Intellectual History

Intellectual History

episodes

Interviews with intellectual historians about their new books.

Matthijs Lok, "Europe Against Revolution: Conservatism, Enlightenment, and the Making of the Past" (Cambridge UP, 2023)

June 24, 2024

Europe Against Revolution

Matthijs Lok

Contemporary Europe seems to be divided between progressive cosmopolitans sympathetic to the European Union and the ideals of the Enlightenment, and c…

Adrian Johnston, "Infinite Greed: The Inhuman Selfishness of Capital" (Columbia UP, 2024)

June 22, 2024

Infinite Greed

Adrian Johnston
Hosted by Stephen Dozeman

Marxism and psychoanalysis have a rich and complicated relationship to one another, with countless figures and books written on the possible inter…

Malcolm Schofield, "How Plato Writes: Perspectives and Problems" (Cambridge UP, 2023)

June 21, 2024

How Plato Writes

Malcolm Schofield

Plato is a philosophical writer of unusual and ingenious versatility. His works engage in argument but are also full of allegory, imagery, myth, parad…

Aziz Rana, "The Constitutional Bind: How Americans Came to Idolize a Document That Fails Them" (U Chicago Press, 2024)

June 19, 2024

The Constitutional Bind

Aziz Rana
Hosted by Vatsal Naresh

In a pathbreaking retelling of the American experience, Aziz Rana shows that today’s reverential constitutional culture is a distinctively twentieth-c…

Nathaniel Gray Sutanto and Cory Brock, "T&T Clark Handbook of Neo-Calvinism" (T&T Clark, 2023)

June 19, 2024

T&T Clark Handbook of Neo-Calvinism

Nathaniel Gray Sutanto and Cory Brock
Hosted by Justin McGeary

T&T Clark Handbook of Neo-Calvinism (T&T Clark, 2023) comprehensively demonstrates neo-Calvinism's unique contribution to theology and Christian philo…

Paulina Rowinska, "Mapmatics: How We Navigate the World Through Numbers" (Pan Macmillan, 2024)

June 19, 2024

Mapmatics

Paulina Rowinska
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

How does a delivery driver distribute hundreds of packages in a single working day? Why does remote Alaska have such a large airport? Where should we …

Nietzsche Now! With Glenn Wallis

June 18, 2024

Nietzsche Now! With Glenn Wallis

Nietzsche Now! Now? Really, you might ask. Isn’t he dead already? The Great Immoralist on the vital issues of our time. Hmm, how is that you might ask…

Tahera Qutbuddin, trans., "Nahj al-Balāghah: The Wisdom and Eloquence of ʿAlī" (Brill, 2024)

June 18, 2024

Nahj al-Balāghah: The Wisdom and Eloquence of ʿAlī

Tahera Qutbuddin, trans.
Hosted by SherAli Tareen

Nahj al-Balagha is among the most powerful, consequential, and linguistically brilliant masterpieces of Arabic and of Islamic thought and literature. …

Todd H. Weir, "Red Secularism: Socialism and Secularist Culture in Germany 1890 to 1933" (Cambridge UP, 2023)

June 16, 2024

Red Secularism

Todd H. Weir
Hosted by Crawford Gribben

Red Secularism: Socialism and Secularist Culture in Germany 1890 to 1933 (Cambridge UP, 2023) is the first substantive investigation into one of the k…

Madman in the White House? A Discussion with Jamieson Webster and Patrick Weil

June 16, 2024

Madman in the White House?

Jamieson Webster and Patrick Weil
Hosted by Jordan Osserman

Did Woodrow Wilson's daddy issues cause World War II? And what might this teach us about our contemporary political plight? Jordan Osserman talks with…

Robert D. Heaton, "The Shepherd of Hermas As Scriptura Non Grata: From Popularity in Early Christianity to Exclusion from the New Testament Canon" (Rowman & Littlefield, 2023)

June 16, 2024

The Shepherd of Hermas As Scriptura Non Grata

Robert D. Heaton

Composed within the first Christian century by a Roman named Hermas, the Shepherd remains a mysterious and underestimated book to scholars and laypeop…

Benjamin Breen, "Tripping on Utopia: Margaret Mead, the Cold War, and the Troubled Birth of Psychedelic Science" (Grand Central, 2024)

June 14, 2024

Tripping on Utopia

Benjamin Breen
Hosted by Claire Clark

Today I talked to Benjamin Breen about his book Tripping on Utopia: Margaret Mead, the Cold War, and the Troubled Birth of Psychedelic Science (Grand …

Christopher William England, "Land and Liberty: Henry George and the Crafting of Modern Liberalism" (Johns Hopkins UP, 2023)

June 14, 2024

Land and Liberty

Christopher William England
Hosted by Reed Schwartz

Henry George’s Progress and Poverty was one of the best-selling books of the 19th century, and his ideas were taken up by by powerful figures as diver…

Cory C. Brock and Nathaniel Gray Sutanto, "Neo-Calvinism: A Theological Introduction" (Lexham Press, 2023)

June 14, 2024

Neo-Calvinism

Cory C. Brock and Nathaniel Gray Sutanto
Hosted by Justin McGeary

Discover the rich theology of Neo-Calvinism. Abraham Kuyper and Herman Bavinck sparked a theological tradition in the Netherlands that came to be know…

Gordon C. Chang, "Revolution and Witchcraft: The Code of Ideology in Unsettled Times" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2023)

June 14, 2024

Revolution and Witchcraft

Gordon C. Chang
Hosted by Michael Johnston

Ideas influence people. In particular, extremely well-developed sets of ideas shape individuals, groups, and societies in far-reaching ways. In Revolu…

Matthew Robertson, "Puruṣa: Personhood in Ancient India" (Oxford UP, 2024)

June 13, 2024

Puruṣa

Matthew I. Robertson
Hosted by Raj Balkaran

Personhood is central to the worldview of ancient India. Across voluminous texts and diverse traditions, the subject of the puruṣa, the Sanskrit term …

Gale L. Kenny, "Christian Imperial Feminism: White Protestant Women and the Consecration of Empire" (NYU Press, 2024)

June 13, 2024

Christian Imperial Feminism

Gale L. Kenny
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Amidst the global instability of the early twentieth century, white Christian American women embraced the idea of an “empire of Christ” that was racia…

Carl Elliott, "The Occasional Human Sacrifice: Medical Experimentation and the Price of Saying No" (Norton, 2024)

June 12, 2024

The Occasional Human Sacrifice

Carl Elliot
Hosted by Claire Clark

The Occasional Human Sacrifice: Medical Experimentation and the Price of Saying No (Norton, 2024) is an intellectual inquiry into the moral struggle t…

Peter Bergamin, "The Making of the Israeli Far-Right: Abba Ahimeir and Zionist Ideology” (I. B. Tauris, 2019)

June 10, 2024

The Making of the Israeli Far-Right

Peter Bergamin
Hosted by Yaacov Yadgar

Peter Bergamin’s, new book, The Making of the Israeli Far-Right: Abba Ahimeir and Zionist Ideology (I. B. Tauris, 2019), is an intellectual biography …

Cameron J. Buckner, "From Deep Learning to Rational Machines: What the History of Philosophy Can Teach Us about the Future of Artificial Intelligence" (Oxford UP, 2023)

June 10, 2024

From Deep Learning to Rational Machines

Cameron J. Buckner
Hosted by Carrie Figdor

Artificial intelligence started with programmed computers, where programmers would manually program human expert knowledge into the systems. In sharp …