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Author: Alex J O'Connor

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A philosophy podcast that sometimes flirts with other disciplines, Within Reason has featured guests including Richard Dawkins, Douglas Murray, William Lane Craig, Peter Singer, Konstantin Kisin, and Neil deGrasse Tyson.
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Steven Bonnell II is a popular American political streamer known online as Destiny.
David Wolpe is an American rabbi, and Visiting Scholar at Harvard Divinity School. He was named the most influential Rabbi in America by Newsweek in 2012.
Joe Schmid is a PhD student in philosophy at Princeton University. He graduated with a B.A. in philosophy from Purdue University in 2022. He has published articles in metaphysics, philosophy of religion, and philosophy of time, and the author of books including "Existential Inertia and Classical Theistic Proofs". He runs the YouTube channel, "Majesty of Reason".
John Nelson holds a PhD in Biblical Studies from the University of Edinburgh. His thesis is the first book-length study of Jesus' physical appearance in the Gospels. He runs a weekly Substack called "Behind the Gospels" which aims to make Biblical studies accessible to all.
Joe Folley is the creator of the YouTube channel "Unsolicited Advice" which creates short, digestible philosophical videos on a wide range of topics. He joins me today to discuss nihilism: its history, its meaning, and its significance in philosophy.
Steven West is the host of "Philosophize This!" one of the world's most popular philosophy podcasts. Listen to it here.
Iain McGilchrist is a psychiatrist, writer, and former Oxford literary scholar. McGilchrist came to prominence after the publication of his book The Master and His Emissary, subtitled The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World.
Andrew Mark Henry is a scholar of religious studies. His research focus is early Christianity and late Roman religion. He earned his PhD at Boston University. His YouTube channel is "Religion for Breakfast".
Elaine Pagels is an American historian of religion. She is the Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University. Pagels has conducted extensive research into early Christianity and Gnosticism. See me speak at Level Up in Atlanta this June:
Coleman Hughes is an American writer and podcast host. He is the author of "The End of Race Politics: Arguments for a Colorblind America".
Justin Sledge is currently a part-time professor of philosophy and religion at several institutions in the Metro-Detroit area and a popular local educator. His YouTube channel is "Esoterica".
Rory Stewart is a former UK Government minister, MP, and deputy governor in Iraq following the western invasion. He walked on foot for two years across Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, India and Nepal in 2002. He was a private tutor to both Prince William and Prince Harry. He now co-hosts The Rest is Politics with Alastair Campbell, one of the UK's most popular shows.
A.C. Grayling is a British philosopher and author. In 2011 he founded and became the first Master of New College of the Humanities, an independent undergraduate college in London. Buy "Who Owns the Moon?" here.
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Sam Harris is a neuroscientist, philosopher, New York Times best-selling author, host of Making Sense, and creator of Waking Up.
Carlo Rovelli, an Italian theoretical physicist, is known mainly for his contributions to research in the field of quantum gravity. He is the author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, The Order of Time, and White Holes, amongst other works.
William Lane Craig is a Christian philosopher and public speaker, who today makes his third appearance on Within Reason. We discuss why Richard Dawkins refuses to debate him, and whether Old Testament slaughter can be justified.
Michael Knowles is an American conservative Catholic political commentator and media host. He has worked for the Daily Wire since 2016.
David Deutsch is a British physicist at the University of Oxford. He is a visiting professor in the Department of Atomic and Laser Physics at the Centre for Quantum Computation in the Clarendon Laboratory of the University of Oxford. (Wikipedia.) Buy David Deutsch's book, The Beginning of Infinity
Susan Neiman is an American moral philosopher, cultural commentator, and essayist. She is the author of "Left is Not Woke", available here.
Comments (13)

Adam Itinerant

He gets a bit grumpy, doesn't he.

Jun 10th

Clinton Smith

A brilliant example of how those who believe absurdities can commit atrocities

Jun 2nd

Ed Potter

This guy is monstrous.

Mar 17th

Ian Densmore

0 oh I' si off by. ..l I'll

Jan 30th

Ian Densmore

oh I' si off by. ..l

Jan 30th

Jerry Birkenstock

I think this episode has the wrong title. it has multiple guests, not GMS

Jul 13th

Carlijn Sebregts

Wow, Armin really pulled me out of my nihilistic crisis. Thanks man.

Jun 17th

Jan Andrzejewski

I was not convinced by Justin. It seems to me, that reasoning, as many other things, is partially determined and partially random, does not require free will as I understand it.

Jun 17th

alireza farjami

one of your best contents

Dec 25th

Confused Heathen

really insightful podcast! I have to say that I I absolutely am fond of your philosophical podcasts, Alex. keep it up, please.

Sep 9th


Twenty minutes in and I'm done with this guy's bs. He obviously read half a tweet about trans issues or any other issue and decided he knew enough. Trans rights oppress gay people because trans people claim every gender non conforming person to be trans? Wtf is he talking about? Gay and bi trans people exist, ffs. I might keep listening for Alex but I'm annoyed as hell.

May 26th

Caio Xavier

So much strawman and anectodes and no intellectual rigor. I doubt his book is any better.

Jan 16th

Joseph Wells

why not push the button? what about valuing the novelty of human consciousness? it is rare in the universe. what about a value of our species? wouldn't pushing the button violate our natural instinct to survive.

Sep 18th