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Red Letter Philosophy is a podcast about ideas that matter. There are many philosophers and philosophies in this world; some deep, many shallow. In ancient calendars, medieval manuscripts, and modern universities, red signified something important; something that would put you in danger, should it be ignored. As the spirit of the day ebbs and flows, the words of red letter philosophers and philosophies keep us tethered to reality and mindful of what matters. Take up and listen, as Soz (philosophy lecturer & writer) and Mot (engineer, musician & man about town) pay mind to the most practical and profound thinkers of past and present.

Red Letter Philosophy is a podcast about ideas that matter. There are many philosophers and philosophies in this world; some deep, many shallow. In ancient calendars, medieval manuscripts, and modern universities, red signified something important; something that would put you in danger, should it be ignored. As the spirit of the day ebbs and flows, the words of red letter philosophers and philosophies keep us tethered to reality and mindful of what matters. Take up and listen, as Soz (philosophy lecturer & writer) and Mot (engineer, musician & man about town) pay mind to the most practical and profound thinkers of past and present.

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United States

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Red Letter Philosophy is a podcast about ideas that matter. There are many philosophers and philosophies in this world; some deep, many shallow. In ancient calendars, medieval manuscripts, and modern universities, red signified something important; something that would put you in danger, should it be ignored. As the spirit of the day ebbs and flows, the words of red letter philosophers and philosophies keep us tethered to reality and mindful of what matters. Take up and listen, as Soz (philosophy lecturer & writer) and Mot (engineer, musician & man about town) pay mind to the most practical and profound thinkers of past and present.

Language:

English


Episodes

RLP Special: Thanksgiving II - Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

11/24/2020
In this episode we celebrate Thanksgiving in the light of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. The story of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles is reminiscent of the stories of Flannery O'Connor and the Coen Brothers. Their sorties are often violent, taking a sober look at the human condition and evil. But there is a moment in the story when grace - the the hand of God - breaks into one’s life. Gratitude, Thanksgiving, and Del Griffith: on today’s Red Letter Philosophy.

Duration:00:09:37

Beauty in a Test Tube?

11/20/2020
In this episode we look at attempts to explain beauty away scientifically and evolutionarily. We ask the question, what is it about beauty that sets it apart? What is it about beauty that makes it a special kind of special? We suggest that it’s an awareness of something that cannot be captured in a test tube.

Duration:00:10:20

Judging Beauty

11/6/2020
Beauty is strange; being both objective and subjective. Our experience of beauty suggests that not everything real can be understood scientifically. Beauty cannot be found in a test tube, and yet it is objective. Perhaps Plato is right? Perhaps the experience of beauty is key to perceiving another reality, a higher world?

Duration:00:08:30

RLP Special: Near Death in the ICU (Halloween II)

10/31/2020
Is there any evidence that we survive death? Today we examine that question through the work of ICU physician Lauren Bellg. Happy Halloween.

Duration:00:12:13

High Culture

10/23/2020
Is there art that makes one deeper? Is there is art, or faux art, that makes one shallower? In other words, Is there a high culture? Join us as we discuss beauty and why it matters in this episode of Red Letter Philosophy.

Duration:00:09:07

Is Paris in the Eye of the Beholder?

10/9/2020
Is Chesterton right when he says that, “Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere?” Join us as we walk to the edge of the line in this episode of Red Letter Philosophy.

Duration:00:09:23

Is Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder?

9/25/2020
Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? Can beauty be a completely subjective thing? Beauty and meaning explored in this episode of Red Letter Philosophy.

Duration:00:08:28

But Is It Beautiful?

9/11/2020
Could you give a reason, an explanation, or a description to illuminate your intuitions regarding art and beauty? What is it that makes something beautiful? What is it that makes something artful? Why does it matter? Art, beauty, and the meaning of life on this episode of Red Letter Philosophy.

Duration:00:10:59

RLP Special: September 11th & The Mystery of Evil

9/11/2020
On September 11th, we remember the individuals who died, the individuals who were maimed, the individuals who suffered. But we should also heed the words of Pascal, we should not avert our eyes from the radiant light of evil. On today’s show we discuss the mystery of evil.

