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The New Thinkery is a podcast devoted to political philosophy and its history, along with its many guises in literature, film, and human experience generally. Named after Socrates’ infamous “Thinkery” in Aristophanes’ Clouds, The New Thinkery strikes a balance between the seriousness of academia and the playfulness of casual conversation among friends.

The New Thinkery is a podcast devoted to political philosophy and its history, along with its many guises in literature, film, and human experience generally. Named after Socrates’ infamous “Thinkery” in Aristophanes’ Clouds, The New Thinkery strikes a balance between the seriousness of academia and the playfulness of casual conversation among friends.

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The New Thinkery is a podcast devoted to political philosophy and its history, along with its many guises in literature, film, and human experience generally. Named after Socrates’ infamous “Thinkery” in Aristophanes’ Clouds, The New Thinkery strikes a balance between the seriousness of academia and the playfulness of casual conversation among friends.

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English


Episodes

Interview with Professor Robert Faulkner on Francis Bacon | The New Thinkery Ep. 19

12/2/2020
In this edition of The New Thinkery, the guys are back from stuffing themselves with turkey last week, and are joined by Dr. Robert Faulkner, a research professor at Boston College focusing on modern political philosophy and American political and legal thought. They expand upon episode sixteen's look at Francis Bacon's works. In addition to a philosophy and history lesson, stick around for the ever-fun lightning round Q&A at the end!

Duration:01:06:25

Special Edition: The New Thankery

11/26/2020
In this short bonus episode of TNT, Alex, David, and Greg go around the digital table discussing what they're thankful for. Alex also poses lightning round questions. Stick around to hear about Greg's literally smoking truck.

Duration:00:14:21

Plutarch's Life of Lycurgus | The New Thinkery Ep. 18

11/25/2020
In this edition of The New Thinkery, the guys talk about life in Sparta through the lens of Plutarch's writings on Lycurgus. You might be asking yourself what an ostensible history text is doing on a philosophy podcast. Rest assured, looking at Spartan life raises several philosophical questions.

Duration:01:12:08

Analyzing Plato's Symposium, Part III: Pausanias' Speech | The New Thinkery Ep. 17

11/18/2020
This week, the guys return to Plato and Socrates. In the third installment of this ongoing series analyzing Plato's Symposium, the guys break down Pausanias' speech. This includes a discussion of ancient Greek pederasty. Plus: stick around until the end for a lightning round Q&A.

Duration:00:53:25

Francis Bacon's Great Instauration | The New Thinkery Ep. 16

11/11/2020
In this episode of The New Thinkery, the guys tackle Francis Bacon. Specifically, the guys reveal Bacon's idea of who should rule us. Plus: is Bacon Machiavellian?

Duration:00:55:16

The Nature of Foundings ft. James Ceaser | The New Thinkery Ep. 15

11/4/2020
In this edition of The New Thinkery, the guys are joined by James Ceaser, professor of politics at the University of Virginia. Together, the group discuss the nature of foundings. From ancient Greece on up to the founding of America, there are a few common elements that define a founding, and Professor Ceaser reveals them for you. Plus: stick around until the end for a series of very interesting lightning round Q&A!

Duration:01:01:23

Shakespeare's Macbeth | The New Thinkery Ep. 14

10/28/2020
Shakespeare's Macbeth is among his most famous plays. it is "read" far and wide in high school classrooms, where the teacher promptly puts students to sleep by making such an interesting play boring. The guys are back this week to set the record straight and talk about Macbeth in a thought-provoking way, highlighting the crucial philosophical underpinnings of the play. Plus: Greg is definitely a witch/warlock, but you didn't hear that from the producer.

Duration:01:12:06

Analyzing Plato's Symposium, Part II: Phaedrus' Speech | The New Thinkery Ep. 13

10/21/2020
This week, the guys return to ancient Greece and the roots of Western political philosophy, Plato and Socrates. In this installment of an ongoing series analyzing Plato's Symposium, the guys break down the short, yet telling, speech by Phaedrus. Plus: you have mailbag questions, and the guys have the answers.

Duration:00:55:47

Aristotle on Courage | The New Thinkery Ep. 12

10/14/2020
This week the guys return to Greek philosophy after their trip to the movies. They go through Aristotle's discussion of courage in Book III of the Nicomachean Ethics. Spoiler: there's more to it than just facing your fears.

