Merry Christmas, Santa’s bringing you lashings of podcast delights this year!


Daft sentences aside, this season’s greetings come in the form of two podcast episodes. The first features Jason Josephson Ananda Storm, the second is an Incite short with Joshua Ramey.

Jason Ānanda Josephson Storm received his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Stanford University in 2006 and is tenured at Williams College in their Religious Studies Department. He has three primary research areas, each which should interest regular listeners: Japanese Religions, European Intellectual History, and Theory more broadly. He has additionally been working to articulate new research models for Religious Studies in the wake of the collapse of poststructuralism as a guiding ethos in the Humanities. This translates for us as an attempt to get beyond the impasse of postmodernist thought and its antecedent, Modernity, which you know by now is part of the matrix of contemporary western Buddhism.

Jason and I discuss his book The Myth of Disenchantment: Magic, Modernity, and the Birth of the Human Sciences, from 2017, as well as his text The Invention of Religion in Japan. We delve into the role of enchantment and the myth of disenchantment, the role of enchantment in science and the fascinating indulgences of many of the great scientific thinkers in spiritualism and enchanted beliefs. We cover East & West philosophy, The Kyoto School, Metamodernism, and more.

Incite Seminars brings you a talk on Metaphysics and Money. Joshua Ramey holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Villanova University. His research is in contemporary continental philosophy, critical social theory, political economy and political theology. His first book was The Hermetic Deleuze: Philosophy and Spiritual Ordeal (2012), and his current book is Politics of Divination: Neoliberal Endgame and the Religion of Contingency (2016). He is co-translator of François Laruelle’s Non-Philosophical Mysticism for Today (2016). He has published articles on a range of thinkers and artists including Adorno, Zizek, Badiou, Hitchcock, Warhol, and Philip K. Dick.

Date: Saturday, January 19, 9am-1pm



Have a great festive season. If it all gets to much, there’s always O’Connell Coaching! Otherwise, see you in 2019!



One comment

  1. I hugely enjoyed this podcast with Jason. I was not a hundred percent concentrated on it, was doing some other things at the same time, not to mention the speed of his voice, haha. I will definitely revisit it. So many ideas flying around, and I loved the way he didn’t need to put on any kind of ‘I’m a slow, serious Buddhist who’s very mindful’ voice :p

    I’m also really pleased that you are bringing out podcasts more than once a month, Matthew, great stuff.


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