Best of Podcasts

Selected podcasts describing our Society and its philosophy
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When Equality Is Not Enough; James Croft

By Matthew Hile / January 3, 2016

Every person deserves to be treated fairly and kindly.
 — Core value

We often think of “fairness” in terms of equality: if we treat people equally, then we are being fair. But this is not always the case. Some people, because they suffer from systemic disadvantages, need more than equal treatment in order to have a fair chance in society. This is the basis of affirmative action, which seeks to make up for a group’s disadvantages by going beyond equal treatment. Sometimes, equality is not enough.

Our Human Community; James Croft

By Matthew Hile / December 13, 2015

I am a member of the world community, which depends on the cooperation of all people for peace and justice.
 — Core value

The idea of a human community seems a simple one: we’re all human, after all, so don’t we all have common concerns? Yet recent decades have seen increasing emphasis on the uniqueness of individuals and the differences between groups of people. At a time of political polarization and increasing attention to the concerns of particular groups, can we find ways to assert that we are part of a human community, focusing on what we share while respecting the important differences between us?

Victims and Victimhood, Part II; Kate Lovelady, Leader

By Matthew Hile / November 8, 2015

I accept responsibility for my choices and actions.
 — Core value

This month’s theme is about responsibility, a crucial aspect of ethics. The second of this two-part platform address will encourage us to take more personal responsibility for our choices and our lives and not to see ourselves as victims, but it will also explore how “responsibility” can become a code-word for blaming actual victims and avoiding assigning true responsibility.

If you missed the start of this series check it our first Victims and Victimhood, Part I.

Victims and Victimhood, Part I; Kate Lovelady, Leader

By Matthew Hile / November 1, 2015

I accept responsibility for my choices and actions.
 — Core value

This month’s theme is about responsibility, a crucial aspect of ethics. This two-part platform address will encourage us to take more personal responsibility for our choices and our lives and not to see ourselves as victims, but it will also explore how “responsibility” can become a code-word for blaming actual victims and avoiding assigning true responsibility.

You can find the second part of this address here Victims and Victimhood, Part II.

To Question or Not to Question?; Kate Lovelady, Leader

By Matthew Hile / October 11, 2015

I am free to question.
 — Core value

That is the question! Questioning is a crucial freedom and an important source of information and wisdom. But can questioning be taken too far? And what does the Ethical Society slogan “Deed before creed” really mean?

You Are Unique. So What?; James Croft

By Matthew Hile / September 27, 2015

Every person is important and unique.
 — Core value

“Every person is important and unique.” So says the very first of the core values of our Sunday Ethical Education for Kids Program. It’s pretty clear why we should treat every person as important, but why does being unique matter? What is so special about our uniqueness? Outreach Director James Croft will explore the many forms of human uniqueness, showing why it matters and how we can recognize the uniqueness of others in our lives.

Ethical Humanism and Greek Philosophy; Kate Lovelady, Leader

By Matthew Hile / August 30, 2015

It’s time for the end-of-summer “compare and contrast” platform address! Learn more about Ethical Humanism and the Ethical Society by exploring some of the philosophies of ancient Greece that challenged traditional theories of reality and sought naturalistic answers to questions of how to live a meaningful and good life.

Ethical Humanism and Atheism; Kate Lovelady, Leader

By Matthew Hile / August 24, 2014

Each year we compare and contrast a related-but different religious or philosophical tradition to Ethical Humanism. This year we’ll look at atheism in some of its different forms and explore in what ways Ethical Humanism overlaps with atheism (the Ethical Society has some members who identify as atheist), and in what ways Ethical Humanism has distinct values and practices that a person does not have to be atheist to embrace.

Ethical Humanism and Existentialism; Kate Lovelady, Leader

By Matthew Hile / June 30, 2013

This year for various reasons Kate’s annual “Get to know Ethical Humanism” platform address will be in June, not August. And this year we will be learning more about Ethical Humanism by exploring its relationship not to another religion, but to another philosophy/lifestance: existentialism. How is Ethical Humanism similar to and different from existentialism? Come and find out–berets optional.

Sheldon Memorial 100th Anniversary: A Dialog Between Past and Present; by Kate Lovelady and Walter Sheldon (Ron Williams)

By Matthew Hile / October 7, 2012

This special Platform celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Ethical Society of St. Louis’s original home, Sheldon Memorial Hall. Named for Walter Sheldon, the founding Leader of the Ethical Society, the building is famous for its acoustics. Hear the wit and wisdom of Leaders present (Kate Lovelady, playing herself), and past (member Ron Williams, playing the part of Walter Sheldon). Find out what we today have in common with Ethical Humanists of a century and more ago, as well as how our views and language have changed over the years.