Sutras (and stuff)

Sutras (and stuff)

www.malcolmkeating.com
In this informal bi-weekly podcast, we’ll talk about a range of ideas found in South Asian philosophy, along with their connections to the modern day. Your host is a philosopher who reads Sanskrit texts and thinks about how the modern and premodern are intertwined. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/malcolm-keating/support


7: Craving
May 15 • 17 min
Do you wish things were different right now? Is there some experience you used to have that you miss? Are you having unpleasant feelings? If so, you’ve got a lot in common with Buddhist practitioners and philosophers from the 4th century CE. In this…
6: Expertise
May 1 • 16 min
Who should you listen to? Now, more than ever before, we have access to advice from a range of self-proclaimed experts. Anyone with a webcam and an Internet connection can dole out advice. But how do we tell if someone is trustworthy? In this episode, I…
Teaser: Episode 6
Apr 24 • 0 min
Who should you listen to? Now, more than ever before, we have access to advice from a range of self-proclaimed experts. Anyone with a webcam and an Internet connection can dole out advice. But how do we tell if someone is trustworthy? In the next episode,…
5: Contagion (part two)
Apr 17 • 15 min
Love, happiness, and disease. These are a few things that today we call “contagious.” But how did thinkers in the Indian subcontinent, before the discovery of viruses, understand diseases and their treatment? This podcast is part two of a two-part…
4: Contagion (part one)
Apr 3 • 16 min
Love, happiness, and disease. These are a few things that today we call “contagious.” But how did thinkers in the Indian subcontinent, before the discovery of viruses, understand diseases and their treatment? This podcast is part one of a two-part…
Announcement: Opening up the “phone lines”
Mar 28 • 1 min
I want to hear from you. Send me a voice message through Anchor or email me at sutrasandstuff@gmail.com and I might use your messages on an upcoming episode. Be well, everyone. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/malcolm-keating/message Support…
3: Reclining
Mar 27 • 16 min
If you’re going to recline your seat on an airplane, you should do it gently. And if you’re going to kill your enemy with the shyena ritual, you should build a brick altar. But should we do either of these things? Mimamsa and the logic of troubling…
2.1: Disease and debate
Mar 20 • 13 min
What does an ancient Sanskrit text have to tell us about reasoning about the coronavirus and debating with people about its treatment? Caraka’s Compendium, a medical treatise, gives some guidelines for when to bother debating with people, and whom we…
2: The Man
Mar 13 • 15 min
Taylor Swift does it, and so does Kalidasa. How does figurative speech work and why do we enjoy it so much? In this episode, I talk about how figurative language from Sanskrit poetry to William Shakespeare to Taylor Swift. Sources and Links Taylor Swift,…
1: Threads
Feb 29 • 12 min
Introduction to the podcast and, what do sutras and Twitter have in common? What do ancient Sanskrit aphorisms have in common with modern Internet communication? In this episode, Malcolm talks about sutras and Twitter, bedbugs and textual interpretation.…