21 episodes

Driven by Aristotle's opening line of the Metaphysics, that all human beings desire to know, this podcast is aimed at helping us better understand a small piece of what it means to be human and the struggle we all have to understand. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/struggletounderstand/support

Struggle to Understand Stephen Clouse

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Driven by Aristotle's opening line of the Metaphysics, that all human beings desire to know, this podcast is aimed at helping us better understand a small piece of what it means to be human and the struggle we all have to understand. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/struggletounderstand/support

    Episode 20 - Conversation with Alex Priou

    Episode 20 - Conversation with Alex Priou

    In this episode, I speak with Alex Priou, who teaches at the Herbst Center at the University of Colorado - Boulder. Alex has a PhD from Tulane University and his research focuses on Plato and the Pre-Socratics. This is the first conversation on my podcast that is dedicated to political philosophy and some of the questions inherent to the study of political philosophy. To that end, we spend quite a bit of time exploring questions like: what is political philosophy? Why study the liberal arts? Why take up questions of Platonic political philosophy? We also spend quite a bit of time exploring Leo Strauss and his impact on the way that we think about political philosophy and perhaps how this tradition can help us address the pressing questions of our time. Alex is a fantastic interlocutor and this conversation was a joy. 

    Alex, along with two of his friends and colleagues, has a podcast that can be found here.

    Alex's writings can be found here. 

    Introductory music was written by Alex Yoder. Find him here

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    • 1 hr 53 min
    Episode 19 - Conversation with Iona Italia

    Episode 19 - Conversation with Iona Italia

    In this episode, I speak with Iona Italia. Iona has a PhD in literature from Cambridge University and is an editor at Areo Magazine and currently lives in London. We speak about her background, both personally and academically, including her experience living in multiple countries and how that has shaped her worldview, how to be a good writer and issues that emerge from academic training, the humanities and the Enlightenment, and the importance of literature in our lives. Iona is a charming and humorous interlocutor and it was a joy to spend this time with her. 

    Her podcast, Two for Tea, can be found here.

    Her writings at Areo, here and her book here. 

    You can find her on Twitter @ionaitalia.

    Her website is here. 

    Introductory music was written by Alex Yoder. Find him here

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    • 1 hr 52 min
    Episode 18 - Conversation with Xavier Bonilla

    Episode 18 - Conversation with Xavier Bonilla

    Today, I speak with Xavier Bonilla, who has a doctorate in psychology and is a professor of psychology in Maryland. We speak about a wide range of topics including reacting to the seditious mob invading the Capitol on January 6th, 2021, then transitioning to conversations about political centrism, how to find meaning in a world that seems so often to be meaningless, and questions of how to explore themes and narratives in films or other elements in popular culture. Xavier is an excellent interlocutor and this conversation was a joy. 

    Xavier is also the host of a podcast called "Converging Dialogues" which can be found here. His piece on Centrism can be found  

    Xavier can be found on on Twitter @xaverbonilla87. 

    Introductory music was written by Alex Yoder. Find him here

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    • 2 hrs 35 min
    Episode 17 - Interview with Dr. Alex Natale

    Episode 17 - Interview with Dr. Alex Natale

    In this episode, I speak with Dr. Alex Natale, who is a professor of physics. We talk about fundamental elements in physics, including dark matter, dark energy, and neutrinos, and the role they play in giving an account of nature, the relationship between physics and political philosophy, and the nature of the university and how we educate students. I decided not to break this conversation into multiple episodes because so much of the conversation is self-referential and integrated that there did not seem to be a natural break in the conversation. Having conversations like this one, where people who have interests in different facets of human knowledge discuss their experiences with trying to understand but such conversations push against the trend in the university. We need to invest in more conversations like this one. 

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    • 1 hr 39 min
    Episode 16 - Interview with Rahmaan "Roc" Mwongozi Part Two

    Episode 16 - Interview with Rahmaan "Roc" Mwongozi Part Two

    Today, in the second of two episodes, I continue my conversation with Roc, a data and systems analyst who currently lives in New York City. In this discussion, we discuss how talking to academics can be a struggle and perhaps why that is the case, what it means to be part of a community and the weight that may or may not come along with it, how we structure moral codes without religious belief, and we end with a way of viewing the value of currency in how we prioritize the values in our lives. Perhaps the most enjoyable part of this conversation for me was our discussion of mercy and the importance that mercy has to play in our relationships with others but also in our relationship with ourselves. 

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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Episode 15 - Interview with Rahmaan "Roc" Mwongozi Part One

    Episode 15 - Interview with Rahmaan "Roc" Mwongozi Part One

    In the first of two episodes, I speak with Roc, a data and systems analyst who currently lives in New York City. In this episode, we discuss Roc's life living in various places in the United States and the unique perspective this generates as well as having a fairly long exploration of our relationship with social media. 

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    • 1 hr 2 min

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