Classicist James Kierstead joins the program to discuss his definition of Western Civilization. In recent times, the idea that there is even such a thing as "Western Civilization" has come under fire. These deconstructionists claim that the term itself is slippery and that any attempt to speak about or teach Western Civilization as a discipline is misguided. In this episode, James defends the idea of Western Civilization and explains how we can draw sensible boundaries around this tradition while recognizing and learning from other traditions. James is Senior Lecturer in Classics at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand and the current coordinator of Heterodox Classics, an initiative endorsed by the organization Heterodox Academy. James specializes in Greek history and classical Athens and in political philosophy and democratic political theory. He’s a graduate of Stanford University, as well as Oxford University.
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Carl Trueman joins the Western Canon Podcast to discuss his new book The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution (Crossway).
Dr. Carl R. Trueman (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is professor of philosophy and religious studies at Grove City College. He is an esteemed church historian and previously served as the William E. Simon Fellow in Religion and Public Life at Princeton University. Trueman has authored or edited more than a dozen books and has written for First Things Magazine and other outlets. Visit www.westerncanonpodcast.com for more videos, interviews, and articles! Please subscribe to our YouTube Channel! Also, don't forget, you can listen to us on iTunes and Stitcher. If you enjoy the program, please consider becoming a patron of the show. Visit https://www.patreon.com/user?u=3507741 to donate!
Classicist Edith Hall joins the Western Canon Podcast again to discuss her book Aristotle's Way: How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life. In the conversation, we discuss Aristotle's approach to happiness and the good life, his theory of justice, and his political philosophy, as well as his take on topics like inequality.
Dr. Hall is a British scholar of classics, specializing in Ancient Greek literature and history, and Professor in the Department of Classics and Centre for Hellenic Studies at King's College London. From 2006 until 2011 she held a Chair at University of London, where she founded and directed the Centre for the Reception of Greece and Rome. In 2012 she was awarded a Humboldt Research Prize to study ancient Greek theatre in the Black Sea, and in 2014 she was elected to the Academy of Europe. Known for her humorous style of lecturing, Hall has made many television and radio appearances, as well as acting as consultant for professional theatre productions by the National Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Live Theatre in Newcastle, and Theatercombinat in Germany. In February 2014 she appeared on BBC2 Newsnight and recited a newly discovered poem of Sappho in ancient Greek. Her central research interests are in ancient Greek literature, especially Homer, tragedy, comedy, satyr drama, Ancient Literary Criticism and Rhetoric, Herodotus and Xenophon, although her publications discuss many other ancient authors including Lucian, Plutarch, Artemidorus, Menander, Thucydides, Plato and Aristotle, and other ancient evidence including meter and versification, papyri, vase-paintings and inscriptions. Aristophanes is the person she would most like to meet from the ancient world.
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