Zero Squared #143: Applied Philosophy

Professor Greg Sadler is the co-founder of ReasonIO, a consulting company that puts philosophy into practice, the Youtube star behind the Half Hour Hegel series, a professor of philosophy who has taught at Ball State University and Fayetteville State University, and the guest on this week’s podcast. In this episode, you’ll hear us discuss whether philosophy really has any practical applications, the reception he receives as a professional philosopher in the corporate sector, stoicism, and the importance of philosophy.

Thanks goes out to the folks at the Across the Aisle podcast as well as Michael G, Connor P, Jeremy C M, and Greg M for becoming patrons in the last week. We currently have 189 patrons and our goal at the moment is to get to 400 patrons. If you’re thinking about becoming a patron you’ll be helping to improve this podcast, the videos we produce and get to enjoy our membership podcast called Inside Zero Books.

If you haven’t already you might pick up Anselm Jappe’s The Writing on the Wall or Ian Parker’s Revolutionary Keywords for a New Left. This month’s bestsellers (which means they recently passed the 500 books sold mark, whether for the first time or again) are as follows: Kill All Normies, Capitalist Realism, Porn Panic, Ghosts of My Life, Sweetening the Pill, Millennials and the Moments that Made Us, How to Dismantle the NHS, Artist at Work, Proximity of Art and Capitalism], Capitalists Superheroes, How the Establishment Lost Control andHeavy Radicals. You should go to, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Indiebound, Hive, or your local library and get a copy of one of our books.

In this episode you’ll hear a youtube lecture on Stoicism, a clip of Isaiah Berlin talking to Bryan Magee, and instrumental covers of the Indigo Girls Closer to Fine and The Waitresses I Know What Boys want.

Saint Valentine is also the patron saint of beekeepers, providing a link to Wickham’s album ‘Beekeeper’.

A few thoughts on guns: Mass killings chiefly occur where guns are prohibited and the establishment (gay bar in Florida, Sandy Creek and multiple other schools) does not take the measures required to protect its “patrons” against criminals with guns. It seems to me that there ought to be laws that would allow injured patrons to sue “gun free” establishments that failed to protect their “patrons” because it is obvious that “gun free” zones are to these teenagers and men what a pool without a surrounding fence is to a child (legal term: attractive nuisance). As Rush Limbaugh says, if you take away the guns from law-abiding citizens, only the criminals (he omits the heavily outnumbered police) who don’t obey the law will have them, and we’ll be in a worse state than we are now (evidence: Chicago). While I expect there would still be shootings if we did away with gun-free zones, I think there would be less mass killings for two reasons. First, there would frequently be early resistance to an attack. Second, knowing that there might be guns there might dissuade an attack in the first place. One of my friends says that more guns are not the answer. She may be right, but, if we want to avoid mass killings, gun free zones are certainly not the answer because they usually provide an attacker with a significant amount of time to wreak havoc and vengeance before resistance arrives.


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