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Seize the Moment Podcast

Feb 1, 2021

On episode 83, we welcome back philosopher Helen De Cruz to discuss why science fiction is a great platform for bringing complex philosophical ideas to a wide audience, the history of the belief in the afterlife and its early link to the intellectual and financial elite, Christianity’s democratizing of the hereafter, how philosophy is more about helping us become more fully human than about uncovering absolute truths, the roles of impulsivity and irrationality in dystopian literature, ethical dilemmas in the epidemics of sci-fi, and philosophy’s contribution to humans rising above their more selfish desires to lead more thoughtful lives.

Helen De Cruz is professor of philosophy and Danforth Chair in the humanities at Saint Louis University in Missouri. Her latest book, coedited with Johan De Smedt and Eric Schwitzgebel, is called Philosophy through Science Fiction Stories: Exploring the Boundaries of the Possible.

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