We read Epictetus’s Manual aka the Enchiridion with guest Alex Fossella. Can people really control their emotions? Should they?
We were joined by econ grad student Seth Benzell to discuss “The Use of Knowledge in Society” by F.A. Hayek and On Ethics and Economics by Amartya Sen. What’s wrong with central economic planning? Need economics assume that we’re all predictably selfish?
Go listen to Seth Benzell’s introduction for a straight-up summary of the two essays and how they relate.
The winners of the drawing announced during our Eva Brann episode to win her book are Harry Todd, Mel Gonzaelez, Jason Wallace, Kurt Thomas, and Jeff Korentayer. Thanks to all of you for being PEL Citizens! All listeners can still pick up Eva’s book or anything else from Paul Dry Books for a nice discount.
We held two discussions (four weeks of releases!) on the Monster of the Middle Ages’s tussling with his own frailty and willfulness, memory and time, all written in the course of inventing the autobiography and hermeneutics to boot!
Eva Brann (from our Heraclitus episode) returns to talk with us about her 2014 book, Un-Willing: An Inquiry into the Rise of Will’s Power and an Attempt to Undo It, which gives an intellectual history of the notion of will and diagnoses a the current pernicious effect of the concept in our philosophy and culture.
We discussed Friedrich Nietzsche’s first book, “The Birth of Tragedy,” about how different psycho-social strategies for dealing with the harshness of existence feed into art. This will be released in three parts on Mondays starting on 7/6, with the Aftershow on 7/26.
Mark and Wes will discuss songwriting and the experience of music with Jonathan Segel and Victor Krummenacher. Why not check out some of the links in this post so that you’ll have a better idea of what we’re talking about?
Clifford Geertz (1926–2006) was probably the best known American anthropologist of his generation, famous for his literary approach to ethnography, culture, and religious studies, and his development of the concept of “thick description.”
We’ll be discussing the famous Greek tragedy, and also performing a version of it with Lucy Lawless and Paul Provenza. What can such a work teach philosophy about ethics and the human condition?
We’ll talk about what Freud thinks dreams are for. Citizens can listen now, and the public episode will be released on two parts starting Monday.
We discussed portions of The World as Will and Representation, Book 3, about how music differs from other arts with guest Jonathan Segel of Camper van Beethoven fame.
Join Danny and Seth to talk on 5/3 at 5pm Eastern time about episode 114. Surely you have something to say!
We’ll read book 2 of The World as Will and Representation about how the only reality is a singular Will outside of space and time that manifests itself as the multitude of our experience.
There are two traditions within phenomenology: realist phenomenology and idealist phenomenology. The distinguishing feature is how they treat their ‘pre-bracketed’ and ‘post-bracketed’ states. In the realist case when we interpret (describe) the world we can bracket the truth of the claims epistemologically; in the idealist case we can metaphysically bracket claims.
A video of a classic Pre-Pythonic dialogue.
How can we best hermeneutically read these enigmatic little stories? We read all the Parables, plus commentaries by Ricouer, J. Dominic Crossan, and Paul Tillich.
We’ll read the 1973 essays “The Critique of Religion” and “The Language of Faith” with returning guest Law Ware.
We’ll discuss parts of Hans-Georg Gadamer’s Truth and Method (1960) and three subsequent essays about the art of textual interpretation (or interpretation of a work of art, or someone you’re having a conversation with, or anything else).
In this review of Philosophy Between the Lines: The Lost History of Esoteric Writing, Francis Fukuyama claims that “It should be clear that the Straussian project has no particular implications for contemporary American foreign policy . . . “