Above the Snowflakes

[PODCAST] #514: Social Justice. Socially Engineered. (With Jay Dyer)

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(Above the Snowflakes Part 4) Our investigation continues... This series aimed to examine the philosophical roots of the current intensifying social justice movement, and how messages from academia have spilled out into popular culture and consciousness. Today, Jay Dyer joins me to argue that the phenomenon actually has darker origins. Jay is the author of Esoteric Hollywood: Sex, Cults and Symbols in Film and host of Jay's Analysis Podcast. We'll spend the first half hour talking about film analysis and his TV show, Hollywood Decoded. Then we'll discuss whether or not there is actually a kind of covert war against the minds of Millennials that began a long time ago, and with designs far ...

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[PODCAST] #497: The Intellectual Trump Card (with Dr. Daniel Bonevac)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOur investigation into the philosophical roots of social justice continues... Daniel Bonevac is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. He joins us today to discuss Jacques Derrida and how postmodernism manifests itself in some of the ugly developments in higher education. We also explore the potential dangers of hyper-skepticism, hence "the intellectual trump card." Dr. Bonevac's research focuses on the intersection of metaphysics, philosophical logic, and ethics. His first book, Reduction in the Abstract Sciences, received the Johnsonian Prize from The Journal of Philosophy. He has written four other books-- Deduction, The Art and Science of Logic, Simple Logic, and Worldly Wisdom. His website is a great resource; check out ...

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[PODCAST] #495: Dr. Stephen Hicks – Postmodernism As A Political Project?

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(Part Two) Our investigation into the philosophical roots of social justice continues... Dr. Stephen Hicks is a Professor of Philosophy at Rockford College and the Executive Director of The Center For Ethics and Entrepreneurship. He joins me today to discuss the consequences of postmodernism as a political/education project. Discussed: - Words as weapons - Do the postmodernists of the mid-20th century set out to undermine the enlightenment? - The philosophical movement has a long philosophical lineage dating back to Rousseau and the German idealists, it comes to prominence in the 1960s - What's confusing for the novice here - These people looked back the enlightenment, reason as a starting point instead of faith and ...

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[PODCAST] #493: The Grim Legacy of The New Left (With Nikos Sotirakopoulos)

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(Part One) Our investigation into the philosophical roots of social justice continues... Nikos Sotirakopoulos is a lecturer in Sociology at the Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough University, UK. He joins me today for more exploration into failed movements for personal liberation. We focus on the Frankfurt School and the New Left. Discussed: - Murray Bookchin and lifestyle anarchism - Book: The Rise of Lifestyle Activism From New Left to Occupy - a distinction between the old and new left - projecting what we don't like onto the Frankfurt School and postmodernism - a new narrative that allowed leftism to survive - Ayn Rand's warnings: "The New Left" and "Atlas Shrugged" - How did ...

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[PODCAST] #492: Above the Snowflakes – Series Introduction

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadToday, many young people are looking for personal liberation in all the wrong places. Discussed: - Thaddeus vs. Jordan Peterson: common ground? - letting go of a conspiracy theory - over-corrective responses to to Enlightenment problems - The Frankfurt School and Critical Theory - Postmodernism and identity politics - redeeming Marx from the horrifying political consequences - making a better world: the top-down and individual-up approaches - the consequences of biological determinism - the benefits of identity politics - the trap of identity politics (essentialism) - how people accidentally make themselves political pawns - subjectivity and its philosophical problems - my unfortunate history prioritizing group identity over my self (knowledge and improvement) Get Your ...

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