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In this interview Alastair Norcross, Associate Professor of Philosophy at University of Colorado Boulder, and I discuss his parents, who were literally card-carrying communists, Shakespeare, explosives, the IRA, Test Match Sofa, nukes, Thatcher, what’s wrong with Christianity, Isaac Asimov, the Stranglers, ABBA, the Boomtown Rats, Gilbert and Sullivan, pot, LSD, Hume, Getting into philosophy and doing plays with Hugh Grant at Oxford, studying utilitarianism under Julia Annas, working for ISIS, moving to the states and going to Syracuse, Hobart and William Smith, then Texas, waiting for Godot, directing, acting, Shelly Kagan, the NRA, how he ended up in Colorado, the publication of APA’s negative climate survey of the Colorado department, the blogosphere, veganism, regressives, Simpsons, RoME, student evaluations, how he has developed as a philosopher and teacher, effective altruism, artificial fanciful cases and the role of intuitions in philosophy, Parfit, why people bash utilitarianism, his forthcoming book, The Road to Hell, Brahms’s first, Beethoven’s seventh, Watchmen, and what question he would ask an omniscient being, if given the chance…

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