Hardcore Philosophy

Hardcore Philosophy

Philosophy is for everyone. It can expand, uplift, and improve us. But so much of philosophy today is focused on deconstructing our lives, removing meaning, and dividing groups of people.

This is not what I'm doing. Because the goal is not simply to have knowledge, but to make it useful.

The Hardcore Philosophy podcast is built upon the best traditions and aimed at our highest potential. Philosophy, psychology, history, religion, science, culture, politics, and the greatest stories ever told. From Aristotle to Zarathustra.

This is the #1 podcast made entirely with a hammer.

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    eR 33 | An Epic of Masculinity IV: Scholar

    The Path of the Scholar is about making the unknown, known. Not simply to acquire information. Not simply to point out facts. But to march through the jungle of suspicion and skepticism into greater clarity, greater utility of knowledge, and greater prosperity based upon that utility.

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    eR 32 | An Epic of Masculinity III: Warrior

    The way to heaven goes through hell, and the path of the warrior is the way we develop the ability and competence to survive and thrive on that journey.

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    eR 31 | An Epic of Masculinity II: King

    Is civilization technology or idea?

    Obviously, it is a bit of both. But in our modernity – surrounded by big data, cameras, and supercomputers that fit into our pocket – it is easy to see that we tend to favor technology and forget ideas. While at some level it is difficult to imagine "civilization" without basic technologies. From food, water, shelter, security, and reasonable personal autonomy, we do need a foundation of material to distinguish civilization from our more prehistoric past.

    But once that foundation is set, what is it, technology or idea?

    Again, I believe it is both, both matter and have equal value. What is important is keeping them in balance, and today, ideas are falling behind, if not outright ignored.

    Nowhere is this more true, or more significant, than in leadership. Nowhere is leadership more taught, and more explored, than in the stories of kings, and the philosophy of kingship.

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    eR 30 | An Epic of Masculinity

    When good men sit down, bad men stand up. When masculine virtues are ignored, masculine vices reign. When kings are told to go away, tyrants take their place. This is not just a description, but a strategy.

    This results in a world where a plurality of masculine figures without virtue are in leadership positions in governments, companies, and organizations. This structure is incentivized to forward and repeat the societal talking points whereby masculinity is defined as toxic. This narrative helps prevent good men from rising up.

    The toxic masculine narrative is the norm, of both history and today.

    I'm going to crush this status quo, by uplifting masculine idealism.

    It is a simple formula. Competence + Ethics. This is the masculine ideal.

    We are a species that doesn’t do well with nuance. We see so many bad men in the world and in the news, and we drift towards simple answers: men are bad. With this we forget that our last and best hope against tyranny is the development of masculine ideals and virtues.

    It is for this reason that stories about the positive masculine (and omens about the negative masculine) have survived and thrived for thousands of years.

    I’m going to crush the historic and modern status quo that defines all men as toxic, not by offering my critique of their position, but by offering the alternative. The alternative are these stories and lessons from history, philosophy, and idea. These stories have one purpose: uplift the positive masculine, and teach masculine ideals.

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    eR 29 | The Story of Philosophy

    https://erochefoucauld.org/story-of-philosophy/

    Philosophy is often viewed as a field of isolation, or the literal ivory tower. The word is seen as a big word, a fancy word, used by the elite, arrogant, and out of touch.

    That’s not what I’m doing here.

    Philosophy is the story of humanity and the history of ideas, and it’s meant for everyone.

    This episode is my attempt to answer three basic questions about philosophy.

    What is Philosophy? • object, and subject – 1:50 • the line, and the glue – 5:04 • letters and representation – 6:50 • if it is not anything… – 8:11

    How is Philosophy Useful? • we always face this choice – 10:02 • yet we exist in two worlds – 11:20 • recurrence, and rise – 13:02

    Why is Philosophy Important? • if why, then anything – 14:47 • a foundation – 17:34 • time… – 19:29 • … and space – 20:58 • the road to heaven – 23:03 • so look down – 24:29 • and look up – 24:57 • vine, and fig tree – 25:27

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    eR 28 | Victory as Educator

    It is said that immature artists copy, and great ones steal. This is an excellent maxim. But who do we steal from? And what do we steal from them? The first part isn't too complicated - steal from those who have won, those who are successful, and those who have made it. Learn from the experts and the champions, not the amateurs and those who have lost. The second part is more complex, what we steal is what is defined as good, but what is good?

