Radical Thoughts Podcast

Radical Thoughts Podcast

Radical Thoughts is an attempt to read through as many texts in the Verso Radical Thinkers series as possible in order to come to a better understanding of radical theory and its tendencies. Our goal is to find the problems and frameworks worth address…


Liberalism and Democracy
Jun 22 • 78 min
In this episode, we discuss the Italian legal theorist and politician Norberto Bobbio and his text “Liberalism and Democracy.” We talk about the history of Liberalism, the relationship of the individual to the State, and how radicals should conceive of…
PREVIEW: Complicating Adorno with C Derick Varn
May 25 • 21 min
In this preview I talk with C Derick Varn about Adorno’s conception of domination, and the pitfalls and insights that accompany his critique of modern life.If you want access to the full episode while supporting us, you can join our Patreon for $3 a…
Minima Moralia
May 17 • 87 min
Can one seek the good life when life has been irreparably damaged? In this episode, we sit down to discuss Theodore Adorno’s Minima Moralia and talk a bit about psychoanalysis, pleasure, astrology, and automation in the contemporary world.Join our…
PREVIEW: The Legacy of Althusser with James Turley
May 1 • 12 min
This is a preview from our most recent bonus episode. James Turley from the CPGB and Weekly Worker joins us to talk about Althusser and the political circumstances surrounding his life and career.If you want to listen to the full episode, you can access…
For Marx
Apr 19 • 63 min
In this month’s episode, we sit down to discuss the controversial French Marxist philosopher Louis Althusser and his early book For Marx. We discuss the merits and problems with concepts such as overdetermination, problematics, epistemological break,…
BONUS EPISODE: Andrew Milner on Cultural Materialism
Mar 22 • 53 min
In our first bonus episode Patrick interviews the literary critic and social theorist Andrew Milner to talk a little bit more about Raymond Williams and the approach of cultural materialism. (If you missed it, make sure to check out our first episode on…
The Function of Criticism
Mar 5 • 78 min
This time all four members of the podcast sit down to talk about Terry Eagleton’s The Function of Criticism. We discuss the emergence of the “public sphere,” the meaning of the intellectual, and the commodification of literature and knowledge. We had…
Culture and Materialism
Feb 9 • 82 min
In our debut episode of the Radical Thoughts Podcast, P.H. Higgins, Donald Parkinson, and Andrew Woods sit down to talk about Raymond Williams’ book “Culture and Materialism.” We discuss how it is best to think about culture as a part of societal…