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The Weekly Eudemon

100 EpisodesProduced by Eric ScheskeWebsite

Widely-published author, speaker, and lawyer, Eric Scheske, offers weekly commentary on a host of matters, ranging from current events to philosophy to religion.

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The Tao: Your Transcendental Router

November 14th, 2022

15:00

For the fortunate few, that router is hard-wired with fiber optic. Most of us only get a wireless connection, and a wobbly one at that.

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Voegelin's New Science of Politics Put Gnosticism Back into Our Awareness

November 7th, 2022

13:30

If you want to understand how gnosticism flourishes in our modern world, you need to understand why it developed in the ancient world.

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Solon was a Man of the Tao

October 31st, 2022

9:00

Solon opened Athens to true order: the transformative order found through the Tao.

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Why David Hume is Important

October 24th, 2022

12:00

Within 100 years, the Cartesians used impeccable logic derived from Descartes' I think there I am to reach two conclusions: there is no earthly agent of movement and there is no matter. There is only God and mind. Hume …

The First Amendment’s Separation of Church and State Goes Back to 500 BC

October 17th, 2022

Something really bizarre happened around the year 500 BC, all across Eurasia. We started to realize that we live in the metaxy: an area comprised of transcendence and immanence. These ten thinkers, from Italy to China, …

An Introduction to Eric Voegelin

October 10th, 2022

20:00

Out of this paradoxical mish-mash of empire, Fascism, Catholicism, tradition, and modernity stepped a big dose of genius. Men who became giants in …

We're All Machiavellians Now

September 26th, 2022

10:00

Before he published the Prince, Machiavelli published the seducer. Before he published a masterpiece of political philosophy, he published a comedy.

Keep Sweet and Have Sex

September 19th, 2022

12:00

A 50-year-old man had ritual sex with a 12-year-old girl while adult women assisted.

 And everyone was cool with it.

 That’s just part of the bizarre …

How Can You Cure Yourself of Modernitis?

September 12th, 2022

12:00

You're soaked in modernity. You think like a modern. It's not good. Consider doing the opposite of whatever your rationality tells you to do.

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Seven Early Symptoms of the Mental Disease “Modernitis”

September 5th, 2022

14:00

“Modernitis”: A mental disease, rarely diagnosed, marked by intuitive confidence in one’s ideas and the findings of science.

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When Western Civilization Submitted Itself to a Lobotomy

August 29th, 2022

12:30

Descartes was a philosophical surgeon who lobotomized common sense from the modern mind without most people even noticing. It helped that western civilization was thoroughly prepped and anesthetized for the procedure.

Descartes Praised Lycurgus

August 22nd, 2022

12:00

Lycurgus put the “Spartan” into Sparta.

Before Lycurgus, Sparta was like other Greek cities. Its citizens sang, celebrated love and good food, wrote poetry, and crafted fine pottery.

After Lycurgus, Sparta became grim and …

This Monk Understands David Foster Wallace

August 15th, 2022

11:30

Issue 11 of The Lamp features a review-essay about David Foster Wallace that is written by a man who is obviously conversant, not only with Wallace’s …

Jack Kerouac: The Tao on Steroids

August 8th, 2022

12:00

He sat on his mother’s couch, smoking marijuana and watching the McCarthy hearings, cheering Tail Gunner Joe. He was 32 and it was 1954. In his 20s and the 1940s, he said he’d like to join his Russian comrades and fight …

Montaigne: Godfather of 4Chan?

July 25th, 2022

12:00

Montaigne was the godfather of modern skepticism. His was a “negative skepticism,” which disturbed Descartes enough to prompt him to come up with a positive response, which in turn gave us modernity, its fierce …

71 Thoughts for Improving Your Thoughts

July 18th, 2022

14:45

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1.            The wise know they start each morning as beginners. Robin Daniels

2.            "In the intellectual order, the virtue of humility is nothing more nor less than the power of attention." …

Why Francis Bacon is a Founding Father of Modernity

July 11th, 2022

14:00

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Bacon’s books proposed a new method of inquiry.

