Welcome to this new page, which is for the for the foreseeable future replacing the "Topic Announcement" blog posts which I'm burnt out on writing. Release dates for PEL episodes refer to the release of the first half of the conversation. If you're a PEL Citizen, you'll get the whole thing on that date; if not, you'll have to wait another week for the second half.
The Next PEL Episodes
Ep. 157: Richard Rorty's Achieving Our Country (1998). We continue the political discussion with this prescient book by the man who has been recently reputed to have predicted the rise of Trump. This book excoriates the left for abandoning economic issues (fighting greed) in favor of social issues (fighting sadism), which is great, but not enough.
Ep. 158: Boethius's The Consolation of Philosophy (523 AD). As the Roman Empire crumbled, Boethius sat in a cell waiting to be put to death, and produced this poetic work that combines Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, and Christian apologetics to explain why apparently bad things might happen to good people.
Ep. 159: Confucius's Analects (compiled somewhere around 300 BC). Yay, non-Western philosophy! Written an aphorisms by several authors capturing an oral tradition so that it's really unclear what of it actually came from Confucius himself!
Ep. 160: George Orwell's 1984 (1949) and Aldous Huxley's Brave New World (1931). The time is right to talk about totalitarian dystopias!
Ep. 161: Michel Foucault's The Order of Things (1966).
Ep. 162: Guest Stewart Umphrey on his 2016 book Natural Kinds and Genesis: The Classification of Material Entities.
The Next Nakedly Examined Music Episodes (What is this?)
I'm only listing episodes here that have already been recorded.
- NEM #36 with Robbie Fulks. Classy, Grammy-nominated country/folk with razor-sharp lyrics.
- NEM #37 with Nik Kershaw, who is Elton John's favorite songwriter.
- NEM #38 with Jonathan Segel. He came to fame playing violin for Camper van Beethoven but has a vast array of solo albums and other projects that bring him deep into prog/improv/electronica as well as rock and folk.
- NEM #39 with Ken Stringfellow, famed for co-fronting The Posies but also with a lot of interesting solo work and collaborations.
The next Phi Fic episodes (What is this?)