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May 13, 2021

Scott and Karl finish their two-part discussion of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust

The legend of a man selling his soul to the devil seems to have particular resonance at times of moral crisis. Regarding modern Faustians and their insatiable appetite for expansion, Karl says, "It's the idea that this is where fulfillment lies that is the problem."

Largely considered one of the Greats in German literature, you can hear echoes of Goethe's Faust in the works of later philosophers like Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, and Heidegger. 

Tune in as the duo wraps up their discussion of this legendary battle between good and evil. Brought to you by