Recorded Interviews, Lectures and Podcasts featuring Department of Philosophy Faculty

As the above picture makes clear, microphones were a bit larger back when Bertrand Russell, some years after resigning from the faculty of the University of Chicago, presented his lecture on Authority and the Individual on a BBC broadcast in 1949. Below you will find a selection of interviews, lectures and podcasts, some recorded in Chicago, most recorded elsewhere, featuring members of the current faculty of the Philosophy Department of the University of Chicago.


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Interviews and Lectures, many outside the University of Chicago



Jason Bridges

Discussant at Anscombe's Intention Conference, April 24, 2009 - Listen

Jason Bridges discusses contextualism on the June 2010 episode of Elucidations.


Agnes Callard

"on the reason to be angry forever" - Lunchtime talk at the Franke Institute, April 14, 2010 - Listen

Agnes Callard discusses desire and satisfaction on the July 2009 episode of Elucidations.

Discussant at Anscombe's Intention Conference, April 24, 2009 - Listen



Ted Cohen

"Metaphor and Ambiguity: Two for the Price of One" at Humanities Day at the University of Chicago - View

Introduction to Josef Stern's talk at the Franke Institute: “The Unbinding of Isaac: Maimonides on Genesis 22 (The Aqedah)” May 5, 2010 - View

Ted Cohen discusses metaphor on the March 2010 episode of Elucidations.

"The Motive for Metaphor" - Roundtable discussion on March 1, 2008, with Ted Cohen, Paul Fry, Susan Stewart, Frederick Turner, Rosanna Warren. - View


James Conant

James Conant and Cora Diamond, "The Subliming of the Object of Philosophical Investigation", from the 5th Ludwig Wittgenstein Summer School, on the topic of Wittgenstein's Conception of Philosophy: Philosophical Investigations, Sections 93 - 133, August 6, 2013, Kirchberg am Wechsel, Austria - Link

James Conant, "Alexander von Humboldt Award Recipient Profile" - Link

James Conant, "The Invisibility of Directorial Perfection," at the CCT MFS Film & Philosophy, University of Chicago, January 2017 Link

James Conant, "Witgenstein's Methods," at the 4rth BWS Annual Conference, Gregynog, Wales July 16-17, 2011 Link

James Conant and Konrad Lindner, "Thomas S. Kuhn: Die Struktur wissenschaftlicher Revolutionen" on the German radio show SWR2 Wissen, May 9, 2016 Link

James Conant, with Robert J. Richards, and Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer, "On Doubt," at the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. May 5, 2016. Link

James Conant and Cora Diamond co-taught the 7th Ludwig Wittgenstein Summer School from the 5th to the 8th of August, 2015 in Kirchberg am Wechsel in Lower Austria. Recordings of the summer school can be accessed here

James Conant, "Some Socratic Aspects of Wittgenstein," St. John's College in Santa Fe, May 1, 2015. Link

James Conant, "Matter and Form: Two Ways of Distinguishing Varieties of Skepticism", University of Bonn, Wednesday, November 26, 2014. (YouTube) - Link

James Conant, "Thomas Kuhn on the Difference between Puzzles and Problems", Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Sunday, November 23, 2014. (video) Link

James Conant and Jay Elliott discuss the analytic tradition on Elucidations, the Department's podcast series. Oct. 16, 2014. Link

"Die Unsichtbarkeit einer perfekten Regie" James Conant: über Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, USA 1960) (video and audio). July 16th, 2014. Link

"Early and Later Wittgenstein on the Ordinary, on Language, and on Ordinary Language", Amhurst College March 27, 2014 - Link

Jim Conant, "Benjamin on the Nature of the Cinematic Medium”. Talk at the Benjamin as Philosopher Conference, The University of Chicago, February 16, 2014 Link

James Conant and Cora Diamond co-taught the 5th Ludwig Wittgenstein Summerschool from the 7th to the 10th of August 2013 in Kirchberg am Wechsel in Lower Austria. Recordings of the Kirchberg summer school can be accessed by clicking here.

