A Strange Fire

28 EpisodesProduced by A Strange FireWebsite

Socrates is believed to have said: “The unexamined life is not worth living”. And we agree.But this life, once examined, reveals a tempest of ideas and imaginings. This life is strange, and this podcast is an exploration of this strangeness.We invite you to come with us as we explore things settled,… read more

28 Episodes | 2018 - 2019

A Strange Fire: Trailer

November 5th, 2018

1:22

Initium

 

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Life Is a Pigsty

November 9th, 2018

10:15

Men plot, God Laughs, so goes a Yiddish saying.  

Philosophers might say we find ourselves at an epistemological disadvantage.  We know our …

Asking the Right Questions

November 23rd, 2018

12:49

Clandestine forces pushing you, pulling you; ever present in your life.  But it's not more knowledge that will open your eyes to their presence, it's …

A Philosophy of Light

December 7th, 2018

10:16

There is war in the night, no one knowing whom he strikes.  All depends on the philosophy of light.

Strange Ways

December 21st, 2018

11:45

Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all. Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.

ASF Special: It's a Wonderful Life

December 21st, 2018

8:13

Life is strange.  All of it.  In this special Christmas episode, we examine the life of George Bailey.

Stage-One Thinking

January 4th, 2019

10:06

A guiding light amidst the darkness.  In this episode we explore the virtue of thinking, and the folly of stage-one thinking.  Life is strange, not …

Everything Comes with a Price

January 18th, 2019

9:33

You can’t have it all. Every action, every choice you make carries a consequence.  For in life, everything comes with a price.  What prices are you paying?

The Madmen

February 1st, 2019

11:07

Reality is experienced, truth is comprehended and articulated.  Without truth we cannot talk about reality.  But the road to and through truth is …

ASF Special: Romance and The Devil

February 10th, 2019

4:07

Life is a comedy to those who think and a tragedy for those who feel. Celebrate the season of St. Valentine with Ambrose Bierce, for those who think, and Edgar Allen Poe, for those who feel.

Mind the Gap

February 15th, 2019

12:13

What can philosophy teach us about the importance of being mindful?  How can philosophy help us to understand the meaning of life?  Life, language …

Where Are You?

March 1st, 2019

10:50

Jack & Kate & Hurley & . . . Chesterton?   

Not all who wander are lost wrote J.R.R. Tolkien.  But it is also true that not all who are …

Wondrous Strange

March 15th, 2019

11:27

The philosopher seeks truth and reality.  Truth is articulated, reality is experienced.  But what if there is not a reality?  What if there are …

And Then There Were Four

March 29th, 2019

13:24

Identity, content, origin, destiny: who are you? What are you composed of? Where do you come from? Where are you going? Four questions, four …

Be Quick, But Don't Hurry

April 12th, 2019

9:06

If you can’t generalize, you can’t see patterns in life, and if you can’t see patterns in life, then you can’t be wise.  In this episode we explore the nature of wisdom.

Whence Evil?

April 26th, 2019

14:41

"Is he (God) willing to prevent evil, but not able? then he is impotent. Is he able, but not willing? then he is malevolent. Is he both able and …

Beelzebub

May 10th, 2019

13:53

What to do with evil? (Fight it? Deny it? Flee from it?) How to understand it? (Is it real, is it illusion, or is it something else entirely?) How to …

The Ring of Gyges

May 24th, 2019

12:39

Are we evil by nature?  Are we good by nature? Or does our nature, if we have a nature, lie somewhere between good and evil?

Suppose you were given a …

The Fall of Gyges

June 7th, 2019

13:17

Fame? Fortune? Frivolity?  What would you give, and what would you do, to possess these things permanently? What price would you pay?  

What if the …

Narrative and Reality

June 21st, 2019

12:55

Beware the myths, the narratives, about you; for they may enlighten our minds and sharpen our perception of the world, but they may also darken our …

ASF Special: Stranger Things - A Prequel

July 4th, 2019

13:17

Sometimes things are not what they seem. Sometimes life is strange. The realization that appearance does not always mirror reality, or that appearance does not exhaust reality is ancient, ancient yet contemporary. It …

ASF Special: A Strange Revolution

July 4th, 2019

8:12

July 4th is Independence Day in the United States. Whether you are American or not, and most of humanity is not, the story of the American revolution …

Plato's Cave, Pt. 1

July 19th, 2019

9:27

Our world is a spooky place. Consider that we live in a universe, not a diverse.  The things of the world must have something in common. What is it? Life is movement.  When you don't move, you die.  But the movement of …

Plato's Cave, Pt. 2

August 2nd, 2019

10:59

This world, this material reality before us, is like a cave.  It's not an illusion. It's real, but it is not ultimately real.  There is something …

ASF Special: The Smiths, Morrissey & Philosophy

August 16th, 2019

14:48

Season 1 is a wrap.  As we prepare for the 2nd season, we have a couple of slightly different episodes for you.  

What we’ve been trying to communicate philosophically - that life is strange, and in the strangeness we …

ASF Special: Conan the Barbarian & Philosophy

August 30th, 2019

16:07

There is a story we’re telling with our podcast.  It’s going somewhere.   We love stories, we need stories, because stories are about life.   We have used other stories to help tell our story:  The Lord of the Flies, …

Life Is Still a Pigsty

September 13th, 2019

10:37

In our thinking and in our doing we presume that life is meaningful.  We believe our decisions matters.  We believe our lives matter.  We assume …

A Horseman in the Sky

September 20th, 2019

21:43

Filled with amazement and terror by this apparition of a horseman in the sky - half believing himself the chosen scribe of some new Apocalypse, [he] was overcome by the intensity of his emotions; his legs failed him and …

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