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I'm so excited to welcome my friend - theologian, author, organizer, and Doctor of Philosophy, Peter Rollins - back to the AEWCH to kick off my "The State Of" series of AEWCH in January! For the next few episodes, I'll be reviewing the state of something in 2019: what's on the scene now and what to look for in the coming year.
Peter and I talk about what's going on in the philosophical world and focus a bit on the big movement towards psychoanalytic philosophy (and why it matters!), how identity politics fail us, why Jung doesn't work, Jordan Peterson as anti-philosopher, why postmodern philosophy is threatening to the right (and left!), the ways people dismiss philosophy from the right (and left!), how there are no philosophical communities, the rise of Peter Sloterdijk, why Judas is like the socks you get on Christmas, and more!
• Peter has quite a few books out. My favorite is his book of Christian koans, The Orthodox Heretic, and you might also like one of his most popular works, The Divine Magician: The Disappearance of Religion and the Discovery of Faith. He also has a patreon which will keep you up to date on everything he does and which has tons of content. Also, if you want more of me and Peter talking, check out his first appearance here back on AEWCH 14! Peter and I also talked on his facebook live channel once, speaking mostly about marginalized people and ideas. Here's a link to the recording.
• Some of the psychoanalytic philosophers we talk about include: Slavoj Žižek (and if you're looking for a good book to start with, I would say The Puppet and the Dwarf: The Perverse Core of Christianity is as good as any); Todd McGowan, who was on AEWCH 47; and Alenka Zupančič, whose book What Is Sex? is a mind-blower.
• One of the lowpoints in American/UK relations: "Rob Lowe wades into Jeremy Corbyn ‘stupid woman’ row"
• I haven't yet read Does the Woman Exist?: From Freud's Hysteric to Lacan's Feminine by Paul Verhaeghe, but I plan to. It addresses Lacan's provocative but ultimately profound statements and Freud's investigations into hysteria.
• I've got two episodes about Wilhelm Reich coming up, but until then, here's my short article on him.
• The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt is by Camus, and I'm sorry to say I haven't yet read it. Peter's mention of it here has inspired me to!
• Stephen Kern, historian of time & space, appeared on AEWCH 42, one of my favorite episodes! Stephen is the author of quite a few amazing books. The best known of his works is The Culture of Time and Space, 1880-1918 , but the first one I read (and the one that is still my favorite) is A Cultural History of Causality: Science, Murder Novels, and Systems of Thought . I would venture to say Stephen's very favorite is The Culture of Love: Victorians to Moderns, which I also, well, love.
• I talk a lot about Peter Sloterdijk (pictured below) in this episode, and I think he's a profound and exciting thinker. The best place to start is his huge book You Must Change Your Life, but the easiest place to start is Philosophical Temperaments: From Plato to Foucault.
• Here's a bit on the armless violinist, Carl Unthan.
• In 2019, I would take Peter's claim to heart: "The protest of the system is part of the system itself."
• I love the novel The Volcano Lover by Susan Sontag; it's an excellent novel that features the relational triad that Peter mentions.
• Finally, check out The Joy of Revolution by Ken Knabb. It's really great.
Here's Peter representing philosophy and me representing America: