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About Athens Corner


In-depth discussion of philosophy, political philosophy, and education at every level. Take a listen for free

An Intro to Nietzsche and his Overman


Overman [Übermensch]," and so what I do in this discussion is introduce a number of the most definitive themes in Nietzsche's thought by way of an introduction to the Overman in his thought. To achieve this goal, I begin with the importance of Goethe's Faust for Nietzsche, and then I canvass such diverse but thematic things pertaining to Nietzsche's thought as Homer, Greek tragedy (Aeschylus and Sophocles in particular), the so-called "death of God" or nihilism, and the confluence of the political ideals of the Modern Enlightenment with what we call "technology." I show how all these things come together for Nietzsche and explain how his concern with a seemingly inexorable and impending planetary dominance of a single technological nation-state led him to place at the very heart of his own deeply political project an enormous emphasis upon the differences of human types, their existence in "culture" as it presently is, and the possibility that they could become something much more noble from within experimentally new understandings of "culture" ushered in according to his understanding of philosophy and its new ranking and ordering of the most defining values by which man orients all life.

Homer's Odyssey for Fathers & Sons
(part 2)


This is my second discussion on Homer's Odyssey for the Fathers & Sons series. I've provided the entirety of the discussion here because I believe that what Homer provides us with is still so very urgent and relevant for us today and, in particular, for fathers seeking to have a direct involvement in educating their sons toward virtue. A few of the ways I demonstrate how fathers can do that in this discussion is the way in which I discuss how it translates into everything involved in the following constellation of overlapping themes: (1) The meaning of justice in the life of man and the divine (2) The unmanliness of gossip in the becoming of a man from adolescence and, just as importantly, the effeminacy of men regressing into adolescence by trafficking in gossip (3) The importance of the element of experience for knowledge to properly be called knowledge, with emphasis upon Achilles in Hades (4) The meaning of "nature" and, in particular, "natural right" (5) The relevance of poetry for Aristotle as a helpful lens through which to understand the opening scene with Odysseus's son Telemachus (6) The meaning of the imagery of the bow and the lyre in Homer (7) The relevance of Glaucon and Socrates from Plato's Republic for understanding Telemachus and Athena in the absence of Odysseus (8) The meaning of fathers and sons amid nihilism (9) The meaning of all these things for what we call "life" and "education"

Postmodernity, Technology, and Premodernity (part 1)

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This is the first half of a discussion in which I broadly but rigorously introduce the most definitive characteristic of Postmodern philosophy and how that characteristic is inherently related to what we refer to as "technology" and PreModern philosophy. Specifically, I discuss the thought of Friedrich Nietzsche, Ernst Jünger, Martin Heidegger, and Leo Strauss, all in relation to: (1) each other, (2) what we refer to as "technology," (3) Premodern philosophy as represented by the Greeks, specifically Homer, Heraclitus, Thucydides, Plato, and Aristotle, (4) so-called "return" movements and, lastly, (5) how and why it is that Thucydides in particular is important in Postmodernity beginning with Nietzsche and continuing up to and especially in the thought of Leo Strauss



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