    This episode explores these questions and more, all through the inspiration of the World Cup.

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    eR 27 | Kierkegaard's Leap of Faith & The Power of Belief in Sport

    The Leap of Faith is a very abused and taken advantage of maxim. But yet it is a maxim. It is a truth we experience, in so far as all action is the conclusion of degrees of uncertainty. But therein lies the point: action. Because the leap of faith is not simply a metaphysical concept. It is not under the domain of inspirational memes and imagery. It is at its very core, the leap itself. Thinking serves doing; ideas serve action; God, or Truth, or our highest of desires, is something we perform, not simply something we articulate. And of course, there is perhaps no event quite like the World Cup, where reason defying leaps of faith are made by billions around the world. So welcome back to this series of Hardcore Philosophy, featuring the World Cup.

    If you would like to support the podcast, please visit https://patreon.com/eRochefoucauld Full notes to the show can be found on our Trello board at https://trello.com/b/0nyFLE4H/27-world-cup-faith

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    eR 26 | The passions of sport and "The Football War" of 1969

    There is a quote often attributed to Plato that says "you can learn more about a person in 1 hour of play, than 1 year of work."

    There doesn't seem to be any record of Plato saying this. Quote investigator places it as a derivative from some English educator in the 16th century. Ultimately, it's a fake quote. But it doesn't have to be, because it's a good idea. So let's just attribute this quote to all of us. From our experience as children, to our experience in life. We learn more about each other through play, through games, through a cooperative competition, than in any other form.

    Nowhere is this more true, or more impactful, than a global game. And there is no global game quite like the World Cup.

    Now sport is often scoffed at from, well, I suppose people that have Philosophy podcasts!

    But as the record shows, the history of the World Cup is filled with stories of the best and worst of us. And new stories are being made as I speak. So join me in this brief series of Hardcore Philosophy, featuring the World Cup.

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    eR 25 | A Philosophy of Trash, Garbage, and Waste

    As the world becomes wealthier, more connected, more educated, and more metropolitan - we create more trash. And our population is growing, faster than ever. From the American Revolution, to the end of WWI, our world population grew by 1 billion. From the day the World Trade Center Towers fell, to the day Osama Bin Laden was killed, our population grew by the same amount. Every day, we produce more waste than the day before. So what are we going to do? Now I'm an optimist about our future. I quite agree with Steven Pinker and his book Enlightenment Now. I know I've already made the controversial statement of admitting my fondness for people, and yes this includes my neighbor and the people who voted differently than me. So, I suppose I won't do too much damage by agreeing with Pinker and saying that the world is fantastic. We have certainly progressed. But that is part of the point - waste is endogenous to progress. Inefficiency to efficiency. Failed attempts to successful ones. But we can't simply wave our hands and brush garbage under the rug with the answer that it is here to stay - at some point quantity matters and as it stands there is only one earth. So, let's talk about trash, waste, and garbage, and think about how awful the world would be if we don't find a way to deal with this problem, and paradoxically, how awful the world would be if there were no trash at all.

    This is Hardcore Philosophy.

