Philosophers and Places

Michel Foucault, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Immanuel Kant

In this episode, I unleash three philosophers upon you – Michel Foucault, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Immanuel Kant. I explore how their views help us make sense of our relationship to places in the world and lead a better life as a result.

The aim of this episode is to pique your interest about how philosophy can help us make sense of the places and spaces we inhabit every day and of the choices we make when it comes to the design and usage of these places.

I appreciate how thinking about these philosophers can help us form a well-rounded view about our relationship to the places we live in. They also make us aware of the factors we need to be conscious of when designing places that should fulfill us and make us happy.

Music fragments in this episode

  • “Cities” from Fear of Music (1979) – Talking Heads
  • “Are you Experienced?” from Are You Experienced (1967) – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • “Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2” from The Wall (1979) – Pink Floyd
  • “Bruce’s Philosophers Song” from Monty Python Sings (1989) – Monty Python

Show Links

Overview videos from The School of Life:

Ecce Homo by Friedrich Nietzsche

Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant

Of Other Spaces: Utopias and Heterotopias by Michel Foucault

Podcast intro music: “Mister S” by Luc Marcotte

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