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Why Theory brings continental philosophy and psychoanalytic theory together to examine cultural phenomena.

Why Theory Todd McGowan & Ryan Engley

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    • 4.9 • 66 Ratings

Why Theory brings continental philosophy and psychoanalytic theory together to examine cultural phenomena.

    Technology

    Technology

    This is a special Why Theory episode that was recorded live at the Impakt Festival that took place in Utrecht, Netherlands. Ryan and Todd discuss the theme of the festival--"the curse of smooth operations"--in terms of our relationship to technology. They question how technology provides enjoyment for us.

    The introduction ends at 4:53, and the question and answer period starts at 57:48.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Love

    Love

    Ryan and Todd trace the history of how thinkers have dealt with the problem of love--the varying definitions of love, the view of love's role in society, and love's philosophical importance. They begin with Plato's Symposium, touch on the New Testament, explore the role of love in Hegel's thought, discuss Badiou's love event, and conclude with the psychoanalytic conception of love, as developed by Jacques Lacan and Mari Ruti.

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Badiou

    Badiou

    Ryan and Todd provide an introduction to the philosopher of contemporary French thinker Alain Badiou. They begin with his insistence on the importance of mathematics and then move on to his understanding of truth in relation to the event. They also discuss the contrast between Badiou and Hegel.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Event

    Event

    Ryan and Todd explore the philosophical concept of the event, tracing its trajectory through three thinkers--Martin Heidegger, Alain Badiou, and Slavoj Zizek. They make this discussion concrete with an extended discussion of the current revolutionary feminist actions occurring in Iran.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Neurosis

    Neurosis

    Ryan and Todd discuss the diagnostic categories of psychoanalysis, beginning with neurosis. They analyze the three forms of neurosis--hysteria, obsession, and phobia--while also focusing on the different manifestations of these three forms in the contemporary political arena.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Hegel's Absolute Knowing

    Hegel's Absolute Knowing

    Ryan and Todd conclude their series on Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit with a discussion of the Absolute Knowing section. They explore the relationship between this section and the rest of the book as well as considering what this section has to say about the relationship between mediation and immediacy.

    • 1 hr 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
66 Ratings

66 Ratings

Macg310 ,

Episode idea

Would you consider doing a series on lacan’s three diagnoses of psychosis, perversion and neurosis? Haven’t really heard you talk much about them but it could offer a new (and not too difficult) perspective on his thought

Old Ragamuffin ,

Fav Theory podcast

Great!

Alexi Turbin ,

So good

This is so good, guys.

As someone with a love of history and a long term curiosity about Hegel, I’ve been working my way through The Phenomenology of Spirit on my own. (I was told it would give me a better understanding of his thought than his work directly on history and it seems you guys agree.) It’s tough going and I almost gave up...

Then I stumbled across this pod and it’s given me the inspiration to push on. Makes Hegel relevant and reminds me why I am trying to understand him better.

Would love an episode on Hegel and history, though not necessarily his Philosophy of...

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