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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

Epictetus' The Handbook | The New Thinkery Ep. 38

4/14/2021
Tragedy, or calamity, is inevitable in life. How we deal with those events can be thought of as defining moments in our character. Many have sought to find the "best" way to endure calamities, and that's where the guys pick up this week, with Epictetus' brief text on stoicism, The Handbook.

Duration:00:43:01

Special Announcement: The New Thinkery LIVE this Wednesday!

4/12/2021
In case you ever wanted to see the shiny dome that is Alex's head or the beard of his hair planted on Greg's chin, now you can! This Wednesday, April 14, the guys will be recording an episode of The New Thinkery LIVE at ACTC. They'll discuss Rousseau's First Discourse and conduct a Q&A session. Zoom registration is free and we hope to see you there!

Duration:00:03:11

Interview with Professor Michael Davis on Sophocles' Electra | The New Thinkery Ep. 37

4/7/2021
This week, Professor Michael Davis of Sarah Lawrence College joins us to discuss Sophocles' Electra. Prof. Davis is the author of numerous books on the history of philosophy; he's currently at work on a book on the Electra plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. He also discusses his experiences learning from Allan Bloom, Richard Kennington, and Seth Benardete. Plus: the fastest lightning round questions to date!

Duration:01:21:23

Agathon’s Speech: Analyzing Plato's Symposium, Part VI | The New Thinkery Ep. 36

3/31/2021
In the sixth installment of an ongoing series breaking down Plato's Symposium, the guys reconvene to analyze Agathon's speech on Eros, emphasizing what Agathon claims Eros is and what it is the cause of.

Duration:00:52:34

Nietzsche's Twilight of the Idols | The New Thinkery Ep. 35

3/24/2021
Nietzsche is a controversial person to say the least. His works are easily misinterpreted, and with such lines as "God is dead", it's no surprise. Fortunately, the guys are back this week to break down the last work he submitted to a publisher, Twilight of the Idols: or How to Philosophize with a Hammer, with an emphasis on his discussion on Socrates. Producer's note: Greg does not have syphilis.

Duration:01:01:03

Pericles' Funeral Oration | The New Thinkery Ep. 34

3/17/2021
Death is always a difficult subject, and having to give a eulogy, as Greg notes, is extremely difficult. Pericles gave one of the most memorable funeral orations in history. So good, in fact, that Abraham Lincoln might've used it for inspiration. But it's not flawless, and the guys dive into Pericles' Funeral Oration to discuss its deeper meaning and themes.

Duration:00:56:14

Philosophy and Film 2: Love and Death (1975) | The New Thinkery Ep. 33

3/10/2021
This week the guys turn to cinema instead of their bookshelves to analyze Woody Allen's movie, Love and Death. A step removed from the slapstick comedy and parody Allen is known for, Love and Death contains deeper philosophic themes in addition to the former elements that the guys tease out through discussion.

Duration:00:46:01

Aristophanes’ Speech: Analyzing Plato's Symposium, Part V | The New Thinkery Ep. 32

3/3/2021
This week the guys return to Plato’s Symposium to analyze the philosophical messages contained within individual speeches. This time, the guys delve into Aristophanes’ speech, which deals with the nature and function of love. Plus: a little mythology aside on Zeus.

Duration:00:49:26

Interview with Professor Flagg Taylor on "Loss of the Creature" | The New Thinkery Ep. 31

2/24/2021
In this week's edition of TNT, the guys are joined by Flagg Taylor, professor of political theory at Skidmore College. The group analyze Walker Percy's essay, "The Loss of the Creature," and focus especially on the idea of not having everything spelled out for you as a primer and to learn through doing. Plus: Stick around for Greg's Q&A!

Duration:00:57:18

Interview with Professor Steve Hayward on Executive Power | The New Thinkery Ep. 30

2/17/2021
In this President's Day edition of The New Thinkery, the guys are joined by Professor Steve Hayward, senior resident scholar at the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley, and a visiting lecturer at Berkeley's Boalt Hall Law School. The group discuss executive power, pulling from Prof. Hayward's extensive knowledge on the subject. Plus: you seriously will not guess what alternative job Prof. Hayward would've chosen, but you'll have to wait until the end of the episode for that!

