I was a little disappointed in this podcast. I did appreciate the respect between the two participants but I did not feel like either one did a particularly good job of engaging the other person’s ideas. However you do get to see the ideas that each person is putting forward and so I do think it is still worth a listen.
In the 5th episode of The Big Conversation, Justin is joined by atheist guest Daniel Dennett and Christian guest Keith Ward. Daniel C Dennett is Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University, USA and a leading naturalist voice in the philosophy of mind. Keith Ward is a British philosopher and former Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford University as well as being an ordained priest in the Church of England..
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NPR reports that Robert M Pirsig, the author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintanence and Lila: An Inquiry into Morals has died at age 88.
Zen was eye opening and life changing, each time I read it. Lila felt like a work of obligation. While Lila had moments where the third person was used more powerfully than I had ever encountered it before, on the whole I found to book maddening. The quickest way to describe it is the difference between Socrates and Plato. In fact I would Liken Zen to the Apology and Lila to the Republic in regard to their approach to establishing ideas. I was over 10% younger than I am now when I read it and think I might take a gentler view should I read it again.
He was the first person to introduce me to the non-rational foundations of our value systems, every single one. I am grateful for this.
I hope he found the Quality he was looking for.
Rest In Peace Mr. Pirsig.