Discourse is a matter of course for me and one of the main reasons I wanted to create a podcast that could facilitate that much needed space. Originally I was inspired by the 18th century Parisian salons and their amazing salonnières, but ended on the idea of pretentiousness. In this episode we explore what the special soup of societal conditions, governmental unrest, and gender stereotyping that led to women guiding the philosophical giants of their time and also what happened to those spaces in the modern era. We also end on the Latin phrase that I want to instill in my listeners:
aut delectare aut prodesse
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