Philosophical commitments shape how we live our lives, the careers we pursue, and the ways we react to pressing social and political issues.  Over the course we hear from many individuals who’ve taken unique stands on the major issues we’re studying.  You can watch some of our interviews here.

The Contemplative Life in Aristotle, Aquinas, and at Contemporary Universities

  • A conversation with Fr. John Jenkins C.S.C. (President of the University of Notre Dame).  We discuss how to understand the distinction between the active and contemplative lives, the best way to pursue a contemplative life, how universities can foster contemplation, and how Aquinas can help you run a major organization. 

The Problem of Suffering and Catholic Social Teaching

  • A conversation with Fr. Paul Coleman C.S.C (Director of the Notre Dame Center for Social Concerns). We discuss the problem of evil for rational religious belief, how to best interpret Hume, how people of faith understand suffering, and the ways in which philosophy empowers social action.

The Active Life in Arendt, Day, and the Catholic Worker Movement

  • A conversation with Dr. Margaret Pfeil (Co-Founder of the St. Peter Claver Catholic Worker House). We discuss what makes someone an activist, how to discern your calling, the role of social and political work in forming your identity, and the best way to become a “co-conspirator” in a social movement.

Identity and Rationality in Kant, Rawls, and Local Government

  • A conversation with Peter Buttigieg (Mayor of South Bend). We discuss the nature of duty, the possibility of public reason, what makes political or moral arguments rationally persuasive, issues of identity, and how knowing a bit of Kant can help you run a major city.