Happy Mother’s Day!
This week author/Philosopher Benedict Beckeld joins NOL to discuss the parallels between modern American culture and ancient Greek or Roman history, as well as the concept of oikophobia.
Dr. Beckeld is a native of Sweden and currently resides in NYC. His Ph.D. is in Philosophy and Classics from the University of Heidelberg, Germany; he later taught those subjects while working as a professor at the American University of Paris.
AHis most recent book is Art & Aesthetics: a Promenade ab Homine (Lux Classic), featuring essays that examine, via a philosophical prism, modern art and artists, architecture, and aesthetic education. His forthcoming works are Kalahari Singing, a memoir about his 2012 experience as a volunteer teacher in Otjombinde, Namibia, living in a small village with the Herero tribe in the Kalahari Desert, as well as The Hatred of Home: A Brief Analysis of Western Oikophobia. He has published other books and articles on philosophical and socio-cultural issues, and has appeared on radio and television as an expert panelist.
In addition to writing Dr. Beckeld is a noted expert in ancient Greek and Roman culture, and European culture. Fluent in seven languages, he is a fitness enthusiast, and plays the violin. (I’m going to hold him to playing for NOL listeners next time he appears on the show.)
For more information, visit his website at www.benedictbeckeld.com