Interviews

This page includes links to some of the interviews I’ve been a part of, either asking the questions or answering them.

Most recently, on the occasion of the 2019 Public Philosophy Network meeting, Engaged Philosophy engaged me in an interview, here’s the first question and the beginning of my response, click here for the whole interview.

DID YOU HAVE AN EXPERIENCE AS A STUDENT OR IN YOUR LIFE THAT LED YOU TO EMBRACE PUBLIC PHILOSOPHY?

When I was an undergraduate history major, I spent a week canvassing for a presidential candidate. One day I approached a woman in a very run down home in Davenport, Iowa, where there were a bunch of kids playing in the dirt-packed yard, and I started talking with her about the campaign. She rose up and screamed at me really loud: “I don’t care about politics. It doesn’t make a damned bit of difference in my life and never will. Get out of my yard!” I was shaken. Surely if anyone needed to pay attention to politics, at least by the looks of her circumstances, she did. read more

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McAfee interviews Rorty…

 

When I was a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin in the 1990s, I was an occasional guest host on a public affairs program of the local PBS station. In 1997 I interviewed the philosopher Richard Rorty.

OTHER INTERVIEWS:

DIET SOAP PODCAST #201: RICK RODERICK AND THE POLITICAL UNCONSCIOUS: In January 2014, Douglas Lain interviewed me about the late Texo-Marxist philosopher, Rick Roderick, and my work on the political unconscious. The podcast is interspersed with lots of good music and sound effects.

DIGITAL DIALOGUE 18.  In November 2009, I joined Penn State’s Christopher Long for a podcast of his Digital Dialogue to discuss my book, Democracy and the Political Unconscious. This is part of Chris Long’s ongoing project to use digital media to continue Socaratic dialogues.

NEW MEDIA AND CIVIC LIFE. In this podcast in Brad Rourke’s series, Public Life Today, we discuss how new media can benefit civic life.

Christopher Long and Shannon Sullivan discuss my book, Democracy and the Political Unconscious. In August 2009, Christopher Long devoted episode 8 of his podcast, Digital Dialogues on what was then my recently published book.

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