James and the Giant Podcast
James Sullivan
I read philosophy so you don't have to. Learn about key thinkers outside of the academic realm and without all the academic jargon (or as little of it as possible). I make philosophy easier so we can see it better in the world we live in.
We did it! We wrap things up on the topic of postmodernism this week and Tim Keefe finally gets to talk about Bauman. Modernity is liquid!  Show Notes: Zygmunt Bauman - Modernity and The Holocaust 2013 Liquid Modernity 2000 ReasonTV Video Covering Libertarianism and Postmodernity, as discussed https://youtu.be/VLzJFh-7daQ

I had the great privilege of chatting with professor and philosopher Dr Greg Sadler about some of the struggles of philosophy, what stoicism is and what keeps it around and alive today.    Show Notes https://www.youtube.com/user/gbisadler https://reasonio.wordpress.com/ https://modernstoicism.com/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/1853809494834681/ Stoics for Justice

Let's take a look at two important works of science fiction and think about our present state, the future, and beyond. The Dispossessed by Ursula K LeGuin and The Culture series by Iain M Banks offer an opportunity to imagine a world more free.   Is it better to be free than it is to be comfortable? What if you had both?

He's back! And back with more. This episode Tim Keefe breaks through Lyotard, Debord, Baudrillard, and Borgmann in an examination of postmodernity and its thinkers.  Bibliography Lyotard, Jean-Francois. The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge. ___. The Postmodern Explained: Correspondence, 1982-1985. Debord, Guy. The Society of the Spectacle. Stracey, Frances. Constructed Situations: A New History of the Situationist International. Baudrillard, Jean. Simulation and Simulacrum. ___. Selected Writings. ___. The Gulf War Did Not Take Place. ___. The Perfect Crime. ___. America. ___. Cool Memories. Borgmann, Albert. Crossing the Postmodern Divide. Bauman, Zygmunt. Liquid Modernity.

Time to learn. Tim Keefe joins me to talk about the movement of postmodernism understood historically. Where did it start? What is it in response to? What are its claims? Is it a cohesive ideology? Where can we see its influence? All of this will hopefully be answered.   Bibliography for this episode   Anderson, Perry. The Origins of Postmoderism. Belsey, Catherine. Postructuralism: A Short Introduction. Berman, Marshall. All That is Solid Melts Into Air. Chandler, David. Semiotics: The Basics. Dosse, Francois. History of Structuralism, Vols. 1 and 2. Gay, Peter. Modernism: The Lure of Heresy. Moran, Dermot. Introduction to Phenomenology. Harvey, David. The Condition of Postmodernity: An Enquiry into the Origins of Cultural Change. Hasan, Ihab. The Postmodern Turn: Essays in Postmodern Theory and Culture Jameson, Fredric. Postmodernism, or, the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism. Zizek, Slavoj. Looking Awry: An Introduction to Jacques Lacan through Popular Culture The Cambridge Companion to Modernism. The Cambridge Companion to Marx.

It's the end of a nightmare and I'm relieved. Let's talk about righteousness and law, then I'll just share what's to expect in the next month or so. Get excited, because I am!

Let's wrap this up! This week we finish talking about The Gift of Death by Jacques Derrida and wrap up his discussion of responsibility; we also touch on Heidegger's being toward death, Ursula K Le Guin's The Farthest Shore, and Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling in his conception of the story of Abraham and Isaac. Twitter: JamesGiantPod Facebook: Facebook.com/JamesGiantPod Patreon.com/JamesGiantPod

James thanks Thaddeus Russell and all the new ears, talks a little about a certain professor he doesn't like, then digs into helping you understand postmodernism as a thing and deconstruction.    All music done by the unbelievable talent Jared Gregory If you really like the show and want it to go beyond, consider subscribing on Patreon.    Patreon.com/JamesGiantPod Twitter: JamesGiantPod Facebook: Facebook.com/JamesGiantPod   Website coming soon.

