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Open Door Philosophy

Welcome to Open Door Philosophy, hosted by current Rice University philosophy and classics major Andrew Graziano and his former philosophy teacher, Derek Parsons! We unpack big philosophical concepts in an understandable way, so be sure and stop by every other Tuesday and fill your philosophical tool box with the equipment necessary to live a good life.Open Door Philosophy on Twitter @d_parsonage or @opendoorphilOpen Door Philosophy on Instagram @opendoorphilosophyOpen Door Philosophy website at opendoorphilosophy.comContact us via email at opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com

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Ep. 40 The Ring of Gyges: What Would You Do?
What if you had a magic object, say a ring, that when used would render you invisible, allowing for you to get away with whatever you wanted? How would you use this power? For good actions, or bad? And what is good (virtue) and bad (vice) anyway? Join us as we unpack this classic thought experiment from Plato's The Republic.Open Door Philosophy on Twitter @d_parsonage or @opendoorphilOpen Door Philosophy on Instagram @opendoorphilosophyOpen Door Philosophy website at opendoorphilosophy.comContact us via email at contact@opendoorphilosophy.com 
46:31 09/20/2022
Ep. 39 The Problem of Evil - Philosophy of Religion, Part 5
If God has all the omni traits associated with theism, such as being all powerful, all knowing, and all good, how then can we square the fact that human begins, supposedly loved by God, encounter and endure so much suffering and evil? It seems like God, being all powerful, could get us out of this aspect of existence. Join us for this final episode of our introductory series on the Philosophy of Religion. Open Door Philosophy on Twitter @d_parsonage or @opendoorphilOpen Door Philosophy on Instagram @opendoorphilosophyOpen Door Philosophy website at opendoorphilosophy.comContact us via email at contact@opendoorphilosophy.com 
47:43 09/06/2022
Ep. 38 How To Be Authentic with Guest Skye Cleary
How can I live authentically in a 21st century context given all the brute facts of not only my life, but the seemingly inflexible conditions of existence? Philosopher Dr. Skye Cleary has tapped into the rich life and philosophy of French existentialist Simone de Beauvoir to offer us some answers to such questions with her new book How To Be Authentic:  Simone de Beauvoir and the Quest for Fulfillment.  Join us for this insightful interview.Contact us via email at contact@opendoorphilosophy.com Open Door Philosophy on Twitter @d_parsonage or @opendoorphilOpen Door Philosophy on Instagram @opendoorphilosophyOpen Door Philosophy website at opendoorphilosophy.com
56:11 08/23/2022
Ep. 37 Is the Universe Intelligently Designed: The Teleological Argument - Philosophy of Religion, Part 4
It seems almost intuitive that the universe and everything within is intelligently designed, but Charles Darwin's theory of Evolution By Natural Sections turned the argument on its head. Join us as we discuss the Teleological Argument, or the Argument from Design, in this latest series on topics related to the Philosophy of Religion. Open Door Philosophy on Twitter @d_parsonage or @opendoorphilOpen Door Philosophy on Instagram @opendoorphilosophyOpen Door Philosophy website at opendoorphilosophy.comContact us via email at contact@opendoorphilosophy.com 
63:10 08/09/2022
Ep. 36 The Universe Had To Begin Somehow: The Cosmological Argument - Philosophy of Religion, Part 3
This episode we look at yet another proof of God, this time one which argues that God is a necessary aspect in the creation of the universe. This is known as the Cosmological Argument and is championed by many great thinkers, including Thomas Aquinas. Also included is a riveting game of Name that Saint! This is part 3 of our series on the Philosophy of Religion.  Open Door Philosophy on Twitter @d_parsonage or @opendoorphilOpen Door Philosophy on Instagram @opendoorphilosophyOpen Door Philosophy website at opendoorphilosophy.comContact us via email at contact@opendoorphilosophy.com
64:23 07/26/2022
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00:59 07/19/2022
Ep. 35 Can Logic Alone Prove God's Existence: The Ontological Argument - Philosophy of Religion, Part 2
Many attempt to prove God's existence based on experience, but what if there were a way to prove the existence of God by using nothing but logic? Sound fishy? Anslem of Canterbury didn't think so. Join us as we look at the Ontological argument, most famously put forth by Anselm. Open Door Philosophy on Twitter @d_parsonage or @opendoorphilOpen Door Philosophy on Instagram @opendoorphilosophyOpen Door Philosophy website at opendoorphilosophy.comContact us via email at contact@opendoorphilosophy.com
57:40 07/12/2022
