17 episodes

Exploring the forgotten and rejected story of Western thought

Oddcast episodes – The Secret History of Western Esotericism Podcast (SHWEP‪)‬ Earl Fontainelle

    • Education

Exploring the forgotten and rejected story of Western thought

    Juan Acevedo on Alphanumeric Cosmology

    Juan Acevedo on Alphanumeric Cosmology

    One of the most fundamental and intriguing questions in the philosophy of language is that of the relation between signs and the realities they signify. But what if the signs are letters and numbers simultaneously? And what if these are in fact the constitutive elements of reality itself? Juan Acevedo is our guide in an overview of the history and dynamics of alphanumeric cosmology in the western tradition.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Dylan Burns on the Birth of Free Will in Late Antiquity

    Dylan Burns on the Birth of Free Will in Late Antiquity

    Is ‘free will’ a given, a constant of the human condition? It might seem that way, but as Dylan Burns argues in this interview, the idea that humans possess a faculty of un-coerced decision-making actually arises at a specific time – late antiquity – and in a specific context – early Christian philosophy.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Dylan Burns on Providence, Fate, and Dualism in Antiquity

    Dylan Burns on Providence, Fate, and Dualism in Antiquity

    In Part I of a two-part series, we interview Dr Dylan Burns of the Universiteit van Amsterdam on the subjects of providence and fate in Greek philosophy, early Christian philosophy, and a number of esoteric currents partaking of both in late antiquity.

    • 52 min
    Gyrus on the Rise and Fall of the Polar Cosmos, Part II

    Gyrus on the Rise and Fall of the Polar Cosmos, Part II

    We continue our interview with Gyrus, starting from Copernicus' demolition of the polar cosmos and exploring the aftermath of this radical decentering of the cosmic structure of the west.

    • 53 min
    Gyrus on the Rise and Fall of the Polar Cosmos, Part I

    Gyrus on the Rise and Fall of the Polar Cosmos, Part I

    We talk cosmology with Gyrus, a man who has looked deeply into the patterning of space across time and culture. Moving from ‘horizontal’, landscape-base cosmologies to ‘vertical’, abstracted constructions of space, we discuss the human patterning of location and movement across a fairly mind-blowing swathe of history. You are where you are.

    • 53 min
    John Dillon on Stephen MacKenna and Plotinus

    John Dillon on Stephen MacKenna and Plotinus

    Professor Dillon returns to the SHWEP to talk about the life and times of Stephen MacKenna – Irish radical, Modernist literateur, amateur of the concertina, and the first and greatest translator of Plotinus into English.

    • 39 min

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