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The Robin & Boom Show is your source for engaging the contemporary world with the Great Tradition. Robin Phillips and Jason Van Boom explore some of the most pertinent issues of our time, drawing on classical Christian approaches to philosophy and society. Topics include technology, politics, education, aesthetics, literature, history, theology, health, science, metaphysics, current events and much more.

The Robin & Boom Show Robin Phillips and Jason Van Boom

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The Robin & Boom Show is your source for engaging the contemporary world with the Great Tradition. Robin Phillips and Jason Van Boom explore some of the most pertinent issues of our time, drawing on classical Christian approaches to philosophy and society. Topics include technology, politics, education, aesthetics, literature, history, theology, health, science, metaphysics, current events and much more.

    The Robin & Boom Show #16 – Modernism, Postmodernism, and Virtue, with Dr. Phillip Cary

    The Robin & Boom Show #16 – Modernism, Postmodernism, and Virtue, with Dr. Phillip Cary

    Is it possible to infer values about what we ought to do from facts about how the world is? This question introduces a major problem within meta-ethics, which is how to philosophically justify ethical obligations. In this interview, Dr. Phillip Cary explains how these difficulties in meta-ethics arose out of the political, philosophical, and scientific context of the 17th and 18th centuries. Building on the work of Alasdair MacIntyre, Cary suggests that we have been left with the fragments of a once coherent tradition. The rise of Postmodernism offers a unique opportunity to return to this earlier tradition, and to recover a context in which discussion of virtues make sense. Questions covered in this podcast include:



    * Is it possible to philosophically justify ethical obligations?

    * What is the central Postmodern insight?

    * Is the anti-traditional bias in Modernism itself a type of tradition?

    * What is the good for which human beings were created?

    * How is training in virtue tried to the pursuit of wisdom?

    * In what way do traditions create a context for virtue and rationality?

    * Does Hume’s famous is-ought gap show forth the failure of the Enlightenment project?

    * Can competing traditions speak to each other?

    * How does a recovery of teleology or final causation help us affirm a truth about the good?



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    Disclaimer: the ideas expressed on the Robin & Boom Show’s host website, www.robinmarkphillips.com, should not be taken as reflecting the views of Jason Van Boom. 

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    The Robin & Boom Show #15 – Everything Plato, with Dr. Phillip Cary

    The Robin & Boom Show #15 – Everything Plato, with Dr. Phillip Cary

    Dr. Phillip Cary sheds light on Plato’s philosophy in this latest edition of The Robin & Boom Show. In this podcast you will learn why the ideas of a thinker from the 5th century BC are more relevant today than ever before. Plato offers a valuable antidote to a culture in which goodness, truth, and beauty are so often perceived to be located in the purely immanent. Questions addressed in this podcast include:



    * Was Plato a proto-Gnostic?

    * Did Plato hate the material body?

    * What is the relation between body and soul within Plato’s thought?

    * How did Plato’s spiritual psychology become more complex as he matured?

    * Does Plato’s spiritual psychology shed light on issues we face in the modern world?

    * How do human bodies reflect the forms of ultimate things?

    * How did Socrates influence Plato at the beginning of his career, and Aristotle towards the end of his career?

    * Does erotic love have spiritual value?

    * What is the role of desire in truth-seeking?

    * What role did neoplatonism play in in Eastern Orthodox theology?

    * How did St. Augustine appropriate Plato’s philosophy for the West?

    * Can a contemporary appropriation of neoplatonism shed light on modern issues like malls and movies?



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    The Robin & Boom Show #14 – Interview with William Kabasenche on Virtue Ethics

    The Robin & Boom Show #14 – Interview with William Kabasenche on Virtue Ethics

    Robin interviews Dr. William Kabasenche, professor of philosophy at Washington State University. They discussed virtue ethics, and how this differs from other common approaches to ethical decision-making. In this podcast you will learn why the ethical life should not start with questions like, “What should you do?”, but instead should seek to ask questions such as “what type of person do I want to become?” Dr. Kabasenche explained how this approach lends insight into questions of genetic screening and end of life issues.

     

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    The Robin & Boom Show #13 – Attentiveness, Technology, Empathy and Stillness (Part 2 of series with Mark Weisman)

    The Robin & Boom Show #13 – Attentiveness, Technology, Empathy and Stillness (Part 2 of series with Mark Weisman)

    Robin Phillips and Jason Van Boom continue the discussion with Mark Weisman on technology, empathy, attention and EQ. In this podcast you will learn what Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica and the Great Tradition tell us about bringing attentiveness into our relationships. You will also learn the importance of slowing down to take a reflective turn, how to leverage neuroplasticity for good, and the relationship between the brain, body and emotions. Questions discussed include:







    * What tools and  best practices are available for families who want to push back against the culture of distraction?

    * Is empathetic listening an ability that some people simply have while others do not, or is it a skill that can be developed with practice?

    * How does awareness of one’s own feelings relate to sensitivity towards the emotions of others?

    * How can we develop the intellectual virtue of contemplation, and how does this affect our relationships?

    * How does the Sabbath commandment reflect natural law?





    From the podcast:





    “…be aware of what other people are feeling, and listen to the emotions behind what they are saying rather than just being quick to respond to surface issues. Go deeper and really try to listen with your heart and with empathy. Often we get into fights and arguments about issues that are really just proxies for deeper emotional issues, and these deeper emotional issues, when they’re not being adequately addressed or listened to, can cause problems abort issues that are not really the issue.”







     

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    The Robin & Boom Show #12 – With Mark Weisman on Empathy, Technology, and EQ (Part 1)

    The Robin & Boom Show #12 – With Mark Weisman on Empathy, Technology, and EQ (Part 1)

    Robin and Jason are joined by Mark Weisman to discuss some of the ways digital technology is eroding skills in empathy and emotional intelligence (EQ). Mark Weisman contributes to this discussion from his perspective working for years in the tech industry. In this podcast you will learn the difference between “emotional empathy” and “cognitive empathy”, and why EQ is central to human flourishing. You will also learn what the latest brain science shows about the corrosive effect of too much screen-time, particularly in brain regions associated with emotional maturity, introspection, expression recognition and emotional regulation. (For more on this topic, visit out emotional intelligence archives.)

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    The Robin & Boom Show #11 – Mueller Report and EU Elections

    The Robin & Boom Show #11 – Mueller Report and EU Elections

    Jason asks Robin about Trump; Robin asks Jason about the EU. Robin suggests that the full impact of the Mueller Report has been eclipsed by left-wing overreach. President Trump is neither Jesus nor Hitler, but he has been creating new norms by pushing the envelope. This episode also features a discussion of the European Union in light of the May 2019 elections. In this show you will learn about the changing climate of European politics, as well as the difference between Europe, the EU, and the Euro.

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    Disclaimer: the ideas expressed on the Robin & Boom Show’s host website, www.robinmarkphillips.com, should not be taken as reflecting the views of Jason Van Boom. 

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