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Episode 85: Marxism, Culture, And Capitalism

Episode 85: Marxism, Culture, And Capitalism

Episode 85: Marxism, Culture, And Capitalism In this episode, Jason an Dr. Smith continue their discussion on Marxism. We cover:- Review of Hegel's view history- Marx and culture- The dialectic- Capitalism as a necessary stage- Marx's critique of capitalism- Revolt of...

Episode 84: Introduction to Marxism

Episode 84: Introduction to Marxism

Episode 84: Introduction to Marxism In this episode, Jason and Dr. Smith discuss Marxism. We cover:- The resurgence of Marxism- The historical context of Karl Marx- Kant and Idealism- Hegelian view of history- The "Geist"- The materialism of Marxism- Freedom in the...

Episode 83: The Cultivation of Natural Law

Episode 83: The Cultivation of Natural Law

Episode 83: The Cultivation of Natural Law In this episode, Jason and Dr. Smith continue their discussion of the natural law. We cover:- Natural Law known in degrees- Must be cultivated- Do Good, Avoid Evil- Responsibilities derived from Natural Law- Private Property-...

The Myth of Self, Part II

The Myth of Self, Part II

In a previous post I sketched the meaning and uses of the modern idea of the self. One important source of this idea is Rene Descartes. For Descartes, the ideas of the self emerges from his application of critical, methodical doubt to his own experience. The upshot of...

Episode 80 – Modern Philosophy: David Hume

Episode 80 – Modern Philosophy: David Hume

Episode 80 - Modern Philosophy: David Hume In this episode, Jason and Dr. Smith discuss the ideas ad influence of David Hume. We cover:- The period of Modern Philosophy- Who was David Hume- The influence of Hume on other philosophers- Newton and Hume- Hume's...

Episode 78: The Principle of Double Effect

Episode 78: The Principle of Double Effect

Episode 78: The Principle of Double Effect In this episode, Jason and Dr. Smith discuss the intricacies of the Principle of Double Effect. We cover: - Review of the sources of morality- The 4 rules of the Principle of Double Effect- Independent consequences and...

Episode 77: The Morality of Human Actions

Episode 77: The Morality of Human Actions

Episode 77: The Morality of Human Actions In this episode, Jason and Dr. Smith discuss the judgment of human actions according to St. Thomas. We cover:- Human actions vs Acts of man- The contribution of St.Thomas- Proximate end- The sources of morality- Everything...

The Myth of Self

The Myth of Self

In a previous post I discussed the importance of Rene Descartes in shaping modern philosophy and much of the modern world. This is evident from two of his most important ideas: (a) the endorsement of radical doubt and (b) the conception of the self. I have already...

Episode 75: What is ‘Christian’ about Hope?

Episode 75: What is ‘Christian’ about Hope?

Episode 75: What is 'Christian' about Hope? In this episode, Jason and Dr. Smith discuss different aspects of hope. We cover:- The idea of hope- The passion of hope according to St. Thomas- The object of kinds of hope- Natural hope- The Virtue of Hope vs Passion of...

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