In technical language, he proposed that we rely on induction instead of deduction.

Put a little more simply: Instead of trying to deduce truth from a priori

Top Ten Mystics of the 14th Century

July 4th, 2022

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The 1300s. Europe in the grips of economic depression, war, and natural catastrophes. Europe still experiencing the spiritual wake left by the lives of Saints Francis and Dominic. A deep concern with the …

Introducing Blaise Pascal: The First Anti-Modern?

June 27th, 2022

12:30

Rene Descartes was kind of a dick.

His famous saying, “I think, therefore I am,” is nothing less than a wholesale rejection of all authority—even …

Four Quirky Post-WWI Utopians

June 20th, 2022

10:00

World War I shook European society.

The first 15 years of the 20th century were la belle epoque—the banquet years. Society was more optimistic about its prospects than Harvey Weinstein at a cocaine-fueled casting session.

Mystical Erections, Violence, and Theft

June 13th, 2022

12:30

No, that isn’t a passage above the front door of Jeffrey Epstein’s residence on Little Saint James.

It’s a popular saying of a medieval sect known as …

Renaissance: Follow the Magic to Modernity: Follow the Science

June 6th, 2022

15:30

The Renaissance Believed in Magic Like Moderns Believe in Science

In 1598, a huge renegade friar organized a revolt to liberate Calabria from Spain.

The Black Arts Have No Nonsense About Them

May 30th, 2022

16:30

“Torture enables the torturer to capture the soul of the victim”

Mexican drug minion Adolfo de Jesus Constanzo conducted an odd mix of magical …

We Golf. Therefore, the Tao is.

May 2nd, 2022

11:30

We intuit the Tao. That’s why our active hobbies engage us.

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Thomas Aquinas: Pinnacle to Obsolescence in 200 Years and Why ItMatters

April 25th, 2022

11:00

Thomas Aquinas was an existentialist, in his own way. His existentialism was forgotten . . . to western civilization's detriment.

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Who Exactly is Trying to Take Down Joe Rogan?

February 7th, 2022

9:30

Complete show notes.

The new McCarthyism? Probably not, but still unsettling.

How to Break a Maniac

January 24th, 2022

8:00

My daughter sent this Existential Comic to me. It shows three ancient philosophers competing in the Philosophy event at the Greek Olympics: Thales, who declares everything is water. Zeno, who declares motion is …

Are You Engaged in the Act of Existence? Then You're a Man of the Tao

January 24th, 2022

My daughter runs.

She runs in the morning, she runs at night. Runs, runs, runs.

People around town see her and go, “Look at that girl! She’s a runner.”

But I know she’s more than that.

My daughter breathes. She breathes in …

Episode 90: Dostoyevsky and Flannery O'Connor Reveal Something Ironic about Our Modern World

May 2nd, 2021

15:00

In one of his last works before his masterpiece, The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky wrote The Dream of a Ridiculous Man.

The Dream

In this …

Episode 89: I Was There When Vegas Came Back

April 19th, 2021

15:00

I went to Las Vegas last week, spending four nights at the iconic Golden Nugget in downtown Las Vegas. I spent Tuesday evening walking from the …

Episode 88: American Gardening Literature

April 4th, 2021

15:00

Gardening literature is unusual. It, in the words of literature professor M.E. Bradford, mixes “practical agricultural advice and moral reflection.”

Episode 87: Devil's Feast, an Ontological Meditation on the Passion

March 28th, 2021

16:00

Before creation, nothing existed. There was no matter, no energy, no desires, no images. God then created everything. As a result, everything that …

Episode 86: 20 Books to Make You a Smarter Catholic (or Person in General)

March 14th, 2021

24:00

Joseph Epstein is the best essayist alive. He’s urbane, funny, self-deprecating. He’s a fine stylist, and he’s remarkably well-read.

