Mark Vernon 'Everything in philosophy is a footnote to Plato'. (And quite a lot is a footnote to Kant).
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In this episode of #TheNewAbnormal podcast, I interview Mark Vernon, a psychodynamic psychotherapist, writer and broadcaster, who has a keen interest in spirituality and the inner life. He has a PhD in ancient philosophy, as well as degrees in physics and theology. His books (which have appeared in translation around the world) cover subjects from friendship and belief, to wellbeing and love, and his latest one is 'A Secret History of Christianity'. Mark contributes to and has presented a number of radio programmes such as 'The Moral Maze' and 'In Our Time'. He teaches at The Idler Academy and also leads workshops and gives talks re: 'Ancient Greek Philosophy and How to See Spiritually'. So, as you can no doubt imagine, I found it fascinating to talk with Mark about his thinking on subjects ranging from Plato to Freud to Blake to Augustine; and on issues ranging from friendship to religion to generational angst to Pandora's Box. Along the way, we discuss the Socratic Question, his viewpoints on the Stoics, Epicureans, Skeptics and Cynics, all things ego-related, why it's hard for science to question itself and how C19 has shown the limits of statistics, along with the parables of Jesus and Buddha. And, of course, I couldn't possibly miss the chance of asking Mark what the ancient Greeks might have thought about a certain Donald Trump...