S5, Episode 8: Vampires


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The first of a three-part series on monsters in philosophy, co-hosted with Christina van Dyke of Columbia University. We trace the cultural history of vampires from Eastern European folklore to Twilight, and even look at the practices of real vampires, people who seek out and consume blood or psychic energy. The vampire went from demon to attractive monster in the course of a few centuries and raises a deep question for us about how different we can be, the limits of human imagination, and whether we can ever reasonably choose to have a transformative experience. Guest speakers include Laurie Paul (Yale), and John Edgar Browning (Savannah College of Art and Design).