Double Feature Funpack #3: Deep Philosophical Movies

The Double Feature Funpack finally returns. Jim Farris is forced to consider philosophical movies but refuses to discuss the greats of the genre. Douglas Lain is forced to listen to Jim blather on as we turn to the internet, specifically to the website Taste in Cinema, to provide us with a list of the 18 Best Philosophical Movies.The movies considered include Hitchcock’s Rope, Linklater’s Waking Life, Christopher Nolan’s Memento, and many others.
Also included in this podcast are clips from the Drop Dead Fred, Heaven can Wait, and Mister Belvedere.

Soap Zero 2: Enlightenment Interrupted

German Idealism and the Enlightenment are the subjects this week as Michael Steinberg discuss his book “Enlightenment Interrupted.” Steinberg is an independent scholar and practicing attorney with a PhD in intellectual history from the University of Rochester. His book “Enlightenment Interrupted (The Lost Moment of German Idealism and the Reactionary Present)” came out from Zero Books in July of this year.

Previous books from Mr. Steinberg include The Fiction of a Thinkable World and A New Biology of Religion.

Professor Andrew Nash at the University of Cape Town praised the book. He wrote, “Michael Steinberg’s “Enlightenment Interrupted” is a master class and a rollercoaster ride, all at once. The pitfalls of abstract individualism have been pointed out since Hegel, and explaining them has been central to radical political thought for fifty years by now. But it’s never been easy to grasp concretely how that separation of self and world came about, and what the alternative to it could have been.”

Diet Soap Podcast #220: Karl Marx’s Reluctant Idealism

Karl Marx and Hegel are the subjects this week as I talk to my friend Andy Marshall about Marx’s Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy in general. This conversation comes on the heels of a Facebook row with C Derick Varn wherein Varn took the widely accepted position that Marx was a materialist and Hegel was an idealist, while I argued that Marx was too enamored with Hegel’s dialectical logic and the unity of subject and object to really escape the Platonic Realm entirely.

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In the words of the Marxist Humanist Raya Dunayevskaya Marx’s humanism was neither a rejection of idealism nor an acceptance of materialism, but the truth of both, and therefore a new unity.

Diet Soap Podcast #210: Your Own Personal Žižek

Slavoj Žižek is the subject of conversation this week with guest George Elerick. Elerick is a faculty fellow at the Global Center for Advanced Studies and a writer on Critical Theory at the Huffington Post. We speak about his visit to The International Zizek Studies Conference in Cincinnati last month, and about his chance to interview Žižek. Elerick made an effort to find out about the personal side of the Marxoid Lacanian, but his questions met what a psychoanalyst might call resistance.

Of course in Astra Taylor’s film Žižek! the philosopher made his position on personal questions clear: “I am not human, I am a monster, I claim. It’s not that I have a mask of a theoretician and beneath I am a more human person; I like chocolate cake, I like this, I like that, and so on which makes me human. I rather prefer myself as somebody who not to offend others, pretends, plays that he is human.”

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