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Ep. 4 - Interview with Eberhard Zangger
 
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Europos' interview with geo-archeologist Eberhard Zangger. Dr. Zangger's research on the Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean has led him to posit that the western Anatolian 'Luwian' peoples are a missing link in our understanding of the events that caused civilisational collapse during the 12th century BC. Here we discuss his hypothesis regarding the role and possible identity of the often cited 'Sea People', the historicity of Troy and the Trojan war and the modern relevance of that period, among other related topics. My gratitude to Dr. Zangger for agreeing to this interview.
Views: 677 Europos
John Milbank on the Left, the Right and the Secular
 
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Theologian, philosopher and political theorist John Milbank on the left-right political paradigm in the context of secularism and the need for a more abiding sense of human flourishing. A clip from episode 2 of Europos. Find the full episode here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NccjGOrOms
Views: 386 Europos
John Milbank on Proclus and Modernity
 
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Theologian, philosopher and political theorist John Milbank discusses the degree to which modernity has tended to subject human decision to impersonal forces and the possibility of a neo-Platonic overcoming of this tendency. A clip from episode 2 of Europos. Find the full episode here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NccjGOrOms
Views: 219 Europos
Ep. 2 - Interview with John Milbank
 
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Europos' interview with theologian, philosopher, political theorist and poet John Milbank. Professor Milbank's work on the contemporary relevance of Platonic thought, and specifically the possibility of a Proclean modernity, represents a significant vector for Europos. Here we discuss the philosophical and theological basis of political representation and much more. My sincere thanks to Professor Milbank for lending himself to this interview.
Views: 666 Europos
Eberhard Zangger on Bronze Age Politics
 
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Dr. Zangger addresses politics and prosperity in the Bronze Age Aegean, with reference to the degree of interconnection between its major cultures. Find the full episode here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49GDgBfV42Q&t=1885s
Views: 142 Europos
Ep. 5  - Interview with William Desmond
 
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An interview with philosopher William Desmond. Prof. Desmond approaches metaphysics, ethics and aesthetics from the 'between', the space encompassing distinct individual forms wherein a primal ethos or Being - which is not this or that particular entity but is in the harmony, the pattern that allows each to be what it is - might manifest. This he calls metaxology, the logos of the metaxu, a coherent understanding of the 'between'. Things reveal their individuality in relationship, so that asserting their common character does not suppress their integrity but just the opposite. My sincere thanks to Prof. Desmond for his generosity in taking the time to speak with me.
Views: 278 Europos
Eberhard Zangger on the Odyssey as Mycenaean Civil War
 
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Upon returning from his travels, Odysseus finds a court in disarray and rife with pretenders. Could Homer's epic be recalling events that took place at the close of the Bronze Age, when victorious Mycenaean kings returned from defeating their West Anatolian rivals (the Luwians) only to have to face seditious interregnum administrators? Geo-archeologist Eberhard Zangger discusses his hypothesis. Go here for the full interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49GDgBfV42Q
Views: 96 Europos
John Milbank on the real and the ideal
 
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Theologian, philosopher and political theorist John Milbank shares his sense of the ideal as the measure of reality. A clip from episode 2 of Europos. Find the full episode here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NccjGOrOms
Views: 192 Europos
Eberhard Zangger on Investigating the Luwians
 
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Prof. Zangger on our knowledge concerning the Luwians, largely derived from records at the Hittite capital of Hattusa. Find the full interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49GDgBfV42Q
Views: 84 Europos
Eberhard Zangger on the Lost History of Troy
 
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Medieval scribes seemed to have access to sources of ancient history now lost to us. Dr Zangger comments on medieval accounts of the Trojan war. Go here for the full interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49GDgBfV42Q
Views: 87 Europos
Eberhard Zangger on the Sea Peoples
 
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Were the ‘sea peoples’ who laid waste to late Bronze Age societies in the eastern Mediterranean allies of the Trojans? Dr. Zangger explores the potential role of this mysterious seafaring confederation. Find the full episode here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49GDgBfV42Q
Views: 107 Europos
John Milbank on Direct Democracy
 
