Turner was a true inter-disciplinarian, and this book draws from his own work in anthropology, as well as philosophy, drama, and sociology. Turner believed that acting out the rituals of other cultures provides a rich, sympathetic connection to them that can’t be accessed from detached observation or the perusal of data. Turner saw drama and ritual all over the place in developed societies, with plenty of parallels to the tribal cultures he’d studied in Africa. Featuring Daniel Cole, Philip Cherny, and Carlos Franke. Recorded October 12, 2014.
Two discussions are combined here about theater and consciousness. Arnold’s views are deeply metaphysical yet rooted in the carnality and cruelty of material life. Featuring Daniel Cole, Philip Cherny, and Carlos Franke. Recorded August 17 and 31, 2014.
Featuring Nathan Shaine Hanks, Philip Cherny, Laura Davis, and Cezary. Recorded August 2, 2014.
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Five discussions which are only the beginning of a series that can be found on Stevie LeValley’s YouTube channel, largely recorded with him and Nathan Goldman. This first was recorded July 6, 2014 and covered the Introduction, Part I.
Nearly a year prior to our coverage of the play, the theater group attempts to divulge its philosophical riches. Featuring Daniel Cole, Philip Cherny, Carlos Franke, Mark Linsenmayer, and Michael Rissman. Recorded June 29, 2014.
Featuring Nathan Shaine, Philip Cherny, Laura Davis, and Cezary. Recorded June 27, 2014. The novel is about Mrs. Curren, who writes letters to her emigrated daughter about her own final years and the lives of friends caught in apartheid violence in South Africa.
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Featuring Nathan Shaine, Philip Cherny, Laura Davis, and Cezary. Recorded June 27, 2014.
The Philosophy and Theater group takes on the 1936 essay by famed playwright Bertold Brecht about his innovative “epic theater.” Featuring Daniel Cole, Philip Cherny, and Carlos Franke. Recorded May 4, 2014.
Discussing a production of Schechner’s play, loosely adapted from Euripides’s The Bacchae.” Also covering Schechner’s essay “Drama, Script, Theater, and Performance.” Featuring Daniel Cole, Philip Cherny, and Carlos Franke. Recorded April 30, 2014.
Featuring Nathan Shaine Hanks, Daniel Cole, Philip Cherny and Laura Davis. Recorded April 6, 2014.
Discussing the tremendously clever, meta-fictional play which fills offstage moments of Hamlet with absurdist hijinks. Featuring Featuring Daniel Cole and Philip Cherny. Recorded March 9, 2014.
Featuring Mark Linsenmayer, Stanley Martin, and Shira Coffee. Recorded March 8, 2014.
A supplement for Episode 88. What is the difference between an intention and a prediction? Between an intention and a command? Do Aristotelian practical syllogisms actually work according to modern logic?
This “novel in dramatic form” reads like a sort of twisted Socratic dialogue, with “Black” and “White” arguing about the relative merits of life and death. Featuring Daniel Cole, Philip Cherny, and Carlos Franke. Recorded Feb. 1, 2014.
Featuring Mark Linsenmayer, Sean Webb, Stan Martin, and Yannick Kilberger. Recorded January 26, 2014.
One of the seminal texts of existentialism, but very slow and hard to get through as an actual book. While ordinarily we see objects as meaningful as things with history and often purpose, we can set that aside and see them instead as brute and meaningless. We can’t handle that, aren’t meant to handle that, and so instead of this being a machine-like, unemotional way of experiencing things, it is (for Roquentin) intolerably icky.
The Philosophy and Theater group’s first discussion, covering this wacky play about a guy who blinds horses. Featuring Daniel Cole, Philip Cherney, Jesse Reeves, and Theo Monk. Recorded Jan 4, 2014.
Featuring Dylan Casey, Bill Burgess, Casey Fitzpatrick, Ernie Prabhakar, and Evan Gould. Recorded 12/20/13.
In this famous, 1972 paper, Anderson argues that the sciences don’t form a reductive whole — that chemistry isn’t applied physics and psychology isn’t applied biology — taking early aim at the conceits of the uber-reductionist elementary particle physicists. Part of his argument is an articulation of how the principles of symmetry-breaking make this non-reductionism clear in the physical world. We discuss all these matters trying to sort out Anderson’s claims and what we think of the evidence for them.
Featuring Dylan Casey, Daniel Cole, Philip Cherny, and Paul Harris. Recorded December 15, 2013.
Featuring Andy Langley and Glen Stratton. Recorded November 16, 2013.
Featuring Mark Linsenmayer, Khari Robertson, Philip Cherny, Matt Cole, and Steve Robinson. Recorded October 22, 2013.
Zizek gives a Marxist analysis of the events of 2011 using Lacanian language: Capital is the “real” behind all of these various conflicts that seem to be between individual groups. Capitalism is never itself confronted as a system, but serves as the underlying force and the principle by which this force itself is made invisible to us.
Featuring Evan Gould, Steve Lindsay, and Michael Burgess. About “embodied cognition,” which rejects the folk understanding of rationality as disembodied. Recorded 8/2/13.