A whole second discussion on G.W.F. Hegel’s Encylopedia Logic, hitting sections 78–99 on the dialectic, Understanding vs. Reason, and then how the Concept of Being, when analyzed, shows itself to be identical to Nothingness, and how those in turn considered together “logically” lead to Becoming, which is the same as Determinate Being and also Quality. With guest Amogh Sahu.
We talk about playing against Spanish poetry, the musician’s ego, and listen to Gary’s work with Captain Beefheart, Jeff Buckley, and Betty Boop cartoons.
On G.F.W. Hegel’s The Science of Logic (1812–1816), §1–§129 and The Encyclopaedia Logic (1817) §1–§25. “Logic” for Hegel isn’t about symbolic logic; it’s about how thought interacts with the world. Our thoughts about fundamental metaphysical categories bear the same relations to each other as the the categories themselves do. Just take Hegel’s many, many words for it! This is the first of two discussions on the Logic. With guest Amogh Sahu.
Steve and I kept talking for quite a while after our conversation, and I’ve interpersed some of this with parts of “Couch Potato” from his first solo album Behold the Pineapple! (1997) and the instrumental “Anxious” from A Day at the Park (2006). Plus you get to hear the whole of “I Gotta Know” from his Green Velvis album (2015) and “Nights on Broadway” from Giving You the Stevie Bee Gees (the full album should be completed this year).
In the pre-roll and post-roll conversation for Nakedly Examined Music ep. 5, we talk about his marketing (or not) himself as a gay artist and listen to “I Want the World to Change” from his 2008 album Clip-On Nose Ring. Also: being recognized, not sitting in front of a computer, band business chores, staying in the same town where you went to college and have many fans, who Jeff else wants to hear me interview, and more. We end listening to “Gasoline” from the 2007 Heiskell album Soundtrack for an Aneurism.
Host Danny Lobell joins Wes to welcome St. John’s Annapolis tutor Rebecca Goldner to help folks understand Aristotle’s De Anima. Also featuring Michael Burgess, Nick Halme, Erik Weissengruber, Chase Fiorenza, and Scott Anderson. Recorded 1/31/16.
When recording Nakedly Examined Music ep. 4, Gareth and Mark kept talking after the recording was done for another half hour. Choice bits from that discussion plus our pre-show banter are presented here for your amusement, and you’ll also hear here 30 seconds of “Filament,” a song available in full from Gareth’s website from his album Apparatus (1999), and the full remix track, “72 in Three Minutes” created by His Name Is Alive; this is one of a number of tracks that will be released in a few months with different artists interpreting Gareth’s work. If this is confusing, we explain this whole “remix” deal in this bonus discussion.
Also, courtesy of Gareth and Sean Coryell at Eye Contact Maui, you can hear all the tracks from Gareth’s new album 72 prior to its 3/31/16 release.
V-Day Special! On Fromm’s The Art of Loving (1956). What is love, really? This psychoanalyst of the Frankfurt school thinks that real love is not something one “falls” into, but is an art, an activity, and doing it well requires a disciplined openness and psychological health. Love is the answer to the deep human need to rid ourself of isolation, but a mere sexual union won’t provide real intimacy. To connect the center of your being with the center of another’s being, you need to really know yourself and know the other, and this knowing requires an overall openness that amounts to a love of humanity, a feeling of oneness with nature, and an overall orientation toward the good, which is what he considers a mature take on “love of God.”
End songs: “Kimmy” (1995) and “Kimmy 2002” by Mark Lint.
On selected “moral epistles” (from around 65 CE) by Lucius Annaeus Seneca: 4. On the Terrors of Death, 12. On Old Age, 49. On the Shortness of Life, 59. On Pleasure and Joy, 62. On Good Company, 92. On the Happy Life, 96. On Facing Hardship, and 116. On Self Control. We’re joined by Massimo Pigliucci of the How to Be a Stoic blog, who for a long time was on the Rationally Speaking podcast. How can one most profitably interpret weird-sounding Stoic recommendations about the emotions and about following nature?
End song: “I Lose Control” by The MayTricks from So Chewy! (1993).
Our second discussion of De Anima or On the Soul (350 BCE), this time on book 3.
What is the intellect? In ep. 130, we talked about Aristotle’s idea of the soul as the form of the body, and now we get to it’s highest part/function: nous, which has things in common with pereption (both use images), but which is really a “form of forms,” which is literally nothing until it thinks (just pure potential) and then takes on the forms of all the things it thinks. And it can survive death and is not actually yours or mine, but just the universal mind!
