Published 05/24/22
During Stalin's regime in Russia there was one author daring enough to write a Satire . . . one that I can't quite nail down. I ask Graeme to help me.
Published 05/24/22
There's no regular episode this week, but we'll be back next week with more. In the meantime, you can go hear an interview with Donaldson over at "Pints with Jack," one of our sister podcasts.
Published 05/10/22
The Proslogion contains Anselm of Canterbury's Ontological Argument, which is still argued about in philosophical circles today. It's not really convincing, except that it is.
Published 05/03/22
We discuss the romantic movement and how they interpret Paradise Lost to be other than what it really is. Also, we get cranky about bad guys.
Published 04/26/22
This one is about an Italian hunchback who lives with his mom and writes nihilistic poetry about women he can't get. You can't make this stuff up.
Published 04/19/22
Asimov's excellent sci-fi trilogy is worth a read. Plus, space capitalism!
Published 04/12/22
I have finally tackled the (rumored) most difficult book in the English language. Feel free to send me any money you've got for the service I just rendered you.
Published 04/05/22
Thomas was kind enough to reach out to Joshua Gibbs for an interview, and the results speak for themselves. Joshua is a renowned figure in the classical world, and we're happy to have him (and his great big bushy beard) on the podcast.
Published 03/29/22
Josh Gibbs decided to write a pamphlet to kids trembling at the notion of going to a classical school. We, clearly a bunch of children, decided to read it.
Published 03/22/22
Published 03/15/22
Nothing to be done.
Published 03/08/22
In this episode, drawing three books together, Graeme leads us through a discussion about Atlas Shrugged in light of the Therapeutic man . . . and Raskolnikov.
Published 03/01/22
In this installment of Thomas's series on the Landmark Herodotus, we talk about the reign of Cambyses, who gave bad gifts, had bad spies, and couldn't pull back a fancy bow. He was cranky about it.
Published 02/22/22
Leibniz's theory of the best of all possible worlds helps to explain the problem of evil in Theism. "Oh nuh uh" says Voltaire. He wrote Candide in response.
Published 02/15/22
In this episode, we discuss David Hicks's (yep, THAT David Hicks, the one who wrote "Norms and Nobility") article "Is Classical Education Still Possible?" If we agree with him, it could mean that two of us are out of a job, and three of us are out of a podcast.
Published 02/08/22
In Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged," a character gives a two-hundred-page-long speech on objectivism, her philosophy. Hey, if you're looking for an ethos that gives you both independence AND cash, you're in the right place.
Published 02/01/22
Ol' Tommy had a kiddo (his wife helped), and Ol' Graemepa was exposed to COVID. No episodes for anybody.
Published 01/25/22
This is our first real venture into eastern philosophy. The Tao Te Ching is from the 4th century BC, and lemme tell ya, I've never wanted to be simple like an infant more.
Published 01/18/22
In this episode, we ponder the four causes and unravel the mysteries of the universe. Well, Thomas does. We ruffle his feathers while he does good work.
Published 01/11/22
This is the second half of Seneca's letter to his Mom. He mostly says she shouldn't be sad. You know, cause she has a chipper grandchild? I guess?
Published 12/28/21
In this episode, I read something appropriate for Christmas: Poe's "The Raven." Then I follow up with a reading of the essay he wrote explaining the whole process. Spoiler: he thinks death is beautiful.
Published 12/21/21
Seneca writes a letter in exile to his mother. He doesn't pull any punches, then he talks about food for a while. This is part one.
Published 12/14/21
As we are all apart for the holidays, I'm going to read a few of my favorite essays and stories to keep your appetite for content sated. This one is by Mark Twain.
Published 12/09/21
Sometimes you have feelings. Romeo is one such person who has feelings. Graeme, inspired by a previous episode, ponders on whether Romeo is an existentialist, meaning that the philosophy is immature.
Published 11/30/21