I remember William F. Buckley marveling at Epstein’s erudition and wondering how …

Episode 85: The Left and the Occult

February 28th, 2021

18:00

The Occult Establishment looked at occult activity in the 20th century. It was a follow-up to Webb’s The Occult Underground, which examined the rise …

Episode 84: How to Take a Stance without Taking a Stance

February 21st, 2021

21:00

“Let me tell you about COVID, the COVID vaccine, and Bitcoin.”

If any person starts telling me about those things, I write them off.

All three of those …

Episode 83: Beyond Stoicism

February 14th, 2021

18:00

Stoicism is, at bottom, all about silencing the mind. Dispassion in the face of things that otherwise arouse passion. Resignation in the face of things that disappoint. Indifference in the face of things that raise …

Episode 82: Three Lesser-Known Figures in the Zen Tradition

February 7th, 2021

Chuang-Tzu was not a Zen practitioner. He lived about 750 years before Bodhidharma and was the second greatest philosopher of the Tao (after Lao-Tzu).

Episode 81: Did We Just See a Red Swan?

January 31st, 2021

15:00

Everything was obvious to Wall Street investors:

Brick-and-mortar businesses are failing. GameStop sells a product that is cheaper and better to buy online. GameStop is going to fail. Let’s short the crap out of its …

Episode 80: What is that Twitter Imp Up To?

January 27th, 2021

15:00

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t much bugged by Twitter deplatforming President Trump. I didn’t think it was cool, and it bothered me that a company displays …

Episode 79: The Diocletian Test

January 24th, 2021

12:30

In the fourth century, the Roman Emperor Diocletian faced a serious problem: lack of food. One of the reasons: farmers were abandoning agriculture …

Episode 78: Five Dispositions that Can Make Your Life More Productive and Happy

January 24th, 2021

30:00

The First Disposition: Love

Love is rule one. It’s the thing that ought to inform your life.

I think most everyone agrees with the wealthy Stoic …

Episode 75.5: Bonus Episode: Interview with Joe Condit

May 13th, 2020

This interview took place on April 21st and originally uploaded on April 22nd. For some reason, it has since disappeared from the RSS feed. I am re-posting it now. InspireWord is still going strong. FOCUS’ Curtis Martin …

Episode 74: Wicked Pope, Moors, Siege of Vienna

May 3rd, 2020

26:00

1492. A threefer:

Muslims tossed out of Spain
Columbus
Alexander VI starts pontificate

Okay, first the conquest of Grenada. This had been a Muslim …

Episode 73: 1400s, Florence Banking, Heroes, States Rights

April 27th, 2020

22:30

We are at the 1400s. We are going to take this segment all the way to 1491. It is the penultimate segment of this historical survey.

The Renaissance …

Episode 72: The 1300s. Black Death, 100 Years War, Dawn of the Renaissance

April 20th, 2020

24:00

First, you need to know the Crusades were over The Crusader kingdoms last for about 200 years, which is pretty impressive when you realize the sheer demographic tides they were fighting against, but by 1300, they were …

Episode 71: Peak Crusades, Peak Middle Ages, Peak Mongols

April 12th, 2020

22:00

And then came the third crusade, in 1190. This was a massive crusade of the three kings: Frederick Barbarossa, the Holy Roman Empire. There was also …

Episode 70: 1000 AD to 1200ish: Seljuk Turks, Crusades, St. Francis, Cluny

April 5th, 2020

29:30

First Segment: We cover the years 1000 to 1200. Ish. Revival of the Byzantine Empire, Saints Francis and Dominic, the Sunni Seljuk Turks, launching the Crusades.

Second Segment: Lightning Segments.

Third Segment: My Dad …

Episode 69: The Dark Ages. Charlemagne and Vikings and Magyars Too

March 29th, 2020

32:00

This period is the Dark Ages, and it’s fascinating.

