Socrates Exchange http://nhpr.org en The Socrates Exchange: Vengeance or Justice? http://nhpr.org/post/socrates-exchange-vengeance-or-justice <p>It’s The Socrates Exchange on the question of Justice or Vengeance. &nbsp;Justice is often defined as fairness, the dispassionate rule of law, while vengeance is defined as a personal vendetta. But when justice doesn’t seem enough, is vengeance the answer? Does justice bring closure while vengeance is perpetual? &nbsp;Does justice require that victims feel avenged?&nbsp; We ask these and more questions on the Socrates Exchange.</p><p></p><p><strong>Nick Smith, </strong>Associate Professor of Philosophy at UNH, advisor to the Socratic Society at UNH, and advisor to The Socrates Exchange.</p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 12:12:13 +0000 Laura Knoy 28765 at http://nhpr.org The Socrates Exchange: Vengeance or Justice? Socrates Exchange: Who is American? (rebroadcast) http://nhpr.org/post/socrates-exchange-who-american-rebroadcast <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>(This program was originally broadcast on May 24, 2012.)</p> Wed, 04 Jul 2012 13:00:32 +0000 Laura Knoy 8065 at http://nhpr.org Socrates Exchange: Who is American? (rebroadcast) Socrates Exchange: Who is American? http://nhpr.org/post/socrates-exchange-who-american <p>Our series on New Hampshire’s Immigration Story continues with a special Socrates Exchange, examining the question: Who is American?</p> Thu, 24 May 2012 13:00:33 +0000 Laura Knoy 5421 at http://nhpr.org Socrates Exchange: Who is American? The Socrates Exchange: What is Progress? http://nhpr.org/post/socrates-exchange-what-progress <p>The Socrates Exchange returns today after a long haitus. For our show, we ask the question, "What is Progress?"</p> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 2820 at http://nhpr.org The Socrates Exchange: What is Progress? Socrates Exchange: Do we need friendship in the age of Friending? http://nhpr.org/post/socrates-exchange-do-we-need-friendship-age-friending <div class="transcript" jquery1324054789779="30"><p>What makes someone a true friend?&nbsp; We use the term friend in so many different ways to refer to so many different kinds of relationships and people: we friend hundreds of people on Facebook; spouses, children, parents are all supposed to be our friends now; we have bffs, friends with benefits, and frenemies.&nbsp; On the one hand, when we use the term so widely we risk emptying it of all meaning.&nbsp; On the other hand, we use it so widely because we value friendship so highly.&nbsp; How can we cut through all the confusion and find our Mon, 09 May 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 963 at http://nhpr.org Socrates Exchange: Do we need friendship in the age of Friending? Socrates Exchange: Why do we punish? http://nhpr.org/post/socrates-exchange-why-do-we-punish <div class="transcript" jquery1324054834497="30"><p>Why should we punish?&nbsp; To &ldquo;balance the scales of justice&rdquo;?&nbsp; To exact revenge?&nbsp; To deter crime?&nbsp; To remove the offender from free society?&nbsp; To reform the offender? Is punishment a moral act, or is it simply a form of social control? Is punishing children different from punishing criminal offenders? Is there a difference between torture and punishment? Is death ever justifiable punishment? Does punishment strip the punished of her dignity? Fri, 15 Apr 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 962 at http://nhpr.org Socrates Exchange: Why do we punish? Socrates Exchange: Does beauty matter? http://nhpr.org/post/socrates-exchange-does-beauty-matter <div class="transcript" jquery1324054860231="32"><p>On the one hand we teach our children not to &ldquo;judge a book by its cover,&rdquo; but on the other we seek out beauty as one of life&rsquo;s most profound experiences. What do we mean when we describe something as beautiful? When we speak of the beauty of a landscape, for instance, are we referring to its formal properties (how it looks) or to the content it conveys (such as the will of a god)? Tue, 15 Mar 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 961 at http://nhpr.org Socrates Exchange: Does beauty matter? Socrates Exchange: Can one person be better than another? http://nhpr.org/post/socrates-exchange-can-one-person-be-better-another <div class="transcript" jquery1324054920059="30"><p>Throughout American history we have underlined the ideals of &lsquo;equality&rsquo;&nbsp; The Declaration of Independence, the Gettysburg Address and Martin Luther King&rsquo;s &ldquo;I Have a Dream&rdquo; speech have all declared&nbsp; that <em>all men are created equal</em>, but are they really?&nbsp; In the past people of color, new immigrants and women have been less equal. Gays still fight for equal rights.