S1E16: The Fall of Gyges

Fame? Fortune? Frivolity?  What would you give, and what would you do, to possess these things permanently? What price would you pay?  

What if the health and wealth of the outer woman came at the price of the health and wealth of the inner woman?  What if the pleasures of the outer man came at the price of the inner man?

In this sequel to last week's episode, we sit at the foot of the greatest teacher of all time, Socrates, as he argues for the reality and value of the inner man and inner woman (i.e. the soul). 

Come listen to an echo of one who comes after Socrates; one who will say, "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, but lose his own soul?"



S1E15: The Ring of Gyges

Are we evil by nature?  Are we good by nature? Or does our nature, if we have a nature, lie somewhere between good and evil?

Suppose you were given a ring - a ring that made you invisible before God and man.  Would you continue to act justly?  If you wouldn't, what does that say about you?  

Come, jump in the fire with the podcasters Strange, as we explore evil, human nature, and reality.

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S1E11: And Then There Were Four

Identity, content, origin, destiny: who are you? What are you composed of? Where do you come from? Where are you going? Four questions, four ingredients in the making of a meaningful life. To know where you’re going is to know who you are; your destiny and your identity are linked. The ethical and the metaphysical made one. Join us as we show how philosophy can be therapeutic.

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S1E10: Wondrous Strange

The philosopher seeks truth and reality.  Truth is articulated, reality is experienced.  But what if there is not a reality?  What if there are realties?  This world is material and objective, but there is another world.  There is another reality.  The reality of the objective and immaterial. This week we explore the different ways in which something can be real, and why it should matter to you.

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S1E9: Where Are You?

Jack & Kate & Hurley & . . . Chesterton?   

Not all who wander are lost wrote J.R.R. Tolkien.  But it is also true that not all who are lost wander.  

Are you lost?  Do you know where are you?  Do you know where are you going?  

If you wander, why are you not wandering? If you wander, what do you hope to find?

In this episode we explore the philosophical significance of one of life's most meaningful questions, namely, where are you?

Show Bibliography

G.K. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man, St. Ignatius Press.

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S1E1: Life Is a Pigsty

Men plot, God Laughs, so goes a Yiddish saying.  

Philosophers might say we find ourselves at an epistemological disadvantage.  We know our experiences and machinations can be more about appearance than reality.   We can be mistaken about what we've seen and what we've heard.  How else do you explain unrequited love?  It is not without reason that Shakespeare wrote,

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind; And therefore, is wing’d Cupid painted blind” (A Midsummer Night’s Dream).  

But let not your hearts be troubled.  Life may be messy.  It may be difficult, if not impossible, to see all ends, but it does not follow that the darkness about us is complete and total.  

Stay tuned. 

"Life is a Pigsty.  And if you don't know this, then what do you know?"   ― Morrissey

“For even the very wise cannot see all ends.”   ― J. R. R. Tolkien

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“Life Is a Pigsty" is a derivative of "Angel of Grief variation with long hair" by AmyTheSpiritSeeker, used under CC BY-SA 3.0.


A Strange Fire: Trailer

Socrates is believed to have said: “The unexamined life is not worth living”. And we agree.

But this life, once examined, reveals a tempest of ideas and imaginings. This life is strange, and this podcast is an exploration of this strangeness.

We invite you to come with us as we explore things settled, which on closer examination turn out to be not so settled.

G. K. Chesterton said, “...the function of imagination is not to make strange things settled, so much as to make settled things strange; not so much to make wonders facts as to make facts wonders.”

With humor (we hope), and in humility, we hope you will come with us as we explore . . A Strange Fire.

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