Partly fascinating because of the lack of historical evidence, so much so that there is a cadre of thinkers who assert that a few hundred of these years never existed …

Episode 68: Constantine to Justinian

March 22nd, 2020

31:00

We’re at the years 313 to 622. These are probably my favorite. The meteoric rise of Christianity. The dissolution of the Roman Empire in the west. …

Episode 67: Marcus Aurelius, Pax Romana, Beginning of Christianity

March 16th, 2020

25:00

It also brought in the Pax Romana, which is why I pick 27 BC as a year to remember in order to develop an historical perspective. The Pax Romana …

Episode 66: The Death of Socrates and the Rise of Rome

March 8th, 2020

30:00

Part Three in our attempt to develop an historical sense: 399 BC to 27 BC. The Death of Socrates to the First Roman Emperor. Other topics touched …

Episode 65: Autobiographical Rumblings

March 1st, 2020

14:00

My family moved to a new house today. The future looks bright (cue Timbuk 3), but right now, things are a bit crazy. I muse here about moving, …

Episode 64: Gnostics v. Metaxy, GMO v. Non-GMO, Athens v. Sparta

February 23rd, 2020

27:00

Gnosticism matters because it has heated up lately. Heck, that’s an understatement. It was simmering in the 18th-19th centuries. It boiled in the 20th centuries. In the 21st century, it has boiled over. It’s everywhere.

Episode 63: Gnosticism: Fake Religion, Moses, Achilles/Joshua

February 16th, 2020

31:00

We’ve all heard the saying: Life’s hard. And it’s not just a saying. It’s a fact. We must constantly struggle. Pain is frequent. And when we have no pain and no struggle, we have the constant threat that both are coming …

Episode 62: Cultivating Historical Perspective: Ten Years to Form a Framework

February 9th, 2020

30:00

1300 BC: Moses leads the Israelites out of Egypt. We don’t even know if Moses existed. We sure as heck don’t know the exact date. Last week, I said “1200,” which was the consensus fifty years ago, but it appears 1300 is …

Episode 61: Psychological Disruptions and the Reformation and Alexander the Great

February 2nd, 2020

33:00

Did you know all reformers were born after the year 1480?

I’m talking about the Reformation of 1517, when Luther nailed the 95 Theses to the …

Episode 60: Thomas Sowell, Condorcet, Postmodernism, Francis de Sales

January 26th, 2020

32:00

Segment One: Thomas Sowell's A Conflict of Visions describes two conflicting visions: constrained and unconstrained. William Godwin and the Marquis …

Episode 59: Macarius the Great, Silence, Russia, Hollywood

January 19th, 2020

39:00

Another saint of the desert: St. Macarius.

Why all the saint days in January? It's cold. The desert is hot.

But January is a lot like the desert. …

Episode 58: Battle in the Desert, Anthony the Great, Limits to Reason/Logic

January 12th, 2020

42:00

Segment One: Feast Day of St. Anthony is coming up. Everything you need to know about the desert monastic movement of the 4th century.

Segment Two: Some quotes from St. Anthony and their application to today's world.

Episode 56: Libertarianism and Porn

December 24th, 2019

28:00

Discussion about how a libertarian can support a porn ban. . . and the real reason why a libertarian may not support a porn ban.

Lightning Segments; …

Episode 55: Zeno and Zen, Aquinas, Realism

December 15th, 2019

29:00

Philosophy 101: Logic and reason always fall short. There is an act of faith at the beginning of every logical endeavor . . . and it’s an act of faith that can’t be reasoned to. It’s why Zen is wrapped in absurdity and …

Episode 54: Hillsdale College, Stoner Talk, Existentialism, Rogan/Taibbi

December 8th, 2019

31:00

I lived near Hillsdale for 50 years but never stepped foot on its campus. Now that I have, I'm kicking myself for not doing so much sooner. 

I back off my philosophy advice from the previous episode. If you're going to …

Episode 53: The Monk Gardens

November 24th, 2019

39:00

Advice for a college freshman who is interested in philosophy.

Lightning Segments: Chambermaids, smiling, health care.

Wasting time and existence.