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    eR 24 | Ratatouille: How to be a True Revolutionary

    A philosophy that can’t be lived is like food that can’t be eaten and a kitchen isn’t a storehouse for food, any more than philosophy is a museum of ideas. A great movie to match this, in both philosophy and food-analogies, is the 2007 film, Ratatouille. This is an excellent film that explores many important themes as well as deep, archetypal representations and philosophies. The film offers an answer to many questions, like how do you live your truth? How do you harness your talent and follow your dreams? How do you overcome and identify those who oppose you? And ultimately, how do you create change in the world? Each character offers important lessons, and the story line throughout is a drama that mirrors anyone trying to walk the hero’s path. If you would like to support the podcast, please visit https://patreon.com/eRochefoucauld Full notes to the show can be found on our Trello board at https://trello.com/b/YSnFna6e/24-ratatouille

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    eR 23 | Maps: From Ptolemy to GPS

    This episode is about maps - physical, metaphysical, and existential; as well as their representations, abstractions, and ontological incompleteness. In 1620, Francis Bacon wrote that three inventions had changed the course of history: the printing press (for ideas and communication), gunpowder (for warfare), and the compass (for navigation). With the printing press you can mass produce maps. With gunpowder you very effectively redraw their lines. And with the compass you can more easily navigate with them and fill in the unknown, the terra incognita, of the world around us. 400 years after Bacon, we have GPS or satellite navigation. No invention has had a greater impact on the distribution and popular utility of maps as this. In every phone, on every computer, the side column of every google search - a GPS map is given. And with it, turn-by-turn directions wherever we want to go. Exact distance, alternative routes, estimated travel time, even potential traffic delays. If only this were a description of life... Yet, we are surrounded by these maps. But more and more, I find that people don't know how to actually read maps. They can follow directions, sure, but not read the map. This is a problem, because being able to understand and read maps has less to do with driving on roads, and more to do with navigating life.

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    eR 22 | Harris, Peterson, Zizek, & Haidt - Through the looking glass of ideological fiefdoms and metadata walls

    Our species has a long history of living in tribes and fiefdoms, and we still do. Only now our fiefdoms are often created and maintained by hashtag, linguistic signaling, and online cookies. We've also spent a good amount of time building walls to create safe spaces. The irony of today's chant in the United States is that the wall is already here, only it is made of metadata, preference settings, and block lists. The now well-known graphic that shows the lack of dialogue or connection between the left and right on twitter is shocking to say the least. But more than connections in name between opposing camps, we need the spirit of dialogue. Which means a group of people who are willing to exercise a bit of intellectual doubt and show honest curiosity to how other people might form an opinion about political, social, and cultural phenomena. We all know the adage, that to know someone requires us to walk a mile in their shoes. We also know that things are easier said than done. Now I believe that philosophy is positioned to be a type of glue between competing ideas, like science, religion, history, and politics, and most certainly so during times of complexity and uncertainty. This is such a time. Because at the end of the day, philosophy is neither science, religion, history, or politics, but if it is not consulting these subjects, and more, it can never hope to be more than what Nietzsche described in Beyond Good and Evil - a species of unconscious autobiography. If you would like to support the podcast, please visit https://patreon.com/eRochefoucauld Full notes to the show can be found on our Trello board at https://trello.com/b/3TaimmHF/22-hashtag-fiefdoms-and-metadata-walls

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    eR 21 | Water, Alcohol, and Coffee

    There are few questions more serious than "do you have access to food and water?" But for most of the history of our species it was of equal importance to ask whether or not the food and water was clean and uncontaminated. It has been poetically stated, if not tragically so, that germs and disease are the silent authors of history. When compared to the conquests of Genghis Khan, the wars fought in the name of God, King, or Race, the millions killed due to the designs or failures of political extremism, or the 100's of thousands killed in a flash by 2 nuclear bombs - All must stand in reverence to the mind-numbing destruction caused by disease. And so much of this came by water. However, by accident, luck, or some cosmic joke, alcohol and coffee kill off many of the microbes that have been these silent authors of history. We all need water to live, but it's dangerous, and alcohol and coffee make that water safe. This episode talks about these three characters in the story of history and civilization. I hope you find it refreshing, intoxicating, and invigorating. If you would like to support the podcast, please visit https://patreon.com/eRochefoucauld Full notes to the show can be found on our Trello board at https://trello.com/b/HNHiLKFD/21-water-alcohol-and-coffee

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    eR 20 | Philosophy O' the Irish

