038: Ep34 – Saving American Culture in a Yurt

Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast

This thirty-fourth episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast features an interview with Drs. Randall Auxier and John Shook, talking with co-hosts Eric Weber and Anthony Cashio about the institute that they and Dr. Larry Hickman (not present in this interview) co-founded, the American Institute for Philosophical and Cultural Thought.

Drs. John Shook (left) and Randy Auxier (right)

Photo by Ryan Michalesko (@photosbylesko)

Dr. Auxier is the author of Metaphysical Grafiti: Deep Cuts in the History of Rock and The Quantum of Explanation, with Gary Herstein, as well as of numerous articles in the philosophy of culture, history of philosophy, philosophy of science, and metaphysics. He’s also been the editor of numerous volumes in the Library of Living Philosophers series.

Dr. John Robert Shook is also a prolific scholar, who has additionally edited several journals and books. John is the author of The God Debates, and Dewey’s Social Philosophy, among many other works. John was on the show early on, in episode 3, “All Shook Up about World War III.”

Listen for our “You Tell Me!” questions and for some jokes in one of our concluding segments, called “Philosophunnies.” Reach out to us on Facebook @PhilosophyBakesBread and on Twitter @PhilosophyBB; email us at philosophybakesbread@gmail.com; or call and record a voicemail that we play on the show, at 859.257.1849. Philosophy Bakes Bread is a production of the Society of Philosophers in America (SOPHIA). Check us out online at PhilosophyBakesBread.com and check out SOPHIA at PhilosophersInAmerica.com.


(1 hr 8 mins)

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  1. American Institute for Philosophical and Cultural Thought, AmericanPhilosophy.net.
  2. In this episode, Eric Weber mentions that people from 67 countries have downloaded episodes of Philosophy Bakes Bread. That was true at the time of recording this episode. As of the release of this episode in our podcast that number has risen to 79.



You Tell Me!

For our future “You Tell Me!” segments, Drs. Shook and Auxier proposed the following question in this episode, for which we invite your feedback:

  1. “What do you think we ought to be trying to do to make America better? What do we need to be doing that we could be doing better?
  2. “Are you content to ride the crest of a high civilization and do nothing whatsoever to pass that wave on to the next generation and the generation after that?”

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