The Western Canon is a monthly podcast dedicated to examining the timeless stories, ideas, and thinkers of the Western literary tradition. Working chronologically through "the great conversation of history," each episode focuses on a distinct canonical work, set of works, or intellectual period. Featuring lively summary, literary analysis, philosophical discussion, and guest commentary, the show also tackles social and political issues related to Western civilization, the modern university, free speech, well-being, and much more. Educate your mind and feed your soul by tuning in with Jordan Alexander Hill, Gina Santiago, and special guests on the 1st of every month!
Arthur Herman on What Made the Vikings Great
Dr. Arthur Herman, Pulitzer Prize Finalist and NYT Bestselling author, joins the show to discuss his new book The Viking Heart: How Scandinavians Conquered The World.
Dr. Herman is the author of nine books, including the NYT Best Seller How the Scots Invented the Modern World, the Pulitzer Prize Finalist Gandhi and Churchill: The Epic Rivalry that Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age, Freedom’s Forge: How American Business Produced Victory in World War II (which the Economist named one of its Best Books of 2012), To Rule the Waves, Douglas MacArthur: American Warrior, and 1917: Lenin, Wilson, and the Birth of the New World Disorder.
Dr. Herman is a frequent contributor to Commentary, Mosaic, National Review, the New York Post, and the Wall Street Journal. He was the first non-British citizen to be named to the Scottish Arts Council from 2007 to 2009. Herman is also a senior fellow and director of the Quantum Alliance Initiative at Hudson Institute. His research programs analyze defense, energy, and technology issues. He received his B.A. from the University of Minnesota and Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in history and classics.
Liberty Lounge #8: "David Azerrad on Conservatism in America"
Dr. David Azerrad joins the Western Canon Podcast to discuss the American spirit and way of life, the conservative movement and the GOP, the future of liberalism, "woke capital," Trump, and how conservatives can fight back against soft tyranny. Finally, David shares what he feels are the most important works of political philosophy that all young people need to read.
Dr. David Azerrad is an Assistant Professor and Research Fellow at Hillsdale College’s Van Andel Graduate School of Government in Washington, D.C. His research and writing focuses on classical liberalism, conservative political thought and identity politics. Prior to joining Hillsdale, Azerrad was the Director of the B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics at The Heritage Foundation. He has taught previously at American University and the University of Dallas. A native of Montreal, Azerrad received his B.A. from Concordia University, his M.A. from Carleton University and his Ph.D. in politics from the University of Dallas.
He writes regularly for The Claremont Review of Books, The American Mind, The American Conservative, The Heritage Foundation, National Affairs, The Federalist, The Daily Signal, The Epoch Times, The American Compass, Real Clear Politics, The Washington Times, National Review Online and The London Times, The Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, and other outlets.
Episode #14: Sohrab Ahmari on Freedom, Virtue, and the Wisdom of Tradition
In episode #14, Sohrab Ahmari joins the Western Canon Podcast to discuss his new book The Unbroken Thread: Discovering the Wisdom of Tradition in an Age of Chaos. We discuss the state of Western culture, how to live a meaningful life, how to avoid becoming a soulless elite, the classical vs. enlightenment understanding of freedom, big tech, and how to reach young people in an age of cynicism and lies.
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Sohrab Ahmari is an Iranian-American columnist, editor, and author of nonfiction books. He is currently the op-ed editor of the New York Post, a contributing editor of The Catholic Herald, and a columnist for First Things Magazine. He is the author of The New Philistines (2016), From Fire, by Water (2019), and The Unbroken Thread: Discovering the Wisdom of Tradition in an Age of Chaos (2021).
To purchase Sohrab's book, visit the following link: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-unbroken-thread-sohrab-ahmari/1137251188
Episode #13: "The Trial and Death of Socrates" (Euthyphro, Apology, & Crito)
In this episode, we discuss the trial and death of Socrates, the Socratic method, and other topics by exploring Plato's early dialogues, the Euthyphro, the Apology, and the Crito. We also look at the major differences between Plato and Aristotle, with a special focus on how these two thinkers rest at the center of the Western literary canon.
Liberty Lounge #7: Don Watkins on Capitalism, Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead, and the Meaning of America
Author and philosopher Don Watkins joins the Western Canon Podcast to discuss the morality of capitalism, the founding philosophy, the liberty movement in America, and why Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead is a great book.
Don Watkins is an Objectivist and was a fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute from 2006 to 2017. He later worked for the Center for Industrial Progress and the Heartland Institute. His many books include Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand's Ideas Can End Big Government (Macmillan, 2012); Equal Is Unfair: America's Misguided Fight Against Income Inequality (St. Martins Press, 2016); and In Pursuit of Wealth: The Moral Case for Finance (Ayn Rand Institute, 2017). Watkins has contributed to Forbes, The Guardian, USA Today, Fox News, CNBC, The Christian Science Monitor, NPR, The Washington Times, and other media outlets.
In early 2014, Watkins launched the 'End the Debt Draft' campaign, promoting his goal of ending government welfare in order to end government debt, which he sees as imposing on young Americans an unearned and immoral obligation in a similar way to the military draft. His book, RooseveltCare: How Social Security is Sabotaging the Land of Self-Reliance, was published in June 2014.
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Episode #12: "Aristotle and Objectivism" (ft. Gregory Salmieri)
Was Aristotle an objectivist? Was Ayn Rand Aristotelian? Professor Gregory Salmieri joins the Western Canon Podcast to discuss Aristotle's philosophy, with a special focus on how it relates to objectivist thought. My guest discusses teleology, virtue ethics, whether it is possible to be both an Aristotelian and a romantic, and how different political camps have misunderstood Aristotle's thought. Dr. Salmieri also responds to my last guest, the renowned classicist Edith Hall, who claimed that there is a direct line from Aristotle to Marx. Where does objectivism depart from Aristotle's philosophy? Are the two philosophies compatible?
Glad to here someone defending western civilization! Waiting for more
No politics man!
First comment / question about the Iliad is, “trump bad”. This is an escape from politics. Just stop.
Great show! This is the only podcast devoted to the Western Canon that takes anything close to a libertarian perspective