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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: Joshua Parens on Leo Strauss on Natural Law

5/18/2022
This week, the guys attended a panel where they interviewed Joshua Parens on the peculiar nature of Strauss' views on natural law and the philosopher. The group analyzes Strauss' wisdom-filled writings.

Duration:01:22:25

Winchester 73 | The New Thinkery Ep. 95

5/11/2022
This week, the guys take a break from philosophy to visit the Wild West as they analyze the film Winchester 73. Revolving around who gets to own a nearly perfect Winchester rifle, the guys look at the key lessons and plot points.

Duration:00:50:37

The Noble Lie | The New Thinkery Ep. 94

5/4/2022
This week, the guys take a look at one of the most memorable concepts from Plato's Republic, that of the noble lie. They analyze the usefulness of noble lies, and whether it should affect the way we view Plato. Plus: your mailbag questions get answered!

Duration:00:48:31

Interview: Steve Hayward on Weber's Politics as a Vocation

4/27/2022
This week, the guys are joined by author, political commentator, and policy scholar Steven F. Hayward. The group take a look at the underlying themes of Max Weber's Politics as a Vocation, as well as some potential consequences of the line of logic used in the book.

Duration:00:56:01

Homer's Iliad, Books 1 and 2 | The New Thinkery Ep. 92

4/20/2022
This week, the guys take a trip back to ancient Greece to discuss the first two books of Homer's Iliad. Plus: a cameo appearance from David's son!

Duration:00:41:31

Interview: Dr. Catherine Zuckert on Augustine's Confessions | The New Thinkery Ep. 91

4/13/2022
With Easter around the corner, the guys are joined by Dr. Catherine Zuckert, the Reeves Dreux Professor of Political Science at Notre Dame, to take a look at the first Western Christian autobiography ever written: St. Augustine's Confessions. The cast discuss the timely themes and important underlying messages, as well as talk about Dr. Zuckert's educational biography.

Duration:01:14:04

Interview: Dr. Lee Ward on Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost | The New Thinkery Ep. 90

4/6/2022
This week, the guys continue their running series on Shakespeare. On the docket is one of Shakespeare's early comedies, Love's Labour's Lost. To help them with the analysis, Dr. Lee Ward, Professor of Political Science at Baylor University, joins the crew to shed light on the major themes and events of the play. Shoutout to ALI for sponsoring!

Duration:00:57:19

Interview: Dr. David Lowenthal on Orwell's 1984

3/30/2022
In this episode of TNT, the guys are joined by distinguished professor and student of Leo Strauss, David Lowenthal. Together, the group talk about Lowenthal's academic and military career, Orwell's 1984, and Dr. Lowenthal answers lightning questions. Plus: Dr. Lowenthal explains why he was a Marxist for a little while.

Duration:01:23:41

Grab Bag | The New Thinkery Ep. 88

3/23/2022
This week, the guys take a break from focusing on one text to host a more personal episode. Each co-host presents a question to the others for their thoughts, and then they answer your mailbag questions! If you like this episode format, let us know on Twitter and we'll make more like it.

Duration:01:01:24

Interview: Professor James Carey on Indian Philosophy | The New Thinkery Ep. 87

3/16/2022
In this week's episode, the guys are joined by Professor James Carey. The group wade outside of TNT's philosophic comfort zone by talking with Professor Carey about Indian philosophy. Specifically, they discuss whether Indian philosophy is monolithic, and, whether it is or not, what concepts grab the attention of Indian philosophy.

Duration:01:12:43

Plato's Republic and the Problem of Justice | The New Thinkery Ep. 86

3/9/2022
In this follow-up to the last episode on Plato's Republic, the guys are again looking at the concept of justice. Specifically, what issues one might take with it. The group analyze the speeches of Glaucon and his brother to get at the philosophic issues dwelling underneath what seems to be a universal concept.

Duration:00:57:32

Hitchcock's Rope | The New Thinkery Ep. 85

3/2/2022
This week, the guys are breaking up the nonstop philosophy with a movie with strong overtones about, what else, philosophy! The crew discuss Alfred Hitchcock's Rope—which is scarily based on a true story—and how philosophy can be dangerous when approached improperly.

Duration:01:02:14

Interview: Diana Schaub on Lincoln's Lyceum Address | The New Thinkery Ep. 84

2/23/2022
In this President's Day edition of The New Thinkery, the guys are joined by Professor Diana Schaub, who teaches at Loyola University Maryland, and specializes in Lincoln. Together, the group discuss Lincoln's Lyceum Address and what Lincoln thought of himself as extracted from the text. Shoutout to Davenant Hall for sponsoring!

Duration:00:45:07

Interview: Dr. Michael P. Zuckert on Lincoln's Statecraft | The New Thinkery Ep. 83

2/16/2022
In a first for The New Thinkery, the guys are joined for a threepeat guest appearance by Dr. Michael P. Zuckert. Together, the guys discuss the three elements of statecraft, and to what extent Lincoln hit the marks. Shoutout to Davenant Hall for sponsoring!

Duration:01:18:01

Machiavelli's Four Most Excellent Princes | The New Thinkery Ep. 82

2/9/2022
This week, the guys return to Machiavelli's The Prince, this time focusing on Chapter 6. the group discuss who, in Machiavelli's mind, were the most excellent princes, and who Machiavelli left out. Don't blame Greg for his salty language—it's Machiavelli's fault!

Duration:00:16:38

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave | The New Thinkery Ep. 81

2/2/2022
In observance of the beginning of Black History Month, The New Thinkery guys are taking a look at Frederick Douglass' memoir, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave. Specifically, the group focus on why Douglass wrote the book the way he did, and what lessons can be taken away from Douglass' life and writings.

Duration:01:00:10

Anna Schmidt on Maimonides' Letter on Astrology | The New Thinkery Ep. 80

1/26/2022
In this edition of TNT, the guys are joined by Anna Schmidt. Together, the group discuss religionism and astrology using Maimonides' letter on the latter as a springboard to dive deeper into the topic.

Duration:01:12:34

Aristotle's Politics, 1.1-2 | The New Thinkery Ep. 79

1/19/2022
This week, the guys take a look at Aristotle's Politics. Specifically, they explore the key types of relationships according to Aristotle, how they contributed to the formation of the city, and why the city is the perfect size for humans to flourish.

Duration:01:11:19

Leo Strauss on German Nihilism | The New Thinkery Ep. 78

1/12/2022
As Nazism came to the fore in Germany following World War I, Leo Strauss delivered a lecture that would be published posthumously attempting to explain why. Specifically, he emphasized nihilism, including its sources and influences. The guys discuss and expand upon this lecture.

Duration:00:55:16

Plato's Republic, Book I | The New Thinkery Ep. 77

1/5/2022
In the first episode of 2022, the guys come out swinging by taking on Book I of Plato's Republic. One of the most important philosophic works of all-time, the discussion is as wide-ranging as it is entertaining. Plus: we want your ideas on what part of Plato's Republic the guys should cover next!

Duration:01:09:43