Southern Wonder Apr 19th: American Philosophy with Dr. Phillip McReynolds

Dr. Phillip McReynolds“Who dares think a nation? What is the status of philosophy in a nation founded by philosophers? What are the risks of practicing philosophy in America? Does America have a “native” philosophy?”

These are questions that Dr. Phillip McReynolds, professor of philosophy at UNCC, set out to answer with his documentary project American Philosopher. In it, he interviews prominent American philosophers about what it means to practice philosophy in America today.

This is also the subject of his most recent book, The American Philosopher:

“With interviews that are both philosophical and biographical in nature, this book will be of interest to those who specialize in pragmatism and the history of American philosophy, academics in fields such as comparative literature, history, political science, sociology, and American studies, and to anyone with an interest in “America” as an idea.”

Dr. McReynolds also produces videos on topics of philosophy for his YouTube channel, and you can follow him on Twitter @americanphil. His current work focuses on the area of post-humanism, and he’s also published material on “the philosophy of technology, philosophy and film, and other topics in a pragmatist vein.

On Wednesday, April 19th, at 6:00pm, Southern Wonder host Allison Braden will sit down with Dr. McReynolds to talk about his work conducting these interviews and the research for his book as what he’s learned about the nature of philosophy in America. Expect a conversation that will range from the founding of the country to the present and will incorporate history, culture, and philosophy.

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Southern Wonder Apr 5th: Sex and Religion with Dr. Kent Brintnall

UNCC Professor Kent Brintnall teaching in front of a blackboardIt’s generally understood that conversations of sex and religion are to be avoided in polite society. Everyone in the world comes to both of these topics with a different understanding and personal experience that can make it challenging to find commonality and easy to find points of bitter contention. Dr. Kent Brintnall, professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina Charlotte (UNCC) and director of the graduate certificate program in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, has made a career studying the intersection between these two topics.

How have the world’s major religions influenced our conception of the body? What do the world’s major religious traditions have to say about desire, deviance, and eroticism? How do these views challenge or conform to commonly held ideas about how sex and religion interface with each other? Religion as a spiritual concern has often had a fraught relationship with the body. Why?

Dr. Brintnall is bringing his extensive expertise to these questions on Southern Wonder, airing LIVE on Charlotte Community Radio, April 5th at 6:00pmEST. Specifically, I am interested in how religious, erotic and aesthetic experiences and practices foster a disruption of the subject’s coherence in a way that can respond to, and perhaps prevent, various forms of cultural violence.

He’s the author of Ecce Homo: The Male-Body-in-Pain as Redemptive Figure and co-edited a collection of essays entitled Negative Ecstasies: Georges Bataille and the Study of Religion, the North American editor for Theology and Sexuality, and he’s also working on two other monographs, tentatively entitled Constraining Violence: The Tragic Politics of Queer Theory and Formalizing Desire: Mysticism, Pornography, Subjectivity. Dr. Brintnall has also written for the general public on such topics as North Carolina’s House Bill 2 and marriage equality.

Got questions? Use the Mixlr app while listening to another engaging conversation on Southern Wonder.

Image for Southern Wonder ShowSouthern Wonder, hosted by Allison Braden airs LIVE every Wednesday from 6:00pm to 7:00pm, celebrating open-mindedness and the spirit of asking why via CharlotteCommunityRadio.org, CLTCRadio.org or Mixlr.com/CLTCRadio where you can chat with our hosts and guests alike. Keep up with all things Southern Wonder on Twitter and Facebook.

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