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.
Leo Strauss' Crisis of Our Time
This week, the guys return to Strauss to look at a pair of his lesser known, but still important essays touching on historicism, science, and the trajectory of the West. The two provide an excellent primer to The City and Man for those who are interested in reading Strauss.
Interview: Eric Adler on Plutarch's Life of Romulus
This week, the guys are joined by Eric Adler, Professor and Chair of Classics at the University of Maryland. Together, the group discuss Plutarch's Life of Romulus and the history of Roman historians more generally as they compare to Greek historians.
Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby
After last week's discussion of Hiero, the guys are back this week with fare that is lighter in some ways, and heavy in others: Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby. From light analysis of the boxing movie trope to the weighty topic of euthanasia, the guys cover it all. Plus: Greg was actually in a real fight once. You'll never guess where.
This week, the guys reconvene to discuss Xenophon's Hiero. Greg has published translations of Xenophon, and is especially in his element. The core question the guys focus on is the same as that of this minor work: is the life of a tyrant more pleasant than that of a commoner?
Michael Anton on Montesquieu
This week, the guys re joined by Hillsdale professor and David's colleague, Michael Anton. The group discuss Montesquieu's philosophy and the ways in which it proves correct, and some ways it comes up short. Plus: Professor Anton talks about Jaffa and Machiavelli.
George Anastaplo on Television
As we leave the Televisual Age behind and enter into the Digital Age, it might seem like a paper proposing the banning or severe limiting of TV hasn't aged all too well. But Anastaplo's paper proposing just that has aged like a fine wine, and is more applicable now than ever. The guys analyze Anastaplo's paper from top to bottom.
One of the best
In the growing part of the world-wide-intrawebs of philosophy podcasts this is one of the best, if not the bestest. I encourage you to listen.
Personable, philological and philosophical
Great episodes. Covers strictly philosophical texts and ideas as well as (my wheelhouse) literary texts. And the hosts balance well between rigor and (also my wheelhouse!) accessibility to the novice.
Best in the biz
These fellas know what they're doing! The interviews are engaging, informative, and important. They help preserve the biographies and knowledge of some of the greatest teachers in political philosophy. For my part? I actually prefer when there’s no guest. The shows are funnier, and usually include deeper textual analysis in the “normal” episodes. You must listen to this show. Your soul will punish you eternally if you do not! You have been warned!!