Rethinking the Christian Contribution: Walter Brueggemann's Imagination (Audio)

I introduce some of theologian Walter Brueggemann’s themes in his classic “The Prophetic Imagination,” discussing some of the ways we can avail ourselves of a common narrative to try to gain some freedom against oppression, whether of the old-style Pharoah or the new version of less visible but very powerful economic and political forces that keep people working for an agenda they wouldn’t naturally choose. Through Brueggemann’s eyes, we are living in the imagination of “Royal consciousness” but we could be living in the imagination of God. What does this mean, not just for Christians, but generally for people who are trying to find some way to push back and gain some freedom? … More Rethinking the Christian Contribution: Walter Brueggemann's Imagination (Audio)

Jordan Peterson, Carl Jung, and the Challenge for Social Ecology (Harbinger)

Harbinger, the journal of the Institute for Social Ecology, has re-launched, and I aimed to be in the inaugural edition, which was recently published. The founder of social ecology was Murray Bookchin, and the Institute for Social Ecology carries on his legacy. While I do not fully agree with the ideas of either Social Ecology or Canadian psychologist and public intellectual Jordan Peterson, I resonate with some of the concerns of both positions. I thought it would be interesting to think about what would happen if the ideas of these two very different thinkers were put into dialogue with each other. Here is the result. … More Jordan Peterson, Carl Jung, and the Challenge for Social Ecology (Harbinger)

Our Bureaucratic Rulers: Creatures of Enlightenment’s Failure (Audio)

MacIntyre’s argument in chapters 6 and 7 of After Virtue moves further into the problems caused by the fact/value distinction, the development of social science, and the managerial/bureaucratic approach to dealing with people. The threat to democracy posed by the social engineering mode of thinking begins to take center stage. Along the way, unicorns and witches are unmasked so that we can see that, in MacIntyre’s view, without adequate grounding for moral reasoning, there is no justification for rule other than the will to power. … More Our Bureaucratic Rulers: Creatures of Enlightenment’s Failure (Audio)

Our Bureaucratic Rulers: Creatures of Enlightenment’s Failure

MacIntyre’s argument in chapters 6 and 7 of After Virtue moves further into the problems caused by the fact/value distinction, the development of social science, and the managerial/bureaucratic approach to dealing with people. The threat to democracy posed by the social engineering mode of thinking begins to take center stage. Along the way, unicorns and witches are unmasked so that we can see that, in MacIntyre’s view, without adequate grounding for moral reasoning, there is no justification for rule other than the will to power. … More Our Bureaucratic Rulers: Creatures of Enlightenment’s Failure

Alasdair MacIntyre’s Third Way (After Virtue 3–Audio)

Alasdair MacIntyre developed a method that promised a third way, avoiding the problems of both moral absolutism and moral relativism. He makes clear in his Prologue to the third edition of After Virtue that he borrows from counter-Enlightenment philosopher Giambattista Vico in developing his methodology of empathetic imagination with the aim of creating a way to gain an understanding of the flaws in the liberal system and the possible cures for those flaws in an older Aristotelian framework. … More Alasdair MacIntyre’s Third Way (After Virtue 3–Audio)

Alasdair MacIntyre’s Third Way (After Virtue 3)

Alasdair MacIntyre developed a method that promised a third way, avoiding the problems of both moral absolutism and moral relativism. He makes clear in his Prologue to the third edition of After Virtue that he borrows from counter-Enlightenment philosopher Giambattista Vico in developing his methodology of empathetic imagination with the aim of creating a way to gain an understanding of the flaws in the liberal system and the possible cures for those flaws in an older Aristotelian framework. … More Alasdair MacIntyre’s Third Way (After Virtue 3)

To Greta Thunberg and All Climate Strikers (Audio)

If you’re going to succeed where others have failed you have to avoid the pitfalls and stay the course. I start with a brief introduction to the Greta Thunberg and the youth Climate Strike movement, then discuss the movement’s underlying assumptions, the pitfalls associated with those assumptions, and some suggestions for how to avoid those pitfalls. … More To Greta Thunberg and All Climate Strikers (Audio)

To Greta Thunberg and All Climate Strikers

If you’re going to succeed where others have failed you have to avoid the pitfalls and stay the course. I start with a brief introduction to the Greta Thunberg and the youth Climate Strike movement, then discuss the movement’s underlying assumptions, the pitfalls associated with those assumptions, and some suggestions for how to avoid those pitfalls. … More To Greta Thunberg and All Climate Strikers

Gifts Instead of Taxes? Peter Sloterdijk: Honor the Wealthy (Audio)

Near the end of Dreaming Dangerously, Zizek mentions German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk’s idea of encouraging the wealthy to give gifts in exchange for honor instead of forcing them to pay through taxation. This video explains Sloterdijk’s position and how it fits and doesn’t fit with Zizek’s notions about what truly motivates people. … More Gifts Instead of Taxes? Peter Sloterdijk: Honor the Wealthy (Audio)

Gifts Instead of Taxes? Peter Sloterdijk: Honor the Wealthy

Near the end of Dreaming Dangerously, Zizek mentions German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk’s idea of encouraging the wealthy to give gifts in exchange for honor instead of forcing them to pay through taxation. This video explains Sloterdijk’s position and how it fits and doesn’t fit with Zizek’s notions about what truly motivates people. … More Gifts Instead of Taxes? Peter Sloterdijk: Honor the Wealthy