Episode 52: Lightning Segments

November 18th, 2019

41:00

Nothing but Lightning Segments.

Unusual episode today. Discussion topics veer all over the place: vodka-tonics; Portland, Maine; cobblestone streets; Starblush Ale; comedy nights; Nassim Taleb; Newport, Rhode Island.

All …

Episode 51: Copts, Kardashians, and Kanyes

November 4th, 2019

Kim Kardashian was recently baptized into the Armenian Oriental Church. So, she's a Copt. Actually, no. But she's in full communion with the Copts. I …

Episode 50: Halloween

October 28th, 2019

34:00

Why do I celebrate Halloween? Because it celebrates evil, and we need more evil in this post-modern society. I explain.

Monsters from the Id and zombies.

Lightning Segments.

Shapeshifting: A metaphysical intuition that …

Episode 49: Nature

October 21st, 2019

35:00

What does the western tradition mean when it refers to "nature"? A lot of current thinkers are ignorant on the subject.

Nature and Post-Modern Leftism.

Lightning Segments.

Nature and “The Death of Stalin”

Episode 48: Stillness

October 14th, 2019

28:00

Stillness is the Key, Ryan Holiday. Leisure, The Basis of Culture, Joseph Pieper.

Why stillness? More precisely: Why can’t we pursue stillness with a …

Episode 47: G.K. Chesterton and True Religion, LSD and the Eucharist

October 7th, 2019

32:00

G.K. Chesterton says true religion makes abstraction tangible. I flush it out here.

Lightning Segments: Flannery O'Connor, Autumn and Sports, Blank …

Episode 46: The Hiatus Last Week, More Zen and LSD, Lightning Segments

September 30th, 2019

37:00

I missed last week due to my mother's unexpected death. I discuss here a bit of her life, but not for sentimental reasons. It's a snapshot of a slice of American history.

LSD and Zen: I explore a bit more the limits of …

Episode 45: Dan Aykroyd, Podcasts and John Senior, LSD and Shifting Consciousness

September 16th, 2019

41:00

Dan Aykroyd was on The Joe Rogan Show.

Vodka, aliens, spiritualism.

John Senior from the University of Kansas was ahead of his time, as seen in the podcast universe today.

Lightning Segments.

Rogan on LSD. Me on …

Episode 44: Nietzsche

September 9th, 2019

34:00

Nietzsche and Slave Morality

Nietzsche and Detachment

Nietzsche and Zen

Lightning Segments

White Privilege II

Episode 43: White Privilege

September 2nd, 2019

30:00

Proponents of the concept of “white privilege” are exhausting. I explore the reasons.

Lightning Segments: Bill Kauffman, chamber maids, Skittles, other.

Marxism: Thanos wannabes . . . and other problems with its …

Episode 42: Authenticity

August 26th, 2019

29:00

Just two segments this week:

The importance of being authentic without trying to be authentic . . . and the unfortunate fraud in young people.

Lightning Segments: Mackinac Island, rum, weddings, and the genital clamp.

Episode 41: Small Towns and Francis Bacon

August 12th, 2019

32:00

Do you have to live in NYC or LA to make it? Nope, not any more. And it's a good idea to be rooted.

Lightning Segments: Epstein, more GKC, Prison …

Episode 40: The World of Total Work

August 5th, 2019

38:00

G.K. Chesterton: His cause of canonization has been rejected. I understand why, but the charge of anti-semitism is ridiculous. And unnecessary to …

Episode 39: The Hour

July 29th, 2019

37:00

Trump and Baltimore.

CBGBs. A horrible movie that’s worth watching.

The Hour. One hour in the morning. Focused purposelessness. Highly recommended. Tips.

Episode 38: Detachment

July 15th, 2019

29:00

Poverty, chastity, obedience: three facets of detachment. Its connection to Zen. How play let's us live an active life in the detached mode.

Episode 37: The Trappist Monastery

June 24th, 2019

24:00

I took a silent retreat at Gethsemani Abbey, the monastic home of Thomas Merton.

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