Ep. 34 What is God? Philosophy of Religion, Part 1
Join us for this multi-part series on the philosophy of religion. We begin with discussing the scope of this particular branch of philosophy, and then discuss what we can and cannot know about God, which include attributes such as omnipotence and omnibenevolence. We'd love to hear from you! Below are ways you can best contact the show.  Open Door Philosophy on Twitter @d_parsonage or @opendoorphil Open Door Philosophy on Instagram @opendoorphilosophy Open Door Philosophy website at opendoorphilosophy.com Contact us via email at contact@opendoorphilosophy.com
65:02 06/28/2022
Ep. 33 Thought Experiments and Their Value With Guest Helen De Cruz
What are thought experiments? What role do they play in philosophy, and how might they be helpful to us in our own lives? Join us for this special episode with guest Dr. Helen De Cruz as we discuss her latest book, Philosophy Illustrated: Forty-Two Thought Experiments To Broaden your Mind. Open Door Philosophy on Twitter @d_parsonage or @opendoorphilOpen Door Philosophy on Instagram @opendoorphilosophyOpen Door Philosophy website at opendoorphilosophy.comContact us via email at opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com
58:00 06/14/2022
Ep. 32 Philosophy as a Way of Life, Part 2
Critical of philosophy as a discipline too focused on abstract theory, French philosopher Pierre Hadot posits that ancient philosophy is meant to be an aid to living well. In this episode we provide commentary and analysis of his essay Spiritual Exercises from his book Philosophy as a Way of Life on topics such as learning to die, dialoguing, and other aspects critical to living a good life.  Open Door Philosophy on Twitter @d_parsonage or @opendoorphilOpen Door Philosophy on Instagram @opendoorphilosophyOpen Door Philosophy website at opendoorphilosophy.comContact us via email at opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com
66:04 05/31/2022
Ep. 31 Philosophy as a Way of Life, Part 1
Critical of philosophy as a discipline too focused on abstract theory, French philosopher Pierre Hadot posits that ancient philosophy is meant to be an aid to living well. In this episode we unpack his essay Spiritual Exercises from his book Philosophy as a way of life. In the following episode, we will provide commentary and analysis. Open Door Philosophy on Twitter @d_parsonage or @opendoorphil Open Door Philosophy on Instagram @opendoorphilosophy Open Door Philosophy website at opendoorphilosophy.com Contact us via email at opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com
63:38 05/17/2022
Ep. 30 Epictetus, The Slave Who Became a Stoic Master - Stoic Thinkers Part 4
Born into slavery in the first century, Epictetus founded a school of philosophy and became a stoic master. Join us for an overview of the life and philosophy of Epictetus. This is part four of our series on Stoic thinkers. Open Door Philosophy on Twitter @d_parsonage or @opendoorphil Open Door Philosophy on Instagram @opendoorphilosophy Open Door Philosophy website at opendoorphilosophy.com Contact us via email at opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com
56:23 05/03/2022
Ep. 29 Marcus Aurelius, the Stoic Emperor - Stoic Thinkers Part 3
Born in the second century, Marcus Aurelius is one of the best known philosophical thinkers and highly regarded for his book "Meditations". Join us as we review the life and philosophy of the Roman emperor and Stoic thinker Marcus Aurelius. This is part three of our series on Stoic thinkers.Open Door Philosophy on Twitter @d_parsonage or @opendoorphilOpen Door Philosophy on Instagram @opendoorphilosophyOpen Door Philosophy website at opendoorphilosophy.comContact us via email at opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com
62:17 04/19/2022
Ep. 28 Seneca and the Stoic Life - Stoic Thinkers Part 2
This episode focuses on the life and philosophy of Roman statesman and Stoic practitioner Seneca the Younger. Plus an advert to get you in the outdoor grilling frame of mind! This is part two of our series on Stoic thinkers. Open Door Philosophy on Twitter @d_parsonage or @opendoorphil Open Door Philosophy on Instagram @opendoorphilosophy Open Door Philosophy website at opendoorphilosophy.com Contact us via email at opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com
59:41 04/05/2022
Ep. 27 Introduction to Stoicism - Stoic Thinkers Part 1
The beginning of a four part series on the stoic thinkers Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius. This episode focuses on the history and central tenants of stoicism, plus a Houston Rodeo themed sponsorship!Open Door Philosophy on Twitter @d_parsonage or @opendoorphilOpen Door Philosophy on Instagram @opendoorphilosophyOpen Door Philosophy website at opendoorphilosophy.comContact us via email at opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com
