Agnes Callard is a philosopher, writer, researcher, author, and associate professor at the University of Chicago.
Agnes Callard teaches Philosophy in Chicago, and is an author for Point Magazine. We discuss with her a couple articles from The Point in particular: Parenting and Panic, Thoughts and Prayers, and The End is Coming.   BADCHRISTIAN CONFERENCE EARLY BIRD TICKETS:   Links & Sponsors: Join Emeryland or Get VIP Tickets: code BADCHRISTIAN Tooth & Nail: Tyson Motsenbocker "Come to California" Marriage Supply
Philosopher and University of Chicago Professor Agnes Callard sits down with Eric on this episode of the portal. Agnes is a champion of the philosophical tradition of attempting to detach the capacity for inquiry and reason from the fog of feelings and societal taboos that often keep us from delving deeper into the questions that animate our lives. Agnes began this unusual back and forth by writing an article about status negotiation in first meetings shortly after the pair first met. Eric and Agnes then use the opportunity of this episode to continue this line of thought by exploring the limits of courage and meta-cognition within the examined life of a modern Philosopher. This results in a real-time exploration by two people who mutually respect each other as to whether they can actually negotiate a detached discussion in real time on the very issues of status, feeling, and taboo that may divide them and/or arise between them. As Agnes has written thoughtfully about the many layers of anger, the conversation culminates by exploring dyadic feelings of hurt and indignation with which we all struggle and suffer in our relationships. Ultimately the two finish this experimental conversation with good cheer, together with a wish to continue the discussion at a later date under continuing mutual fondness and admiration.Our SponsorsPost your job today at 20% off your first order, visit AND ENTER PROMO CODE: portalReceive 15% off your Four Sigmatic purchase go to
In this episode, Agnes Callard, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Chicago, discusses her book "Aspiration: The Agency of Becoming," which is published by Oxford University Press. Callard begins by describing the concept of aspiration and explaining why it presents a philosophical problem. She reflects on how others have addressed the problem of aspiration, and offers her own solution to the problem. She also discusses how aspiration relates to agency and choices, and how we should think about aspiration in relation to social norms and normative questions. Callard is on Twitter at @AgnesCallard.This episode was hosted by Brian L. Frye, Spears-Gilbert Associate Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky College of Law. Frye is on Twitter at @brianlfrye. See for privacy and opt-out information.
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Jan 6th, 1976
North Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
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4 hours, 55 minutes