Damn the Absolute! is a podcast about our relationship to ideas. Doing our damnedest not to block the path of inquiry.
About the Show
Welcome friends, philosophers, and fellow practitioners of ideas. We’re joining an already ongoing conversation in what aims to be an edifying approach to philosophy, ideas, and, ultimately, lead to a bit more human flourishing in the world.
Jeffrey Howard, founder and editor-in-chief of Erraticus, interviews a wide range of voices, experts, and scholars who are contributing to the community of inquiry, and, hopefully, providing perspectives that better enable us to cope with the diverse environments in which we find ourselves.
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Damn the Absolute! is produced by Erraticus.
Producer and Host: Jeffrey Howard
Contributing Editor: Derek Parsons
Damn the Absolute!
A podcast about our relationship to ideas. Doing our damnedest not to block the path of inquiry.
Brad Elliott Stone and Jacob Goodson argue that until Americans learn how to sing the blues, it’s going to be difficult to build beloved community in our wounded world.
Jason Ānanda Josephson Storm takes us through postmodernism to metamodernism, a new approach to producing what he calls “humble knowledge.”
Contrasting with dogmatism and scientism, Elin Danielsen Huckerby believes a ‘literary culture’ gives us more fruitful ways to move democracy forward.
Noëlle McAfee takes a psychoanalytic view of deliberation to diagnose the downstream effects of the fear of breakdown in American democracy.
Jessica Wahman believes that treating scientific knowledge as metaphorical creates a naturalist approach to science that avoids scientism.
John Stuhr invites us to consider pragmatism as a “season of belief,” a dynamic philosophy that can help us live a little better each day.
Award-winning writer Charles Johnson examines race, presenting Buddhist practice as a radical form of liberation.
Derek Parsons provides an introduction to Stoicism, a life philosophy that places reason and virtue at the center of human flourishing.
Ross Kenyon embodies a curiosity-driven approach to reversing climate change, in hopes it will bring more voices to the climate crisis table.
Ike Sharpless advocates for a more inclusive view of human nature that integrates well with animal flourishing and considers their agency.
In addition to the state and the market, Neal Gorenflo proposes the commons as a way to foster small-scale experiments in managing resources.
Justin Marshall argues that understanding how our beliefs and truth claims are formed can help us to better navigate pluralistic societies.
Henriikka Hannula explains the central role the concepts of historicism, lived experience, and hermeneutics play in Wilhelm Dilthey’s philosophy.
Drawing from Richard Rorty’s edifying approach to philosophy, Jacob Goodson argues that philosophers need to focus more on the poor and marginalized.
Chris Smaje makes a case for why a small farm future, societies built around local agrarian economies, is a sustainable way forward.
Tiersa McQueen discusses unschooling and gentle parenting, two philosophies that center learning around children’s personal interests and self-selected goals.
Political philosopher Kevin Vallier advocates for public reason liberalism as a way of counteracting declines in social and political trust.
Ashley Colby spotlights subsistence agriculture, showing how ideologically divergent people can solve local and global problems.
David O’Hara introduces us to the philosophy of Charles Peirce, emphasizing the communitarian ethos necessary for satisfactory inquiry.
Megan Craig positions Emmanuel Levinas alongside pragmatist philosopher William James to offer an ethical alternative to rule-based morality.
How might concepts such as bodyfulness, corporeality, and phenomenology inform a more democratic approach to physical education?
The numberless instances of religious disagreements should cause us to seriously question how we interpret personal religious experiences.
Jaime Izurieta, an urban designer and town planner, explains how local solutions and placemaking fit into a globalizing world.
Daniel Wortel-London presents what a political worldview that centers uncertainty as a guiding principle might look like.
Adrian Rutt revisits Richard Rorty’s 1998 book Achieving Our Country—which finds itself more politically relevant today than it ever has been.