    In honor of St. Patrick's Day, this episode of the eRochefoucauld podcast is so Irish that you'll think this is now the O' Rochefoucauld podcast. From Irish literature, to poetry, to philosophy - the Irish have produced many powerful and emancipatory ideas. This episode pays particular attention to the poetry of W.B. Yeats, the literature of Jonathan Swift, and the philosophy of George Berkeley, Francis Hutcheson, and William Molyneux. In it, I discuss Berkeley's immaterialism and ideas on sense and perception, Hutcheson's powerful moral treaties, the famous Molyneux Problem, and all interwoven with Swift's Gulliver's Travels. How can one get more Irish than that? If you would like to support the podcast, please visit patreon.com/eRochefoucauld Full notes to the show can be found on our Trello board at https://trello.com/b/IdICMgOF/20-irish-philosophy

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    eR 19 | Cyropaedia: The education of Cyrus and the ideal prince III

    This is the 3rd and final part of the 3-part series on the Cyropaedia, or 'the education of Cyrus.' The Cyropaedia for some is a historical document, for others is a political philosophy, and for a few is just a dramatic or romantic political story with no basis on actual events. I agree with all three positions. But the purpose of this episode is not to settle this debate or make my own on these grounds. It is to tell the story and uplift the meaning found with the Cyropaedia. This story is not merely of Cyrus, not merely of the histories of ancient Greece and Persia. It is much more than that. This text is meant as a model for leaders, a model for generals, and in many respects, a model for men. If you would like to support the podcast, please visit patreon.com/eRochefoucauld Full notes to the show can be found on our Trello board at https://trello.com/b/uvkRmo8m/19-cyropaedia

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    eR 19 | Cyropaedia: The education of Cyrus and the ideal prince II

    This is part 2 of a 3-part series on the Cyropaedia, or 'the education of Cyrus.' The Cyropaedia for some is a historical document, for others is a political philosophy, and for a few is just a dramatic or romantic political story with no basis on actual events. I agree with all three positions. But the purpose of this episode is not to settle this debate or make my own on these grounds. It is to tell the story and uplift the meaning found with the Cyropaedia. This story is not merely of Cyrus, not merely of the histories of ancient Greece and Persia. It is much more than that. This text is meant as a model for leaders, a model for generals, and in many respects, a model for men. If you would like to support the podcast, please visit patreon.com/eRochefoucauld Full notes to the show can be found on our Trello board at https://trello.com/b/uvkRmo8m/19-cyropaedia

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    eR 19 | Cyropaedia: The education of Cyrus and the ideal prince

    This is part 1 of a 3-part series on the Cyropaedia, or 'the education of Cyrus.' The Cyropaedia for some is a historical document, for others is a political philosophy, and for a few is just a dramatic or romantic political story with no basis on actual events. I agree with all three positions. But the purpose of this episode is not to settle this debate or make my own on these grounds. It is to tell the story and uplift the meaning found with the Cyropaedia. This story is not merely of Cyrus, not merely of the histories of ancient Greece and Persia. It is much more than that. This text is meant as a model for leaders, a model for generals, and in many respects, a model for men. If you would like to support the podcast, please visit patreon.com/eRochefoucauld Full notes to the show can be found on our Trello board at https://trello.com/b/uvkRmo8m/19-cyropaedia

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    eR 18 | Supply lines of spirit and the value of military cadences

    This episode of the eRochefoucauld podcast discusses a topic that is rarely, if ever, explored from a philosophical or academic perspective - military cadences. Inspired by both a Habermasian view of communication and public spheres of discourse and the general antipathy often found in military discourses, Evan goes deep into what cadences are and why they are important, from the ground up. A cadence, after all, is a song, born of struggle, necessity, and aimed at making the best of the circumstances. If you didn't know anything about cadences (other than Hollywood) before this episode, you will soon have an appreciation and understanding, not only for the military cadence, but for the transformative value of music to the human spirit. If you would like to support the podcast, please visit patreon.com/eRochefoucauld Full notes to the show can be found on our Trello board at https://trello.com/b/KnjenzEe/18-military-cadences

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    eR 17 | Philosophy of Marriage

