Hardcore Philosophy

Hardcore Philosophy

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Philosophy should expand our lives, not just our vocabulary.
32 | An Epic of Masculinity III: Warrior
Dec 14 • 88 min
The way to heaven goes through hell, and the path of the warrior is the way we develop the ability and competence to survive and thrive on that journey.
31 | An Epic of Masculinity II: King
Nov 9 • 90 min
Is civilization technology or idea? Obviously, it is a bit of both. But in our modernity – surrounded by big data, cameras, and supercomputers that fit into our pocket – it is easy to see that we tend to favor technology and forget ideas. While at some…
30 | An Epic of Masculinity
Sep 15 • 100 min
When good men sit down, bad men stand up. When masculine virtues are ignored, masculine vices reign. When kings are told to go away, tyrants take their place. This is not just a description, but a strategy. This results in a world where a plurality of…
29 | The Story of Philosophy
Jul 29 • 26 min
https://erochefoucauld.org/story-of-philosophy/ Philosophy is often viewed as a field of isolation, or the literal ivory tower. The word is seen as a big word, a fancy word, used by the elite, arrogant, and out of touch. That’s not what I’m doing here.…
28 | Victory as Educator
Jul 13 • 39 min
It is said that immature artists copy, and great ones steal. This is an excellent maxim. But who do we steal from? And what do we steal from them? The first part isn’t too complicated - steal from those who have won, those who are successful, and those…
27 | Kierkegaard’s Leap of Faith & The Power of Belief in Sport
Jun 29 • 32 min
The Leap of Faith is a very abused and taken advantage of maxim. But yet it is a maxim. It is a truth we experience, in so far as all action is the conclusion of degrees of uncertainty. But therein lies the point: action. Because the leap of faith is not…
26 | The passions of sport and “The Football War” of 1969
Jun 15 • 28 min
There is a quote often attributed to Plato that says “you can learn more about a person in 1 hour of play, than 1 year of work.” There doesn’t seem to be any record of Plato saying this. Quote investigator places it as a derivative from some English…
25 | A Philosophy of Trash, Garbage, and Waste
May 25 • 73 min
As the world becomes wealthier, more connected, more educated, and more metropolitan - we create more trash. And our population is growing, faster than ever. From the American Revolution, to the end of WWI, our world population grew by 1 billion. From the…
24 | Ratatouille: How to be a True Revolutionary
May 11 • 74 min
A philosophy that can’t be lived is like food that can’t be eaten and a kitchen isn’t a storehouse for food, any more than philosophy is a museum of ideas. A great movie to match this, in both philosophy and food-analogies, is the 2007 film, Ratatouille.…
23 | Maps: From Ptolemy to GPS
Apr 27 • 119 min
This episode is about maps - physical, metaphysical, and existential; as well as their representations, abstractions, and ontological incompleteness. In 1620, Francis Bacon wrote that three inventions had changed the course of history: the printing press…
22 | Harris, Peterson, Zizek, & Haidt - Through the looking glass of ideological fiefdoms and metadata walls
Apr 13 • 111 min
Our species has a long history of living in tribes and fiefdoms, and we still do. Only now our fiefdoms are often created and maintained by hashtag, linguistic signaling, and online cookies. We’ve also spent a good amount of time building walls to create…
21 | Water, Alcohol, and Coffee
Mar 30 • 103 min
There are few questions more serious than “do you have access to food and water?” But for most of the history of our species it was of equal importance to ask whether or not the food and water was clean and uncontaminated. It has been poetically stated,…
20 | Philosophy O’ the Irish
Mar 16 • 88 min
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, this episode of the eRochefoucauld podcast is so Irish that you’ll think this is now the O’ Rochefoucauld podcast. From Irish literature, to poetry, to philosophy - the Irish have produced many powerful and emancipatory…
19 | Cyropaedia: The education of Cyrus and the ideal prince III
Mar 9 • 95 min
This is the 3rd and final part of the 3-part series on the Cyropaedia, or ‘the education of Cyrus.’ The Cyropaedia for some is a historical document, for others is a political philosophy, and for a few is just a dramatic or romantic political story with…
19 | Cyropaedia: The education of Cyrus and the ideal prince II
Mar 2 • 74 min
This is part 2 of a 3-part series on the Cyropaedia, or ‘the education of Cyrus.’ The Cyropaedia for some is a historical document, for others is a political philosophy, and for a few is just a dramatic or romantic political story with no basis on actual…
19 | Cyropaedia: The education of Cyrus and the ideal prince
Feb 23 • 80 min
This is part 1 of a 3-part series on the Cyropaedia, or ‘the education of Cyrus.’ The Cyropaedia for some is a historical document, for others is a political philosophy, and for a few is just a dramatic or romantic political story with no basis on actual…
18 | Supply lines of spirit and the value of military cadences
Feb 16 • 90 min
This episode of the eRochefoucauld podcast discusses a topic that is rarely, if ever, explored from a philosophical or academic perspective - military cadences. Inspired by both a Habermasian view of communication and public spheres of discourse and the…
17 | Philosophy of Marriage
Feb 9 • 97 min
This episode of the eRochefoucauld podcast focuses on one topic - marriage. Marriage is one of the oldest continuous institutions surrounding human relationships. Like anything that has existed since we began writing things down, it is subject to and of,…
16 | Eternal Recurrence
Feb 2 • 99 min
