The Badlands is a podcast and website devoted to examining the philosophical dimensions of contemporary political issues, and exploring the philosophical foundations of modern progressivism–and doing so in a way that is useful for non-experts. Our goals, therefore, are not primarily academic. Rather, we aim to contribute to the political discussion by bringing out into the open the philosophical issues that underlie our political debates–and which have been mostly ignored in popular discourse.
The Badlands team consists of myself, Toby Napoletano (PhD, Philosophy), Michael Hughes (PhD, Philosophy), and Jared Henderson (currently finishing up his PhD, Philosophy). We're all friends and philosophers out of the University of Connecticut Philosophy Department.
Writing & Presentations
"Do we have the will to change what we believe?" (August 12, 2019)
at Open for Debate, a blog that is part of the Changing Attitudes in Public Discourse project. The project is run by Professor Alessandra Tanesini and Professor Gregory Maio.
"Data and Discourse on the Internet" (Winter 2019)
for the Osher LifeLong Learning Institute at Vanderbilt University, as part of a course on Innovative thinking in a Digital Age. You can access my slides here, in this talk I discuss who might be responsible for warning us about the epistemic risks of social media, and I give a work-in-progress argument about the harms to individual autonomy by a failure to disclose these risks.