Tariq Ramadan: Islam, Identity, and Globalization

Tariq Ramadan

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Oxford University Professor Tariq Ramadan for a discussion of his new book, "What I Believe." Reflecting on the formative experiences of his life, Professor Ramadan traces the influence of his family, his education in Western philosophy and Islamic studies, and the impact of his different careers including high school principal, philosopher, and Islamic scholar. He explains what it means to be a religious reformer and characterizes his work as a bridge builder between the Islamic world and the West. Articulating his...

T.M. Scanlon: Freedom of Expression, Tolerance, and Human Rights

T.M. Scanlon

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Harvard philosophy professor T.M. Scanlon for a discussion of freedom of expression, tolerance, and human rights.

Key Words: Freedom of Expression, Privacy, Berkeley Graduate Lecturers, Principles.

Joseph Tussman: Education and Citizenship

Joseph Tussman

Philosopher and education theorist Joseph Tussman talks about the nature of learning, teaching, and political discourse. Series: Conversations with History.

KEYWORDS: Political Discourse

Stanley Cavell: A Philosopher Goes to the Movies

Stanley Cavell

On this episode on Conversations with History, Stanley Cavell, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Harvard University, joins UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler to talk about his life as a philosopher and his passion for movies.

Key Words: Philosophers, Movies, Film, Berkeley Graduate Lecturers, RIP

Seyla Benhabib: Philosophic Iterations, Cosmopolitanism, and the 'Right to Rights'

Seyla Benhabib

Yale political theorist Seyla Benhabib is UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler's guest in a discussion of how political theory can further our understanding of globalization and its impact on the struggle for human rights.

Key Words: Theory, Human Rights, Cosmopolitanism, Globalization, Philosophers, International Law, Identity, Women Trailblazers, Political Scientists

Samuel Scheffler: Valuing

Samuel Scheffler

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Samuel Scheffler, University Professor, New York University, for a discussion of philosophical inquiry. Scheffler discusses his work on valuing with particular attention to his essays on terrorism, immigration, and his Tanner lectures on the implications of an afterlife in which humanity would cease to exist.

Key Words: Philosophers, Berkeley Faculty, Principles

Philip Pettit: Freedom

Philip Pettit

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Professor Philip Pettit, of Princeton University and the Australian National University, for a discussion of his book, Just Freedom, A Moral Compass for a Complex World-. After tracing his intellectual journey, Professor Pettit outlines his theory of freedom. He also discusses the problem of theory and practice and his experiences with the Spanish government under Prime Minister Zapatero where his theory of civic republicanism became a guide-post for the implementation of policy.

Key Words: Philosophers, Principles

Peter Singer: Philosophy and Activism

Peter Singer

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Princeton philosopher Peter Singer for a discussion of utilitarianism and its implications for ethical conduct and social change. The conversation focuses on Singer's contribution to the public discourse on animal rights, poverty, and bioethics.

Key Words: Philosophers, Animal Rights

John Shattuck: Diplomacy and the Shaping of a Human Rights Agenda

John Shattuck

UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler welcomes John Shattuck, Chief Executive Officer, Kennedy Library Foundation, for a discussion of his career and work in the area of civil liberties and human rights.

Key Words: Law, International Law, Human Rights, U.S. Presidents

John R. Searle: Philosophy and the Habits of Critical Thinking

John R. Searle

Conversations with History and Host Harry Kreisler welcome UC Berkeley Professor of Philosophy John R. Searle who talks about the work of a philosopher, critical thinking, and lessons of the Free Speech Movement.

Key Words: Philosophers, Brain, Consciousness, Theory, Humans and Machines, Berkeley Faculty, Scientific Inquiry