Ep. 0020: Esoteric vs. Exoteric
Having made it through World War I in the past four episodes, today we take a break from historical narrative-type podcasts to do something a little different.
From time to time, I want to talk about theories, concepts, and so on that have helped me to understand the world (past, present, and probably future) more clearly, and that I hope you’ll find interesting and useful too.
These will mostly be concepts from somewhere in the so-called ‘social sciences,’ which are (in addition to history) fields such as psychology, sociology, economics, political science, etc. I’ll probably also cover the occasional philosophy topic, as well.
Today I’m going to be talking about ‘Esoteric vs. Exoteric,’ two words that, despite being separated by a single word, are actually antonyms.
[BTW, forgot to mention it in the show, but one thing I try to do with the Dangerous History Podcast is to share esoteric history — the true version known only to a select view — with anyone who wants to learn it. That’s part of what makes it “Dangerous.”]
Join Prof CJ as he discusses:
- What esoteric and exoteric mean in the context of human society and institutions
- Specific examples of them in practice, including organized religion, labor unions, political parties & movements (including the Tea Party and the Progressives), governments, and wars
- Why these concepts matter and can help you see the world more clearly
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