Why? Radio episode

Episode 60
"The Unity of the Sciences: Is All Knowledge Connected?"
Joseph Margolis

Originally broadcast: October 13, 2013


WHY? Radio is, of course, a philosophy show, but our guests aren’t just philosophers. They are historians, artists, scientists, musicians, sociologists and specialists from many different fields. Are we doing something wrong? Aren’t all these disciplines different? On this episode of WHY? we are going to tackle these questions. We will ask about the classic “unity of the sciences,” look at the relationship between how cultures describe knowledge and how they describe themselves.

In this episode, the guest turns the tables on Jack by forcing him to answer a different starting question. This leads the discussion into unforeseen territory and forces all of us to dive headfirst into some of the deepest and most important (and abstract!) conversation about what it means for human beings to understand one another and the world around them.

Joseph Margolis is the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Philosophy of Temple University. His main interests are in the philosophy of the human sciences, the theory of knowledge and interpretation, aesthetics, philosophy of mind, American philosophy, and pragmatism. He is Past-President of the American Society for Aesthetics, Honorary President and Lifetime Member of the International Association of Aesthetics. He has lectured widely in the United States and abroad. He serves on the editorial board of many philosophical journals and is completing the third volume in a trilogy of books on contemporary American philosophy. Professor Margolis is currently participating in the Department’s Vietnamese Philosophy Exchange.

Please share your thoughts on this episode with other listeners:


New to the show or want to revisit old episodes?

Click here for our complete archive. Every show is available!

Or just start with one of these fan favorites. You'll love them!
(And, if you have a favoite that you think should be on the list, let us know.)

Clay Jenkinson interviews Jack Russell Weinstein "The Public Philosophy Experiment"

Hal Herzog "Love, Hate or Eat: How Humans Relate to Animals"

Mary Jo Bang "The Philosophy of Poetry"

Tony Kushner "A Conversation with a Playwrite"

Carol Gilligan "In a Different Voice and After"