A History

of eRochefoucauld, the podcasts, and my approach to philosophy with a hammer.

In the beginning...

a bit of chaos.

It began as an idea in the fall of 2016. With encouragement from my wife, and many hours of planning with my great friend and producer, I launched my first podcast on September 15, 2017. This period could justifiably be called a period of chaos.

But we are at once a product of our times and our aims.

eRochefoucauld is a humble attempt to speak order into that chaos. To honor the ideas and stories to which we are forever indebted. To stumble forward and undoubtedly fail, fail again, and fail better.

Hosted by Evan Thomsen, this ‘podcast with a hammer’ is built upon the classics and is dedicated to the highest aim of the individual and society.

To stumble forward and undoubtedly fail, fail again, and fail better.

A podcast with a hammer?

a new approach to philosophy with a hammer...

This is unabashedly taken from Nietzsche. It is said that Nietzsche would ‘philosophize with a hammer.’ Or, to use his own words in “Twilight of the Idols” (1895):

“…There are more idols than realities in the world: that is my “evil eye” upon this world; that is also my “evil ear.” Finally to pose questions with a hammer, and sometimes to hear as a reply that famous hollow sound that can only come from bloated entrails.”

To hammer an idea is not an attempt to break it, but to test its mettle. Idols (or false Gods, pure ideology, etc.) ring hollow and without substance; while Truth sings nothing but a dull clank as our limited faculties of reason and perception find no hollowness.

Similarly, this discipline (philosophizing with a hammer), is just that – a discipline. One that requires practice and training like a muscle or any skill. Of what durability is your identity if left unquestioned? Of what utility is your morality if left untested? The unexamined life, as it were, is not very much worth living.

Of what durability is your identity if left unquestioned? Of what utility is your morality if left untested?

What's in a name?

e-Roche-fou-what?

eRochefoucauld (ee Rohsh-foo-koh) took its name from the 17th century French philosopher ‘François de la Rochefoucauld.’

The philosophical style of la Rochefoucauld was a product of his times. While inspired by his intellectual forebears, la Rochefoucauld was unconvinced in their utility in the modern world. Living in a rapidly changing society, la Rochefoucauld wanted to communicate essential truths by forming his style, method, and delivery to the environment.

People were moving so quickly and never had anytime, so his words had to be quick.

Everyone was constantly distracted by the new, so he had to earn their attention.

We were, then and now, arrogant in modernity and development, so any critique had to carry with it a softness, or invitation, in order to be received.

eRochefoucauld is a revival of this spirit. Both in response to the times, and the necessity of creative performance. Whereas instead of maxims, we have tweets. Instead of cosmopolitan salons, we have podcasts and YouTube videos.

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eRochefoucauld

Created by Evan Thomsen, eRochefoucauld is an educational platform creating podcasts, youtube videos, and more. This is an education for the true adult, and for the 21st century.

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