In this week's episode, a wide ranging discussion with Luke Austin Daugherty, beginning with a consideration of whether fundamentalisms secularism or religious avoid confrontation with mortality and from there proceed to a consideration of death itself, its implications for the human condition, civilization and politics, concluding with some riffs on historical consciousness and thoughts on ordering one's own life.
Radical Analysis aims to spelunk the questions that confront us, both as individuals and as a society. It is a forum for conversations that move beneath the surface to excavate the roots of those challenges. It is animated by that spirit of the Radical articulated so elegantly by Paulo Freire:
The radical, committed to human liberation, does not become the prisoner of a "circle of certainty" within which reality is also imprisoned. On the contrary, the more radical a person is, the more fully he or she enters into reality so that, knowing it better, he or she can better transform it. This individual is not afraid to confront, to listen, to see the world unveiled. This person is not afraid to meet the people or to enter into dialogue with them. This person does not consider himself or herself the proprietor of history or of all people, or the liberator of the oppressed; but he or she does commit himself or herself, within history, to fight at their side...
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