Duration:00:08:42

RLP Special: The Endless Summer

8/28/2020
In 1966, Bruce Brown created a film titled, “The Endless Summer”. The film has been called charming, uncomplicated, and strange. Brown's movie continues to fascinate and puzzle decades after its release. It is not political. It is not trendy. It is existential (in the best sense). We can all relate to surfers like Mike Hynson and Robert August, and film maker Bruce Brown, because they throw off the fleeting cares of the world and seek out the perfect wave: The Endless Summer.

Duration:00:08:29

RLP Special: Death in the Grand Canyon

8/21/2020
The Grand Canyon is a place where the line between life and death, the line between this world and the next world, grows thin. The Grand Canyon is a reminder that life is serious business. Don't take yourself seriously, but take life very seriously. In this episode we contemplate a compelling Summer read: “Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon”.

Duration:00:12:25

RLP Special: The Human House

8/14/2020
Since at least the time of Plato, and almost certainly before that, some of the greatest and most insightful thinkers have been convinced that there is more to this world than meets the eye. G. K. Chesterton wrote that, "The human house is a paradox, for it is larger inside than out." In other words, things are not always what they seem. The world within may be more vast than the world without. In this episode we explore the Sacramental nature of surfing and how it reveals that things are...

Duration:00:08:35

RLP Special: Spooky Action at a Distance

7/31/2020
The sea without and the sea within, like mind and body, or reason and imagination, presents us with two realities. And if Kreeft is right, neither can be reduced to the other, but neither do they exist separately. This makes our world much stranger than we may realize.

Duration:00:10:31

RLP Special: I Surf, Therefore I Am

7/17/2020
Peter Kreeft, in his second book on the sea and surf, writes that, “the sea herself is the most poetic thing on earth (except perhaps a woman's face), and a breaking wave is the most poetic thing on the sea, and riding it is the most poetic thing you can do with it.” In this episode of the Red Letter Philosophy we continue to ponder the sea without and the sea within.

Duration:00:08:24

RLP Special: Independence Day Reflections

7/4/2020
Thomas Sowell, writes that, “the American Revolution was not simply a rebellion against the King of England, it was a rebellion against being ruled by kings in general. That is why the opening salvo of the American Revolution was called 'the shot heard round the world.” Join us today for a brief reflection on the meaning of the 4th of July.

Duration:00:07:39

RLP Special: The Sea Within

7/3/2020
Summer is upon us. Time for a little relaxation: the beach, the breeze, and a good book. Philosopher Peter Kreeft writes that, “a typical book on the sea will tell you what causes storms, but it will not tell you what causes our fascination with storms. They can tell you how the wind raises waves. But they don't tell you how the waves without raise waves of wonder within.” Join us as we contemplate the sea within.

Duration:00:09:59

Introducing Red Letter Philosophy

7/2/2020
This episode is not a usual episode. Think of this as more of an announcement. Permanence is the illusion of every age, and so it is for us. We are changing the name of the show.

Duration:00:05:34

RLP Special: Reflections on Fatherhood

6/21/2020
We’d like to propose something radical this Father's Day. Perhaps, fatherhood (and motherhood, for that matter) are not social constructs. Perhaps fatherhood is written into the fabric of reality? Join us today for a reflection on Father’s Day and Fatherhood.

Duration:00:08:29

The End

6/19/2020
“The truth is that people who worship health cannot remain healthy." In our day there are few ideals higher than health. Mental health, bodily health, environmental health. If Chesterton is right, it is a sign that we have become sick; we have forsaken the soul for the body; we are yoked and woke, but not awake. In this episode we sum up the second season and look ahead to the next.

Duration:00:08:13

The Opiate of the Masses? (Pt. 2)

6/5/2020
Karl Marx wrote, "religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people." For Marx, everything is to be understood in terms of material (economic) forces. But what if religion can't be understood in this way. If your hypothesis distorts the very thing it is intended to illuminate, then your hypothesis becomes profitless. In this episode we look at the futility of utility one last time.

Duration:00:07:19