In honor of MLK's b-day this week (and in honor of Connor and Dan's birthdays as well), your hosts decide to dig into the philosophy of nonviolence of one Martin Luther King. Maybe you've heard of him! Rather than discussing the events of his life, they dissect the tenets of his teachings and examine how his image has been whitewashed over the years. Not a lot of laughs in this here ep, but if you want to hear Dan have a little bit of a meltdown about the public conception of consent, this is the episode for you!
This week, Connor and Dan dive head first into the post-truth era as they give their takes on a recent discussion between analytic philosopher John Searle, post-postmodernist Hilary Lawson, and historian of ideas Hannah Dawson. The question of the hour is whether there is such a thing as objective truth. The second question is, if there isn't, how do we live? The answer of the hour is, we don't know. But we can still have fun talking about it!
Once again, the boys try to get a little psychoanalytical with their philosophy as they dive into the work of Bulgarian-French philosopher Julia Kristeva. They're talking mirror stage, they're talking pre-oedipal, they're talking about all sorts of things that are way over their pay grade. Also, Dan tries to explain The Who's 'Tommy' to Connor to no avail.
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Just in time for the crowning of Baby New Year, Connor and Dan have planned a baby-centric episode. Well, it's actually about whether it's morally questionable to have babies in the first place. According to South African philosopher David Benatar, that's a big fat no. Your hosts are a bit more conflicting. Also, Connor has a cold! Don't forget: if you're a fan of the show, check out our Patreon at www.Patreon.com/DrunkenPhilosophy for more sweet content!
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After years of thinking about it, Connor and Dan decided it's finally time to end colonialism. In that vein, they decided to learn about French Caribbean philosopher and psychiatrist Frantz Fanon. They discuss how language can be wielded as a tool of oppression and Connor tells everyone what "the magic page" is. Enjoy!
Continuing their recent trend of purposefully discussing anyone but old white men, Connor and Dan spend this week discussing the political philosophy of German philosopher Hannah Arendt. She escaped the Nazis in Germany and spent the rest of her life analyzing how something like a totalitarian regime takes hold in the modern world. Also discussed this episode: glowing pucks in the NHL, the banality of evil, and Connor's new Lord of the Rings centric segment! This smokin' ep is brought to by Budsy, the Grubhub of weed!
Connor and Dan are nearing 200 episodes, so they figured it was about time they had on a guest who knows what they hell they are talking about. Andy from The Panpsycast joins our two regular hosts from all the way across the pond to discuss their old pal Soren Kierkegaard, his thoughts on Christianity, individualism, and how to be a professional sad-sack. It's a good ep! If you enjoy it, definitely check out Andy's podcast and keep listening to Drunken Philosophy because he will certainly be back!
This week your hosts take a break from the endless slog of old white men discussed on this podcast to learn a little about the African philosophy of ubuntu. It means realizing yourself through the existence of others, the importance of sharing and communal life, and understanding that the Self does not exist without the Other. In other words, good times! Also discussed: Connor unveils a new cheers he learned, the moral responsibility of YouTubers, and having Germans stay at your house.
We regret to inform you that it is time to once again talk about postmodernism and the death of the meta-narrative. This week, Connor and Dan discuss the philosophy of Lyotard, a modern French thinker with a penchant for the postmodern. Also discussed: how your hosts absorb news stories in the modern age, coming to grips with your cultural roots, and Connor's vehement hatred of an HBO comedy fundraiser. Enjoy!
What was it like to be a human being before we attained real consciousness? Turns out a guy named Julian Jaynes had an idea about it back in 1976, and this week Connor and Dan take a crack at understanding it. It's called the bicameral mind and it will mess you up dude. Anyone who has seen Westworld will know what's up but for everyone else, be prepared to question everything you think you know about history and the human mind! Or not, that's fine too!
