Peter Rollins

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Podcast by Peter Rollins

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  • Jouissance

    Jouissance

    24/04/2021 Duration: 01h07min

    Coffee and Concepts is an online interactive event that takes place on the first Saturday of every month. Each session begins with the introduction of a philosophical concept that is then dissected and discussed. These morning events (depending on where in the world you are) are designed to help kick your day off with an important idea picked specifically to offer insight into how we might live well. A concept that will also connect with the work and world of pyrotheology. This C&C explores the meaning of Enjoyment in psychoanalysis.

  • A/Thesim

    A/Thesim

    10/02/2021 Duration: 01h18min

    If you'd like to join me for this year's Atheism for Lent (starts 17th Feb) visit peterrollins.com

  • Social Distortions | Ideology and the Real in America

    Social Distortions | Ideology and the Real in America

    16/01/2021 Duration: 01h02min

    The Anthropologist Lévi-Strauss famously analyzed a situation in which two groups within the same tribal community drew a map of their village in radically different ways. Their understanding of the objective village layout being directly connected to their social standing. Instead of taking a relativistic stance - with the village layout being seen as purely subjective - or taking the position that an objective mapping was possible - viewing one of the maps as more accurate, or reconciling them in a more exhaustive drawing - Lévi-Strauss argued that this phenomenon hinted at an unsymbolized antagonism in the community. One that prevented the social organization from achieving some kind of some simple, symmetrical, non-antagonistic equilibrium. However, for Lévi-Strauss, it was precisely this antagonism that simultaneously produced and maintained the very system that it distorted and threatened. In this pop-up seminar I use Lévi-Strauss’ reflections - employed by Lacan and, more recently, Žižek - as a jum

  • Against Happiness | The Category of Fools

    Against Happiness | The Category of Fools

    08/12/2020 Duration: 01h03min

    It’s very easy for us to question the possibility of experiencing a lasting happiness. Can we really find it? Is it something that we can hold onto for prolonged periods of time? The answer is likely ‘yes’. Indeed there are many who have dedicated their entire lives to cultivating it, even creating retreats and seminars designed to help others realize it. However, in psychoanalysis there is a price to pay for happiness: the fundamental compromise of your desire. The more that happiness pervades ones life, the more that individual becomes estranged from their unspeakable passion. In this way, people like Žižek refer to happiness as the category of the fool. It is the pursuit undertaken by one who would rather avoid confronting the contradictions and antagonisms that lie within them. Contenting themselves instead with a peace that is opposed to chaos, rather than a peace that is hard won via tarrying with the chaos. In this seminar I explore the chasm that lies between happiness and desire via reference t

  • Capitalism and Desire | Shielding our Eyes from the Gaze

    Capitalism and Desire | Shielding our Eyes from the Gaze

    17/10/2020 Duration: 24min

    The is an except from part three of a ten part reading group I ran on the book Capitalism and Desire by Todd McGowan. In this clip I outline the main themes from the third chapter of the text. You can find the whole course on my Patreon.

  • What Does the Miser Lose | Weil and the Non-Existent Reality of God

    What Does the Miser Lose | Weil and the Non-Existent Reality of God

    03/10/2020 Duration: 59min

    What Does the Miser Lose | Weil and the Non-Existent Reality of God by Peter Rollins

  • Social Media Rage and the Gaze (with Michael Gungor)

    Social Media Rage and the Gaze (with Michael Gungor)

    02/10/2020 Duration: 41min

    Recently I joined Michael Gungor for a conversation about themes connected to projection, the Gaze and unhealthy trends in social media. This was part of a Liturgists episode looking at Cancel Culture, which you can find on their podcast channel.

  • God as Ground or Gap | Tillich, Caputo and Žižek on the Absolute

    God as Ground or Gap | Tillich, Caputo and Žižek on the Absolute

    28/09/2020 Duration: 55min

    The work of Paul Tillich and Slavoj Zizek criss-cross in a number of fascinating ways. While Tillich rightly passes as a theist, and Zizek rightly passes as an atheist, there is an atheistic dimension in the work of the former and a theistic dimension in the work of the latter. In addition to this, Tillich’s theological vocation is profoundly philosophical, while Zizek’s philosophical project has a deeply theological core. Both draw from similar intellectual sources (German Idealism, Psychoanalysis, Marxism), both wrestle with the nature of desire (Ultimate Concern, Drive) and both offer a reading of true religion as the revelation of a type of quantum indeterminacy at the heart of reality. In this seminar, I will draw out the ways in which Tillich and Zizek orbit around a similar constellation of questions. Once we have seen how their work is complimentary in many ways, I’ll turn my attention to their differences regarding the ultimate aim of religion and the nature of salvation, or the cure. All my lectur