In this episode of the eRochefoucauld podcast, Evan discusses the Nietzschean idea of eternal recurrence. However (and not un-ironically given the topic), this idea appears throughout history: From the Greeks, to the Bible, to the philosophers of the…
15 | Classical Liberalism III
Jan 26 • 52 min
This is the 3rd and final part in a 3-part series on Classical Liberalism. In this episode of the eRochefoucauld podcast, Evan continues the Hardcore Philosophy series by examining the political philosophy of classical liberalism. Classical liberalism has…
15 | Classical Liberalism II
Jan 19 • 66 min
This is part 2 in a 3-part series on Classical Liberalism. In this episode of the eRochefoucauld podcast, Evan continues the Hardcore Philosophy series by examining the political philosophy of classical liberalism. Classical liberalism has become a more…
15 | Classical Liberalism
Jan 13 • 56 min
In this episode of the eRochefoucauld podcast, Evan continues the Hardcore Philosophy series by examining the political philosophy of classical liberalism. Classical liberalism has become a more and more popular label over the past decade - particularly…
14 | Arthur, The Once and Future King
Jan 5 • 96 min
In this episode of the eRochefoucauld podcast, Evan continues the series on the Masculine Ideal by examining the story of King Arthur and its development and evolution over 1,500 years of English literature and history. Like so many legends, Arthur is…
13 | The phenomenology of stars
Dec 21, 2017 • 104 min
In this episode of the eRochefoucauld podcast, Evan continues the Hardcore Philosophy series by taking an historic and phenomenological approach to our study, experience, and understanding of the stars. In the spirit of Kant’s “the stars above, and the…
12 | Supply lines of spirit and the poetry of war
Dec 15, 2017 • 88 min
In this episode of the eRochefoucauld podcast, Evan continues the series on Ancient Wisdom by telling the story of war from the perspective of the individual soldiers on the ground. Why did they fight? Why did they march thousands of miles to a place they…
11 | Tangled: A story of being, becoming, and the true individual
Dec 8, 2017 • 91 min
In this episode of the eRochefoucauld podcast, Evan continues the Metaphysics of Disney series by reconstructing the meaning from the movie Tangled. Tangled is the Disney version of the old fairy tale from the Grimm Brothers, Rapunzel. Both the original…
10 | The 12 Labors of Hercules
Dec 1, 2017 • 92 min
In this episode of the eRochefoucauld podcast, Evan continues the series on the Masculine Ideal by examining the 12 Labors of Hercules. This is a timeless story of sacrifice, suffering, and redemption; of heroism, and endless toil and struggle, yet done…
9 | On Gratitude
Nov 22, 2017 • 79 min
In this episode of the eRochefoucauld podcast, Evan continues the Hardcore Philosophy series with another holiday special – this time for Thanksgiving. Of course, the focus is on gratitude, from scientific, religious, and philosophical perspectives. The…
8 | 4,000 years of law: From Hammurabi to Common Law
Nov 17, 2017 • 90 min
In this episode of the eRochefoucauld podcast, Evan continues the series on Ancient Wisdom by telling the story of the 4,000 years in development of law, due process, and the obligations by which all people hold their governments, and each other,…
7 | Veterans Day tribute to American Heroes
Nov 10, 2017 • 83 min
In this episode of the eRochefoucauld podcast, Evan continues the Hardcore Philosophy series by commemorating American heroes in honor of Veterans Day. In short, Evan argues that we aren’t telling stories about heroes anymore, and nor are we teaching…
6 | Frozen: A story of avoidance, extremes, and eternal adolescence
Nov 3, 2017 • 94 min
In this episode of the eRochefoucauld podcast, Evan continues the Metaphysics of Disney series by examining the movie Frozen. Unlike the first episode in this series, which covered Moana, Frozen is a far cry from hitting higher ethical ideals or examining…
5 | Why Kant we get away from Hobbes?
Oct 27, 2017 • 86 min
In this episode of the eRochefoucauld podcast, Evan discusses one of his greatest passions - the topic of war and peace. Conflict is endlessly complex, as is our relationship to it. Knowing where to start is, itself, a conflict of its own. Without…
4 | Philosophy of Robin Hood
Oct 13, 2017 • 86 min
In this episode of the eRochefoucauld podcast, Evan begins a new series on ‘the Masculine Ideal’ by exploring the story of Robin Hood. Robin Hood is a story that has been built upon over the last 900 years. There are many versions, but they grow and…
3 | Columbus is all of us
Oct 6, 2017 • 105 min
In this episode of the eRochefoucauld podcast, Evan discusses the complex history of Christopher Columbus and his famous voyage across the Atlantic in 1492. The contemporary view, or rather, discussion, surrounding Columbus (especially near Columbus Day),…
2 | Moana: A story of order, chaos, and the archetypal hero
Sep 29, 2017 • 99 min
In this episode of the eRochefoucauld podcast, Evan talks about the metaphysics of the great Disney movie, Moana. Moana is a movie that tells the powerful story of creation, exploration, coming of age, and the hero and divine, through the Polynesian…
1 | The Liberal and Conservative Archetype
Sep 22, 2017 • 88 min
In this episode of the eRochefoucauld podcast, Evan talks about the archetypes of Liberalism and Conservatism. That is to say, the class of ideas, influences, and operative definitions that constitute our two great and eternal political diodes. In brief,…
eRochefoucauld Pilot | The Divine Individual and the Highest Ideal
Sep 14, 2017 • 184 min
In this episode of the eRochefoucauld podcast, Evan talks about the purpose of the show - to reaffirm the significance of the individual in society, and our ethical obligation to continually seek the highest ideal of being. This episode features topics on…