It's time to open yourself to the gentle indifference of the world, dear listeners! This week on Drunken Philosophy, Dan read a book and is going to give a formal book report. It just so happens that book is The Stranger by Albert Camus, so it's a little applicable to the podcast. Also, Connor returns with a new Loser Cruiser, they discuss the appropriate response to tragedy, and, of course, The Cure.
It's Halloween time, which can mean only one thing: Connor and Dan forgot to plan a Halloween episode! So spooky! So instead, they decided to talk about Object-Oriented Ontology which is a contemporary metaphysical philosophy that's (you guessed it) all about objects and how they are just as important as humans in the grand scheme of existence. Also discussed: Toy Story video games, trees falling in forests, and Dan has a head cold. Also, the pre-ramble is all about Dan's new movie "I Woke Up And I'm Sad."
Are we responsible for the choices we make if we weren't able to choose otherwise? Does a deterministic universe still have culpability? Is Harry Frankfurt the guy who invented the hotdog? Some of these questions will be answered on this week's episode of Drunken Philosophy as your hosts explore the various implication of Frankfurt cases. Also discussed: Connor not being good enough to be hypnotized, which Iraq war was the best, and Dan's lamp goes out.
Sure, you've thought a lot about what time it is. But have you ever thought about what time is? Or, perhaps more importantly, what time means? That's what your hosts are discussing this week on DP as they take a look at Brendan De Paor-Moore's new schema for time and analysis of how time has become intertwined with our culture and history. Also: the new Shadow Of War video game, being addicted to Twitter, and Dan hating Connor for not being on more of a soul-sucking schedule.
[Trigger Warning: This episode contains discussion of sexual assault of the physically disabled] Your hosts are back with another extra sloppy late night podcast and they decided this would be the perfect time to dig into the complex issue of utilitarian ethics and sexual assault. They're talking about Peter Singer's NY Times article from earlier this year and Connor is immediately back on his heels, assuming he's going to get tricked into saying something offensive. Does he sound like a monster? You be the judge! Just so y'all know, this episode is a tough one, but it's important.
Connor and Dan are back from their little movie excursion to discuss the semiotic philosophy of Roland Barthes. They're talking signs, they're talking signifiers, they're talking Che Guevara t-shirts and bottles of red wine, baby! Also, they get into the individual's relationship with art while Connor preheats his oven for way too long. Enjoy!
Get your tickets, ladies and gents! Because it's another rendition of Drunken Philosophy at the Movies. This week, Connor and Dan take one for the collective team and watch God's Not Dead 2, the highly anticipated sequel to the straight-to-video Christian-focused feature and insult to Nietszche's memory, God's Not Dead. This movie is bonkers and barely related to philosophy despite stealing it's title from a famous philosophical text, but it provided lots of catharsis for your hosts. Enjoy the little break from learning, the pod will be back next week with more straight up philosophy.
Are you afraid to go in the water? You might be after this episode! Connor and Dan discuss the 1975 film Jaws, specifically how it can be used to explore the theories of Slavoj Zizek and Jacques Lacan. Does the shark represent fascism or capitalism? Does art reflect ideology or is that just the viewer forcing the issue? Also, what kinds of a pants did Dan wear when he was a chubby little kid? Spoilers abound for a movie that came out forty years ago, so consider yourself warned.
After numerous technical difficulties, your brave hosts managed to put out another podcast this week about, what else, technology! Specifically virtual reality and how it can be used to answer complex questions about philosophy. Australian philosophy David Chalmers makes the argument that virtual reality is as valuable as "real" reality, and Dan surprisingly agrees. Connor is just excited he gets to talk about video games again. Enjoy!
Does repeating a physical action help you be a better person? Ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius might say yes, but modern day American guy Connor Holmes would definitely say no. This week, your hosts discuss the use of ritual and ceremony in Chinese ethical philosophy. For more on this subject you can look up Harvard professor Michael Puett's work. And for more discussion on why zoos are lame and what old racist Comedy Central shows were like, keep listening to this podcast!