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Why? Radio needs to raise $5000 and we need your help to do it.

At this point, we exist entirely on listener donations and $5000 is the minimum amount we need for one year of the show. There are fewer places to turn than there were last year. Budget cuts are likely to cause layoffs at the University of North Dakota and small humanities grants are few and far between. Ironically, if we wanted $600,000 from the National Endowment of the Humanities, they’d have grants we could apply for, but they don’t offer anything for just the $5,000 we need to survive. We’re just too cost-effective. (We’re working on a $600,000 proposal, but we’re not holding our breath.) In the end, all there is is you.

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Why? Radio's latest episode is now online:

"Why is Religious Commitment Important?"
 with guest Robert Audi.

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IPPL bridges the gap between academic philosophy and the general public. Its purpose is to cultivate discussions between professional philosophers and those who have interest in the subject regardless of experience or credentials. The Institute was founded on the premise that anyone can do philosophy; that philosophy relates to day-to-day life; and that philosophical communities are fun, fulfilling, and essential for democracy.

Through radio, films, blogs, books and magazines, discussions, and digital archives, IPPL creates a world-wide philosophical community. Through fellowships and publications, it provides opportunities for professional and amateur philosophers alike. It is proving, time and time again, that people like philosophy and that philosophy is good for people. It aims to show that despite the tenor of the time, deep thought and philosophical contemplation can be in vogue.