Month: June 2017

Ep. 5: Aristophanes’ “Birds”

What can we learn from a farce about banishment? Where do politics, nature and religion collide with the absurd? Check out our discussion on Aristophanes’ “Birds.”

Ep. 4: Plato’s Alcibiades I

Let’s do some more Plato! Alcibiades is one of the most famous figures in military history. An incredibly successful Athenian general who fled to Athens’ enemy Sparta after being charged with with sacrilege. He and Socrates had a very “complicated” relationship. This particular dialogue raises questions about the nature of justice and who is worthy to lead.

Ep. 3: Interview with Professor Martin L. Cook

Join us for a discussion with Martin L. Cook, Distinguished Visiting Professor at United States Air Force Academy. Prior to that, Professor Cook was Admiral James B. Stockdale Professor of Professional Military Ethics at the College of Operational and Strategic Leadership at the U.S. Naval War College. He is also co-editor of The Journal of Military Ethics.

Cook was previously a professor of philosophy and deputy department head at the Philosophy Department of the U.S. Air Force Academy from 2004 to 2009. He was also a professor of ethics at the U.S. Army War College from 1998 to 2003 and the Elihu Root Chair of Military Studies in 2000.

In addition, Cook was assistant professor from 1982 to 1988 and associate professor from 1988 to 1998 at the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Santa Clara. He has also been an adjunct professor at Dickinson College and Fuller Theological Seminary in the Bay Area; visiting professor at the College of William and Mary; and a teaching assistant at The University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

Cook serves on the editorial boards of Parameters, the scholarly journal of the Army War College, and The Journal of Military Ethics. He is the author of The Moral Warrior: Ethics and Service in the U.S. Military and Issues in Military Ethics: To Support and Defend the Constitution and numerous scholarly articles and book reviews.

Ep. 2: Plato’s Republic

Join Lise, Jeff and Brian for a conversation on Book I of the Republic. BUT FIRST! How to approach the “Great Books”: How do you start from scratch with no background or without a group? We hope you like it!

Ep. 1: Sophocles’S Ajax

Join Lise, Jeff and Brian as they discuss Sophocles’s Ajax, the story of a great Greek warrior who takes his own life on the beach of Troy.

Also, check out Stringfellow Barr’s “Notes on Dialogue” as a follow-up to the discussion at the beginning of the episode about the student-led seminars at St. John’s College, which form a critical part of the education it offers.

Ep. 0: Introduction

Join Lise, Jeff and Brian for the kick off podcast explaining a little what we’re about. Spoiler alert: it’s a strange brew of classical literature, military history and culture, and the human experience of war.