October 28th, 2022 | 15 mins 3 secs
bruno latour, climate change, covid, philosophy, postmodernism, science
Geographer and author Jacob Shell joined me to talk about his obituary of the late Bruno Latour who rose to prominence critiquing science and then turned his back on his most influential works of critical theory in 2004. We discuss the postmodern turn, science as ideology, the problem of critical theory, epistemic authority, "trusting the science," and more!
March 6th, 2022 | 15 mins 36 secs
apocalypse, carl schmitt, christianity, heidegger, history, leo strauss, philosophy, politics, religion
Emmet and John began their reading of Koselleck's Futures Past. They situate his context, layout his questions and method, and then open the first essay. They discuss the transition into modernity, the nature of historical time, the waning of eschaton, the secularization of the political and thus the future, and medieval eschatological tradition, and way more.
November 3rd, 2021 | 1 hr 3 mins
american politics, crt, philosophy, polarization, political philosophy, politics, woke
Writer and philosopher Oliver Traldi sits down with Emmet to talk about what it means to be a public intellectual today, what being a writer's really like, CRT, how woke politicization has homogenized every other endeavor in the humanities, and more!
February 16th, 2021 | 1 hr 11 secs
athens, democracy, frank furedi, hamilton, philosophy, plato, politics, psychology, technocracy, woke
Emmet sits down with Frank Furedi to discuss his latest book, Democracy Under Siege: Don't Let Them Lock It Down!
February 9th, 2021 | 1 hr 20 mins
altright, borges, capitol riots, conspiracy theory, heidegger, incel, leo strauss, nihilism, philosophy, politics, qanon, yukio mishima
We talk through three pieces: Strauss's lecture on German Nihilism, Bradley Troemel's video essay on QAnon, and Boris Groys's essay Self-Design and Aesthetic Responsibility to understand the current state of American Nihilism.
January 26th, 2021 | 1 hr 8 mins
19th century history, america, american canon, emerson, german philosophy, national identity, nationalism, philosophy, poe
We conclude (for now) our readings of Poe and Emerson by taking a look at how they conceived of American literary nationalism.
October 27th, 2020 | 54 mins 48 secs
christopher lasch, democracy, john dewey, philosophy, politics
Emmet and John continue their reading of Lasch's The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy.