional beliefs, grasping for truths constantly out of reach, awash in late stage capitalist consumerist frenzies, and devastatingly aware of our own, ugly limitations. It's frankly kind of awful, but also beautiful at the same time? My (I'm Stefani, I have a PhD in philosophy and religion from the University of Oxford, hello) life's work is understanding what this nakedness has done to us. Who are we? Who COULD we be? For Season I of this podcast (episodes 1-73) I ask historians, psychologists, sociologists, and biologists: what does it mean to be human in the modern world? Season II will debut in 2021 and will focus on my own solution to the problem of our modern existential crises, which will be epic.

  1. 1.
    Finding Meaning in Coronavirus03/23/2020
    23:43
  2. 2.
    What Makes Things Funny? with Alex Farrow03/09/2020
    59:46
  3. 3.
    If I were Emperor for a Day...03/02/2020
    15:19
  4. 4.
    The Lost Art of Logic with Steve Patterson02/24/2020
    45:34
  5. 5.
    Living Outside the Philosophical Box02/17/2020
    15:26
  6. 6.
    The State of Philosophy Today with John Perry02/10/2020
    52:47
  7. 7.
    Intersectionality: Truth vs. Misconceptions02/03/2020
    25:09
  8. 8.
    Yoga in the West: Scam or Sacred Practice? with David Garrigues01/27/2020
    46:53
  1. 9.
    Why You Think You're Right but Probably Aren't01/23/2020
    16:19
  2. 10.
    Using Feminism to Question Society and Yourself with Hannah McGregor01/20/2020
    1:01:42
  3. 11.
    4 Steps to Overcome Alienation and Nihilism01/16/2020
    19:39
  4. 12.
    Using Empathy to Improve yourself and the World with Daryl Cameron01/13/2020
    52:20
  5. 13.
    Can Multiple Religions be True?01/09/2020
    21:25
  6. 14.
    Making Meaning Before you Die with Jessie Dezutter01/06/2020
    50:48
  7. 15.
    Pros and Cons of Eckhart Tolle & Other Spiritual Gurus12/19/2019
    14:17
  8. 16.
    Nietzsche, the Death of God, and Donald Trump with Hugo Drochon12/16/2019
    52:28
  9. 17.
    Why You Shouldn't Rely Only on Reason12/12/2019
    20:41
  10. 18.
    Are Robots the Next Gods? with Dr. Beth Singler12/09/2019
    55:26
  11. 19.
    Philosophical Perspective on Slut Shaming12/05/2019
    17:18
  12. 20.
    The Compatibility of Christianity and Science with Tom McLeish12/02/2019
    54:04
  13. 21.
    What You Need to Know about Postmodernism11/21/2019
    19:25
  14. 22.
    Philosophical Answers to the Meaning of Life with Iddo Landau11/18/2019
    49:40
  15. 23.
    The Insignificance of Humanity11/11/2019
    20:21
  16. 24.
    Our Untold and Uncomfortable Histories with the Uncomfortable Oxford Project11/04/2019
    58:58
  17. 25.
    How Healthy are Your Coping Mechanisms?10/31/2019
    19:01
  18. 26.
    The Nuance you Miss in Political Opponents with Feminist Libertarian Cathy Reisenwitz10/28/2019
    51:33
  19. 27.
    What Everyone gets Wrong about Political Differences10/24/2019
    15:38
  20. 28.
    Religions are Often Bad for the Environment: Here's Why, with Bron Taylor10/21/2019
    53:04
  21. 29.
    Why so many People Struggle with Purpose10/17/2019
    13:11
  22. 30.
    How Marketing Shapes our World with Kaila Tova10/14/2019
    55:38
  23. 31.
    Is Life Worth Living?10/10/2019
    18:35
  24. 32.
    The Historical Era that Made us Who We Are with Brad Gregory10/07/2019
    58:24
  25. 33.
    Why Trying to be Happy Makes you Sad10/03/2019
    16:44
  26. 34.
    The Religious Causes of Violence with Mark Juergensmeyer09/30/2019
    51:18
  27. 35.
    Why You Should Care about String Theory with Tasneem Zehra Husain09/16/2019
    1:01:49
  28. 36.
    The Busyness Epidemic09/12/2019
    14:54
  29. 37.
    Trusting Strangers: Why it Matters and How it can be Created and Destroyed with Peter Thisted Dinesen09/09/2019
    55:08
  30. 38.
    How to Quit Religion09/05/2019
    20:49
  31. 39.
    Exclusion in Academic Publishing: A Rant08/29/2019
    54:10
  32. 40.
    Why We Don't Care about the Environment with Siobhan Senier08/26/2019
    54:10
  33. 41.
    35: Why Spirituality Needs Science with Ursula Goodenough08/19/2019
    58:03
  34. 42.
    34x: The Philosophy of Power08/15/2019
    15:16
  35. 43.
    34: The New Spirituality of the 21st Century with Linda Woodhead08/12/2019
    58:32
  36. 44.
    33x: The Importance of Suffering08/08/2019
    17:06
  37. 45.
    33: The Neuroscience of Belief, Identity, and Consciousness with Jonas Kaplan08/05/2019
    53:45
  38. 46.
    32x: The Loneliest Society08/01/2019
    19:13
  39. 47.
    32: The Epidemic of Loneliness with Eiluned Pearce07/29/2019
    1:05:09
  40. 48.
    31x: Is Capitalism Racist? & Other Myths07/25/2019
    18:35
  41. 49.
