ThinkingWest Podcast was created with a mission to create a virtual discussion of the great books and ideas of the Western world. Hosted by Christian Bottenfield, the podcast discusses the books that form the “Western canon” in detail, but focus primarily on extracting philosophical truths from them through asking basic questions.
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Here’s the first two episodes on the
Apology of Socrates and Crito by Plato.
This inaugural episode of the ThinkingWest Podcast deep dives into Plato’s Apology of Socrates. This discussion of Plato’s Apology includes more than just a summary of the trial of Socrates, instead delving into the historical context of the times, the lives of Plato and Socrates, and (most importantly) opening up into a philosophical discussion on wisdom, living an examined life, the result of death, what virtue is, and more. The podcast is largely for audio listening, though it has a few instances where visualizations of artwork or maps are referenced.
This episode discusses Plato’s famous work Crito, the sequel to Apology. We dive into who Crito was, his relationship with Socrates, whether Socrates should have fled or not, and big questions like what is worth dying for. Whether you’ve read Crito a thousand times or never, this episode offers an important discussion drawing out the philosophy and important questions worth asking.