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Seize the Moment Podcast

Apr 24, 2022

On episode 128, we welcome philosopher William Irwin to discuss his new book ‘The Meaning of Metallica’, the band’s rise to fame and why so many identified with their music, ‘Master of Puppets’ and the insidious nature of addiction, the narrator’s resentment in ‘Unforgiven’ toward others and how authenticity can become stifled by the collective, vulnerability and discovering the need for intimacy in ‘Unforgiven II’ and ‘Unforgiven III’, the fantasy and escapism of romance and drug dependence, grandiosity in dream chasing and why we often sacrifice love for the sake of empty recognition, and the significance of pride in fostering a healthy self-conception. William Irwin is Professor of Philosophy at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and is best known for originating the "philosophy and popular culture" book genre with Seinfeld and Philosophy: A Book about Everything and Nothing in 1999 and The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D'oh! of Homer in 2001. William’s latest books are Little Siddhartha (2018), God Is a Question, Not an Answer (2018), and Both/And. His newest book, out now, is called The Meaning of Metallica: Ride the Lyrics.

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