Welcome to Unlimited Opinions! Have you ever wanted to listen to a lawyer and his teenage son discuss philosophy, mythology, politics and more? No? Well, Mark and Adam Bishop are here to discuss it all the same! In Season 1, they covered Anthony Kenny's "A New History of Western Philosophy," in Season 2, they delved into Jake Jackson's "Myths & Legends," and in Season 3, they read Joseph Campbell's "The Power of Myth!" Now in Season 4, they're diving into politics with Alan Ryan's "On Politics" in order to espouse the most ground-breaking rants and political commentary! There will also be more than the average amount of references to linguistics, 60s music, and J.R.R. Tolkien. If any of that sounds vaguely interesting, then this is the podcast for you! Episodes are uploaded every Monday at 9:00 p.m. CST. Follow us on Twitter! @UlmtdOpinions
S4 E14: John Locke and Revolution
John Locke may just be our favorite political theorist yet! Join us as we cover Locke's political theories, including the peaceful state of nature, religious toleration, and the idea of a very limited government. We discuss in detail our natural rights, how moral foundations are important for any society, when one can engage in a revolution, and whether modern liberal democracies are doomed to fail with the loss of belief in God. To commemorate our 100th episode, our 2nd full year of producing this podcast, and the Christmas season, we are also holding a free t-shirt giveaway! We'll be giving a completely free Unlimited Opinions t-shirt to the person who leaves us the most interesting review on any platform where you listen to podcasts! Check us out on Twitter @UlmtdOpinions for more details.
S4 E13: Thomas Hobbes
We give consent to those who govern us, but after that, they can kinda just do whatever they want except kill us. At least, according to the 17th century political theorist Thomas Hobbes! In this episode, we break down all of Hobbes' political theories, particularly how his nominalism relates to politics, the role of the sovereign, the state of human nature, and whether he ever answers the question of what one can do against a wicked ruler. We also look at a bad review of our content claiming that we are faux mouthpieces of right wing propaganda, which is clearly untrue, as we really are mouthpieces of right wing propaganda! There's nothing faux about us! We also begin a new t-shirt giveaway for Seasons 3 and 4, so listen to the end of the episode or follow us on Twitter @UlmtdOpinions for more information!
S4 E12: Machiavelli
Machiavelli and nuclear bombs! Those are just two of the many topics we cover on this episode of Unlimited Opinions! We break down who Machiavelli was, the political history of Renaissance Florence, and his The Prince and Discourses on Livy. We discuss whether one can be a truly moral politician, the nature of political families, whether one should caress or crush a population, and much more! We also look at how Machiavelli influenced the Boy Scouts! Follow us on Twitter! @UlmtdOpinions
S4 E11: The Reformation
As punishment for believing that infants shouldn't be baptized, you should be immediately drowned! At least according to Ulrich Zwingli, that is. In this episode, we look at the Reformation, and how the ideas of Martin Luther, Jean Calvin, and various radicals played into the discussion of church and state in Europe. We discuss the economic roots of the Reformation, how the various wars and uprisings were furthered by theological issues but perhaps not caused by them, and some of the more unfortunate aspects of this period in time, including the very bloody wars. We also get into a rant about whether the Counter-Reformation should really by called a Catholic Reformation! Follow us on Twitter! @UlmtdOpinions
S4 E10: Humanism
Our plans for the immediate future are to write 901 theses on every topic imaginable, with many of them focusing on how much utopias suck and how bad tattoos will look in the future! Along with this, we discuss humanism in the fifteenth century, looking at how various thinkers valued education and classical literature in order to argue for peace and the importance of the common person. We discuss one of the first feminist authors, Christine de Pizan, the somewhat crazy Pico della Mirandola, the great thinkers Erasmus and Sir Thomas More, and conclude with Montaigne. Humanism brings up many great questions, such as the importance of pacifism, how we can bring together all forms of knowledge to find the truth, and monarchy being the best form of government. Follow us on Twitter! @UlmtdOpinions
S4 E9: The Fourteenth-Century Interregnum
"The Catholic Church hierarchy is corrupt." - Dante, Marsilius of Padua, and Mark & Adam Bishop. In this episode, we look at the thoughts of three major figures in the fourteenth century: Dante Alighieri, Marsilius of Padua, and Bartolus of Sassoferrato. The biggest political issue in the fourteenth century was the administrative functioning of the Western Catholic Church. This time saw a period of no pope at all, a pope who resigned, and three popes at the same time! Needless to say, Rome was a chaotic mess, and so each of these thinkers devised solutions, whether that be a universal monarchy, a "temperate" government, or conciliarism. Join us as we break down the issues with the Church both then and today, and look at the various political theories described by these fourteenth century thinkers. Follow us on Twitter! @UlmtdOpinions
Loving this podcast! It's great fun and a solid journey through philosophy and mythology. Keep up the great work!