James and the Giant Podcast

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.
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Nov 1, 2018

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

Oct 25, 2018

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 Stoics for Justice

Sep 24, 2018

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?

Sep 3, 2018

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. 


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.

Aug 17, 2018

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.

Aug 6, 2018

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!

Jul 20, 2018

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.

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Jul 14, 2018

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

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May 31, 2018

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.

Apr 8, 2018

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

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