by Daniel A. Kaufman
On the latest episode of Sophia, Crispin Sartwell and I talk about Crispin’s article for the New York Times, “Humans are Animals: Let’s Get Over It” (2/23/2021).
Topics include: Humanism and its roots; Racism; Hume’s Naturalism; and Normativity.
0:00 Crispin and Dan catch up after a hiatus 7:50 Crispin gives some background on his latest NYT article, “Humans are Animals: Let’s Get Over It” 11:15 The main thesis of “Humans are Animals”: Philosophy’s excessive investment in the humans/animals distinction since antiquity. 20:20 Dan raises the question of Hume’s naturalism and its impact on Crispin’s thesis. 30:30 The question of humanism / Is a materialist humanism possible? 36:40 Humanism and racism 41:45 Etiology of the human/animal Distinction 1:00:25 The human and the normative.
Some Relevant Links
Dan’s essays on Bernard Williams and Cora Diamond
Dan and Crispin’s Discussion of Descartes, Western Philosophy, and Racism