Rank #1: 1 - Introduction
An overview of the purpose of the podcast, a brief history of Nietzsche and Thus Spoke Zarathustra, some notes on the text, and a brief introduction to Alex Drake.
Feb 05 2016
Rank #2: 4 - Zarathustra's Prologue, Part 2
Zarathustra meets his foil - how following Western/Christian thinking through to its end leads to the old holy man and his lifestyle. Alex discusses love of humanity, and the contrast between the old Western/Christian way of life, and that which Zarathustra & Nietzsche proclaim to bring to humanity.
Mar 01 2016
Rank #3: 15 - On Enjoying and Suffering the Passions
Jan 05 2017
Rank #4: 14 - On Despisers of the Body, Part 2
Sep 17 2016
Rank #5: 13 - On Despisers of the Body, Part 1
Aug 06 2016
Rank #6: 12 - On Believers In A World Behind
Jul 16 2016
Rank #7: 11 - On The Professorial Chairs Of Virtue
In this episode, Alex discusses the attitude of passionate engagement towards the things in our lives that we care about. If we take all the right steps and do all the right things, but with the wrong attitude, we will not grow, and we will not develop.
Jun 23 2016
Rank #8: 10 - On The Three Transformations
In the first chapter of the actual book, Zarathustra describes the transformations that our minds will go through in the process of mastery - the camel, the lion, and the child. With the camel, our minds are well laden with heavy responsibilities, heavy thoughts, and humility towards things we need to learn. With the lion, we kill the notion of duty to these higher imperatives, and create freedom for ourselves to be creative individuals who build upon our own personal virtues. Finally, with the child, we play and are creative with our newfound mastery. An understanding of the evolution of our mindset and perspective is CRUCIAL for understanding TSZ, and for understanding where we are in our growth process.
Jun 02 2016
Rank #9: 9 - Zarathustra's Prologue, Parts 8 9 & 10
Alex closes out the prologue with a discussion of who Nietzsche is attacking when he talks about the "Good and the Righteous" and "Believers of Right Belief" - the people in every society who are enforce and uphold "correct thinking" and "correct behaviours". Nietzsche also discusses the type of people who will be his best readers and companions, and who will enjoy the teachings of Nietzsche and Zarathustra.
May 10 2016
Rank #10: 8 - Zarathustra's Prologue, Parts 6 & 7
Reclaiming Nietzsche from the Nazis - while often cited as the philosophical justification of Nazi ideology, Alex discusses this relationship in depth, and shows that Nietzsche wasn't a genocidal maniac.
Apr 24 2016