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Exiting The Cave

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CHANNEL ANNOUNCEMENT: Exiting The Cave Is Moving

I am no longer using Anchor.FM or any other third-party service as a platform for my content. If you want to continue with the Boethius podcast series, or any of the other things I podcast, then please go have a look at my personal blog, where I've begun hosting all my audio content. The blog: https://gmgauthier.com/post/ The podcast: https://gmgauthier.com/podcast/ This account will remain open for the next few months, but will eventually be deleted. So, save these links somewhere. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/exitingthecave/message

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2 Jan 2022

Rank #1

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Short Reads: The Consolation of Philosophy, Book 4, Chapter 3 - What Good and Evil Deserve

Lady Philosophy explains how the righteous never lack their reward, nor the wicked their punishment. We take a trip with Odysseus to the Island of the Winds, and find ourselves transformed into swine, by Cerce.  My Boethius Publication Schedule can be found here. If you'd like to get these podcasts in first-release, please visit my Locals Community page, and subscribe! Your subscription will also entitle you to participate in the curated discussion. Sign up now, to join in the discussion.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/exitingthecave/message

15mins

10 Jan 2021

Rank #2

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Short Reads: The Consolation of Philosophy, Book 4, Chapter 2 - The Evil Are Powerless

In today's episode, Lady Philosophy lays out for us, the first of four arguments attempting to defang the problem of evil, and in the process, we discover that evil people simply don't exist! My Boethius Publication Schedule can be found here. If you'd like to get these podcasts in first-release, please visit my Locals Community page, and subscribe! Your subscription will also entitle you to participate in the curated discussion. Sign up now, to join in the discussion.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/exitingthecave/message

30mins

27 Dec 2020

Rank #3

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Short Reads: The Consolation of Philosophy, Book 4, Chapter 1 - The Problem of Evil Restated

The mystery of the seeming moral confusion. Philosophy engages to make this plain, and to fulfill her former promise to the full. Boethius takes on The Gorgias. Let's see what he comes up with! Librivox version of The Gorgias can be found here. My Boethius Publication Schedule can be found here. If you'd like to get these podcasts in first-release, please visit my Locals Community page, and subscribe! Your subscription will also entitle you to participate in the curated discussion. Sign up now, to join in the discussion.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/exitingthecave/message

10mins

13 Dec 2020

Rank #4

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Short Reads: Boethius Sidebar - Who Is Lady Philosophy?

This week, we take a momentary pause from the text, to ponder the origins of Lady Philosophy. What you will discover in this podcast, is a nexus of faith, reason, religion, and philosophy, in the books of Proverbs and Wisdom, and a powerful symbol who's meaning goes far beyond the superficial anthropomorphism of philosophy in human form. I couldn't think of a good way to work in the famous passage from Acts 17, but that's hovering in the background of this, as well... If you'd like to get these podcasts in first-release, please visit my Locals Community page, and subscribe! Your subscription will also entitle you to participate in the curated discussion. Sign up now, to join in the discussion.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/exitingthecave/message

21mins

6 Dec 2020

Rank #5

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Short Reads: The Consolation of Philosophy, Book 3, Chapter 12

Boethius and Lady philosophy confront the problem of evil, and Boethius laments the slipping of the vision of the true good just out of his sight. If you'd like to get these podcasts in first-release, please visit my Locals Community page, and subscribe! Your subscription will also entitle you to participate in the curated discussion. Sign up now, to join in the discussion.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/exitingthecave/message

28mins

29 Nov 2020

Rank #6

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Short Reads: The Consolation of Philosophy, Book 3, Chapter 11

Philosophy and Boethius rehearse the final arguments for the unity of happiness, and the good, and Philosophy makes the case for The Good as the Telos of all things. The analysis of this episode includes an extended clip from Plato's Phaedo. If you'd like to get these podcasts in first-release, please visit my Locals Community page, and subscribe! Your subscription will also entitle you to participate in the curated discussion. Sign up now, to join in the discussion.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/exitingthecave/message

31mins

22 Nov 2020

Rank #7

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Short Reads: The Consolation of Philosophy, Book 3, Chapter 10

We have reached the summit, and Lady Philosophy now lays out the full case defending Divine Unity along Neo-Platonic lines of reasoning. This is going to be an intensely technical episode, but if you make it all the way to the end, I have a treat in store for you. Did you know that Boethius wrote his own music? We don't know absolutely for sure what it sounded like, but you may enjoy "Bella quis quinis", a work by Boethius himself. If you'd like to get these podcasts in first-release, please visit my Locals Community page, and subscribe! Your subscription will also entitle you to participate in the curated discussion. Sign up now, to join in the discussion.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/exitingthecave/message

39mins

15 Nov 2020

Rank #8

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Short Reads: The Consolation of Philosophy, Book 3, Chapter 9

We reach the end of the journey to the true good. Philosophy and Boethius have a brief dialogue on the false good, and turn toward the true good. Philosophy ends the dialogue with a prayer to the source of the One True Good (God).  If you'd like to get these podcasts in first-release, please visit my Locals Community page, and subscribe! Your subscription will also entitle you to participate in the curated discussion. Sign up now, to join in the discussion.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/exitingthecave/message

23mins

8 Nov 2020

Rank #9

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Short Reads: The Consolation of Philosophy, Book 3, Chapter 8

Lady Philosophy concludes her case against false happiness with a brief bullet-point recap, and a verse to remind us not to spend our lives looking for things where they cannot be found. If you'd like to get these podcasts in first-release, please visit my Locals Community page, and subscribe! Your subscription will also entitle you to participate in the curated discussion. Sign up now, to join in the discussion.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/exitingthecave/message

9mins

1 Nov 2020

Rank #10