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Political theory often draws inspiration from a vision of the wholly spontaneous social arrangement, a sociability entirely without the strictures of cultural specificity - a noble savagery. Here, Prof. Milbank addresses this tendency. Find the full interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NccjGOrOms
Views: 70 Europos
Eberhard Zangger on Civilisational Collapse
 
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Dr. Zangger on Bronze Age collapse as a unique type of civilisational collapse stemming from corruption and extreme concentration of knowledge (in the palace and temple). Find the full interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49GDgBfV42Q
Views: 66 Europos
Douglas Hedley on having roots
 
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Professor of Philosophy of Religion at Cambridge University Douglas Hedley discusses the importance of having roots in the particular (family, tradition) to contemplation of the universal. A clip from episode 1 of Europos. Find the full episode here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkBu_wnyZoY&t=76s
Views: 135 Europos
John Milbank on Technology and Religion
 
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Theologian, philosopher and political theorist John Milbank explores the place of technology and its proper subordination to the artistic drive and human judgement. A clip from episode 2 of Europos. Find the full episode here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NccjGOrOms
Views: 190 Europos
Douglas Hedley on the place of Theology
 
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Professor of Philosophy of Religion at Cambridge University Douglas Hedley talks about the importance of theology, specifically in the context of understanding other disciplines. A clip from episode 1 of Europos. Find the full episode here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkBu_wnyZoY
Views: 85 Europos
John Milbank on representational politics
 
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Theologian, philosopher and political theorist John Milbank on political representation, its theological correlate and the fallacy of a spontaneous public space without representatives. A clip from episode 2 of Europos. Find the full episode here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NccjGOrOms
Views: 128 Europos
Douglas Hedley on violence and Joseph de Maistre
 
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Professor of Philosophy of Religion at Cambridge University Douglas Hedley discusses violence with specific reference to Joseph de Maistre. A clip from episode 1 of Europos. Find the full episode here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkBu_wnyZoY
Views: 101 Europos
Ep. 3  - Interview with Gavin Flood on the Tantric Tradition
 
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Europos interviews Oxford University Professor of Comparative Religion and Hindu Studies, Gavin Flood. We discuss themes dealt with in his book The Tantric Body, exploring the philosophical and theological current of Tantrism, its view of the body, spiritual liberation, and political order. We also touch on Western equivalents. My sincere thanks to Professor Gavin Flood for agreeing to speak with me.
Views: 413 Europos
Douglas Hedley on interpreting Joseph de Maistre
 
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Professor of Philosophy of Religion at Cambridge University Douglas Hedley discusses Joseph de Maistre, whom he interprets as attempting to express the degree to which violence permeates reality rather than glorying in it, and as ultimately a Christian thinker asserting the eminence of love. A clip from episode 1 of Europos. Find the full episode here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkBu_wnyZoY
Views: 91 Europos
Eberhard Zangger on Trojan Descent
 
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From Caesar Augustus to Odin being claimed as sons of Troy, the theme of Trojan descent constitutes its own genre in European imagination. Dr Zangger explores its foundations. Find the full interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49GDgBfV42Q
Views: 56 Europos
Ep. 1 - Interview with Douglas Hedley
 
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Europos kicks off with an interview with Douglas Hedley, Professor of Philosophy of Religion at the University of Cambridge. We discuss themes explored in his trilogy on the religious imagination, including the Romantic tradition, the place of theology and sacrifice. My thanks to Professor Hedley for agreeing to the interview.
Views: 522 Europos
John Milbank on empire and regionalism
 
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Theologian, philosopher and political theorist John Milbank shares some thoughts on imperial structures and political centralism. Related topics are explored in our interview with Prof. Milbank, available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NccjGOrOms
Views: 86 Europos
Gavin Flood on Finding the Chakras
 
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Prof. Flood discusses the Chakras, and how in Tantrism and other traditions from the subcontinent these subtle organs are conceived of as accessible through the imagination - not entirely fixed in a physical location - yet also not arbitrary or determined by the practitioner, who must submit to a system’s prescribed method for visualising them. Thus is the Tantric body less reified but more conservative than most western approaches.
Views: 101 Europos
Gavin Flood on Shiva and the Tantric Tradition
 