  • Capitalism and Desire | The Psychic Constitution of Private Space

    Capitalism and Desire | The Psychic Constitution of Private Space

    27/09/2020 Duration: 24min

    The is an except from part one of a ten part reading group I ran on the book Capitalism and Desire by Todd McGowan. In this clip I outline the main themes from the second chapter of the text. You can find the whole course on my Patreon.

  • Capitalism and Desire | The Subject of Desire and the Subject of Capitalism

    Capitalism and Desire | The Subject of Desire and the Subject of Capitalism

    19/09/2020 Duration: 18min

    The is an except from part one of a ten part reading group I ran on the book Capitalism and Desire by Todd McGowan. In this clip I outline the main themes from the first chapter of the text. You can find the whole course on my Patreon.

  • Concluding QA

    Concluding Q&A

    19/09/2020 Duration: 01h14min

    Concluding Q&A by Peter Rollins

  • Absurdo Confido | VI

    Absurdo Confido | VI

    26/07/2020 Duration: 49min

    Absurdo Confido | VI by Peter Rollins

  • Non-Membership | Part V

    Non-Membership | Part V

    19/07/2020 Duration: 01h13min

    In this penultimate seminar in my six part series on Pyrotheology, we look at the idea of a community that helps people affirm their individuality. A community that enables us to think for ourselves, take responsibility for our actions, and find freedom from the tyranny of utopia.

  • The Happy Reaper | Part IV

    The Happy Reaper | Part IV

    14/07/2020 Duration: 01h21min

    In my forth seminar from the six part Pyrotheology course, we delve into the meaning of Lack as a positive force. Here we touch on the idea of a community held together by a shared loss and how the sacred returns to us in a virtual form after its loss as a fantasmic, fictional object. Get full seminars, book studies and courses by joining up at https://pyrotheology.com

  • The Absurd Cross | Part III

    The Absurd Cross | Part III

    06/07/2020 Duration: 01h11min

    In this third seminar from my six part Pyrotheology course, I turn to the theological dimension of the loss of the Sacred Object as described in the previous seminars. Here we turn to the relationship between the Pleasure Principle and the Reality Principle, the Object of Desire and the Object Cause of Desire and the difference between Loss and Lack. Get full seminars, book studies and courses by joining up at https://pyrotheology.com

  • Secret of the Lack | Part II

    Secret of the Lack | Part II

    28/06/2020 Duration: 01h32s

    This is the second of six seminars introducing the theory and technology of Pyrotheology. In this talk, I explore the move from a sense that we are lacking some secret that would make us whole, to the the experience of lack as the secret itself.

  • The Magic Trick | Part I

    The Magic Trick | Part I

    21/06/2020 Duration: 01h17min

    This is the first of six seminars introducing the theory and technology of Pyrotheology. In this talk, I use the structure of a traditional magic trick to outline the trajectory of pyrotheology.

  • You Dont Hate Mondays, You Hate... | On Class Conflict and Displacement

    You Don't Hate Mondays, You Hate... | On Class Conflict and Displacement

    03/06/2020 Duration: 01h08min

    In this talk I outline what Marx means by Class Conflict and explore why he believed that this was the central antagonism within Capitalism. Note: In the Q&A I said that I thought that the term 'Cultural Capitalism' was used by Angela Nagle on the podcast What's Left, but that's not correct.

  • The Rock that Cant be Lifted

    The Rock that Can't be Lifted

    16/05/2020 Duration: 01h14min

    This is from a live zoom meeting from one of my Pints and Parables lockdown events. Here I talk about the difference between Desire and Demand.

  • Gabriel Marcel and the Ontological Mystery (excerpt)

    Gabriel Marcel and the Ontological Mystery (excerpt)

    02/05/2020 Duration: 12min

    This is a small excerpt from one of the reading groups I run on Patreon. In this group we tackled Gabriel Marcel's essay 'On the Ontological Mystery' over 2 ninety minute sessions. In this excerpt I did a summery of the first half of the article before we dived into the second half. To find out about future reading groups, visit https://peterrollins.com/calendar

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