56:39 03/22/2022
Ep. 26 Listener Q&A
In this episode we answer questions submitted by our listeners! Are insects worthy of moral consideration? What topics do we like to debate? Are humans inherently entitled to anything? Plus a special advert with an eye on summer, and a visit to the quote corner!Open Door Philosophy on Twitter @d_parsonage or @opendoorphilOpen Door Philosophy on Instagram @opendoorphilosophyOpen Door Philosophy website at opendoorphilosophy.comContact us via email at opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com
53:09 03/08/2022
Ep. 25 Philosophers on Consciousness With Guest Jack Symes
Jack Symes of the podcast The Panpsycast joins us to discuss his brilliant new book Philosophers on Consciousness: Talking About the Mind and have a few laughs as well. Open Door Philosophy on Twitter @d_parsonage or @opendoorphilOpen Door Philosophy on Instagram @opendoorphilosophyOpen Door Philosophy website at opendoorphilosophy.comContact us via email at opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com
54:26 02/22/2022
Ep. 24 Materialism and Panpsychism - The Mind-Body Problem Part 2
In this episode, we introduce the Mind-Body positions known as Materialism and Panpsychism, plus we acknowledge our sponsors and visit the Quote Corner! Open Door Philosophy on Twitter @d_parsonage or @opendoorphil Open Door Philosophy on Instagram @opendoorphilosophyOpen Door Philosophy website at opendoorphilosophy.comContact us via email at opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com
56:46 02/08/2022
Ep. 23 Consciousness Introduction and Dualism - The Mind-Body Problem Part 1
In this episode, Andrew and Derek introduce the topic of Consciousness or the Mind-Body Problem, discuss the position called Dualism, visit the bookshelf, and introduce new sponsors! Open Door Philosophy on Twitter @d_parsonage or @opendoorphilOpen Door Philosophy on Instagram @opendoorphilosophyOpen Door Philosophy website at opendoorphilosophy.comContact us via email at opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com
59:36 01/25/2022
Ep. 22 - Our Favorite Philosophy Books
Welcome to the final episode of season one where we discuss our favorite philosophy books!! Don't worry. We'll be back in the beginning of 2022! Until then, enjoy these book recommendations! Please check out our website at opendoorphilosophy.com where you can find more information about the show and get access to our booklist. Also, feel free to email us any questions or any quotes you want us to review on the podcast by emailing opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com You can also find us on Twitter and Instagram @opendoorphilosophy If your life is in need of some philosophy, the door is always open!
56:02 11/30/2021
Ep. 21 The Eternal Tao
"The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao." Join us this week for our first episode in Eastern philosophy about the famous work, the Tao Te Ching by Laozi. Please check out our website at opendoorphilosophy.com where you can find more information about the show and get access to our booklist. Also, feel free to email us any questions or any quotes you want us to review on the podcast by emailing opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com You can also find us on Twitter and Instagram @opendoorphilosophy If your life is in need of some philosophy, the door is always open!
63:09 11/16/2021
Ep. 20 Introduction To Transcendentalism
Emerson and Thoreau. We've all heard these names, and perhaps we've even heard of the philosophy they practiced in some way. Join us on an exploration into the philosophy of Transcendentalism!! Please check out our website at opendoorphilosophy.com where you can find more information about the show and get access to our booklist. Also, feel free to email us any questions or any quotes you want us to review on the podcast by emailing opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com You can also find us on Twitter and Instagram @opendoorphilosophy If your life is in need of some philosophy, the door is always open!
54:32 11/02/2021
Ep. 19 Problems in Philosophy with Guest Dr. Gregory Sadler
This week, we have Andrew's favorite online philosophy educator, Gregory Sadler, join us to talk about problems that come up with philosophy: misrepresentations in pop culture, how it's represented in schools, and of course, the ever present trolley problem! We're beyond excited and hope you are too! Please check out our website at opendoorphilosophy.com where you can find more information about the show and get access to our booklist. Also, feel free to email us any questions or any quotes you want us to review on the podcast by emailing opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com You can also find us on Twitter and Instagram @opendoorphilosophy If your life is in need of some philosophy, the door is always open!
