Plans for Podcast Series in the Works

Dear fans of the blog, I am now considering a podcast series might be called either

  • “Aristotle, Darwin, and Jesus walk into a bar…”
  • “The Prodigal Son” [for personally meaningful reasons]
  • ”The Three Wisdoms Project: Philosophy, Science, and Faith.”

Each of the “three wisdoms” is a competing candidate for the supreme form of knowledge which is alleged by various people to outrank other claims for the highest form of knowledge, each of whom is represented by

  • Aristotle (philosophy) – representing the possibility that we have access to a supreme source of wisdon apart from faith and natural science.
  • Darwin/Dawkins (natural science) – the idea that natural science is our highest form of wisomd that has not replaced philosophy and faith.
  • The Bible (faith) – the idea, common in most traditional cultures, that faith trumps the other two forms of reason.

The podcast episodes will fall under the following headings:

  1. The Philosophy of Aristotle
  2. Intermission – Empedocles the proto-evolutionist and failed messiah.
  3. Aristotle’s answer to Empedocles: the pre-Darwinian view of the cosmos.
  4. Darwin’s theory.
  5. Dawkin’s “Selfish Gene” theory.
  6. Aristotle’s Virtue ethics and politics.
  7. A Darwinian view of religion: the test case of the Bhagavad Gita.
  8. Faith and the Bible: a Darwinian interpretation.

The individual podcast episodes will probably be as follows:

I. The Philosopher – Aristotle

  1. What is knowledge and wisdom? Aristotle Metaphysics A.1,2
  2. Early naturalism and materialism – Aristotle Metaphysics A.3,4,8
  3. Early idealism – Aristotle Metaphysics A,5,6,9
  4. The Four Causes – Aristotle Metaphysics A.10, α.2
  5. The Wisdom Aristotle seeks is “first philosophy” – Aristotle Metaphysics B, Γ.1,2
  6. The “Three Laws of Thought” – Aristotle Metaphysics Γ.3-8
  7. The sacred science deals primarily with “Substance” – Aristotle Metaphysics Z.1-6
  8. Substance and essence – Aristotle Metaphysics Z.11-17
  9. Substance and definition – Aristotle Metaphysics H
  10. Potentiality and actuality – Aristotle Metaphysics Θ.

II. Intermission – Empedocles

  1. The Physics and Katharmoi.
  2. Empedocles’ theory of evolutionary cosmic cycles

III. Back to Aristotle

  1. Substance and metaphysical cosmology Aristotle Metaphysics Λ.1-5
  2. Aristotle’s God and Cosmic Order Aristotle Metaphysics Λ.6-10
  3. Aristotle’s De Anima.
  4. Practical good – Aristotle’s NE I
  5. Virtue – Aristotle’s NE II-V
  6. Moral and intellectual virtue – Aristotle’s NE VI
  7. Virtue and Pleasure Aristotle’s NE VII
  8. Friendship Aristotle’s NE VII-IX
  9. Pleasure and Eudaimonia (translated as ‘happiness’) Aristotle’s NE X.
  10. The nature of politics – Aristotle’s Politics I.
  11. The nature of the household or family – Aristotle’s Politics II.
  12. Utopian politics (e.g. Plato’s Republic) and the nature of political unity. – Aristotle’s Politics III.1-8.
  13. Existing states and lawgivers Aristotle’s Politics IV.9-12.
  14. More from Aristotle’s Politics ? I am tempted to go on, but there is just so much there…


IV. Charles Darwin

  1. Introduction” and “Variation under domestication” Darwin’s The Origin of Species.
  2. Variation under nature”– Darwin’s The Origin of Species.
  3. The struggle for existence” – Darwin’s The Origin of Species.
  4. Natural selection” – Darwin’s The Origin of Species.
  5. Conclusion” – Darwin’s The Origin of Species.
  6. Evidence for the descent of man” – Darwin’s The Descent of Man.
  7. Manner of development” – Darwin’s The Descent of Man.
  8. Comparison of mental powers” – Darwin’s The Descent of Man.
  9. Affinities and genealogy” – Darwin’s The Descent of Man.
  10. Summary and Conclusion – Darwin’s The Descent of Man.

V. Richard Dawkins

  1. Why are people?” – Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene.
  2. The Immortal Replicators – Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene.
  3. Immortal Coils” – Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene.
  4. The gene machine” – Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene.
  5. Aggression” – Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene.
  6. Genesmanship” – Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene.
  7. Family planning” – Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene.
  8. Battle of the generations” – Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene.
  9. Bettle of the sexes” – Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene.
  10. You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” – Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene.
  11. Memes: the new replicators” – Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene.
  12. Nice guys finish first” – Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene.
  13. The long reach of the gene” – Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene.
  14. Necker cubes and buffaloes” – Richard Dawkins, The Extended Phenotype.
  15. Host phenotypes of parasite genes” – Richard Dawkins, The Extended Phenotype.

VI. Intermission: The Dharma

  1. Bhagavad Gita

VII. The faith of the Bible

  1. God’s justice is not up for debate with humans: Job.
  2. God made humans for his own “glory” to “rule the earth” – Genesis.
  3. Righteousness within multicultural empires – Exodus.
  4. The acquisition of territory by the “hlessi – Joshua.
  5. The loss of territory and a call for a serious reconsideration of what must be done[a Prophet?]
  6. A radically new adaptive strategy is proposed Luke-Acts.
  7. Paul’s view of the strategy – [Ephesians and/or Hebrews]
  8. The origins of the current primary world conflict – John’s Gospel and Revelation

VIII. Recap and Conclusion

  1. The final episode?