Episode Five: Who Are You? Maybe.

Who Are You? Maybe. Open Door Philosophy

This week Andrew and Mr. Parsons discuss what it means to have an identity by thinking about Heraclitus. No, not the philosopher! The plant! Please check out our website at opendoorphilosophy.com where you can find more information about the show and get access to our booklist. Also, feel free to email us any questions or any quotes you want us to review on the podcast by emailing opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com You can also find us on Twitter @opendoorphil and Instagram @opendoorphilosophy If your life is in need of some philosophy, the door is always open!

Quote Corner

“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.*” – Heraclitus

*Questioned if for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man is Heraclitus.

Episode Four: Do You Exist?

Do You Exist? Open Door Philosophy

This week, Mr. Parsons and Andrew explore the nature of reality through the influential ideas of Descartes, particular in his work Meditations and Discourse on Method.  Please check out our website at opendoorphilosophy.com where you can find more information about the show and get access to our booklist. Also, feel free to email us any questions or any quotes you want us to review on the podcast by emailing opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com You can also find us on Twitter @opendoorphil and Instagram @opendoorphilosophy If your life is in need of some philosophy, the door is always open!

If you have a philosophically oriented quote you’d like us to review (we promise to be ruthless) on a future episode or have any question/comments, we’d love for you to email us at opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com.

Quote Corner

“Rising, streetcar, four hours in the office or the factory, meal, streetcar, four hours of work, meal, sleep, and Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday and Saturday according to the same rhythm – this path is easily followed most of the time. But one day the ‘why’ arises and everything begins in that weariness tinged with amazement.” –

The Myth of Sisyphus, Albert Camus

Images Associated with the Episode

The nuns Mr. Parsons met on Mount Bierstadt

This Episode’s Books

Andrew’s Books

Poetics (Penguin Classics)

Plato’s Gorgias

Meditations

Mr. Parsons’ Books

Zhuangzi: Basic Writings

Emerson: A Mind on Fire – Robert D. Richardson

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Episode Three: Introduction to Aristotle

A Beginner's Guide to Aristotle Open Door Philosophy

On this episode, Mr. Parsons and Andrew discuss perhaps the most influential philosopher of all time, Aristotle. We discuss his basic biographical facts, his lasting impact on science and the empirical approach to knowledge, and a bit about ethics.  Also, James the cat wants to engage with philosophy.  Please check out our website at opendoorphilosophy.com where you can find more information about the show and get access to our booklist. Also, feel free to email us any questions or any quotes you want us to review on the podcast by emailing opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com You can also find us on Twitter @opendoorphil and Instagram @opendoorphilosophy If your life is in need of some philosophy, the door is always open!

If you have a philosophically oriented quote you’d like us to review (we promise to be ruthless) on a future episode or have any question/comments, we’d love for you to email us at opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com.

Quotable Quotes from the Episode

“To my way of thinking, there is no better proof of a well ordered mind than a man’s ability to stop just where he is and pass some time alone in his own company.” – Seneca

“All men by nature desire to know.” – Aristotle

Quote Corner – “That which can be destroyed by the truth should be.” – P.C. Hodgell

Images Associated with the Episode

The philosopher James

The School of Athens by Raphael.

This Episode’s Books

Andrew’s Books

A History of Rome – Livy

Protagoras and Meno – Plato

Mr. Parsons’ Books

Emerson: A Mind on Fire – Robert D. Richardson

The Varieties of Religious Experience – William James

Episode Two: Plato’s Allegory of the Cave

2/23/21 – Episode Two: Plato’s Allegory of the Cave

Plato's Allegory of the Cave Open Door Philosophy

This episode Mr. Parsons and Andrew discuss the famous Allegory of the Cave, idealism, the world of forms, a quote from Blaise Pascal, and Mr. Parsons’ cat has a UTI. It’s Episode Two of Open Door Philosophy!

If you have a philosophically oriented quote you’d like us to review (we promise to be ruthless) on a future episode or have any question/comments, we’d love for you to email us at opendoorphilosophy@gmail.com.

Quote Corner:

“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly alone in a room.” – Blaise Pascal

This Episode’s Books

Andrew’s Books

The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco

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On Virtue Ethics – Rosalind Hursthouse

Letters from a Stoic – Seneca

The Philosophy of Loyalty – Josiah Royce

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Episode One: What is Philosophy?

What is Philosophy? Open Door Philosophy

 

Derek Parsons and Andrew Graziano start off the podcast by discussing what philosophy is, and what it isn’t. 

Quote Corner: “The unexamined life is not worth living.” – Socrates

Other notable quotes:

“Philosophy, in fact, is not just one specialized subject among many…it is something we are doing all the time, a continuous, necessary background activity which is likely to go badly if we don’t attend to it.” – Mary Midgley

“Philosophy is all about how to think in difficult cases – how to imagine, how to visualize and conceive and describe this confusing world, which is partly visible to us, partly tangible and partly known by report, in a way that will make it more intelligible as a whole. It is a set of practical arts, skills far more like the skills involved in exploring an unknown forest than they are like the search for a single buried treasure called the Truth. And because of this it is far more concerned with the kind of questions that we should ask than with how, at any particular time, we should answer them.” – Mary Midgley

Andrew’s Books

Einstein: His Life and Universe – Walter Issacson

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The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco

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Mr. Parsons’ Books

The Philosophy of Loyalty – Josiah Royce

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Epictetus Dialogues – Epictetus

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