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The New Thinkery

Oct 21, 2020

This week, the guys return to ancient Greece and the roots of Western political philosophy, Plato and Socrates. In this installment of an ongoing series analyzing Plato's Symposium, the guys break down the short, yet telling, speech by Phaedrus. Plus: you have mailbag questions, and the guys have the answers.


Oct 14, 2020

This week the guys return to Greek philosophy after their trip to the movies. They go through Aristotle's discussion of courage in Book III of the Nicomachean Ethics. Spoiler: there's more to it than just facing your fears.


Oct 7, 2020

The guys headed to the movies this week and watched Zulu. They discuss the movie's plot, themes, and underlying philosophy to tease out the hidden importance of the film and its characters. Plus: you don't want to miss Greg's reaction when he looks up "WAP" and sees the lyrics!


Sep 30, 2020

On this week's episode of The New Thinkery, the guys are kicking off a new series of episodes aimed at breaking down one of the greatest works of political philosophy ever put to paper: Plato's Symposium. In the inaugural episode, the guys focus on the historical and political context in which Plato's Symposium takes...


Sep 23, 2020

This week, the guys are joined by one of Greg's former teachers, Robert C. Bartlett, Behrakis Professor of Hellenic Political Studies at Boston College. Together, they discuss his new book of translations of and essays on Aristophanes' two earliest plays: the Acharnians and the Knights. Don't miss out on a history...