• Summary

  • The Particular Good podcast is focused on literature, theology, and philosophy. Our title is inspired by St. Thomas, who said humans by nature are made for particular goods. Elif Batumann, novelist and literary critic, pictures writers as bookkeepers keeping a double-ledger of life and literature, looking at people and objects in life and on pages and saying: what is it? On the Particular Good podcast, our goal is take out the ledger, pay attention, and pursue truth in its particular good.
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Episodes
  • Lost in Thought with Zena Hitz

    Apr 29 2021
    Charles talks with Zena Hitz about her beautiful book Lost in Thought: The Hidden Treasures of an Intellectual Life. They cover why and how she chose her vivid examples of particular goods of the intellectual life, the importance of treating the intellect as an end to itself rather than instrumentalizing it for prestige or politics, the role of withdrawal—forced or free, physical or internal—MC Hammer's love of the philosophy of science and Zena's book, and the integration of intellectual life within Christianity.
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    1 hr and 15 mins
  • Troeltsch's Eschatological Absolute with Evan Kuehn

    Apr 15 2021
    Charles talks with Evan Kuehn about his book Troeltsch's Eschatological Absolute. Evan covers the importance of eschatology in 19th and 20th century Christianity, Troeltsch's unique approach to both eschatology and Kantian idealism, his critique of monism, and his understanding of the religious a priori in human experience. Evan's work rescues Troeltsch from some early dismissals and shows a path to conversation between Troeltsch and dialectical theology.
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    1 hr and 8 mins
  • Dorothee Sölle with Dr. Nancy Hawkins, IHM

    Mar 19 2021
    Charles talks with Dr. Nancy Hawkins about 20th-century political theologian Dorothee Sölle and her thoughts on christofascism, theories of divine omnipotence, political theology, community organizing, Meister Eckhart, and the mystical journey. Sölle combines mystical and political theology in a critique of early twentieth-century notions of power.
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    59 mins

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