047: Ep43 – The Stories of Our Day 1, Game of Thrones

Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast

Photo of Dr. Shane Courtland.This forty-third episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast is a special new show format, more of a round-table discussion than usual, and with a new theme: The Stories of Our Day. In this first “Stories of Our Day” episode, we’re talking about The Game of Thrones! For this discussion, we knew that we wanted to bring Dr. Shane Courtland back on the show, given his specialty in Thomas Hobbes’s somewhat bleak philosophy, which has a lot to tell us about the harshness and quasi-realism (if you focus on human beings rather than the dragons) of Game of Thrones.

The Thinker, sitting on the iron throne, thinking about how philosophy bakes bread in the Game of Thrones.

Dr. Courtland was our guest once before, in Episode 8 of the show, on “Selfish Ethics?” Dr. Courtland is director of the Center for Free Entreprise at Western Virginia University. His recent book is titled Hobbesian Applied Ethics and Public Policy, and was released with Routledge Press in 2017.

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.


(1hr 9 mins)

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  1. They Live [movie] (1988).
  2. Zizek in “The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema” [movie] (2006).
  3. The NeverEnding Story [movie] (1984).
  4. The Dukes of Hazzard [television show] (1979-1985).
  5. Star Trek: The Next Generation [television show] (1987-1994).
  6. Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince (New York: Dover Publications, 1992).
  7. In his You Tell Me! question, Shane mentions Syrio Forel, about whom there’s a wiki page here.


You Tell Me!

For our future “You Tell Me!” segments, we posed a few questions in this episode’s round-table format:

“Is death a major theme in Game of Thrones, and if so, why?”

“Do you think that talking philosophically about Game of Thrones and the Stories of Our Day is frivolous or meaningful? Should we keep making episodes with this new theme?”

“What are the Stories of Your Day, the stories from your youth that were really formative of who you are?”

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