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Oxford University Prof. Gavin Flood considers the reasons for Shiva's importance to the Tantric tradition. Despite the diversity of Tantrism (from Buddhist to non-Buddhist, Vasinava to Saiva, dualist to non-dualist forms), most of its lineages refer to the Supreme as 'Shiva". Prof. Flood also addresses the archetypal associations of Vishnu and Shiva in the tradition: Vishnu as patron of order and stability, Shiva as lord of energy and destruction. These may be interpreted as corresponding to Nietzsche's account of the dialectic between Apollo and Dionysus. For our full interview with Gavin Flood, follow the link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMjBEaunusk
Views: 77 Europos
Gavin Flood on Liberation through the Body
 
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A clip from our interview with Gavin Flood, Professor of Hindu Studies and Comparative Religion at Oxford University. Here, Prof. Flood discusses the body as medium for spiritual liberation in the Tantric tradition. This medium is transcended but, in a sense, retained, in that the energies that produced it are participated in by the liberated disciple. The idea of a continued participation in the energies of God (His 'Shaktis', in Tantric Saivist terms) reminds of St. Gregory Palamas' Christian theology. The full interview is upcoming.
Views: 105 Europos
Douglas Hedley on Romanticism and the Enlightenment
 
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Professor of Philosophy of Religion at Cambridge University Douglas Hedley addresses the relationship between the Romantics and the Enlightenment. A clip from episode 1 of Europos. Find the full episode here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkBu_wnyZoY&t=29s
Views: 241 Europos
Gavin Flood on Krishna and the Tantric Tradition
 
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Here, Prof. Gavin Flood of Oxford University touches on the interaction between the Bhagavad Gita and Tantric tradition. The Gita is usually considered a Vaishnava source (identifying the Supreme God as Vishnu), whereas Tantrism is most often Saivist (designating the Supreme as Shiva). Despite overlap between Tantrism's emphasis on transgression of boundaries, reflected in its preference for Shiva as a deathly god, and Krishna's self-revealing as death itself (or all-consuming time) at one point of the Gita (11:32), interaction between the two seems to have been historically scarce. For the full interview, follow the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMjBEaunusk
Views: 71 Europos
Gavin Flood on Tantric Dualism
 
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Prof. Gavin Flood summarises the relationship of devotee to God according to Tantric dualism (and specifically the major school therein, the Saiva Siddhanta). Much of what is described here applies to the non-dual Tantrism of Abhinavagupta as well. For the full interview, follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMjBEaunusk&t=130s
Views: 72 Europos
Gavin Flood on Tantric Non-Dualism
 
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Prof. Gavin Flood on the late 10th, early 11th century AD sage Abhinavagupta and his system of non-dual Saivist Tantra. This focuses on spiritual liberation as a shift in perception, a realisation rather than actual change, where the practitioner becomes aware of not being distinct from the Divine, Shiva. The full interview is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMjBEaunusk
Views: 53 Europos
Gavin Flood on the Lord, the Beast and the Bond
 
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Here Prof. Flood outlines the anatomy of Tantric initiation: the beast to which the self is bound, and the Divine to which it aspires to be united. This implies an initial phase of detachment followed by integration after which, however, the self is both at one with and distinct from God (the doctrine of difference in identity, 'bhedabheda').
Views: 56 Europos
Douglas Hedley on Sacrifice, the Sacred and the State
 
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Professor of Philosophy of Religion at Cambridge University Douglas Hedley addresses the function of sacrifice as a making sacred (sacrum facere) in politics and, specifically, in legitimising the monarch. A clip from episode 1 of Europos. Find the full episode here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkBu_wnyZoY&t=1331s
Views: 87 Europos
Introduction to Europos
 
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A short introduction to the Europos podcast, a project consisting of videos and interviews - largely of academics - concerning philosophy, theology, politics and history.
Views: 425 Europos