    This episode of the eRochefoucauld podcast focuses on one topic - marriage. Marriage is one of the oldest continuous institutions surrounding human relationships. Like anything that has existed since we began writing things down, it is subject to and of, endless comedies and tragedies. Marriage has been at times protagonist, antagonist, and stage in this long story. Today, however, marriage rates are on a tremendous decline. Now I don't believe there is any single answer to this, nor will I be making any such case for one answer or many. Rather, I wish to offer an alternative story about marriage. A story different from the one in current fashion - a good story. If you would like to support the podcast, please visit patreon.com/eRochefoucauld Full notes to the show can be found on our Trello board at https://trello.com/b/a5EFGix3/17-marriage

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    eR 16 | Eternal Recurrence

    In this episode of the eRochefoucauld podcast, Evan discusses the Nietzschean idea of eternal recurrence. However (and not un-ironically given the topic), this idea appears throughout history: From the Greeks, to the Bible, to the philosophers of the Enlightenment. It is Nietzsche, however, who takes this idea more seriously than perhaps, anyone. To Nietzsche, the eternal recurrence was not a game. Not a thought while gazing at the universe. Not something left to physics or logic - it was the heaviest burden of our lives. "This life, as thou livest it at present, and hast lived it, thou must live it once more, and also innumerable times; and there will be nothing new in it, but every pain and every joy and every thought and every sigh, and all the unspeakably small and great in thy life must come to thee again." To Nietzsche, this question would either crush us, or transform us. It is a question which we all face, or all avoid. If you would like to support the podcast, please visit patreon.com/eRochefoucauld Full notes to the show can be found on our Trello board at https://trello.com/b/w9VcTIsS/16-eternal-recurrence

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    eR 15 | Classical Liberalism III

    This is the 3rd and final part in a 3-part series on Classical Liberalism. In this episode of the eRochefoucauld podcast, Evan continues the Hardcore Philosophy series by examining the political philosophy of classical liberalism. Classical liberalism has become a more and more popular label over the past decade - particularly in North America. However, like any political idea, its meaning is up for debate. Moreover, it is prone to drift to popularity rather than substance, and is, especially today, readily synthesized into a meme, hashtag, or reaction video. This episode attempts to address classical liberalism by doing three things: first, by examining classical liberalism in the modern context; second, by talking about the archetypal, personality, and scientific divides between liberalism and conservatism writ large; and third, by examining a range of the ideas and texts that form the tradition of classical liberalism. If you would like to support the podcast, please visit patreon.com/eRochefoucauld Full notes to the show can be found on our Trello board (the ‘map’ of the show) at https://trello.com/b/mFY3zNiV/15-classical-liberalism

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    eR 15 | Classical Liberalism II

    This is part 2 in a 3-part series on Classical Liberalism. In this episode of the eRochefoucauld podcast, Evan continues the Hardcore Philosophy series by examining the political philosophy of classical liberalism. Classical liberalism has become a more and more popular label over the past decade - particularly in North America. However, like any political idea, its meaning is up for debate. Moreover, it is prone to drift to popularity rather than substance, and is, especially today, readily synthesized into a meme, hashtag, or reaction video. This episode attempts to address classical liberalism by doing three things: first, by examining classical liberalism in the modern context; second, by talking about the archetypal, personality, and scientific divides between liberalism and conservatism writ large; and third, by examining a range of the ideas and texts that form the tradition of classical liberalism. If you would like to support the podcast, please visit patreon.com/eRochefoucauld Full notes to the show can be found on our Trello board (the ‘map’ of the show) at https://trello.com/b/mFY3zNiV/15-classical-liberalism

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    eR 15 | Classical Liberalism

    In this episode of the eRochefoucauld podcast, Evan continues the Hardcore Philosophy series by examining the political philosophy of classical liberalism. Classical liberalism has become a more and more popular label over the past decade - particularly in North America. However, like any political idea, its meaning is up for debate. Moreover, it is prone to drift to popularity rather than substance, and is, especially today, readily synthesized into a meme, hashtag, or reaction video. This episode attempts to address classical liberalism by doing three things: first, by examining classical liberalism in the modern context; second, by talking about the archetypal, personality, and scientific divides between liberalism and conservatism writ large; and third, by examining a range of the ideas and texts that form the tradition of classical liberalism.

