Release dates for PEL episodes refer to the release of the first half of the conversation. If you're a PEL Citizen, you'll get the whole thing on that date; if not, you'll have to wait another week for the second half.
The Next PEL Episodes
- Ep. 185 The Odyssey by Homer, with guest Emily Wilson, whose new translation we'll be reading. We'll discuss both the philosophical content of the book and philosophical issues involved in the act of translation.
- Ep. 188 How to Do Things with Words by J.L. Austin. Seth returns! Philosophers of language for a long time focused on the truth or falsity of sentences being the primary thing, but Austin points brings our attention to performatives, which sentences using phrases like "I promise" or "I warn you" or "you have been served" which are actually doing something, not just describing, to suggest that the primary unit of language is not the sentence but the utterance by a particular speaker on a particular occasion. This has implications for ethics!
- Ep. 189 on Free Speech. This will continue the discussion from Mill, focusing on contemporary issues re. hate speech and the issue of venue: We tend to agree that the government shouldn't restrict any speech that doesn't constitute an imminent threat, but also agree that private companies that provide a venue for speech can set their own rules. But being locked out of all private venues effectively leaves one speechless, and Mill's view included positive moral (not just legal) goals for encouraging even speech we find offensive. Start your reading with the Stanford Encyclopedia article on this. We will for sure read John Milton's "Areopagitica," some of Stanley Fish's There's No Such Thing As Free Speech: And It's a Good Thing, Too, and Joel Feinberg's "Limits to the Free Expression of Opinion."
The Next Nakedly Examined Music Episodes (What is this?)
I'm only listing episodes here that have already been recorded.
- NEM #68 Marc Jackson and Jeffrey Casey from R.H.E.M.A.. The two remaining members of a band known in the 80s for their role in a weird movie have released their first proper collective album of modern electronica.
- NEM #69 Ant-Bee. Billy James re-formed the Mothers of Invention for his amusement, has been a co-author and publicity guy to giants of prog rock, and uses old-school tape techniques to create Beach Boys-esque sonic collages. Plus he's a hell of a drummer.
- NEM #70 Amy Annelle. An American folk musician recently featured in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
- NEM #71 Aaron David Gleason. . New York/L.A. singer-songwriter/actor who writes punchy songs with wry lyrics (his album is actually called Wry Observer).
- NEM #? Prateek Kuhad. This pop-folk singer/songwriter was MTV India's Artist of the Year for 2016. This has been delayed at the request of his manager
The next Phi Fic episodes (What is this?)
- Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf. Join us as we discuss one of Woolf's most famous novels. Following one day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway in post-WWI London, as she prepares for her high-society party, the novel plays with time as it slides inside the minds of Clarissa and her friends. Many scholars believe it is this novel where Woolf found her voice.
The next Combat and Classics episodes (What is this?)