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Apr 30, 2020

This week, Scott and Karl read a collection of stories starring Conan the Barbarian, a series by Robert E. Howard. 

Known as the “Father of Sword and Sorcery,” Howard helped create this subgenre of fiction. To this point, Karl adds, "There is so much of your popular culture, dear listeners, that comes out of...

Apr 23, 2020

This week, Scott and Karl read two short stories by Edgar Allan Poe. Poe’s stories are known for following many traditions of Gothic fiction, and “The Murders in the Rue Morgue" and “The Masque Of The Red Death” are no different. 

First, the duo dives into “The Masque of the Red Death” published in 1842. The...

Apr 16, 2020

In 1580, Michel De Montaigne is asked by the pregnant Madame Diane de Foix on what the best way of educating a child is. In his essay  "Of the Education of Children," Montaigne provides her with a glimpse into his own upbringing, advising her on how children should apply their education to their own life. 

Karl warns,...

Apr 9, 2020

This week, Scott and Karl are joined by Aristotelian scholar and OGB seminar host, John Pascarella. The trio talks about the not-so-obvious side of Jane Austen's novel, Pride and Prejudice. 

Austen’s Aristotelian ethical ideas are often overlooked by the majority of readers, but as Scott points out, "This isn’t a...

Apr 2, 2020

This week, Scott and Karl discuss Schopenhauer's Metaphysics of Love.

Among 19th-century philosophers, Arthur Schopenhauer was one of the first to contend that at its core, the universe is not a rational place. His view of love is no different— earnest but slightly unromantic. 

Scott sums up Schopenhauer's theory by...