    If you would like to support the podcast, please visit patreon.com/eRochefoucauld

    Full notes to the show can be found on our Trello board (the ‘map’ of the show) at https://trello.com/b/mFY3zNiV/15-classical-liberalism

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    eR 14 | Arthur, The Once and Future King

    In this episode of the eRochefoucauld podcast, Evan continues the series on the Masculine Ideal by examining the story of King Arthur and its development and evolution over 1,500 years of English literature and history. Like so many legends, Arthur is based in layers of both real and abstracted histories. The story of King Arthur, Camelot, and his Knights of the round table are much like that. But they are more than just an interesting historic-legend. They make up a part of both the medieval and modern mind in literature, art, philosophy, and politics. They are arguably some of the most influential stories in the English language, and are representative of some of the highest ideals and virtues for men, warriors, and leaders to aspire to.

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    Full notes to the show can be found on our Trello board (the ‘map’ of the show) at https://trello.com/b/5s1YkuTb/14-arthur-the-once-and-future-king

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    eR 13 | The phenomenology of stars

    In this episode of the eRochefoucauld podcast, Evan continues the Hardcore Philosophy series by taking an historic and phenomenological approach to our study, experience, and understanding of the stars. In the spirit of Kant’s “the stars above, and the moral law within,” this episode aims to pay homage to our star-gazing ancestors from every corner of the earth, by telling their story in a meaningful and reflective light. Evan then moves onto the development of the phenomenological (and existential) tradition and method by discussing the ideas of Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger, and Jean-Paul Sartre. Ultimately, however, this is about our experience with and of the stars, and our experience of reality under them. It's under the stars that we have asked the biggest questions of our existence, and it's of the stars that everything is made. Of all the mysteries in the world, our fascination with the stars is not one of them.

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    Full notes to the show can be found on our Trello board at https://trello.com/b/S5oLx068/13-the-phenomenology-of-stars

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    eR 12 | Supply lines of spirit and the poetry of war

    In this episode of the eRochefoucauld podcast, Evan continues the series on Ancient Wisdom by telling the story of war from the perspective of the individual soldiers on the ground. Why did they fight? Why did they march thousands of miles to a place they have never been to risk their lives against an enemy they have never met? This episode seeks neither to glorify war, nor abhor it – but to understand it. This episode covers roughly 2,500 years in the history of conflict, from Alexander the Great, to the Roman poet Horace, to Shakespeare’s Henry V, and the many layers of American military history. More than tactics, and more than logistics, war is about music, poetry, example, ideas, and spirit.

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    Full notes to the show can be found on our Trello board at https://trello.com/b/q3LDs0NJ/12-supply-lines-of-spirit-and-the-poetry-of-war

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    eR 11 | Tangled: A story of being, becoming, and the true individual

    In this episode of the eRochefoucauld podcast, Evan continues the Metaphysics of Disney series by reconstructing the meaning from the movie Tangled. Tangled is the Disney version of the old fairy tale from the Grimm Brothers, Rapunzel. Both the original story, and the modern movie, serve as excellent examples of both the positive and negative feminine and masculine characters, as well as the age-old struggle of being a true individual in a world, family, or tower, that would otherwise have you under their control. Rapunzel (and her prince, Eugene) are characters that represent this struggle, and provide a great example for the rest of us to follow.

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    Full notes to the show can be found on our Trello board at https://trello.com/b/gicffXbL/11-tangled-a-story-of-being-becoming-and-the-true-individual

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    eR 10 | The 12 Labors of Hercules

    In this episode of the eRochefoucauld podcast, Evan continues the series on the Masculine Ideal by examining the 12 Labors of Hercules. This is a timeless story of sacrifice, suffering, and redemption; of heroism, and endless toil and struggle, yet done with a sense of worth and value, and ultimately in the service of others. In one sentence, this story was the path created by the Greek imagination to encompass the steps by which men must walk to achieve moral excellence. And of course, like all episodes in the Masculine Ideal series, this is about telling the stories of masculine virtues, separating protagonists, and antagonists, and not letting the entire story be rewritten by the worst among us.

