This week I spoke to Patrick Lee Miller, an associate professor at Duquesne University, ph.D in philosophy, and author of the book Becoming God: Pure Reason in Early Greek Philosophy.
Fair warning: things get metaphysical.
I asked for Patrick to come on the show after I read an essay he wrote where he argues that pre-modern philosophy is the philosophy of the future (see below). This piece resonated with me as it crystallized so many of my views regarding the insufficiency of both modernism and post-modernism. I’ve been arguing for some time now that we ought to look to our philosophical and religious traditions if we want to overcome our present cultural malaise, and so Patrick and I had a meeting of the minds on this topic. We begin our discussion by explaining modernism and post modernism and showing why they exist in an unbridgeable impasse. Then comes the meat and potatoes: pre-modernism. Patrick sees the pre-modern philosophy of Plato as being a solution to this philosophical predicament, and so we delve into a discussion of Plato’s ethics, his teleology, and of course, his theory of forms.
I hope you enjoy the conversation!