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"A classic is something everybody wants to have read, but no one wants to read." Good things are not hard to find, but they are hard to like. In a world in which almost everything else fades, some good things last, but they are an acquired taste. The Handmade Humanity podcast helps develop your appetite for good things that have stood the test of time. Join Austin and Max as they explore the riches of the classical tradition and bring ancient ideas to the modern era. It can be difficult to begin, but no one regrets learning to love what lasts. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/handmadehumanity/support

Handmade Humanity Austin Hoffman

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"A classic is something everybody wants to have read, but no one wants to read." Good things are not hard to find, but they are hard to like. In a world in which almost everything else fades, some good things last, but they are an acquired taste. The Handmade Humanity podcast helps develop your appetite for good things that have stood the test of time. Join Austin and Max as they explore the riches of the classical tradition and bring ancient ideas to the modern era. It can be difficult to begin, but no one regrets learning to love what lasts. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/handmadehumanity/support

    Ep 15: Law and Order

    Ep 15: Law and Order

    What does Moses have to do with America? While many are concerned about theocracy or theonomy, our culture is rejecting many of the judicial principles inherited from the Christian tradition. While we need not rigidly apply the Mosaic law to our contemporary society, it expresses many principles of justice which we lose to our peril. We have to thank Moses for many of the freedoms and benefits of our legal tradition, and ought to recover the sound application of justice in our country today. 


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    • 41 min
    Ep 14: Education vs. Training

    Ep 14: Education vs. Training

    In this episode, Austin Hoffman explains the difference between education and training. Too often our modern educational establishment mistakes training for education depriving students of essential life knowledge and skills. Have you been educated or have you been trained?


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    • 23 min
    Ep 13: It Killed the Ancient Romans

    Ep 13: It Killed the Ancient Romans

    "Latin is a language,
    As dead as dead can be.
    It killed the ancient Romans,
    and now it's killing me."

    Why study Latin? Why study a dead language? When we study Latin, we study the nature of language itself. Are words just names and labels that are slapped arbitrarily onto objects although their is no real connection? Rather, language and signs are woven into the fabric of reality and understanding language helps us to understand the nature of the world. Latin, as a dead language, helps us to think about the world in a different way. Latin orders the mind; it is the linguistic counterpart to math. There are a number of practical benefits to learning Latin. And Latin is a beautiful language. Join Austin and Max as they discuss different reasons why one should study Latin in the 21st century. 

    You can find the episode on Apple Podcasts here.

    Resources:

    The Unique Advantages of Latin and Greek

    Why Classical Schools must have a Latin Reading Program

    First Things First: Classical Languages and the Soul, Part 1

    First Things First: Classical Languages and the Soul, Part 2

    Are Classical Languages Necessary to the Classical School?


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    • 55 min
    Ep. 12: The Fault is in our Stars

    Ep. 12: The Fault is in our Stars

    Why do bad things happen to good people? This is a perennial question that numerous authors of antiquity have sought to answer. We all experience pain and suffering in our life. Is there a point? The Stoics thought that disaster is merely an opportunity to exercise virtue. What we see as evil are actually goods for they train us in discipline and excellence. Nothing evil can actually befall a good man. God does not give trials to those he hates, but to his favorite soldiers. In this episode, Austin Hoffman explores the Stoic philosophy of Seneca in his De Providentia. What can we learn about how to bear under trials from this Stoic author.

    Sources:

    Seneca, Stoic Philosophy of Seneca: Essays and Letters


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    • 56 min
    Ep 11: Rhetoric for Dummies

    Ep 11: Rhetoric for Dummies

    In this episode, Austin and Max discuss The Art of Rhetoric, Aristotle's handbook on speaking. Rhetoric is something that everyone uses whether they know it or not. Some use it well and some use it poorly, but everybody uses rhetoric. Allow Aristotle's teaching to help you use rhetoric both offensively and defensively as you deliberate about what is expedient, judge what is just, and praise what is good.
    Resources:
    Raphael, The School of Athens
    Aristotle, The Art of Rhetoric

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    • 50 min
    Ep. 10: Boy of Tears

    Ep. 10: Boy of Tears

    The hero turned traitor. The unflinching warrior broken by a mother's tears. The lion turned lamb and sacrificed for the people. Although often overlooked, Coriolanus ought to be regarded as one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies. T.S. Eliot thought so. Listen to the story of a noble man who refuses to compromise his integrity or play a part. He will not flatter the people or act in any way according to his nature. For this, he is scapegoated and exiled from Rome, only to die and become its savior once more. Shakespeare causes us to reflect on the nature of the state and the destruction of a republic. Join Austin Hoffman as he discusses this great work of the Bard.

    Sources:

    Coriolanus, Pelican Shakespeare

    Coriolanus, Oxford School Shakespeare

    Coriolanus (2011) - Ralph Fiennes -- Amazon, YouTube

    Coriolanus (2013) - Donmar Warhouse, Tom Hiddleston

    Coriolanus (1984) - Alan Howard


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    • 41 min

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