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End song: “Wonderful You” (live 2001) by Mark Lint.
On De Anima or On the Soul (350 BCE), books 1 and 2, after some listener mail. What can this ancient text tell us about biological life? What counts as a scientific explanation? A. describes life as “the first actuality of a natural body which has organs,” so bodies express their nature only when they’re growing and reproducing and all that stuff that bodies do. The body is potential, and life is its actuality. So what the heck kind of explanation is that, and how does it tie into Aristotle’s convoluted metaphysics? Read along in the text or peruse this line-by-line commentary.
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End song: “Intermission Song” by Mark Lint from Spanish Armada: Songs of Love and Related Neuroses (1993).
Nathan Gilmour (Christian Humanist podcast) and Rob Dyer (God Complex Radio) join Mark and Wes for to discuss the reasonableness of religious belief reading Antony Flew’s “The Presumption of Atheism,” Norwood Russell Hanson’s “The Agnostic’s Dilemma,” Steven Cahn’s “The Irrelevance of Proof to Religion,” Alvin Plantinga’s “Is Belief in God Properly Basic?” Merold Westphal’s “Sin and Reason,” Basil Mitchell’s “Faith and Criticism,” Peter van Inwagen’s “Clifford’s Principle,” William Alston’s “Experience in Religious Belief,” Richard Swinburne’s “The Voluntariness of Faith” and “The World and Its Order,” and Paul Helm’s “Faith and Merit.” Learn more.
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End song: “Let Us Meet” by Mark Lint, setting an old poem by Kim Casey Linsenmayer.
Here’s the entirety of the newly mastered album, including most of the songs newly recorded for the podcast since 2011.
Titles: 1) I Insist, 2) Double Negative Theology, 3) We Who Have Escaped, 4) Jesus Noise, 5) The Past Is Not Real, 6) Things We Should Do, 7) The Default Relation, 8) Sense of Beauty, 9) Antigone, 10) Stoobis in the Sky, 11) Falsifiable, 12) Point of Confusion, 13) Adds Up to Nothing, 14) No Exit, 15) Thing in the World, 16) I Believe.
It’s December! Time for PEL Citizens to join or propose groups and discussions in the Citizens’ Forum. Guaranteed to make your holidays more enjoyable! Join an existing or proposed Not School group, or create one of your own.
On “The Meaning of Meaning” (1975). If meaning is not a matter of having a description in your head, then what is it? Hilary Putnam reformulates Kripke’s insight (from #126) in terms of Twin Earths: Earthers with H20 and Twin Earthers with a substance that seems like water but is different have the same mental contents but are referring to different stuff with “water,” so that word is speaker-relative in a certain way. With guest Matt Teichman. Learn more.
End song: “In the Boatyard” by Mark Lint & the Madison Lint Ensemble (2004, finished now).
On Experience and Nature (1925), through ch. 4. What’s the relationship between our experience and the world that science investigates? Dewey thinks that these are one and the same, and philosophies that call some part of it (like atoms or Platonic forms) the real part while the experienced world is a distortion are unjustified. Learn more.
End song: “Uncontrollable Fear” by The MayTricks So Chewy! (1993).
Nathan Hanks gives you the latest on what’s going on in Not School. It’s time to start proposing groups for December, so go to the Citizens’ Forum to do that.
On Naming and Necessity (1980). What’s the relationship between language and the world? Specifically, what makes a name or a class term (like “tiger”) pick out the person or things that it does? Saul Kripke wanted to correct the dominant view of his time (which involved speakers having some description in mind, and it’s that description that hooks the word to the thing), and used modal language to do it: He talked about other possible worlds (other ways our world could have turned out, not literal other dimensions or something). His account had implications for metaphysics and science, in that he claimed that if we find a scientific truth like “heat is the motion of molecules,” then this would be true in all possible worlds. We might think that we could have discovered that heat was something else, but really, if we imagine a world in which that happened, what those scientists would have been looking at was actually not heat at all. With guest Matt Teichman. Learn more.
End song: “Reason Enough” by Mark Lint.
Hey, Citizens! Here are nicely edited clips of six of the Not School bonus discussions that you already have access to in full. Get a quick sense of what these topics are about so you can see if you want to listen to the whole discussion. And who knows? Maybe you’ll be inspired to get involved yourself…
On The Human Condition (1958), Prologue and Sections 1 and 2. How has our distinction between the private and public evolved over time? Arendt uses this history, and chiefly the differences between our time and ancient Athens, to launch a critique of modern society. The fab four conducted this podcast live at the Pittsburgh Continental Philosophy Conference. Learn more.