    31: How Americans make Work Religious with James Dennis LoRusso07/22/2019
    50:14
  42. 50.
    30x: 5 Myths about Religion07/18/2019
    18:25
  43. 51.
    30: Women, Religion, and Sex Abuse Scandals with Dr. Erin Bartram07/15/2019
    53:11
  44. 52.
    29x: The Big Myth About Social Media05/16/2019
    16:58
  45. 53.
    29: Does the Internet Make Life Worse? with Dr. Chris Burr05/13/2019
    54:58
  46. 54.
    28x: Philosophy Has Died: Who Killed It?05/09/2019
    16:08
  47. 55.
    28: Individualism vs Identity Politics with Amod Lele05/06/2019
    47:49
  48. 56.
    27x: Why Fear Strangles the 21st Century05/02/2019
    20:17
  49. 57.
    27: The Subconscious Impact of Language with Samantha Morse04/29/2019
    59:04
  50. 58.
    26x: Americans Increasingly Distrust Science: Here's Why04/25/2019
    19:55
  51. 59.
    26: How Science Can Save Democracy with Harry Collins04/22/2019
    53:41
  52. 60.
    25x: Why Do We Believe What We Believe?04/18/2019
    18:20
  53. 61.
    25: Why Do We Believe in Gods? with Connor Wood04/15/2019
    1:06:13
  54. 62.
    24x: The Type of Self-Esteem that Can Save the World04/10/2019
    16:53
  55. 63.
    24: How Death Affects Everything You Do with Sheldon Solomon04/08/2019
    45:26
  56. 64.
    23x: Are We Morally Obligated to Help Others?04/04/2019
    18:32
  57. 65.
    23: A Religion of Nature with Donald Crosby04/01/2019
    44:24
  58. 66.
    22x: The Spirituality of Nature03/28/2019
    21:43
  59. 67.
    22: Why are We so Nihilistic? with Donald Crosby03/25/2019
    55:05
  60. 68.
    21x: How Much do you Need Certainty? The NFC Scale03/21/2019
    14:02
  61. 69.
    21: Extremism in the Modern World with Arie Kruglanski03/18/2019
    56:56
  62. 70.
    20x: How Uncertainty is Killing Us03/14/2019
    15:26
  63. 71.
    20: The Problem with an All-Powerful God with Michael Hogue03/11/2019
    52:57
  64. 72.
    19x: Homo Salvificus: The Species that's Dying to be Saved03/07/2019
    16:54
  65. 73.
    19: Capitalism, Race, and the Resurrection of Tupac Shakur with James Hill Jr.03/04/2019
    54:30
  66. 74.
    18x: The Problem with Political Correctness02/14/2019
    16:03
  67. 75.
    18: Free Speech and WINNING in the Age of Trump with Finbarr Curtis02/11/2019
    54:29
  68. 76.
    17x: Do you have a Purpose?02/07/2019
    15:37
  69. 77.
    17: Can Contemplative Practice Change the World?02/04/2019
    50:00
  70. 78.
    16x: Narcissism and Social Media01/31/2019
    19:28
  71. 79.
    16: The Toxic Whiteness of Western Religion with Christopher Driscoll01/27/2019
    56:32
  72. 80.
    15x: Mystery in Christian History01/24/2019
    20:33
  73. 81.
    15: Science as an Unending Quest with Marcelo Gleiser01/21/2019
    49:39
  74. 82.
    14x: How Human Nature Changes over Time01/17/2019
    22:30
  75. 83.
    14: Will Technology Make us Less Human? with Joseph Fisher01/14/2019
    52:28
  76. 84.
    13x: Is Atheism a Religion?01/10/2019
    19:13
  77. 85.
    13: Toxic Atheism in America Today with Caroline Matas01/07/2019
    51:54
  78. 86.
    12x: Stefani's Year of Celibacy01/03/2019
    18:06
  79. 87.
    12: Trauma in Evangelical Communities with Tyler Tully12/30/2018
    50:32
  80. 88.
    11: The Political History of Christmas12/23/2018
    21:52
  81. 89.
    10x: Lessons in Happiness from the East12/22/2018
    18:53
  82. 90.
    10: The Self: West vs East with Mari Ovsepyan12/22/2018
    42:10
  83. 91.
    9x: Solving Nature vs Nurture12/13/2018
    20:12
  84. 92.
    9: The Mystery of the Brain with Nat Barrett12/10/2018
    1:00:43
  85. 93.
    8x: How Racist Are You?12/06/2018
    19:09
  86. 94.
    8: Putting Bias in its Place with Steph Sasse12/03/2018
    58:32
  87. 95.
    7x: The Dark Side of Science11/28/2018
    19:45
  88. 96.
    7: Scientific Epistemology and Ignorance with Stuart Firestein11/25/2018
    56:53
  89. 97.
    6x: Losing Faith with Grace11/21/2018
    16:33
  90. 98.
    6: Spirituality without Religion with Eric Steinhart11/18/2018
    1:02:23
  91. 99.
    5x: Sources of Wonder11/14/2018
    12:59
  92. 100.
    5: Wonder in a Scientific World with Lisa Sideris11/11/2018
    58:02
  93. 101.
    4x: How Religion was Created11/07/2018
    17:13
  94. 102.
    4: Does Religion Exist? with Brent Nongbri10/30/2018
    53:23
  95. 103.
    3: What's in it for you?10/29/2018
    25:15
  96. 104.
    2: Why We Need this Podcast10/29/2018
    24:27
  97. 105.
    1: Stefani's Story10/26/2018
    13:41

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