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Classical Stuff You Should Know

Summary: A.J., Graeme, and Thomas discuss everything having to do with the classical world. Our aim is to help both educators and laypeople enjoy the classical world as much as they enjoy fine ales and good tales.

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 204: Frederick Douglass on the 5th of July | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:02:52

In this episode, Thomas walks us through the context and performance of Frederick Douglass's speech given to the ladies of the "Rochester Anti-Slavery Sewing Society" in Corinthian Hall on July 5th. The speech does not suck.

 203: Bronowski's "The Origins of Knowledge and Imagination" | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:01:16

"WHAT IS MATH!?" hollers the girl on TikTok. Turns out she's right. Any system requires reference to an external system to make itself consistent, but any system is only a metaphor for the whole. Trust me, it makes sense. This is a cool episode about math and science.

 202: Jean-Jacques Rousseau's "The Social Contract" (Compact?) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:56:44

Jean-Jacques Rousseau's "The Social Contract" laid the political ground for the French Revolution and probably the American Revolution too. This is just part 1 . . . MORE TO COME.

 201: On the Genealogy of Morality | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:04:56

In this episode, we discuss Nietzsche's work, "On the Genealogy of Morality," in which he discusses the history of morality through tracing the words used to describe it. We also talk about a recent film that's pretty good, and poor poor Leopardi again. Join us!

 200: What are Wordsworth? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:57:07

In this episode we track Wordsworth's view of how to stay happy in life, specifically through two poems: "Lines Written a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey," and "Elegiac Stanzas Suggested by a Picture of Peele Castle in a Storm, Painted by Sir George Beaumont." Turns out he was idealistic when he was young and cranky when he was old. WHO KNEW

 199: The Master and Margarita | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:53:24

During Stalin's regime in Russia there was one author daring enough to write a Satire . . . one that I can't quite nail down. I ask Graeme to help me.

 ATTN: I'm the best looking . . . and Pints with Jack! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:02:28

There's no regular episode this week, but we'll be back next week with more. In the meantime, you can go hear an interview with Donaldson over at "Pints with Jack," one of our sister podcasts.

 198: The Proslogion | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:49:57

The Proslogion contains Anselm of Canterbury's Ontological Argument, which is still argued about in philosophical circles today. It's not really convincing, except that it is.

 197: Sympathy and Satan | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:01:52

We discuss the romantic movement and how they interpret Paradise Lost to be other than what it really is. Also, we get cranky about bad guys.

 196: Giacomo Leopardi | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:04:12

This one is about an Italian hunchback who lives with his mom and writes nihilistic poetry about women he can't get. You can't make this stuff up.

 195: Isaac Asimov's "Foundation" | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:57:46

Asimov's excellent sci-fi trilogy is worth a read. Plus, space capitalism!

 194: Ulysses, by James Joyce | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:01:30

I have finally tackled the (rumored) most difficult book in the English language. Feel free to send me any money you've got for the service I just rendered you.

 An Interview with Joshua Gibbs | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:04:04

Thomas was kind enough to reach out to Joshua Gibbs for an interview, and the results speak for themselves. Joshua is a renowned figure in the classical world, and we're happy to have him (and his great big bushy beard) on the podcast.

 193: So Your Parents are Thinking of Sending You to a Classical Christian School | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:05:58

Josh Gibbs decided to write a pamphlet to kids trembling at the notion of going to a classical school. We, clearly a bunch of children, decided to read it.

 QUARANTINE . . . STUFF YOU SHOULD KNOW | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:00:59


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