&nbsp; Those of a privileged class may have the same rights as the poor, but still enjoy some benefits that the poor can&rsquo;t. Fri, 04 Feb 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 959 at http://nhpr.org Socrates Exchange: Can one person be better than another? Socrates Exchange: Are human beings violent by nature? http://nhpr.org/post/socrates-exchange-are-human-beings-violent-nature <div class="transcript"><p>When we look at the nightly news or study history we might easily come to this conclusion. We have armies and police forces, lawyers and judges, in order to protect us from each other. Is all of this violence a result of something inherent in human nature or the human condition? Or is violence exacerbated by society, for example through violent entertainment or by encouraging competition in all aspects of life? Is it possible to imagine a world without violence? But, is violence always a bad thing? Mon, 10 Jan 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 958 at http://nhpr.org Socrates Exchange: Are human beings violent by nature? Socrates Exchange: Why do we give gifts? http://nhpr.org/post/socrates-exchange-why-do-we-give-gifts <div class="transcript" jquery1324060652755="29"><p>Every year during the holidays we spend our time, energy, and money in the search for the perfect gifts for friends and family. But sometimes it feels like we are going through the motions or worse that we are just doing what is expected of us, not something that comes from the heart. Why do we go through this? Is it possible to give in a more genuine way? But there is any even more troubling problem. A true gift should be something that we give freely without any thought of our own benefit and that makes no demand on the recipient. Fri, 10 Dec 2010 05:00:00 +0000 Elaine Grant 957 at http://nhpr.org Socrates Exchange: Why do we give gifts? Socrates Exchange: What is gratitude? http://nhpr.org/post/socrates-exchange-what-gratitude <p>Experiencing gratitude and appreciating various things seems essential to happiness and a good life. Why is this? What exactly is gratitude? Is it an emotion that we cannot control or is it a cognitive realization that I should express gratitude? If I do not &ldquo;feel grateful&rdquo; when someone gives me a gift I do not care for, should I expressed gratitude anyway? Why do we teach our children to say &ldquo;thank you&rdquo; when we feed them or otherwise give them something they deserve? Should I be grateful when a teller returns correct change? Thu, 18 Nov 2010 05:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 960 at http://nhpr.org Socrates Exchange: What is gratitude? Socrates Exchange: Do we have too much information? http://nhpr.org/post/socrates-exchange-do-we-have-too-much-information <div class="transcript"><p>We often hear of people suffering from &ldquo;information overload.&rdquo; To what exactly are we referring? Is it just that our brains are too slow to process the information now available? Does more information necessarily lead to more truth? Does more truth necessarily lead to a better world? What are the existential ramifications of living in a world where all information is always immediately available? Are there reasons to slow down our development of information technology? Is slowing down even possible given competitive global markets? Tue, 19 Oct 2010 04:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 956 at http://nhpr.org Socrates Exchange: Do we have too much information? Socrates Exchange: Is it ever right to do what is wrong? http://nhpr.org/post/socrates-exchange-it-ever-right-do-what-wrong <div class="transcript" jquery1324055060541="32"><p>Do the ends ever justify the means? Assuming, for example, that lying, torturing, stealing, and murder are wrong, are such actions justified in rare instances in order to avoid some terrible consequence, or to achieve some great good? If so, how far does this go? Are all actions potentially justified, so long as the benefit is sufficiently great? Or are some actions so horrible that they are never justified, no matter what the consequences? What makes actions right or wrong in the first place-the consequences, or something else?</p> Thu, 27 May 2010 04:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 955 at http://nhpr.org Socrates Exchange: Is it ever right to do what is wrong? Socrates Exchange: Are there ethical limits to biotechnology? http://nhpr.org/post/socrates-exchange-are-there-ethical-limits-biotechnology <div class="transcript"><p>Our next Socrates Exchange discussion begins! This time we ask we ask &ldquo;are there ethical limits to biotechnology?&rdquo; From aspirin to artificial limbs many of us enjoy the benefits of biotechnology, but is there a point where it crosses the ethical line... steroids in sports, cloning or choosing the genetic makeup of your child? Post your thoughts below and respond to other postings.</p><p><span class="web_resources_header"><b>Guest</b></span></p> Thu, 22 Apr 2010 04:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 954 at http://nhpr.org Socrates Exchange: Are there ethical limits to biotechnology? Socrates Exchange: Is Censorship Ever Acceptable? http://nhpr.org/post/socrates-exchange-censorship-ever-acceptable <div class="transcript"><p>Are there some forms of expression that are simply too crude or too offensive to be allowed to be disseminated? What kinds of things, if any, should be censored? Who should do the censoring?</p><p><span class="web_resources_header"><b>Guest</b></span></p><ul><li><b>Max Latona</b>, Associate Professor of Philosophy at St. Anselm College</li></ul></div><div class="transcript"><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong><span class="front_head_style">Background Reading</span>&nbsp;</strong></p> Wed, 31 Mar 2010 04:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 953 at http://nhpr.org Socrates Exchange: Is Censorship Ever Acceptable?