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The Rilkean Zoo

Casual philosophical discussion from two former grad students. We talk about literature, politics, relationships, and more.If you care to get in touch, you can contact us at therilkeanzoo[at]gmail.com.

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Ep. 61 - Hot or Not?

In this episode we discuss the category of 'attractiveness.' What social purchase does being attractive carry? Is this category something we that we should transcend, or ought we rather extend it to all persons? Main episode begins at 25:30.  If you like what you hear, find us on Patreon at patreon.com/therilkeanzoo for more content. Text: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther, "Book I, May 10th." (publisher sucks so not putting that in here) 

1hr 32mins

23 Oct 2021

Rank #1

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Ep. 60 - Shooting the Shit: Rilke All the Way

In this episode we begin with a reading from Rilke's Duino Elegies and go off on a wandering discussion of time, youthfulness, imagination, and the difficulty of facing things that are not within our control. JP concludes with a lamentation on the tragedy that is Peter Pan. If you like what you hear, find us on Patreon at patreon.com/therilkeanzoo for more content. Text: Rainer Maria Rilke, Duino Elegies and the Sonnets to Orpheus, trans. A. Poulin, Jr. (New York, NY: Mariner Books, 2005), 55.

1hr 19mins

15 Oct 2021

Rank #2

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Ep. 59 - Progress and the Primordial

In this episode we discuss technological progress and its relationship to past/ancestral knowledge. How much can we learn by stretching further back to the primordial roots of human development to solve the crises and challenges we face today? If you like what you hear, find us on Patreon at patreon.com/therilkeanzoo for more content. Text: Harvey J. Graff, Undisciplining Knowledge (Baltimore, MA: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015), 1.

1hr 13mins

8 Oct 2021

Rank #3

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Ep. 58 - Following Ritual?

In this episode we discuss Confucius's idea of ritual and think about whether ritualized behavior restricts or enhances freedom. Along the way we talk about the difference between ritual and habit and ask what rituals might be practiced in a post-capitalist society. If you like what you hear, find us on Patreon at patreon.com/therilkeanzoo for more content. Text: Stephen Tyman, A Fool's Phenomenology: Archetypes of Spiritual Evolution (Lanham, MA: UPA, 2006), para. 337.

1hr 18mins

2 Oct 2021

Rank #4

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Ep. 57 - Why Be a Radical?

In this episode we discuss what it might mean to be a political radical? The question is often posed: "What radicalized you?" But who cares about being a "radical"? Is a radical political position worth holding? If you like what you hear, find us on Patreon at patreon.com/therilkeanzoo for more content. Text: C.L.R. James, Modern Politics (Oakland, CA: PM Press, 2013), 17-18.

1hr 12mins

24 Sep 2021

Rank #5

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Ep. 56 - Back in the Saddle Again

Hello, friends! After a bit too long of a break, we are back on the mic to resume our regularly scheduled programming. We want to apologize to all of our listeners for ghosting on you like that--you didn't deserve that. We hope that you can forgive us. In this episode, Aaron and I sit down to talk about our lives over the past few months--where we were, what we've been up to, and our current process of home-building in Chicago. If you like what you hear, find us on Patreon at patreon.com/therilkeanzoo for more content. Text: Priya Parker, The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters (New York, NY: Riverhead Books, 2018), 3-4.

1hr 5mins

14 Sep 2021

Rank #6

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Ep. 55 - Spaces of Belonging?

In this episode we discuss what it means to belong to a space. What spaces are rightfully carved out for specific communities? What kinds of questions must we ask ourselves before entering a space that seems to exclude us? How do we determine whether or not we are welcome in a "safe space"? If you like what you hear, find us on Patreon at patreon.com/therilkeanzoo for more content. Text: Ecclesiastes 1:2-11 (Complete Jewish Bible)

1hr 29mins

10 Jul 2021

Rank #7

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The Clip Show

In lieu of a main episode, we've put together a special edition of the podcast this week to (belatedly) celebrate our 50th show. We've compiled 11 excerpts from our previous episodes to give you a look back at some of our best moments. Enjoy! If you like what you hear, find us on Patreon at patreon.com/therilkeanzoo for more content. Episodes included (in order of appearance): 2, 10, 19, Last Call Release from July 2020, 23, 27, 28, 30, 32, 39, and 49.

1hr 13mins

22 Jun 2021

Rank #8

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Ep. 54 - Prestige and Inequality

In this episode we discuss the social function of prestige. We esteem highly the one who comes from an elite school, gets published by an illustrious press, or has their art on exhibition at MoMA. But is our economy of prestige pernicious? Main episode begins at 17:06. If you like what you hear, find us on Patreon at patreon.com/therilkeanzoo for more content. Text: Slavoj Žižek and Boris Gunjević, God in Pain: Inversions of Apocalypse (New York: Seven Stories Press, 2012), 156-158.

1hr 15mins

9 Jun 2021

Rank #9

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Ep. 53 - Starseeds and Misanthrophy

In this episode we discuss the New Age theory/identity of 'Starseeds:' a spiritually advanced soul born on Earth to shepherd humans to a higher state of consciousness. But does this theory inadvertently suggest a broadly misanthropic worldview? Hear what we think! If you like what you hear, find us on Patreon at patreon.com/therilkeanzoo for the rest of this episode and bonus content.  Text: B.C. Franklin, "The Tulsa Race Riot and Three of Its Victims," pg. 8-10.

1hr 22mins

2 Jun 2021

Rank #10