Twitter: @Jeffrey_Howard_ • @erraticusmag
2020 to present
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Podcaster's summary: Hosted by Jeffrey Howard, editor in chief of Erraticus, Damn the Absolute! is a show about our relationship to ideas. | | Doing our damnedest not to block the path of inquiry. | | Produced by Erraticus.
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|2023-Mar-30 • 66 minutes|
S2E04 Does Metamodernism Actually Move Us Past Postmodernism? w/ Jason Ānanda Josephson Storm
The German philosopher Hegel gives us a useful tool for understanding the history of ideas: thesis, antithesis, and synthesis. We can see this clearly in the movement from the Enlightenment to romanticism to modernism and postmodernism—each...
|2022-Jun-01 • 63 minutes|
S2E03 Literature Must Be an Unsettling Force for Democracy w/ Elin Danielsen Huckerby
Whether it's theology, philosophy, politics, or science, it is not uncommon for people to believe their particular worldview has greater authority over others. This authoritarian approach to ideas implies that one person's representation of truth more...
|2022-Mar-09 • 53 minutes|
S2E02 Fear of Breakdown in American Democracy w/ Noëlle McAfee
Democratic deliberation can be viewed in a few different ways. It can be approached as a means of competing interests coming together to bargain between groups until they come to some kind of political agreement. From an epistemological...
|2022-Feb-16 • 49 minutes|
S2E01 Scientific Knowledge Is Metaphorical w/ Jessica Wahman
Scientific inquiry is sometimes viewed as a way of getting after literal knowledge, the belief our scientific claims are a one-for-one match with reality—or what is actually happening out there in the world. However, this view requires a certainty...
|2021-Jul-07 • 57 minutes|
S1E20 Can Pragmatism Help Us Live Well? w/ John Stuhr
Pragmatists do not hold absolute faith in any particular value, principle, or belief. This applies even to the many concepts affiliated with pragmatists—such as pluralism, fallibilism, democracy, and naturalism. They focus on experience as...
|2021-Jun-23 • 43 minutes|
S1E19 Buddhist Reflections on Race and Liberation w/ Charles Johnson
Buddhist practice has been around since the sixth century. As a way of life, Buddhism acknowledges there is suffering in the world, which arises from selfish desire, and that by letting go of this desire and following the Eightfold Path—put forward...
|2021-Jun-09 • 47 minutes|
S1E18 A Friendly Introduction to Stoicism w/ Derek Parsons
A philosophy of living, similar to a religion, explains the human condition and provides a moral and spiritual guide for how we can navigate identified challenges. It directs our behavior and helps us understand the significance of what we experience....
|2021-May-26 • 49 minutes|
S1E17 Reversing Climate Change w/ Ross Kenyon
Debates about reversing climate change can be understood as a tension between two groups: wizards and prophets. According to Charles C. Mann, wizards are tech-optimists, those who believe that technology resolves more problems than it creates,...
|2021-May-12 • 45 minutes|
S1E16 Where Do Animals Fit into Human Flourishing? w/ Ike Sharpless
Answering questions about what it means for humans to flourish is difficult. Attempting any certainty as to what it means for nonhuman animals to flourish is even more confounding. And yet, these questions have significant overlap. While some...
|2021-Apr-28 • 39 minutes|
S1E15 Making the Commons More Common w/ Neal Gorenflo
When it comes to resource management, there are two dominant forces that exert tremendous influence on who gets what: the market and the state. Sometimes these two entities compete or conflict. Other times they collaborate, and even conspire—to the...
|2021-Apr-14 • 38 minutes|
S1E14 A Tool for a Pluralistic World w/ Justin Marshall
Coming to some semblance of consensus opinion is a paramount challenge in a pluralistic world. We disagree on what constitutes truth and how we ought to obtain it, whether our undertaking be moral, scientific, or political. It has been a...
