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Hosted by political philosopher and Vanderbilt University professor Robert Talisse, Why We Argue is an interview podcast that brings in academics, philosophers, historians, journalists, politicians, and other notable public figures to think about the nature of truth in a time of viral misinformation. Created by Future of Truth, a project of the University of Connecticut's Humanities Institute and funded by the University of Connecticut, the Henry Luce Foundation, and Vanderbilt University.

Apr 13, 2021

Jennifer Mercieca is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Texas A&M University. She is the author of Demagogue for President: The Rhetorical Genius of Donald Trump.  You can follow her on Twitter: @jenmercieca

Professor Mercieca’s research focuses on political rhetoric, with special emphasis...


Apr 6, 2021

Myisha Cherry is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside. 

Myisha’s research focuses on the intersection of moral psychology and social and political philosophy. More specifically she is interested in the role of emotions and attitudes in public life. You can follow her on Twitter...


Mar 23, 2021

Quassim Cassam is Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Warwick.  You can follow him on Twitter at @QCassam

Quassim’s research focus is epistemology, the area of philosophy that deals with topics pertaining to knowledge, how it is acquired, and how it is shared.  His most current work is...


Mar 16, 2021

Sophia Rosenfeld is Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania.  She is the author of Democracy and Truth: A Short History.

Professor Rosenfeld specializes in European and American intellectual and cultural history, with a focus on the Enlightenment, the trans-Atlantic Age of...


Mar 9, 2021

Colleen Murphy is the Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law at the College of Law and a professor in the Departments of Philosophy and Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Colleen also directs the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program in the Illinois Global Institute. You...