This is an archive of various talks and reflections that Peter has given in recent years. The archive is constantly being updated with old and new material, so subscribe to be kept up to date.
Capitalism and Desire | Shielding our Eyes from the Gaze
The is an except from part three of a ten part reading group I ran on the book Capitalism and Desire by Todd McGowan. In this clip I outline the main themes from the third chapter of the text. You can find the whole course on my Patreon.
What Does the Miser Lose | Weil and the Non-Existent Reality of God
What Does the Miser Lose | Weil and the Non-Existent Reality of God by Peter Rollins
Social Media Rage and the Gaze (with Michael Gungor)
Recently I joined Michael Gungor for a conversation about themes connected to projection, the Gaze and unhealthy trends in social media. This was part of a Liturgists episode looking at Cancel Culture, which you can find on their podcast channel.
God as Ground or Gap | Tillich, Caputo and Žižek on the Absolute
The work of Paul Tillich and Slavoj Zizek criss-cross in a number of fascinating ways. While Tillich rightly passes as a theist, and Zizek rightly passes as an atheist, there is an atheistic dimension in the work of the former and a theistic dimension in the work of the latter. In addition to this, Tillich’s theological vocation is profoundly philosophical, while Zizek’s philosophical project has a deeply theological core. Both draw from similar intellectual sources (German Idealism, Psychoanalysis, Marxism), both wrestle with the nature of desire (Ultimate Concern, Drive) and both offer a reading of true religion as the revelation of a type of quantum indeterminacy at the heart of reality.
In this seminar, I will draw out the ways in which Tillich and Zizek orbit around a similar constellation of questions. Once we have seen how their work is complimentary in many ways, I’ll turn my attention to their differences regarding the ultimate aim of religion and the nature of salvation, or the cure.
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Capitalism and Desire | The Psychic Constitution of Private Space
The is an except from part two of a ten part reading group I ran on the book Capitalism and Desire by Todd McGowan. In this clip I outline the main themes from the second chapter of the text. You can find the whole course on my Patreon.
Capitalism and Desire | The Subject of Desire and the Subject of Capitalism
The is an except from part one of a ten part reading group I ran on the book Capitalism and Desire by Todd McGowan. In this clip I outline the main themes from the first chapter of the text. You can find the whole course on my Patreon.
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Can you please share your old 5-part podcast series?
Thanks for sharing your marvellous perspective and work, Peter. Please can you share your 5-part podcast series that was once a bridge between ‘How (not) to speak of God’ and ‘Insurrection’? At one time, those talks were a staple for me.
In grateful anticipation...
I would like to echo Th4ckr4y, I also met Peter Rollins through watching and listening to Rob Bell.Although my thoughts are the same as the previous reviewer I could not have put the review into words as well as him....the review was excellent.
A cutting, clear and honest voice that rings true
I discovered Pete Rollins through rob bell and continue find his work thought-provoking, dynamic, inspirational and above all authentic and sincere.
He manages to frame things in a way that removes the sugary, glistening coating of our consumeristic ideologies and narcissistic desires and attempts to ground our being in the dirtiness and grittiness of living and being- on this planet and as a member of the human race.
He also for me manages to increase out ability to tune into a wider range of frequencies, making us more aware of the diversity of life and nature around us so that we can love and live-more meaningful and connected lives.