Ralston Conversations

Ralston Conversations is a series of events, videos, and podcasts, aimed at fostering a deeper, livelier, and freer intellectual culture for us all.

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IV. Ideological Madness and Its Antidote

Are we living through an era of madness? Stephen Blackwood sits down with best-selling author Douglas Murray to discuss manifestations of madness in contemporary culture. They explore the metaphysical system sustaining present ideologies, consider the necessity of meaning and forgiveness, and move beyond to discuss the transcendent values and works of art that enlighten, and perhaps offer an antidote for, the madness of the present.

Works mentioned:

Literature: T. S. Eliot, especially The Four Quartets; Philip Larkin; C. Day-Lewis; Shakespeare
Music: Palestrina; Orlando Gibbons; Thomas Tallis, especially Spem in Alium and Lamentations of Jeremiah; Bach, BWV 622 (O Mensch); Gustav Mahler, especially Symphony No. 3; Igor Stravinsky; Olivier Messiaen; Johannes Brahms, piano; Benjamin Britten; Michael Tippett



III. Peterson – Žižek Debate

Stephen Blackwood moderates a much-anticipated discussion between Slavoj Žižek and Jordan Peterson on the topic of ‘Happiness: Marxism Vs Capitalism’.



II. Our Cultural Inflection Point

Stephen Blackwood speaks with Jordan Peterson about our cultural inflection point and higher education, as well as Solzhenitsyn, redemption, and the hunger for meaning.



I. Apprehending the Transcendent

Ralston's President, Dr Stephen Blackwood, moderates a conversation between Dr Jordan Peterson and Sir Roger Scruton at Cambridge University. The conversation touches on education, literature, religion, reciprocity, and gratitude for the inheritance of the past.