This week Philosopher, Platonic Researcher, and Professor, Daniel Silvemintz stops by to discuss his new book "Protagoras", and tease out the great problem concerning whether or not truth is relative or absolute. Why bother being good? Aren't all of the answers to life's big questions just as valid as each other? If there is no absolute right or wrong, why not live as you please? Also addressed are questions regarding the good life and why the work of Plato remains vital nearly 2,400 years after his death. Daniel Silvermintz, Ph.D., is Associate Professor and Director of Humanities at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Prior to joining UHCL, Professor Silvermintz was a Visiting Scholar in the Critical Theory Institute at the University of California-Irvine, and he currently serves as an Advisory Board member for the International Society for Philosophers. His innovating teaching has received national recognition from the Association for General and Liberal Studies as the 2009 recipient of the Jerry G. Gaff Faculty Award. His research focuses on ancient Greek ethical and political thought and has appeared in Classical World, Polis, Omnibus, Metaphilosophy, Ancient World, History of Political Economy, and Yale Economic Review. His book on the founder of the sophistic movement, Protagoras: Ancients in Action was published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2016. He is currently working on a book concerning Plato’s economic thought. His site and CV can be see here: http://prtl.uhcl.edu/human-sciences-humanities/faculty-bios/silvermintzd You can check out his book here, with a shout-out to me in the [...]
This week Joe Cobb, who is a MCC minister and author of "Our Family Outing" stops by to tell us what it is like to be a gay pastor in the south, how he deals with biblical passages condemning homosexuality, what a gay friendly denomination looks like, and his participation in the women's march. Questions concerning how he approaches the biblical text as a gay man start at 12:32. You can learn more about Joe by visiting www.OurFamilyOuting.com This episode, like all others, is under and hour.