Join James Landes, Ph.D., on Wholly Orders (whollyorders.com), for a philosophical and poetic exploration of the Western canon and tradition. This program supports a wholeness of the true, the good, and the beautiful, centered on Christianity and the Western intellectual canon and tradition, argued principally by means and use of philosophy, poetry, and cultural criticism. (Returning from hiatus in early 2020.)
Common Sense & the ‘Essential’ Crisis of Thinking in the West
On the need of common sense, as a counter to ideology and the groundless thinking of our time. Reflections inspired by Samuel Johnson, C.S. Lewis, and G.K. Chesterton.
Living in Truth: Conversion to Reality, Not an Escape
For modern man, the all-too-often shunned option of living in truth, in the sense of engaging reality, rather than fleeing from it into his own ideas, offers a choice that amounts to a desperately needed conversion in a profound philosophical sense. By conversion here one speaks of the act of restoring the connection between thinking and reality.
The (Rumored) ‘Death of God’ & Modernity’s Descent into the Marshes
A meditation on the modern rejection of transcendence. Consideration of Nietzschean nihilism, and the rash judgment of the present generation. Belloc, not Nietzsche, was correct about the trajectory of modern thinking and civilization. On the need for a return to a philosophy grounded in being and objective truth.
The Tyranny of Unreality and its ‘Free Options’: Intellectual Triage, Part 2
The rejection of objective truth leads to tyranny. The modern reduction of ontology has left Western thought dangerously adrift.
On the Loss of Certain Sane Affections: Intellectual Triage, Part 1
Consideration of reason in relation to common sense, sanity, and the intellect, with the aim of addressing intellectual maladies of the present generation.
Moral Courage in an Ozymandian Age
The tenuous relationship to truth in modern thought, considered in relation to the lack of moral courage in the present age.
Having left my days of grad school behind many years ago, I have wondered if I am losing perspective and assuming dominant ideologies, illusions, and perspectives. Thank you for rousing my thoughts! This podcast has been a comfort-food for thought!
Thank you for broadening my horizons, sometimes we are caught up on our hamster wheels and forget about our history and those neglected throughout. Love your wisdom and good luck with your project(s)!
I was enthralled with Jim's first podcast episode, Message in a Bottle, and do plan on listening to the many more to come.