Ep: 4b Virtue and Knowledge.

In this episode we have invited our colleague and philosopher Dan Deen to discuss basic issues about how we know what we think we know (it sounds trickier than it actually is). We talk about this insofar as it means something to us when we think about questions that matter. Professor Deen is finishing his PhD in philosophy under philosopher Michael Ruse at Florida State University. This episode was recorded on the very first day of our venture into the podcast world (you'll notice us call this episode 2. We recorded this right after our episode on Evil.) There are a lot of names and words in this podcast, but fear not! Both Dans and Jeff make special care to define and clarify what the heck "epistemology" is and why it really matters and we have some links for you at the bottom of this page. Ultimately, the discussion turns to why most debates about theology and science are fruitless and how intelligent people, people of faith and people of no religious tradition, can best discuss life's significant question(s). Below you will find a number of links to the various books and the youtube clip we discuss. 

YouTube: The Origins of Life Debate: Ruse and Rana, Michael Ruse: Can A Darwinian be A ChristianScience and Spirituality Alvin Plantinga: Where The Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, NaturalismScience and Religion, Are They Compatible? C.S. Lewis: The Abolition of Man, Thomas Kuhn: The Structure of Scientific Revolutions The Flaming Lips: Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots, Arcade Fire: Neon Bible, Delta Spirit: Running (From the Walking Dead Soundtrack)

The good professor Deen has also suggested the following links

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Virtue Epistemology: http://www.iep.utm.edu/virtueep/


Clifford, William K. (1877), “The Ethics of Belief”


James, William. (1896), “The Will to Believe”



DePaul, M. & Zagzebksi, L. (2003) (eds.), Intellectual Virtue: Perspectives from Ethics and Epistemology (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

Zagzebski, L. (1998), Virtues of the Mind: An Inquiry into the Nature of Virtue and the Ethical Foundations of Knowledge (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).