DiscoverThe Portal23: Agnes Callard - Courage, Meta-cognitive detachment and their limits
23: Agnes Callard - Courage, Meta-cognitive detachment and their limits

23: Agnes Callard - Courage, Meta-cognitive detachment and their limits

Update: 2020-02-2420
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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.


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Comments (7)

Renato Perez de Castro

If someone (like me) is looking around for the article Agnes wrote after her first meeting with Eric, here it goes: https://thepointmag.com/examined-life/who-wants-to-play-the-status-game-agnes-callard/

Mar 7th
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Cody Cook

This podcast guest is brought to you by Adderall.

Mar 6th
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T Pace

Best commercial ever! Laughed so hard. If I didn't already, I'd want to start using Four Sigmatic's stuff. Great conversation. I'm continually exposed to ideas and issues that had never ocurred to me before. Challenging stuff. Gives me lot to think about while working at my brain numbing job.

Feb 28th
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Keller Dellinger

Eric getting HEATED at the end

Feb 28th
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Adam Cook

Really, if you can bear to hear it, this episode bears witmess to the power of a full-length conversation and its ability to bring to our attention to the vacuousness of the Department of Philosophy.

Feb 24th
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23: Agnes Callard - Courage, Meta-cognitive detachment and their limits

23: Agnes Callard - Courage, Meta-cognitive detachment and their limits