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    Full notes to the show can be found on our Trello board at https://trello.com/b/mmeCtZoJ/10-the-12-labors-of-hercules

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    eR 9 | On Gratitude

    In this episode of the eRochefoucauld podcast, Evan continues the Hardcore Philosophy series with another holiday special – this time for Thanksgiving. Of course, the focus is on gratitude, from scientific, religious, and philosophical perspectives. The tradition, philosophy, and ethic of being thankful, giving thanks, and showing gratitude seems as old as our species. From philosophy, to religion, to science, and every corner of the globe, gratitude is esteemed as among the highest of ethical behaviors. But the tradition in the United States, just like all great traditions and great ethical ideas in all countries, throughout history, has to stand up against both cynicism, and our tendency to put the products before the ideas. This episode is a humble attempt to put the idea back in its proper place – at the forefront of the holiday, and the forefront of our ethical lives.

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    eR 8 | 4,000 years of law: From Hammurabi to Common Law

    In this episode of the eRochefoucauld podcast, Evan continues the series on Ancient Wisdom by telling the story of the 4,000 years in development of law, due process, and the obligations by which all people hold their governments, and each other, accountable. This story, like most, begins in Mesopotamia, with the Code of Ur-Nammu, the Code of Hammurabi, and the laws of Moses and the Torah, to Ancient Greece and Rome, via the stories of the death of Socrates, and the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, and finally to the Magna Carta, the Renaissance, the development of English Common Law, and the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights. It was a long and uncertain journey from ‘an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth’ to no citizen being deprived ‘of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.’ But such is life, and such is history. We do not explore history to memorize dates or repeat old injustices, but to stumble forward, a little bit better and truer and more just, with each step.

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    eR 7 | Veterans Day tribute to American Heroes

    In this episode of the eRochefoucauld podcast, Evan continues the Hardcore Philosophy series by commemorating American heroes in honor of Veterans Day. In short, Evan argues that we aren't telling stories about heroes anymore, and nor are we teaching people about the perilous and unimaginable circumstances that soldiers are put in. This episode aims to do simply that, by telling the stories of five American heroes: Milton Lee Olive III, Rodolfo "Rudy" Hernandez, Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, Benjamin O. Davis Jr., and Jeremiah Denton. The United States has the privilege of so many stories of heroic deeds and lives, that these names barely scratch the surface. But we have to start somewhere…

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    eR 6 | Frozen: A story of avoidance, extremes, and eternal adolescence

    In this episode of the eRochefoucauld podcast, Evan continues the Metaphysics of Disney series by examining the movie Frozen. Unlike the first episode in this series, which covered Moana, Frozen is a far cry from hitting higher ethical ideals or examining the complexity of being in the world. However, no memorable example, whether positive or negative, is without meaning. As the saying goes, we often learn more by seeing what not to do. Frozen, while having much to redeem and value, is more a cautionary tale of what not to do. Evan discusses the movie by telling the story four times. First, the movie as a whole, then the story according to the three main characters - Elsa, Anna, and Hans.

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    eR 5 | Why Kant we get away from Hobbes?

    In this episode of the eRochefoucauld podcast, Evan discusses one of his greatest passions - the topic of war and peace. Conflict is endlessly complex, as is our relationship to it. Knowing where to start is, itself, a conflict of its own. Without implication as to the 'correct' place to start, Evan selects two of the great works and thinkers from our shared human ancestry - The Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes, and Perpetual Peace by Immanuel Kant. Take a journey from the Kingdom of England, to the Kingdom of Prussia; From the early 17th century, to the late 18th. And, of course, to many places and times before, after, and in between, as "the road of philosophy is never a straight line."