|2021-Mar-31 • 45 minutes|
S1E13 The Philosophy of Lived Experience w/ Henriikka Hannula
There has long been a bit of jousting between the human and natural sciences over who is more rigorous or which method is better capable of providing us with facts about the world. For certain types of empiricists, this jockeying for epistemological...
|2021-Mar-17 • 64 minutes|
S1E12 Philosophers Need to Care About the Poor w/ Jacob Goodson
While some philosophers view their primary task as one of discovering the nature of reality and then describing it accurately for the rest of us, others have practiced philosophy as an edifying enterprise, asserting that it should be employed to help...
|2021-Mar-03 • 50 minutes|
S1E11 A Small Farm Future w/ Chris Smaje
It wouldn’t be unreasonable to say that we are always in an age of crisis. Whether this entails more apocalyptic tendencies or more tempered framings, crisis seems to be a constant companion throughout human history. At present, crises abound...
|2021-Feb-17 • 41 minutes|
S1E10 Unschooling and Gentle Parenting w/ Tiersa McQueen
Mass schooling is a relatively recent phenomenon, an experiment in education that gained steam following the industrial revolution, becoming increasingly widespread in the nineteenth century, in part, due to advocates like Horace Mann. Mann was a...
|2021-Feb-03 • 53 minutes|
S1E09 Trust in a Polarized Age w/ Kevin Vallier
Trust plays a central role in democratic societies. If we can’t rely upon fellow community members to act in accordance with generally accepted norms, then we’re going to be in a really bad way. Social trust in the US has fallen dramatically. In...
|2021-Jan-20 • 46 minutes|
S1E08 Subsistence Agriculture During the Collapse of Industrial Capitalism w/ Ashley Colby
We occupy human environments that are overlapped by numerous social, moral, and political systems. Some of these interlock while it’s unclear how exactly others relate to one another. The more theoretically-minded among us—and the more...
|2021-Jan-06 • 49 minutes|
S1E07 Charles Peirce and Inquiry as an Act of Love w/ David O'Hara
Many Western philosophers have approached questions of knowledge conceiving of truth as something that is “out there,” unchangeable, abstract, and universal. There is an inherent structure in the universe and we must discover what exactly it is....
|2020-Dec-23 • 56 minutes|
S1E06 Levinas and James: A Pragmatic Phenomenology w/ Megan Craig
Early in life we learn rules for moral conduct. We are taught which actions are right and which ones are wrong. Eventually we’re able to grasp principles and closed systems that allege to hold in place the reasons for why any particular action has...
|2020-Dec-09 • 47 minutes|
S1E05 An Expansive and Democratic View of Physical Education w/ Nate Babcock
Theorists and activists argue that education is the bedrock of a democratic society. Having a well-educated citizenry is necessary for people to meet the demands required for democracies to thrive. In the United States, schooling is conceived of as...
|2020-Nov-25 • 51 minutes|
S1E04 Religious Disagreement and Whether Religious Expertise Exists w/ Helen De Cruz
We want to be in proper relationship with the world. In other words, we want to have as many true beliefs as possible, or, at least, fewer false beliefs. We hope the ideas we hold will suit us well for adapting to the demands of our social, moral, and...
|2020-Nov-11 • 47 minutes|
S1E03 Placemaking and the Benefits of Local Scale w/ Jaime Izurieta
There is a strong tension between localism or place and the overwhelming forces of globalism. We might say that in addition to living in the information age, that we find ourselves in the age of mass scale. We see it in pop culture, mass media,...
|2020-Oct-28 • 48 minutes|
S1E02 Toward a Politics of Uncertainty w/ Daniel Wortel-London
In the process of creating political worldviews, there are a variety of values we integrate and use as foundational. Liberty, equality, fraternity, and solidarity are commonly held political values in both the United States and Europe. But what might...
|2020-Oct-07 • 64 minutes|
S1E01 Richard Rorty and Achieving Our Country w/ Adrian Rutt
What has happened to the political left since the 1960s? What distinguishes the reformist left from the cultural left? What does it mean for a leftist to have "national pride"? Are metaphysicians more prone to violence? In the very first...