Duration:01:06:33

Philosophy & Film 1: Zulu (1964) | The New Thinkery Ep. 11

10/7/2020
The guys headed to the movies this week and watched Zulu. They discuss the movie's plot, themes, and underlying philosophy to tease out the hidden importance of the film and its characters. Plus: you don't want to miss Greg's reaction when he looks up "WAP" and sees the lyrics!

Duration:00:53:36

Analyzing Plato's Symposium, Part I | The New Thinkery Ep. 10

9/30/2020
On this week's episode of The New Thinkery, the guys are kicking off a new series of episodes aimed at breaking down one of the greatest works of political philosophy ever put to paper: Plato's Symposium. In the inaugural episode, the guys focus on the historical and political context in which Plato's Symposium takes place, as well as break down the opening of the dialogue.

Duration:01:07:12

Interview with Prof. Robert C. Bartlett | The New Thinkery Ep. 9

9/23/2020
This week, the guys are joined by one of Greg's former teachers, Robert C. Bartlett, Behrakis Professor of Hellenic Political Studies at Boston College. Together, they discuss his new book of translations of and essays on Aristophanes' two earliest plays: the Acharnians and the Knights. Don't miss out on a history lesson in ancient Greece and the answers to some big questions, like what role humor should play in human life and what color Professor Bartlett's first car was!

Duration:00:57:22

Plato's Gorgias | The New Thinkery Ep. 8

9/16/2020
Join the guys this week as they break down Plato's famous book, Gorgias. They analyze the larger themes of the book with a dash of humor, while also pausing to explain some of the most important passages. Plus: what do broken arms, German elementary schoolchildren, and "cheese farms" have to do with rhetoric?

Duration:01:01:09

Interview with Professor Charles Butterworth | The New Thinkery Ep. 7

9/9/2020
In this episode of The New Thinkery, the guys interview Dr. Charles Butterworth, Emeritus Professor of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park. Ever the teacher, Dr. Butterworth covers several topics, including: his education, teaching methods, and fun stories about times in the classroom; he even answers some rapid fire questions.

Duration:01:16:58

Teaching Political Philosophy | The New Thinkery Ep. 6

9/2/2020
On this week's edition of The New Thinkery, the guys discuss how to (and not to) teach political philosophy. Alex and Greg teach political philosophy as a full-time job, so they have several key insights pinpointing where professors can go wrong. They also give concrete advice on what good professors should do to get the best results from students. Just wait until Greg starts talking about Nietzsche! Plus: what animal story does David have to share this time?

Duration:01:08:59

Shakespeare's Measure for Measure | The New Thinkery Ep. 5

8/26/2020
Alex, David, and Greg are back again this week, but they leave the realm of hard philosophy books to tease out the underlying political philosophy in Shakespeare's lesser-known, but nevertheless important play, Measure for Measure. Listen in as they talk about everything from how Machiavelli influences Shakespeare to what the phrase "willy-nilly" actually means.

Duration:01:10:30

Reading Plato | The New Thinkery Ep. 4

8/17/2020
Join Alex, David, and Greg as they discuss how to read Plato, perhaps the most influential philosopher in history, while also talking about the insights that are illuminated by their reading. Plus: Greg has a strange story about a cat and the guys answer mailbag questions.

Duration:01:10:15

A Close Reading of Machiavelli's Prince Ch. 15 | The New Thinkery Ep. 3

8/12/2020
As a follow up to the last episode of The New Thinkery, the guys look specifically at chapter 15 of Machiavelli's The Prince. Their close reading elucidates the world-historical shift Machiavelli initiated. Plus: David's hawk story from last week comes to a conclusion.

Duration:01:16:02

Machiavelli's The Prince and Modernity | The New Thinkery Ep. 2

8/5/2020
Join Alex, David, and Greg as they dive into one of the most infamous and polarizing books in political philosophy, Machiavelli's The Prince. The guys introduce the book and break down its most important points while connecting its wisdom to modernity. Plus: David has a short story to tell about a hawk.

Duration:01:06:46

Averroes and al-Ghazali | The New Thinkery Ep. 1

7/27/2020
In the inaugural episode of The New Thinkery, join the guys as they analyze Averroes' Decisive Treatise and al-Ghazali's Decisive Criterion. Their readings of these great works of medieval Islamic philosophy illuminate the relationship between reason and revelation. If you enjoyed the decisive treatise, check out Charles Butterworth's excellent translation, which contains a very insightful introductory essay and many helpful notes.

Duration:01:07:02