Duration:01:02:46

Francis Bacon's New Atlantis | The New Thinkery Ep. 29

2/10/2021
This week the guys are back to discuss another of Francis Bacon's works: New Atlantis. This short work might be presented to readers as incomplete, but Bacon includes several interesting philosophic points meritorious of a closer analysis.

Duration:01:16:36

Interview with Professor Jan Blits on Shakespeare's Coriolanus | The New Thinkery Ep. 28

2/3/2021
In this week's installment of The New Thinkery, the guys are joined by Jan Blits, Professor Emeritus in the University Honors Faculty at the University of Delaware. Together, they analyze the underlying philosophical themes of Shakespeare's Coriolanus. His edition is available from Hackett Press. Plus: stick around for Greg's infamous Q&A session!

Duration:01:07:24

Jonathan Swift's Battle of the Books | The New Thinkery Ep. 27

1/27/2021
This week the guys are back to discuss Jonathan Swift. Everyone has heard of Gulliver's Travels and A Modest Proposal, but he has another work worth looking at: The Battle of the Books. Plus: the audience has voted on who the funniest co-host is.

Duration:00:54:54

Jacob Klein's The Idea of Liberal Education | The New Thinkery Ep. 26

1/20/2021
In this week's edition of The New Thinkery, the guys discuss Jacob Klein's The Idea of Liberal Education. Specifically, they delve into the questions raised by Klein's analysis of education and whether a liberal education is even possible today.

Duration:01:25:04

William James' The Moral Equivalent of War | The New Thinkery Ep. 25

1/13/2021
In this week's episode of The New Thinkery, the guys discuss William James, one of the leading proponents of American pragmatism, on the question of whether our warlike passions can have a peaceful political outlet. Stay tuned to see which 2020 presidential candidate had a policy proposal in alignment with some of James' thoughts.

Duration:00:48:02

Interview with Professor Richard Velkley on Heidegger and Strauss | The New Thinkery Ep. 24

1/6/2021
In this edition of The New Thinkery, the guys are back to help bring in the new year, and are joined by Dr. Richard Velkley, the Celia Scott Weatherhead Professor of Philosophy at Tulane University. They discuss Heidegger, Leo Strauss, and the underlying premises of philosophy. After you've heard the serious stuff, stick around for the lightning round Q&A at the end!

Duration:01:08:35

Analyzing Plato's Symposium, Part IV: Eryximachus' Speech | The New Thinkery Ep. 23

12/30/2020
Join the guys this week as they continue to break Plato's Symposium into sections and analyze the philosophical messages contained within. This week the guys take on Eryximachus' speech on love from the scientific perspective.

Duration:00:57:47

Dickens' A Christmas Carol | The New Thinkery Ep. 22

12/23/2020
In this week's episode of The New Thinkery, the guys discuss the Christmas classic: A Christmas Carol. They go through the book's plot, themes, underlying philosophical points, and talk about the cultural impact the book has had since its publication in the nineteenth century.

Duration:01:12:53

Aristotle on Virtue | The New Thinkery Ep. 21

12/16/2020
In this week's episode of The New Thinkery, the guys discuss another of Aristotle's works, this time focusing on Aristotle's account of virtue in the second book of the Nicomachean Ethics. Plus: the guys read some of your reviews, and now Alex needs a paternity test?

Duration:01:02:11

Winston Churchill on the Modern World | The New Thinkery Ep. 20

12/9/2020
In this edition of The New Thinkery, the guys take a look at perhaps the greatest individual of the 20th century: Winston Churchill. Specifically, the guys analyze Churchill's 1931 essay "Mass Effects in Modern Life." The essay poses two core questions. First, whether we can escape mass systems and their effects. Second, whether mass systems are in the interest of the greater good. Tune in to see the guys break it down.

Duration:00:57:35