Free Will is a Scam!

Free Will is a Scam!

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Episode 9: Wang Yangming - Inquiry on the Great Learning and Instructions for Practical Living
August 03, 2020

This one stretched to a discussion of Art, particularly Bada Shanren (1626-1705 CE), then we wandered into a discussion of teleology, religion, and progress in society. For some background on Wang and the tradition of Neo-Confucianism that he was at...

Episode 8: Søren Kierkegaard, The Present Age
June 18, 2020

Excerpt from Two Ages: A Literary Review 1846It is a review of Thomasine Christine Gyllembourg-Ehrensvrd's 1845 novel,Two AgesEnjoy!

Episode 6: Is Free Will a Scam? (Part 1)
May 24, 2020

We broke this week's content up into two episodes. In this first part we mostly wrestle with Spinoza's logic and the question of a naturally determined reality vs. a pre-determined one.Stay tuned for Part 2!

Episode 5: David Foster Wallace - E Unibus Plurum
May 17, 2020

In the "Depressingly Prophetic" file, just behind Forster'sThe Machine Stops,lies this week's essay, E Unibus Plurum, by David Foster Wallace.We enjoyed the conversation, and promise zero irony, and only minimal cynicism.Enjoy!

Episode 4: Kwame Anthony Appiah
May 10, 2020

This week we discuss Appiah'sIn My Father's House chapters 1-5, and assorted other works by and about Appiah.

Episode 3: Irigaray - When Our Lips Speak Together
April 18, 2020

The theme for this week (and next) is Feminism, and we read several brilliant works, including: Luce Irigaray - When Our Lips Speak TogetherJulia Kristeva - Powers of Horror (Chapter One - Approaching Abjection)and discussed several more: Delouze and...

Episode 2: Zhuangzi Inner Chapters
April 04, 2020

This week we dig into the first 7 chapters of the classic proto-Daoist text, the Zhuangzi, named for Master Zhuang, or Zhuang Zhou. We worked primarily from Brook Ziporyn's excellent translation. Some other texts mentioned, and also worth reading are

Episode 1: Nietzsche - On the Geneology of Morality
March 29, 2020

Welcome to Free Will is a Scam! A new Philosophy podcast, in which I (mawkishly? Tepidly?) attempt to stay out of a fight with my brother, and we both defer to the better judgment of my sister-in-law. We are all teachers, and we love to talk with each oth