The Partially Examined Life
Continuing on Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment (2018).
Fukuyama recommends a "creedal national identity" as a solution for tribalism; does this work? Is this "demand for recognition" that he describes foundational for the act of making an ethical claim? For self-consciousness itself? How does ideology prejudice the sort of theorizing that Fukuyama engages in?
End song: "Cornerstone" by Richard X. Heyman, as discussed on Nakedly Examined Music #61.
Talking with the author about Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment (2018).
What motivates people? Frank points to thymos, the demand for recognition, as at the root of both the "end of history" (i.e., democracy as demand for equal recognition) and our current tribalist stalemates, involving desires to be seen—in virtue of group membership—as superior. Thymos may in fact be central to self-consciousness, ethics, and the origins of political association.
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More on the ethics-related fragments of Epicurus and accounts by Martha Nussbaum and Tim O'Keefe.
What would a purely therapeutic philosophy consist of? Does philosophy as pursuit of pleasure mean that you eschew political action or other substantial goals? Mark, Wes, and Dylan try to figure out which of our desires are vain and whether society is compatible with human happiness.
End song: "The Language of the Body" by Ant-Bee as discussed on Nakedly Examined Music #68.
After starting in the 80s with The Trolls and The Bastards of Execution, Dusty has released six albums as a solo artist since 1997.
We discuss a new, unreleased song "Pardon My Love," then "Man in the Mirror" from Gliding Toward Oblivion (2018) and "High Flyin' Bird" by GIANTfingers from around 2003. We conclude by listening to "(Art at) the Speed of Life" by The Dusty Diamonds from 1994. Intro/outro: "Karma" from dust! (2000).