James Conant, "Kant's Dove and Wittgenstein's Ice-walker," from the 5th Wittgenstein Summerschool, in August 2013. Link

“Das exemplarische bei Emerson und Nietzsche”, A lecture at the Nietzsche-Forum München, June 3, 2013 (Greeting and Introduction; Lecture; Q&A)

Jim Conant and others, “Wie man wird, was man ist: Vom Wert der Persönlichkeit”, A Radio interview with Nikolaus Halmer on ORF radio, January 8, 2013 (in German) Link

(2011) Nietzsche's Critique of the Layer-Cake Conception of Human Mindedness - Lecture in Bergen 2011, Sep. 21 Link

Videos of James Conant and Arnold Davidson, along with others, speaking at the Humanities Center at Harvard, on Oct. 14, 2010 at an event, celebrating the publication of Stanley Cavell's autobiography, Little Did I Know. - Link

(2009) Thomas Kuhn on the Difference Between a Puzzle and a Problem - Lecture in Bergen 2009, Sep. 10 Link

Philosophy as History or System - Emptiness or Blindness? Lecture in Bergen, Norway, Aug 27, 2009. Link

Discussing Wittgenstein on a show titled "Showing the Fly the Way Out" on German Radio SWR2 on June 9th, 2008 - Listen

"John McDowell's Kant" lecture given on September 19, 2005, University of Bergen - Listen

"Family Resemblance, Composite Photography, and Unity of Concept: Goethe, Galton, Wittgenstein" lecture given on September 15, 2005, University of Bergen - Abstract or Listen

Varieties of Skepticism, a series of lectures given in August-September, 2005 at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Bergen, Norway - Link

"The Alleged Heresy of Mono-Wittgensteinianism," lecture given on June 2, 2005 at Wittgenstein, Philosophy and Language conference in Skjolden, Norway - Listen

Gretchen Helfridge with James Conant and Robert Richards, "Science and Aesthetics" on WBEZ's "Odyssey", January 3, 2003 - .mp4 files

Gretchen Helfridge with James Conant and Arthur Danto, "After Beauty", on WBEZ's "Odyssey", 2003 - .mp4files

Gretchen Helfridge with James Conant, Hilary Putnam, Richard Rortey, " What is Pragmatism", WBEZ "Odyssey", 24 April 2002 - .mp4 files

"The continuity of Wittgenstein's philosophy: why worry about the Tractatus?" lecture given on December 15, 2001, University of Bergen - Abstract or Listen


Arnold Davidson
Arnold I. Davidson pronounces the "laudatio" for the conferring of an honorary degree on Hilary Putnam by the Università Ca' Foscari Venezia. The video includes Putnam's "lezione magistrale". Video (8:10)

Arnold Davidson gave a one hour radio interview on France Culture for the program Les Nouveaux Chemins de la Connaissance.  The topic was "L'émergence de la sexualité selon Michel Foucault", May 31, 2012. - Link

Arnold Davidson, January 13, 2012 discusses "Foucault and the Courage of Truth" for materiali foucaultiani - Link to videos

Arnold Davidson discusses "Improvisation" with Vijay Iyer, Composer and Jazz Pianist, and Experimental Music Scholar George Lewis in Concert at Wellesley College (Youtube, disucssion begins at 36:37) - Link

Videos of James Conant and Arnold Davidson, along with others, speaking at the Humanities Center at Harvard, on Oct. 14, 2010 at an event, celebrating the publication of Stanley Cavell's autobiography, Little Did I Know. - Link

Arnold Davidson's collaboration with George Lewis: Improvisation as a Way of Life, Autumn 2010 - Link

“In Praise of Counter-Conduct” at the Foucoult Across the Disciplines Conference, University of California, Santa Cruz, March 2, 2008 - Listen

"Talking back book cover" for La vacanza morale del fascismo: Intorno a Primo Levi (in Italian) - Video

David Finklestein

Gretchen Helfridge with David Finklestein, "Language and Thought" on WBEZ's "Odyssey", 2004 - .mp4 files



Michael Kremer

"Thomas Acquinas on God and Evil" (video with Brian Davies, Fordham University and Denys Turner, Yale University) Lumen Christi Institute, April 11, 2012 - Link



Ben Laurence
How Can Justice Be Served in Jon Burge Trial? What would constitute justice in this case? The impact of the Burge case – from the status of those wrongfully convicted to the breach of trust between police and the communities they are upheld to serve and protect is explored on Chicago Public Radio's Eight Forty-Eight series, May 25, 2010 - Listen



Jonathan Lear

"On Point: the case for irony" - On Point with Tom Ashbrook, December 5, 2011 - Link

Transcript and audio of ABC Radio (Australia) interview, January 31, 2009

The Life And Times Of Freud (Talk of the Nation on NPR), October 13, 1998 - Listen


Raoul Moati

Lectures at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris - Link






Martha Nussbaum

Martha Nussbaum: "The New Religious Intolerance" April 24, 2012, the Diane Rehm Show

" Nussbaum proposes a new way of assessing national well-being" - May 4, 2011 - Eight Forty-Eight on WBEZ Radio - Link

Legally Speaking: Martha Nussbaum, University of California Television, 11/14/2011 - Link

"In-Depth: C-Span Book TV" June 10, 2010 - Video Link

Scenes from The Beaux' Stratagem and Mrs Warren's Profession during the Conference on Gender, Law, and the British Novel May 14-15, 2010 Video Link

Video: Martha Nussbaum, "Same-Sex Marriage and the Constitution" The University of Chicago Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Alumni Group Lecture, October 22, 2009. - Link

Martha Nussbaum discusses sexuality and the law on the October 2009 episode of Elucidations.