73:30 10/19/2021
Ep. 18 Virtue's Path To Happiness - Ethics and Morality, Part Four
In this fourth of a four episode series, Andrew and Mr. Parsons discuss Virtue Ethics as a way to determine proper ethical and moral action. Mr. Parsons recounts a recent, personal moral quandary. Andrew has terrible allergies. 
54:51 10/05/2021
Ep. 17 Kant You Get Enough? (Duty Ethics) - Ethics and Morality, Part Three
Do we have a duty to act a certain way? Do we have a duty to ourselves and others? Kant we do this? Learn the answer to all of these questions and puns in this episode! Please check out our website at opendoorphilosophy.com where you can find more information about the show and get access to our booklist. Also, feel free to email us any questions or any quotes you want us to review on the podcast by emailing opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com You can also find us on Twitter and Instagram @opendoorphilosophy If your life is in need of some philosophy, the door is always open!
57:17 09/21/2021
Ep. 16 Calculate the Best Possible Decision with Utilitarianism - Ethics and Morality, Part Two
Have you ever wondered how you can calculate the best possible decision? For the second episode on our four-episode arc, we take a deep dive into the ethical system, Utilitarianism. We'll talk about the philosophers of Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart-Mill and their approach to how we should live the most ethical lives! Please check out our website at opendoorphilosophy.com where you can find more information about the show and get access to our booklist. Also, feel free to email us any questions or any quotes you want us to review on the podcast by emailing opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com You can also find us on Twitter and Instagram @opendoorphilosophy If your life is in need of some philosophy, the door is always open!
52:20 09/07/2021
Ep. 15 Why Morality Matters - Ethics and Morality, Part One
What is morality and why is everyone so crazy about it? Are some decisions better than others? What's the difference between ethics and morality? Join us on the first episode of our four-episode arc about morality! Please check out our website at opendoorphilosophy.com where you can find more information about the show and get access to our booklist. Also, feel free to email us any questions or any quotes you want us to review on the podcast by emailing opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com You can also find us on Twitter and Instagram @opendoorphilosophy If your life is in need of some philosophy, the door is always open!
61:03 08/24/2021
Ep. 14 Pragmatism and William James with Guest Jeffrey Howard
Do you make judgements about how to live from our personal experiences? Well, Pragmatism might be for you. For our first episode about an American philosopher, we invited Jeffrey Howard, the editor-in-chief at Erraticus, and podcast host at Damn the Absolute! to learn more about this field of philosophy. Please check out our website at opendoorphilosophy.com where you can find more information about the show and get access to our booklist. Also, feel free to email us any questions or any quotes you want us to review on the podcast by emailing opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com You can also find us on Twitter and Instagram @opendoorphilosophy If your life is in need of some philosophy, the door is always open!https://erraticus.co/
59:49 08/10/2021
Ep. 13 Kierkegaard - The Father of Existentialism
Take a "leap of faith" with us on this week's episode where we discuss Derek's trip to Copenhagen, where he visited the father of Existentialism, Soren Kierkegaard. We discuss ideas such as subjective truth, God, and, of course, the famous expression "Leap of Faith". After this episode, we promise you won't be either in fear or trembling (bad joke), unless that's your truth! Please check out our website at opendoorphilosophy.com where you can find more information about the show and get access to our booklist.Also, feel free to email us any questions or any quotes you want us to review on the podcast by emailing opendoorphilosophy@gmail.comYou can also find us on Twitter and Instagram @opendoorphilosophyIf your life is in need of some philosophy, the door is always open!
55:16 07/27/2021
Ep. 12 How To Do Philosophy
When thinking about philosophy, the question of how it is practiced is rarely discussed. If one holds, as Open Door Philosophy does, that one ought to practice philosophy in order to live well, then it seems that the question of how it is done is necessary. This week, we dive into how philosophy should be practiced. Join us for a great episode! Please check out our website at opendoorphilosophy.com where you can find more information about the show and get access to our booklist. Also, feel free to email us any questions or any quotes you want us to review on the podcast by emailing opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com You can also find us on Twitter @opendoorphil and Instagram @opendoorphilosophy If your life is in need of some philosophy, the door is always open!
58:46 07/13/2021