The TAM 2013 Interviews Episode 3: Peter Boghossian

I went in to this interview with Peter Boghossian sincerely not knowing what to expect. He’s a professor of philosophy at Portland State College, and my entire knowledge of philosophy comes from a single class I took freshman year of college which, to be frank, did not go well.

But I loved Peter’s take on why philosophy is important and how it can actually be applied to help society at large.

One of the more interesting points we discussed was the idea of treating the roots of bad beliefs instead of the resulting behaviors.

His book is called A Manual for Creating Atheists, and I’m sincerely looking forward to picking it up.

He’s a really cool, super-intense, obviously-smart guy with a lot of interesting ideas. It also ended up being one of the most atheism-heavy interviews I had (as opposed to one focused on pseudoscientific or paranormal topics).

About Jessica Bluemke

Jessica Bluemke grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and graduated from Ball State University in 2008 with a BA in Literature. She currently works as a writer and resides on the North side of Chicago.

  • Art_Vandelay

    Will watch later but I like him a lot. His talk on Jesus and the Easter Bunny is one of the best videos on YT about critical thinking.

  • Mitch

    Agreed, it’s a fantastic video.

  • flyb

    Yeah, he’s good. But every time I see his name, I instantly think of Boss Hog. I’d rather be reminded of Daisy Duke, but oh well.

  • TomS

    Jessica, with respect, you consistently seem surprised that professional philosophers have something important and intelligent to say, even though you write for a blog that covers what is primarily a set of philosophical issues. I find this very discouraging.

  • Thought Police

    I see a problem…he has his arm around her. This could be considered condescending and sexist.

    Gotta be careful, because we know what P Z Myers is spreading about Michael Shermer.

    You never know when a rape accusation might surface.

  • Bob Carlson

    Amazon now has a pre-release page for the book, but, alas, there is no mention of a Kindle edition.