University of School Law School Faculty Podcast: Judge Diane Wood and Martha Nussbaum discussion "Constitutions and Capabilities" Feb. 2, 2009

"From Disgust to Humanity: Sexual Orientation and Constitutional Law," October 30, 2008, as part of the Law School's Diversity Week, and sponsored by Outlaw

2008 Nora and Edward Ryerson Lecture.May 14, 2008 - Link

The Real Clash of Civilizations: Democracy, Religious Violence, and the Case of India” December 3, 2007, Yale Law School

100th Episode, Original Airdate 8/29/2006, Philosophy Talk

“People as Fictions: Proust and the Ladder of Love” at the Erotikon Symposium

Video, March 2001


Robert Pippin

  • Robert Pippin stopped by the office of Critical Inquiry recently to discuss his forthcoming essay, "Psychology Degree Zero? The Representation of Action in the Films of the Dardenne Brothers" (Critical Inquiry 41 [Summer 2015]) (Vimeo). - Link

"Critical Theory as Political Philosophy? Reflections on Honneth and Hegelianism", March 18, 2014 at the Clough Center - Vimeo

Discussion by Robert Pippin of his Westerns book; American Philosophical Association, San Diego, April 19, 2014 - Youtube

The Significance Of Self-Consciousness in Idealist Theories Of Logic, 27 January 2014, University of London, The Aristotelian Society - Audio and pages

Robert Pippin spoke at Wright College on "Portrait of a Lady by Henry James" in January, 2013 - Youtube

On March 14, 2011, Omair Hussain publicly interviewed Robert Pippin, on behalf of Platypus, at an event titled On the Possibility of What Isn’t at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. "After Hegel: An interview with Robert Pippin" - Link

Sternstunde Philosophie vom 03.10.2010 (in German) - Video Link

Discussing Jean-Pierre Dupuy's talk, Interview by Natacha Ruck, Stanford Storytelling Project, January 2010 - Link

"Fate and Film Noir: Some Filmic Philosophy in Out of the Past", Film and Philosophy Conference, January 2010 - Link

2004 Ryerson Lecture: Robert Pippin: “Bourgeois Philosophy? On the Problem of Leading a Free Life”

"Mine and Thine? The Kantian State"

Author Meets Critics: Robert Pippin, Henry James and Modern Moral Life
March 29, 2001, American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting

“The Erotic Nietzsche: Philosophers without Philosophy” at the Erotikon Symposium -Video, March 2001

Inaugural convocation ceremony of Robert J. Zimmer - Video


Robert Richards
Darwin's Natural Theology at the Franke Institute on March 5, 2008 - Listen

Darwin’s Origin of Species and Descent of Man course at the University of Chicago, Fall Quarter 2008 video and audio

Gretchen Helfridge with James Conant and Robert Richards, "Science and Aesthetics" on WBEZ's "Odyssey", January 3, 2003 - .mp4 files


Gabriel Richardson Lear

Gabriel Richardson Lear discusses Plato's philosophy of poetry on the August 2009 episode of Elucidations.





Josef Stern
Interview with Josef Stern about The Matter and Form of Maimonides’ Guide (Harvard University Press, 2013), March 14, 2014, Harvard University press - Link

"Josef Stern on Maimonides and the Unbinding of Isaac" - Lecture Shandong University in Jinan, China April 24, 2012 (video) Link

At the Franke Institute: “The Unbinding of Isaac: Maimonides on Genesis 22 (The Aqedah)” May 5, 2010 - View




Candace Vogler

It's all about me - a forum on the philosophy of self on "The Philosopher's Zone" ABC National Radio in Sydney, Australia, July 10, 2010 - read more and listen

At the Franke Institute: “Ethical Challenges”, March 4, 2009 - Listen

Gretchen Helfridge with Susan Neiman and Candace Vogler "Philosophy and Evil" WBEZ Odessey 2004 - mp4 files here


William Wimsatt

On re-engineering philosophy for limited beings at the Franke Institute, with introductions by Françoise Meltzer and Robert Richards, May 2, 2007- Listen


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