Is Politics Everything?

July 26, 2021

You may have heard feminists say, “The personal is political”—but are they right? Is the relationship between a mother and her child really a political relationship—or is it something else? In today’s show the guys discuss what else relationships like this could be. The term that they use is “pre-political”. Along the way the guys discuss the Kuyperian doctrine of “sphere sovereignty” as well as the Roman Catholic social doctrine of “subsidiarity” among other things. Enjoy!

Magic, Enchantment, and Worldview

September 20, 2021

In today’s show Tom introduces themes from Paul Tyson’s book - 7 Brief Lessons in Magic. In the book, Paul defines classical ways of seeing reality beyond the reductive naturalism of our modern way of thinking. Unpacking these classical ways, Paul engages magic and enchantment, and the ways in which they related to meaning, value, and other realities which modern reductionism cannot make intelligible within the narrow confines of its worldview. Glenn and Chris join in with various aspects of the classical vision and the distinct Christian worldview.

The Philosophy of the Vampire

September 13, 2021

With Halloween merch already showing up in stores, it’s a good time to do a Pug take on vampires, so this week, the Pugsters riff off an article by John Schuler looking at the implicit philosophical ideas in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. They start off with a discussion of the difference between modernity and the “old centuries” before moving on to scientism, the nature of evil, natural and artificial symbols (in Schuler’s terms), meaning, natural law and the supernatural, and a bunch of other rabbit trails suggested by the article. Article Referenced: https://theimaginativeconservative.org/2013/09/philosophy-vampire-john-s-schuler.html Learn more about Davenant Hall’s online courses: https://davenantinstitute.org/davenant-hall?fbclid=IwAR3E8RUBFWQmsPMn1XTKdnX5JEvuH1klPJIoZQZA7Gk0IRB-o9x9KUY7nTs

Welcome to the Metaverse!

September 6, 2021

Today Chris introduces the "Metaverse"--what's that? you may ask. According to Wikipedia it is: "...the sum of all virtual worlds, augmented reality, and the Internet." Or as Robin Phillips in a recent blog post at Salvo put it, "Imagine that the relationship between the real world and the internet becomes so porous that it is impossible to tell which is which." Regardless of whether or not the masters of the universe in Silicon Valley can pull it off, the very idea that something that further blurs the distinction between Reality and virtual reality would be a good thing says a lot about the people who make the technology that we rely on everyday. It also says something about our society as well, and the philosophical undercurrents that are moving beneath it. As you can imagine the guys have a lot to say about it--and their big concern is idolatry. Article referenced: https://salvomag.com/post/from-augmented-reality-to-metaverse?fbclid=IwAR1n9I6QEr3m5Wzaudn46BI5uVCiDhmKS8IZ5pp-zQ_XB9XRGQaw3m2kI4w Learn more about Davenant Hall’s online courses: https://davenantinstitute.org/davenant-hall?fbclid=IwAR3E8RUBFWQmsPMn1XTKdnX5JEvuH1klPJIoZQZA7Gk0IRB-o9x9KUY7nTs