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Aristotle's Great Souled Man

The New Thinkery

Release Date: 11/23/2022

Shilo Brooks on Nietzsche's Shilo Brooks on Nietzsche's "On the Use and Disadvantage of History for Life"

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This week, Alex and Greg take over the show to speak with Shilo Brooks, Executive Director of the James Madison Program at Princeton University, about Nietzsche's essay "On the Use and Disadvantage of History for Life". The group walk through Nietzsche's argument that excessive immersion in historical knowledge can lead to a passive and unhealthy way of life, causing individuals to lose sight of the present and their own creative potential, as well as his suggestion that history should serve a life-affirming purpose. 

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Shakespeare's Hamlet, Act II show art Shakespeare's Hamlet, Act II

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Continuing their mini-series breaking down Shakespeare's Hamlet, the guys sit down this week to take a close look at Act II. The guys analyze every detail, from King Claudius increasing suspicion of Hamlet's erratic behavior to Hamlet's continued feigned madness and expression of his inner turmoil in a soliloquy.

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Alex Priou's Musings on Plato's Symposium show art Alex Priou's Musings on Plato's Symposium

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This week, the guys gather to discuss a new book written by our very own Alex Priou! The book, Musings on Plato's Symposium, is a short but powerful series of thoughts on every part of the Symposium, in lengths varying from a few sentences to a few pages. This episode doesn't go too far into the weeds, instead reamining focused on the broad themes and Alex's writing style and process. 

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Shakespeare's Hamlet, Act I show art Shakespeare's Hamlet, Act I

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Continuing their mini-series on Shakespeare's Hamlet, the guys move from an overview to an thorough analysis of the play's first act. An emphasis is placed on the supernatural elements of the act, as well as the creeping dark atomsphere the act opens with, especailly when compared to the superficial joviality of the second scene that is ultimately unable to fully banish the gloom.

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Jacob Howland on the Crisis of Higher Education and the University of Austin show art Jacob Howland on the Crisis of Higher Education and the University of Austin

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The guys are joined this week by Professor Jacob Howland, Dean of UATX’s Intellectual Foundations program. The group takes a closer look at higher education in America to point out what ails it, as well as identify ways to circumvent or cure it, focusing on Prof. Howland's personal experiences and projects he's working on in higher education as a starting point. 

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Ray Bradbury's The Veldt show art Ray Bradbury's The Veldt

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Imagine a Jetsons-esque home that attempts to meet all of your needs while also featuring a room that makes your imagination into reality. Add some behaviorally troubled children imagining bloodthirsty lions into the mix, and you have the setup for Ray Bradbury's The Veldt. In a dystopian tale that would make an excellent episode of Black Mirror, Bradbury explores the pitfalls of tech that robs humanity of purpose. The guys discuss and analyze the story's plot, characters, and more.

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Heidegger's The Question Concerning Technology show art Heidegger's The Question Concerning Technology

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In an increasingly tech-driven world, it's easy to forget the human, and what essence of technology actually is. Heidegger's essay, The Question Concerning Technology, was his attempt to examine tech and humanity. The guys break it all down and connect it to the modern day.

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Steven Hayward on David Mitchell's Steven Hayward on David Mitchell's "Cloud Atlas"

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This week, the guys are joined for the third time by author, political commentator, and policy scholar Steven F. Hayward, who is replacing David for this episode. The group take a trip to the silver screen to review Cloud Atlas, based on a book of the same name. Discussion ranges from the unique, nested story sequence, characters, and more.

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An Overview of Shakespeare's Hamlet show art An Overview of Shakespeare's Hamlet

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The guys are back this week with a break from the philosophy books, opting instead for another of Shakespeare's great plays. They generally discuss the plot, characters, themes, and more in this episode. This is just the first episode on Hamlet to set the stage, so to speak. There will be deep dives into each act in the future.  

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Jacob Howland on Glaucon's Fate & Plato's Republic show art Jacob Howland on Glaucon's Fate & Plato's Republic

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This week, the guys are joined by Jacob Howland, author of Glaucon's Fate: History, Myth, and Character in Plato's Republic, among other impressive works, and the McFarlin Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at the University of Tulsa. Howland goes through his analysis and conclusion of Glaucon's fate in Plato's Republic, as well as touhch on additional points concerning the full work. Plus: Greg's (in)famous lightning round!

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Happy Thanksgiving from the crew at The New Thinkery! This week, the guys delve into one of the more popular sections of Aristotle's writing, Nicomachean Ethics IV.3. While none of the crew here qualify as a great souled man, that won't stop them from analyzing the required characteristics of one, as well as providing some real world examples of great souled men.