• 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
  • Sep 30 2021
    Charles and Marco interview Jordan Daniel Wood about his forthcoming book The Whole Mystery of Christ: Creation as Incarnation in Maximus Confessor (Notre Dame Press 2022). They talk about Maximus' christo-logic and how it works through his understanding of anthropology, deification, christology, particularly the suffering of Christ, and eschatological creation. 1:30 - Who was Maxmius the Confessor? 13:15 — What is Maximus's christo-logic? 29:40 — How can a hypostasis seems to be a synonym of 'individual' and also what makes an individual an individual? 42:45 — How are Maximus' logoi related to the hypostasis of each person? 1:03:40 — How does Maximus' understanding of logos hypostasis in humans affect his understanding of nature? 1:19:09 — How do you think about grace presupposing nature in light of Maximus? 1:26:26 — How do you understand the analogy of being in light of Maximus? 1:39:09 — But wait, isn't this exactly what Balthasar was saying all along? 1:46:00 — How should this book affect our understanding of creation, eschatology, and salvation?
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    2 hrs
  • May 27 2021
    For Luigi Giussani, Christianity is like being in love. Charles talks with philosopher Marco Stango and theologian Apolonio Latar about Luigi Giussani, Italian priest, theologian, educator, and founder of the Communion and Liberation movement. Marco and Apolonio discuss Giussani's founding of CL, the ways Giussani has formed their own lives, Giussani's trilogy of books on human experience and the encounter of Christ.
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    1 hr and 20 mins
  • 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

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