I'm in my car on my way to work, here's what's on my mind. I talk about meeting up with Thaddeus, the anxiety of it, some of my religious grounding at the moment, and then I lie to you about covering an essay by Derrida. Haha, sucker.

Examine book two of the Earthsea novels, "The Tombs of Atuan," and discover themes about gender, politics, and ritualism.

This is the first episode of my new side podcast, Snacks and Hacks, the place where philosophy talks shit. Kant's a bum and should be ignored.

Explore the philosophical foundations of Earthsea in the first of a six part series of Ursula K Le Guin's Earthsea novels. This time, James covers A Wizard of Earthsea and sets the groundwork for its philosophy of power, language, and ethics.

Well, Nietzsche's birthday just passed so I guess it's time to cover some German nihilism! This episode I go over Nietzsche's essay "On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense.'    Be sure to subscribe, rate, review, and like me on Facebook (and like me in general). All music produced by Jared Gregory.   http://nietzsche.holtof.com/Nietzsche_various/on_truth_and_lies.htm   Patreon.com/JamesGiantPod Facebook.com/JamesGiantPod Twitter.com/JamesGiantPod

I had the privilege to speak with artist and historian Dara Vance about her art, education, history and the environment. Her intersections between art, history, gender, and the environment met with my knowledge on environmental philosophy.    You can find Dara on twitter and purchase original artwork by messaging her on twitter: Twitter.com/divafancypants or straight to her paypal at PayPal.me/sissyeatsgrits Support the show by subscribing or donating on Patreon.com/JamesGiantPod Music by Jared Gregory: https://soundcloud.com/jaredgregory   Be sure the rate and review the podcast. 

A few words on Foucault, French poststructuralist philosopher.  Hurricane Relief: https://www.youcaring.com/victimsofhurricaneharvey-915053 Sources: http://www.unisa.edu.au/Global/EASS/HRI/foucault_-_the_subject_and_power.pdf Book: Foucault "Power" edited by James Faubion

It's been a while! What have I been up to? Mixed Mental Arts, Foucault, Postmodernism, Cats and Kids! Listen as I talk over the sound of two cats messing about and catch up with you guys.

This week I sat down with my friend Matt Dubone who studies history, political science, and works as a geologist at a carbon dating lab. We were in a Mexican Cantina so there's lots of background noise and we had already had two giant beers when I started recording so forgive the lack of structure. We talk about dinosaurs, geopolitics, history and philosophy.

What is pure forgiveness? What conditions serve for forgiveness to be obtainable? Can we forgive the unforgivable? This week I discuss a short essay by dead French philosopher Jacques Derrida titled "On Forgiveness" and expand on what I think about philosophy in general and this particular text on the nature of forgiveness.

James got engaged this weekend. Hear the story here.

I had the fantastic opportunity to sit down with two great FORMER bachelor friends Zach Parris and Jordan Fraker. Zach and Jordan recently became engaged and joined me to discuss relationships, love, and marriage.

It's been a while! James catches you up on some updates and then expresses his deep love for the work of Neil Gaiman. This leads him into a talk about belief structures and their importance. James still doesn't know if this should be third person or not.

James drove to Dallas. No, you don't have to be a passenger the whole way. Today's episode is about the stories we narrate our lives with and why having a different story is beneficial. He ends telling a dumb story about the time he got scammed out of all of his money and some of his prized possessions.     James still hasn't decided if he should write these descriptions in third person.

Domo Arigato! Let's talk about the rise of the machines and what useless philosophical musings can tell us about our impeding economic and apocalyptic future! Just kidding. We'll be fine, maybe.

James reads Dr Suess's "Oh, the Places You'll Go" to his son.

Welcome to episode 1! In this episode, James talks briefly about his hesitations on getting the show started, then rants wildly about his experience working for the Superbowl Li over the previous weekend. Be sure to rate, review and subscribe. Follow @JamesandtheGiantPod on twitter for more!