MINISTRY OF IDEAS IS
A PODCAST ABOUT THE IDEAS
THAT SHAPE OUR WORLD.
Introducing Ministry of Ideas
Ministry of Ideas is a podcast devoted to exploring the philosophy, history and ideas of our world.
Contemporary diet culture is only the latest manifestation of a long history of religious fervor about food.
We shouldn’t be dismissive of the popularity of children’s literature among adults, as it is often in these works of fiction that powerful themes such as death, love, and virtue are most deeply and imaginatively explored.
Cannibalism has been used for centuries to define the lowest form of humanity, but the story isn't as straightforward as it may seem. Turns out, there may be a logic - or even a love - to eating people.
EPISODE 14: Capitalist Cosmology
What options are available for resisting the intrusion of market logic into our very self-identities?
EPISODE 15: PROGRESSIVE SOULS
Religious people have played an important role in progressive politics in the US for its entire history. Contemporary leftists should look to build bridges and include religious voices in the pursuit of a more just and sustainable society.
- Ann Braude,Director of the Women's Studies in Religion Program at Harvard Divinity School
- Elizabeth Bruenig, Washington Post columnist
- EJ Dionne, Washington Post columnist and Professor at Georgetown University
- Dan McKanan, Professor at Harvard Divinity School
- Simran Jeet Singh, Professor of Religion at Trinity University
EPISODE 16: SPIRITUAL MACHINES
Every culture has had a teleological vision that gives purpose and meaning to our lives, but is the transhumanist vision the one we want?
- Calvin Mercer, Professor of Philosophy at Eastern Carolina University
- Meghan O’Gieblyn, writer
- Blaire Ostler, President of The Mormon Transhumanist Association
EPISODE 17: TOMORROW, TODAY
World’s fairs were created to celebrate industry, technology, imperialism, western supremacy, and progress; but they also led to unexpected critiques and movements that challenged those very purposes.
EPISODE 18: MORAL LUCK
We judge people for what they intentionally do, not for what happens by accident. But it turns out that there are reasons why luck often impacts our moral judgments—and reasons why we should let it.
EPISODE 19: DEmocratic Deficit
What is behind the contemporary struggle of global democracy?
EPISODE 20: NOTHING MATTERS
Between the Buddhist doctrine of ‘emptiness,’ the Jewish idea of Ayin, and the quantum mechanical zero-point energy of a vacuum, it turns out there’s quite a lot to be said about Nothing.
The way we think about history can affect our belief that we can change it.
Who gets to define generational cohorts and do they obscure more than illuminate?
Efficiency has moved from a technique for measuring machines to a widely held moral value. But at what cost?
Understanding race in America requires understanding its relationship to class.
16th-century glass mirrors and 21st-century camera phones actually share a lot in common; they both are technologies that shaped new forms of the self.
What does it mean to be a citizen in America in 2017?
The decline of organized religion in the West has opened up new paths for individuals to pursue what once was once understood to be salvation.
Total faith in meritocracy leads to the dangerous belief that all social winners and losers are wholly deserving. Instead, we need an economy of grace.
- Victor Tan Chen, assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University and author of Cut Loose: Jobless and Hopeless in an Unfair Economy
- Thomas Frank, author of What’s the Matter with Kansas? and Listen, Liberal
Trust in government, media, organized religion, businesses and even democracy is at historic lows. But what if the answer to declining faith in institutions isn’t more hope, but more cynicism?
- Sharon Stanley, Professor of Political Science at the University of Memphis and the author of The French Enlightenment and the Emergence of Modern Cynicism.
- David Mazella, Professor of English at the University of Houston and the author of The Making of Modern Cynicism