While the poet’s goal is to put imaginative notions into another person’s head, ironists instead seek to change themselves.
The Corridor Pragmatism
Contrasting with hope in a fixed or eternal order, pragmatists John Dewey and Richard Rorty connect hope to continual growth and conversation.
While pragmatists accept the tragic and boundless nature of a constantly changing and foundationless reality, William James offers hope in a naturalized theism.
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A podcast about our relationship to ideas. Doing our damnedest not to block the path of inquiry.
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Tribes and Tribulations
American politics is in peril. Now is the time to replace our broken bargaining tables with more deliberative democracy.
For low-income families, the move toward direct, broad cash benefits might prove to have a long-lasting impact once the COVID pandemic ends.
Rather than view recent political failings as flaws inherent to liberalism, we might be better served by focusing on the decline in trust.
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This Emotional Life
‘The School of Life’ is on a crusade to avail us of our emotional ignorance. Philosopher Alain De Botton seeks to remedy the shortcomings of contemporary education systems and the institutions that have failed to instruct us in how to approach the big questions in life.
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Sages and Stoics
We’re familiar with ‘know thyself’ as one of the highest commands of philosophy, but we’d be remiss if we ignored the other Delphic maxims.