The latest episode of WHY? Radio:


Human life is fleeting. We lose loved ones, our youth, and, well, everything else. What most people need more of is consolation: solace in the face of loss. On this episode, we explore the intellectual history of consolation, looking at how philosophers, artists, and even some politicians address the need for private and public comfort. From Cicero, to Abraham Lincoln, to Camus, we ask how the idea has evolved over time to be culture specific and idiosyncratic.

This month’s discussion of current events:

“What is Progress?”

Society progressing is not a foregone conclusion; it’s actually a new hope and a recent philosophical idea. And, it’s not simply a description of getting better, it’s much more complicated than that. What does progress actually mean and who was the first person to come up with it as a political goal? Join Ashley and Jack for this conversation, and a brief foray into the debate over tearing down historical monuments.

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