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The New Thinkery is a podcast devoted to political philosophy and its history, along with its many guises in literature, film, and human experience generally. Named after Socrates’ infamous “Thinkery” in Aristophanes’ Clouds, The New Thinkery strikes a balance between the seriousness of academia and the playfulness of casual conversation among friends.

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    • 4.9 • 114 Ratings

The New Thinkery is a podcast devoted to political philosophy and its history, along with its many guises in literature, film, and human experience generally. Named after Socrates’ infamous “Thinkery” in Aristophanes’ Clouds, The New Thinkery strikes a balance between the seriousness of academia and the playfulness of casual conversation among friends.

    Interview: Nick Buccola on Frederick Douglass | The New Thinkery Ep. 61

    Interview: Nick Buccola on Frederick Douglass | The New Thinkery Ep. 61

    This week, the guys are joined by Dr. Nick Buccola, professor and Elizabeth & Morris Glickman Chair in Political Science at Linfield University to discuss the life and philosophy of Frederick Douglass. The group analyze several key writings of Douglass and how his view of government shifted as he aged. Plus: an overview of Douglass' experience as a public speaker.

    Shoutout to the Ancient Language Institute for sponsoring!

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Interview: Ben Kleinerman on the Federalist Papers | The New Thinkery Ep. 60

    Interview: Ben Kleinerman on the Federalist Papers | The New Thinkery Ep. 60

    In this Constitution Day special edition of The New Thinkery, the guys are joined by Dr. Ben Kleinerman, the R.W. Morrison Chair of Political Science at Baylor University and board member of the Jack Miller Center. Together, the group discuss several of the Federalist Papers and what their respective authors thought the U.S. regime need be wary of as it progressed. 

    • 57 min
    Aristophanes' Assemblywomen | The New Thinkery Ep. 59

    Aristophanes' Assemblywomen | The New Thinkery Ep. 59

    In this week's episode of The New Thinkery, the guys are overthrown and replaced by a distinguished, all-female panel of four guests: Lisa Leibowitz, Linda Rabieh, Carly Herold, and Anna Mansfield. The panel discuss Aristophanes' play where, fittingly for the situation the guys find themselves in this week, women are installed as rulers of Athens and start instituting major reforms. 

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Interview: Dr. Laurence Cooper on Alcibiades' Speech | The New Thinkery Ep. 58

    Interview: Dr. Laurence Cooper on Alcibiades' Speech | The New Thinkery Ep. 58

    In this edition of The New Thinkery, the guys are joined by Dr. Laurence Cooper of Carleton College. Together, the group discuss Plato's Symposium in TNT's penultimate episode on the subject, this time focusing on Aristophanes' speech on Eros (and Socrates).



    Shoutout to Davenant Hall for sponsoring!

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Interview: Professor Steven Smith on Oakeshott's "Political Education" | The New Thinkery Ep. 57

    Interview: Professor Steven Smith on Oakeshott's "Political Education" | The New Thinkery Ep. 57

    In this edition of The New Thinkery Alex and Greg visit the Jack Miller Center where they are joined by Professor Steven Smith. The group discuss Michael Oakeshott's famous work, "Political Education". Plus: don't miss out on the quickest response times we've seen yet on lightning round questions!

    Shoutout to Davenant Hall for sponsoring!

    • 57 min
    The Death of Ivan Ilyich | The New Thinkery Ep. 56

    The Death of Ivan Ilyich | The New Thinkery Ep. 56

    In this week's edition of The New Thinkery, the guys analyze a frequent read of David's: The Death of Ivan Ilyich. A tome by one of the great Russian authors, Leo Tolstoy, the crew have much to discuss as they reflect on the key theme of the book, mortality.

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
114 Ratings

114 Ratings

JoeT9000 ,

Excellent

A great pickmeup of philosophical conversation to make the workweek less of a grind. more than that, discussions of political philosophy as opposed to “political science” are tough to come by these days, and these talks open a door to a lot of texts I would have blown past otherwise. Great job guys!

I always get a laugh when David Bahr cracks a joke or Greg mutes his mic to take a bite out of a cheese wheel like it’s a large krispy kreme. Keeps things light.

TheSubtlePotato. ,

A Poem.

In the world of the New Thinkery,
ketchup, is a vegetable.

Embezzlement? Morally acceptable.

And Socrates? A criminal...

There ya go.

troppos10 ,

Food for thought?

The New Thinkery is the latest addition to America’s alt right syndicate. Ostensibly, this group of arm chair philosophers attempt to lead listeners down a path of self-reflection and free-thought. However, there is something much more nefarious going on here. Listeners beware.

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