February 21, 2016

FAQ

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Q: Who hosts this podcast?

A: My name is Micah Tillman. I have a real Ph.D. in philosophy, and a fake Ph.D. in creating F.A.Q. lists. [Top]

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Q: Where is the Intro/Outro music for the podcast from?

A: I wrote it and recorded it myself. It’s © Micah D. Tillman (that’s me!), 2016. Don’t you dare steal it. (Not that you would want to. It’s not that great. It’s okay. I mean, I like it. But still.) [Top]

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Q: Where is the other music in the podcast from?

A: Each episode uses some popular song or other. Unlike the intro and outro music, I don’t own the copyright to them. Check out the Top 40 Philosophy Spotify Playlists to listen to all the songs that show up in the podcast. (Incidental music in episodes from ep. 36 on is by Micah, and can be listened to in its entirety on SoundCloud.) [Top]

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Q: If you don’t own the copyright to the other songs, why are you allowed to use them?

A: The reason is something that I believe is called “fair use, for purposes of commentary and criticism” in the United States. However, I only use snippets of each song. (For background, see this court case [PDF] and these guidelines.) That way, my podcast cannot be used as a substitute for buying the songs yourself, or listening to them on Spotify (or some other legitimate streaming service). In fact, I hope the podcast functions as a kind of free advertising for the artists whose work shows up in its episodes. I hope that by “teasing” their songs, the podcast will encourage you to go listen to the songs in their entirety on Spotify (or some other legitimate streaming service) — if for no other reason than to see if I have interpreted them correctly. [Top]

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Q: What right do you have to talk about philosophy?

A: I have a Ph.D. in philosophy, if that counts. Also, I’ll try to provide links to the philosophical resources that inform my commentary in the show notes to each episode. [Top]

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Q: What right do you have to talk about music?

A: I minored in music in college, have been playing music since I was about 11 (I play guitar and flute, if you care), and have been writing music since I was about 15. I gave guitar lessons while I was in college, and created/taught the Philosophy of Music course for McDaniel College. Also, I know popular music like the back of my hand, because I study it on my own time, because learning is a lifelong process of growth and awesomeness, because that’s why, because stop trying to hurt my feelings. [Top]