Atheism seems to be quite self explanatory term. Granted, we do live in atheistic societies, in the sense that religion in the proper sense of the word is almost completely ejected from political and cultural deliberations. Even more so, this applies to academia. Finally, at least half of the peoples which we could still, at least by their geographical situation or ancestry, call Europeans are actually shedding the residues of their religious past.
Yet, are we to blame this on atheists of our age, especially the so called "new atheists"?
In this podcast we'll answer this question in the firm negative.
After going through a number of metaphysical notions, now, prompted by reader's query, we finally try to answer the simple question: what is metaphysics? The very fact that one can talk about metaphysics for a long time without explicitly defining what it is gives us an important clue about this type of knowledge, more common that most people think. We sum up some of the notions we expounded upon before and attempt to give definition of "science sought for" in both traditional sense and its modern, we would claim, misconception of the "system of science". Also we touch upon the possible reasons for shunning it by modern thinkers like adherents of "analytical" philosophy and say few words on technology and its latent metaphysical origin.
We present second part in the series on relationship of Christianity and high culture of antiquity, summarized in the notion of the palaios logos. Here, by interpreting one remarkable passage from Origen's classical apologetic work Contra Celsum, we draw some distinctions in understanding of time, knowledge of future, human conscience and the relationship of God to man that are unique for Christianity. Our inquiry leads us before the specific problem - a pitfall most characteristic of our own age: human urge to posses the knowledge of the future, which will be treated in detail in the third part of the series.
It may seem odd to pick out "a given" as one of the basic notions of metaphysics. However, as soon as one recalls terms like "sense data", "object" being "given" to subject, etc. the question arises: who does the giving?
In this podcast we'll talk about the origin of the term "given" in the metaphysics of creation and its modern inversion, i.e. its detachment from the said origin, above all exemplified in the works of Immanuel Kant and Martin Heidegger.
Also we touch upon childishness of "new atheism", the nature of thr relationship of ancient philosophy and Christianity, ending the podcast with lively description of the beautiful blue and white vistas of KT's Paypal account.
Basic notions of metaphysics series continues, this time with a twist. We won't be content with simply giving an exposition of the metaphysical notion of infinite but use it as an example how traditional concepts get inverted. The infinite is very good example of not only that, but also of one very important thing: deconstruction of metaphysics is never an annihilation, as its proponents would like you to believe, but always an appropriation and inversion. So lay half an hour of your life at the altar of Kali the destroyer of de-constructors and learn how basic notions of metaphysics are inverted into illusions.
One noticeable characteristics of various kinds of "new normal" measures implemented in developed Western democracies in response to COVID19 is that they seem to be the more harsher and radical the more the country in question is developed. One could say that, in contrast to more autocratic polities, Western democracies begin to display an eerie signs of openly totalitarian policing of their citizenry. In this podcast we'll try to analyze how underlying metaphysics of individualistic freedom could just be the cause of that and how we could end up with the seeming paradox: totally collectivized politics based on totally individualized principles.
In this podcast we consider what it means to root the understanding of man as zoon politikon in pure negation, taking few cues from what is now widely called - and slurred - 'Liberalism' as opposed to 'collectivism'. We explain the congeniality of individualism and collectivism based on negation and the materialist reduction ranging from the one ending up in the "free individual opinion" to "ethnic groups" based on race; we argue that contemporary "identity politics" - from "woke racism" that is currently the order of the day to "white nationalism - stem from the same root of pure negativity.
Can there be anything true if there's no truth? Apparently, public opinion is being swayed towards the resounding - and consequently absurd - 'yes'. In this podcast we'll address the notion of "post-truth" and its validity in the context of our times, i.e. corrosion of modern age and its concepts, as well as the fact that the very act of admitting its validity immediately annihilates it and sends us back before the notion of truth that can admit no 'post-' prefix. In the process we point out the necessity of 'system' as crypto-anthropomorphic principle of modern knowledge and its utter instability as displayed by impotence of "logic and facts" approach in combating identity politics and claim that it is a shadow of the original, transcendental and theomorphic, notion of truth; one that seems to come back to the fore in our day precisely in consequence of the annihilation of truth as it was understood in modernity.