This is an archive of various talks and reflections that Peter has given in recent years. The archive is constantly being updated with old and new material, so subscribe to be kept up to date.
Capitalism and Desire | Shielding our Eyes from the Gaze
The is an except from part three of a ten part reading group I ran on the book Capitalism and Desire by Todd McGowan. In this clip I outline the main themes from the third chapter of the text. You can find the whole course on my Patreon.
What Does the Miser Lose | Weil and the Non-Existent Reality of God
What Does the Miser Lose | Weil and the Non-Existent Reality of God by Peter Rollins
Social Media Rage and the Gaze (with Michael Gungor)
Recently I joined Michael Gungor for a conversation about themes connected to projection, the Gaze and unhealthy trends in social media. This was part of a Liturgists episode looking at Cancel Culture, which you can find on their podcast channel.
God as Ground or Gap | Tillich, Caputo and Žižek on the Absolute
The work of Paul Tillich and Slavoj Zizek criss-cross in a number of fascinating ways. While Tillich rightly passes as a theist, and Zizek rightly passes as an atheist, there is an atheistic dimension in the work of the former and a theistic dimension in the work of the latter. In addition to this, Tillich’s theological vocation is profoundly philosophical, while Zizek’s philosophical project has a deeply theological core. Both draw from similar intellectual sources (German Idealism, Psychoanalysis, Marxism), both wrestle with the nature of desire (Ultimate Concern, Drive) and both offer a reading of true religion as the revelation of a type of quantum indeterminacy at the heart of reality.
In this seminar, I will draw out the ways in which Tillich and Zizek orbit around a similar constellation of questions. Once we have seen how their work is complimentary in many ways, I’ll turn my attention to their differences regarding the ultimate aim of religion and the nature of salvation, or the cure.
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Capitalism and Desire | The Psychic Constitution of Private Space
The is an except from part two of a ten part reading group I ran on the book Capitalism and Desire by Todd McGowan. In this clip I outline the main themes from the second chapter of the text. You can find the whole course on my Patreon.
Capitalism and Desire | The Subject of Desire and the Subject of Capitalism
The is an except from part one of a ten part reading group I ran on the book Capitalism and Desire by Todd McGowan. In this clip I outline the main themes from the first chapter of the text. You can find the whole course on my Patreon.
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Just beginning to understand
I feel like I’m understanding pyrotheology molecule by molecule - so slowly. But if the process really is the point, which seems to be an idea important to Peter Rollins’ work, I’m doing ok. I’m not far enough along to decide if I agree or disagree exactly, but I just love the process. This podcast challenges my intellect and imagination and even faith, but thinking is fun! So if you’re looking for answers, this isn’t your podcast. But if you want food for thought, this is a buffet.
Mind blowing pyro-theology
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A False Guide
I wanted to find something worthwhile in Rollins, as he has a wonderful intellect and storytelling ability. Yet I can’t escape the feeling that for all his intellectual work and brilliance he is going nowhere, and worst of all he is leading his audience down a rabbit hole that will never find sun nor air again. There is a profound emptiness in his work, despite all the novel ideas. I travel no further, and I bid him farewell.