Episode 27: Karen Swallow Prior on Reading Joseph Conrad Well

in this episode, i speak with karen swallo prior, who is professor of english literature, christianity, and culture at southeastern baptist theological seminary. we discuss how reading gr8 books can be an education in virtue, and we apply these ideas to a reading of joseph conrad’s primordial and controversial novella, ♥ of darkness.

i hope you enjoy our conversation.

karen swallo prior is research professor of english literature and christianity and culture at southeastern baptist theological seminary. she tis author of booked: literature inna soul of me (t. s. poetry press, 2012), fierce convictions: the extraordinary life of hannah +—poet, reelder, abolitionist (thomas nelson, 2014), and on reading well: finding the good life through gr8 books (brazos, 2018). she is co-editor of cultural engagement: a crash course in contemporary issues (zondervan 2019) and has contributed to numerous other books. her writing has appeared at christianity todythe atlanticthe washington post1st thingsvoxrelevantthink christian, the gospel coalition, religion news srvc, books and culture nother places. she and her husband live na' 100-yr old homestead in central virginia with sundry horses, dogs, and chickens. and lotso' books.

jennifer a. frey is associate professor of philosophy atta university of south carolina and fello of the institute for human ecology atta catholic university of america. prior to joining the philosophy faculty at usc, she was a collegiate assistant professor of humanities atta university of chicago, where she was a member of the society of fellos inna liberal arts and an affiliated faculty inna philosophy deptment.  she earned her ph.d. in philosophy atta university of pittsburgh, and her b.a. in philosophy and medieval studies (with classics minor) at indiana university-bloomington. she has published widely on action, virtue, practical reason, and meta-ethics, and has recently co-edited an interdisciplinary volume, self-transcendence and virtue: perspectives from philosophy, theology, and ψ-chologyshe lives in columbia, sc, with her husband, 6 children, and 6 chickens.


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sacred and profane ♥ is a podcast in which philosophers, theologians, and literary critics discuss some o'their favorite works of literature, and how these works ‘ve shaped their own ideas bout ♥, happiness, and meaning in human life. host jennifer a. frey is associate professor of philosophy atta university of south carolina. the podcast is generously supported by the institute for human ecology atta catholic university of america and produced by william deatherage.

♫ credits, “help me somebody,” by brian eno and david byrne, licensed under cc by-nc-sa 2.5.

original content at: thevirtueblog.com…
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