In this episode we discuss the type of life a philosopher must live, how one learns to become free in the face of modern nihilism, and Jim’s upcoming book Thinking about Thinking: Mind and Meaning in the Era of Technological Nihilism.
In this episode Jim returns to discuss Covid-19 and the future of education, Ancient Greek and early Christian ideas of freedom, discipline, the good life (and how these relate to practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu), psychedelic, and the role contemplating death plays in living the good life.
Mark Mercer is Professor of Philosophy, President of Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship, and a public intellectual.
It has become almost indisputable that the typical humanities university student of today has become incapable of tolerating ideas and opinions that are contrary to theirs. Any dissenting idea is viewed as a threat of harm and is responded to accordingly; whether it involves blasting air horns and screaming expletives at professors, spitting on guest speakers, or preventing a planned event from taking place using commercial-grade fireworks and Molotov cocktails, ideologically-driven student groups are determined to use any means necessary to shut down the vocalization of views they deem offensive.
Post-modernism has infected many a mind. It parades itself as humble, kind, and empathetic in discourse. It tells us that there is no right or wrong; that nothing is black and white; that thinking there's objective truth only hampers social progress and progressive thought. And since saying that someone is wrong is offensive, we should not say that.