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Red Letter Philosophy

May 27, 2022

G. K. Chesterton wrote that, “if you leave things alone you leave them as they are. […] If you leave a thing alone you leave it to a torrent of change.”  In other words, if want to remember something, if you want others to remember something, then you cannot leave it alone.  You must remember.  In this Memorial...

May 20, 2022

Wittgenstein wrote that, “whereof one cannot be speak, thereof one must be silent".  Elsewhere he wrote that, “What can be shown cannot be said."  In this episode we examine what some call the later Wittgenstein.  Take up and listen as we contemplate the the Wittgenstein, the mystic.

May 13, 2022

Perhaps the idea most associated with Wittgenstein is the idea that life is a collection of “language games”.  Wittgenstein was a gamer.  In this episode of Red Letter Philosophy we explore the enigmatic concept of language games; in the process we discover how an obscene gesture altered the course...

May 6, 2022

In this episode we pay homage to Motherhood.  We look at G.K. Chesterton’s claim that, “our race has thought it worth while to cast this burden on women… to keep common-sense in the world."  We add to our list of motherhood’s virtues: the source of common-sense.