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Episode 91: The Myth of Self, Part 2

Episode 91: The Myth of Self, Part 2

Episode 91: The Myth of Self, Part 2 Jason and Dr. Smith continue their discussion on the false idea of "true self". We cover: - Undefined consciousness - The "true self" vs the "false self" - Writings of Richard Rohr - Centering Prayer - Buddhist and Hindu influences...

Episode 90: The Myth of Self

Episode 90: The Myth of Self

Episode 90: The Myth of Self In this episode, Jason and Dr. Smith discuss the erroneous and modern idea of "self." We cover:- The pervasiveness of "self"- Philosophical foundations- Descartes and Kant- Undefined consciousness- Arguments against the idea of "self" Read...

Episode 86: Marxism and the Human Person

Episode 86: Marxism and the Human Person

Episode 86: Marxism and the Human Person In this episode, Jason and Dr. Smith finish their series on Marxism. We cover:- Marx's view of the fulfillment of history- The evolution of conscience- Three critiques of Marxism - Flawed Anthropology- Reduction of the Human...

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...

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