Listen to Dr Daniel Murphy and Dr Gregory David Jackson offer philosophical readings of popular films, whilst drinking beer. Follow us on instagram.com/twophilpodcast or twitter.com/twophilpodcast to get involved with the discussion.
Episode 31: Her
In this episode, we examine the 2013 film 'Her', directed by Spike Jonze and starring Joaquin Phoenix with Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, and Olivia Wilde. Our conversation highlights a mood of loneliness as central to the film and explores Hannah Arendt's view that loneliness constitutes one of the main characteristics of modern life. We then consider the manner in which, what Shoshana Zuboff labels, 'surveillance capitalism' functions as an central aspect of the operating system that Theodore becomes romantically involved with in the film. Our discussion concludes by referencing, friend of the show, Isabel Millar to demonstrate how the concept of 'intelligence' has been largely misunderstood by much of the current thinking on the issue of artificial intelligence, before offering some final reflections on what Samantha's sexuality intimates about her as an individual subject. Follow us on twitter.com/twophilpodcast or instagram.com/twophilpodcast to get involved with the discussion.
Episode 30: Trainspotting
In this episode, we consider the 1996 cult classic 'Trainspotting', directed by Danny Boyle and starring Ewan McGregor. Our discussion consults the early writings of Emmanuel Levinas to offer an existential phenomenological analysis of addiction, before considering some of the more totalitarian aspects of the society depicted in the film with reference to Francis Fukuyama, Ayn Rand, and Herbert Marcuse. Greg also makes a surprising revelation that may threaten the very premise of our show! Follow us on twitter.com/twophilpodcast or instagram.com/twophilpodcast to get involved with the discussion.
Episode 29: Calvary
In this episode, we discuss the 2014 film 'Calvary', directed by John Michael McDonagh and starring Brendan Gleeson. Our discussion highlights, as central to this film, an examination of whether or not Christianity holds any relevance for today's society. Along these lines, we start by outlining the contemporary situation of nihilism that each of the characters seem to occupy in the film. We then explore the difference between Christianity, as a particular worldview with an accepted doctrine upheld by the church establishment, and the phenomenology of Christian life, which offers a way of describing specific lived experiences independent from any ideological system of thought and which cannot be accounted for within a traditional Greek philosophical framework. Our discussion concludes by considering the lived experience of forgiveness as a value from the biblical tradition that Calvary deems to still hold significance for our time. These reflections are accompanied by a couple of basic lagers from Hüfi and Tuborg. Follow us on twitter.com/twophilpodcast or instagram.com/twophilpodcast to get involved with the discussion.
Episode 28: Interstellar
In this episode, we consider the 2014 film 'Interstellar', directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Matthew McConaughey with Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain. Our discussion critiques the manner in which the film appears to support a notion of scientific progress that falls in line with the political projects of imperialist expansion and extractive capitalism. Following an historical exploration of these themes, we consult Karl Popper to help us properly understand the scientific method in order to determine the exact character of scientific knowledge claims. Once this has been ascertained, our discussion concludes by presenting an alternative view of scientific progress that remains apolitical and achieves its validity from a consensus among impartial observers of inductive data. These reflections are washed down with a Corona Extra as well as a gluten free lager from Foxes Rock. Follow us on twitter.com/twophilpodcast or instagram.com/twophilpodcast to get involved with the discussion.
Episode 27: The Farewell
In this episode, we discuss the 2019 film 'The Farewell', directed by Lulu Wang and starring Awkwafina. Our conversation ponders the ethics of lying, the link between the awareness of one's own death and personal identity, the clash of Western and Eastern cultures in the film, as well as the idea that all communities and traditions are founded upon, what Plato called, a noble lie. These reflections are accompanied by some beers from Bryghuset Braustein and Wicklow Wolf Brewing Company. Follow us on twitter.com/twophilpodcast or instagram.com/twophilpodcast to get involved with the discussion.
Episode 26: Get Out
In this episode, we consider the 2017 film 'Get Out', directed by Jordan Peele and starring Daniel Kaluuya, with Allison Williams and Lakeith Stanfield. Our discussion primarily analyses the film in relation the concepts of race, language, and colonialism as expounded by Frantz Fanon in his seminal work 'Black Skin, White Masks'. Nevertheless, we also examine the particular manner in which consciousness is depicted in the film with the help of Edmund Husserl's research in phenomenology. Along these lines, we explore the concept of embodiment and question the possibility of transferring consciousness from one body to another. These reflections are accompanied by a couple of tasty beers from Nørrebro Bryghus and 9 White Deer Brewery. Follow us on twitter.com/twophilpodcast or instagram.com/twophilpodcast to get involved with the discussion.
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Excellent podcast. Incredibly informative but also relaxed and fun. Keep up the good work dudes!