The Free Mind Podcast explores philosophic and political ideas with adventurous disregard for intellectual trends. Listeners are invited to pull up a chair in an intellectual laboratory where rationally defensible arguments are tested in the spirit of truth-seeking, and made in a conversational style free of academic jargon. The podcast engages scholars and public intellectuals who seek to present a diversity of viewpoints in a venue where good faith is granted at the door, and clear expression of ideas is more important than adherence to any particular ideology.
S3 E2: Daniel Mahoney, From the Culture of Repudiation to the Cancel Culture
Daniel J. Mahoney, Augustine Chair in Distinguished Scholarship at Assumption University and a visiting fellow at Princeton University. Mahoney discusses cancel culture, explores what is valuable about our civilizational inheritance, and urges resistance to efforts to silence the life of the mind and free pursuit of truth.
S3 E1: Paul Ulrich, Allan Bloom and Higher Education
Season 3 launches with Paul Ulrich, Associate Professor of Political Science and the Director of the Intellectual Foundations Program at Carthage College. Our conversation today explores Allan Bloom’s 1987 book The Closing of the American Mind.
S2 E4: Robert Pasnau, The Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization
Robert Pasnau, Professor of Distinction in Philosophy at CU Boulder, is the founding director of the Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization. Pasnau discusses how the unlikely center got started, and how its mission to foster free inquiry, heterodox ideas and diverse political perspectives has affected academic life at CU and across the nation.
S2 E3: Jeremy Fortier, Introduction to the Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche
Jeremy Fortier, Post-doctoral Fellow in the Department of Political Science at the City College of New York. Fortier explores the thought and writings of 19th-century German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. We discuss Nietzsche’s popular appeal, his complicated legacy, his criticism of the Western Tradition, his style of writing, and the basic problems his philosophy confronts.
S2 E2: Kevin Williamson, The Disciplinary Corporation
Kevin Williamson is a correspondent at National Review and author of several books, including his most recent book Big White Ghetto. The Benson Center was delighted to present Williamson’s investigation into how progressive business elites have created disciplinary corporations.
S2 E1: Bradford Wilson, The Political Thought of Alexander Hamilton
Season Two of The Free Mind podcast launches with a conversation between Shilo Brooks and Bradford Wilson, Executive Director of the James Madison Program at Princeton University and fellow at Princeton’s Butler College. Wilson explores Hamilton’s life and intellectual legacy. We discuss Hamilton’s unusual upbringing, the enduring importance of his political thought, and the fateful contributions he made to the form and structure of the American economy.
Found this podcast through National Review’s ads on the Benson Center. Highly recommended!