March 2012

Poetry As a Way of Knowing

If the title of this week’s show sounds strange, it may be because we don’t normally think of poetry as being in the business of producing knowledge. Poetry, we might think, is about capturing impressions and expressing feelings. The goal of poetry is not to describe the world. That’s, after all, what we have science for.

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Epicurus and the Good Life

  This week’s conversation is about Epicurus and the Good Life.  Now in common parlance an epicurean is one who is “fond of or adapted to luxury or indulgence in sensual pleasures; having luxurious tastes or habits, especially in eating and drinking.”  But the Ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus was decidedly not an epicurean in that sense of the word.  His philosophy is actually pretty far removed from epicureanism as ordinarily understood.

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