21 episodes

Good in Theory is a podcast about political philosophy and how it can help us understand the world today. Want to know what's in Plato's Republic or Hobbes's Leviathan but don't want to read them? This is your pod. I explain my favourite books in political theory in enough detail that you’ll feel like you read them yourself. Deep but not heavy. No experience needed.

Good in Theory: A Political Philosophy Podcast Clif Mark

    • Philosophy
    • 5.0 • 40 Ratings

Good in Theory is a podcast about political philosophy and how it can help us understand the world today. Want to know what's in Plato's Republic or Hobbes's Leviathan but don't want to read them? This is your pod. I explain my favourite books in political theory in enough detail that you’ll feel like you read them yourself. Deep but not heavy. No experience needed.

    20 - Do Free Markets Make Free Humans? Interview with Jeffrey Bercuson

    20 - Do Free Markets Make Free Humans? Interview with Jeffrey Bercuson

    Jeffrey Bercuson is author of A History of Political Thought: Property, Labor, and Commerce from Plato to Piketty.This book does a whirlwind tour through the history of political thought explaining how different thinkers have approached the commercial...

    • 1 hr 16 min
    19 - Granny Gore to Girl Power: Naomi Hamer on the History of Fairy Tales

    19 - Granny Gore to Girl Power: Naomi Hamer on the History of Fairy Tales

    Naomi Hamer of Ryerson University tells us an unfamiliar version of a classic fairy tale then chats about how children’s stories have changed and the different moral and political and economic factors that changed them. According to Hamer the seduction...

    • 1 hr 1 min
    18 - GiT Xmas movie special with Sep

    18 - GiT Xmas movie special with Sep

    Sep of Sep’s Weird Movie Blog comes on to talk about Christmas movie and capitalist fairy tale, Trading Places. Sep is Good in Theory’s episode artist, editor, and BFF of the pod. Links:Sep's TwitterTrading Places trailer  Zardoz trailerRoadhouse...

    • 49 min
    17 - Plato's Republic 6: How to be a Good Person

    17 - Plato's Republic 6: How to be a Good Person

    This episode covers book 4 of Plato’s Republic. What does it mean to be a good person? What is justice? To answer these questions, Socrates and the boys have built imaginary cities, raised educated and nobly lied to armies, and sent them all to live in a camp. Today’s the day Socrates brings it all home and explains his definition of justice both in the city and in the soul. And to boot, he explains the structure of the human soul.

    • 45 min
    16 - Plato's Republic 5: Lies, Noble Lies and Gymnastics

    16 - Plato's Republic 5: Lies, Noble Lies and Gymnastics

    This episode covers the second half of book 3 of Plato’s Republic. Glaucon and Socrates develop a completely immersive education program for the guardians that controls every aspect of their social and physical environment. Then, they tell them it never...

    • 43 min
    15 - Interview: politics v. philosophy with Agnes Callard

    15 - Interview: politics v. philosophy with Agnes Callard

    Agnes Callard is a philosophy prof, Plato expert and public philosopher. We talk about the relationship between politics and philosophy (it’s complicated), why nobody should trust philosophers (they don’t know anything), and why human beings can’t even think something without someone else telling them they’re wrong. We mention Callard’s op-eds: “Should we cancel Aristotle?” and “How to politicize a classroom”

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

degandegan ,

Smart, funny, illuminating

I love this podcast. It’s entertaining and accessible but not the least bit dumbed-down. If the ideas are new to you, this is an excellent way to get acquainted. If you’ve already read a bunch of Plato, you’re still going to find insights that are fresh and stimulating. It’s smart, it’s funny, and it manages to be genuinely wise without being the least bit pretentious.

Gord McLaughlin ,

What a great find!

I'm only one episode in but starting the next right away.

Sure, Clif Mark may seem like a made-up name, but his insights are genuine and his storytelling is top notch.

Even for an unschooled ancient Athenian such as myself, this is a real treat and smacks of self-improvement. Highly recommeded.

Oeale ,

Essential Listening

I highly recommend this podcast. If you’re looking for a relatable modern exploration of Plato’s Apology look no further. Clif does an excellent job of examining the ideas surrounding Socrates’ trial and how they are still relevant today. At a time when we are questioning the very basis of our society’s shared values this should be required listening.

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