Hi-Phi Nation

The Man of Many Worlds, Part 1

A mini-series about the life and works of philosopher David Lewis.

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Episode Notes

David Lewis was one of the greatest minds of the 20th century, though few outside academia know much about him. By the time of his death in 2001, he was the greatest systematic thinker in metaphysics since the Enlightenment. In Part 1 of a four-part series, we follow his journey from sick little boy in Oberlin, Ohio, to teenager learning about free will from Iris Murdoch. We accompany the story of his early life with his theory of time, time travel, and the self.

Guest voices include R. Jay Wallace, Mark Schroeder, Steffi Lewis, Donald Lewis, Ellen Lewis, Alan Hajek, John Bigelow, and Meghan Sullivan.

For all back episodes from Seasons 1 thru 4 of Hi-Phi Nation, visit www.hiphination.org.

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About the Show

Hi-Phi Nation is philosophy in story form, integrating narrative journalism with big ideas. We look at stories from everyday life, law, science, popular culture, and strange corners of human experiences that raise thought-provoking questions about things like justice, knowledge, the self, morality, and existence. We then seek answers with the help of academics and philosophers. The show is produced and hosted by Barry Lam of Vassar College.

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  • Barry Lam is the host and producer of the Hi-Phi Nation podcast and is an associate professor of philosophy at Vassar College.

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