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    eR 4 | Philosophy of Robin Hood

    In this episode of the eRochefoucauld podcast, Evan begins a new series on 'the Masculine Ideal' by exploring the story of Robin Hood. Robin Hood is a story that has been built upon over the last 900 years. There are many versions, but they grow and evolve to contain a core set of important lessons – particularly for men. Robin Hood was not a champion of the lower classes and an enemy of the upper classes, but rather a champion of the common people and an enemy of the corrupted, the tyrannical, and the unjust. Wherever injustice and the robbery of the labors of mankind become practice, it is the outlaw that must rise up to defend the weak from the authoritarian, and uplift and revive the positive and divine masculine. Or so goes the tale then; and so continues the tale now.

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    eR 3 | Columbus is all of us

    In this episode of the eRochefoucauld podcast, Evan discusses the complex history of Christopher Columbus and his famous voyage across the Atlantic in 1492. The contemporary view, or rather, discussion, surrounding Columbus (especially near Columbus Day), is hyper-polarized, and while never inaccurate, it misses the mark. What are we doing when talking about history? Why do we have holidays? What should a society celebrate and commemorate from the past? These are difficult questions, but are the very questions that need to be examined. Evan endeavors to think about these questions, all through the narration of the original texts (The Journal of Christopher Columbus). Most importantly, however, Evan attempts to bring us all into the scene of that moment of Discovery – in 1492, and in our own lives. The seed of all good and all evil exists in mankind, not one, not a group, but all.

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    eR 2 | Moana: A story of order, chaos, and the archetypal hero

    In this episode of the eRochefoucauld podcast, Evan talks about the metaphysics of the great Disney movie, Moana. Moana is a movie that tells the powerful story of creation, exploration, coming of age, and the hero and divine, through the Polynesian cultural and religious traditions. It's brilliant, and highly recommended. Most importantly, however, Moana is an ethical lesson that can be brought forth into the current climate of political difference, societal change, and global challenges. But, also and of course, the music! The music of Moana brings forward the spiritual, emotional, and passionate best of us all. Evan, as a former choir director and lover of the movie and music, could not help but sing a few lines within the podcast. The actual musicians who showcase the beauty of the music in Moana are all linked in the show notes.

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    eR 1 | The Liberal and Conservative Archetype

    In this episode of the eRochefoucauld podcast, Evan talks about the archetypes of Liberalism and Conservatism. That is to say, the class of ideas, influences, and operative definitions that constitute our two great and eternal political diodes. In brief, this episode presents some of the highest arguments for both the individual causes of each persuasion, and the importance of recognizing the relationship and mutually reinforcing and dependent nature of the Liberal and the Conservative. Some of these functional definitions include the writings of John Locke and Edmund Burke; the times of revolution in both America and France; the dialectical approach posited by Hegel; and a call for many modern political speakers like Steven Crowder, Ben Shapiro, and Jimmy Dore (of whom Evan has tremendous respect for), to stay true to making an 'iron man' of their opponents’ arguments, and not a strawman. Evan also embarrassingly could not remember the name of Thomas Friedman, the author of "The World is Flat." He is very apologetic to Mr. Friedman. You may also notice barking dogs in the background. For that, our dear listeners, you have our apologies, but please allow for an explanation. The podcast is recorded at night, in Thailand, and in a small neighborhood. At night, in Thailand, the dogs in the neighborhood all decide to freak out. During the day they are calm and friendly, at night they are loud and offended by anyone they see outside. We will do our best to sound proof the recording room :)

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    eRochefoucauld Pilot | The Divine Individual and the Highest Ideal

    In this episode of the eRochefoucauld podcast, Evan talks about the purpose of the show - to reaffirm the significance of the individual in society, and our ethical obligation to continually seek the highest ideal of being. This episode features topics on diverse religious and mythological themes; it discusses the paramount importance of Darwin; it calls upon Socrates, Voltaire, Kant, and Nietzsche (to name a few), as well as contemporary thinkers like Peterson, Zizek, and Harris; and even explains the significance of the storyline of the Elder Scrolls: Skyrim.

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