Ep 21 — Carl Korsnes on his Magazine Sivilisasjonen and Brentano’s Four Phases of Philosophy | The Cave of Apelles

Is there an inevitable cycle that civilization is doomed to repeat — merely reenacting the fall of Rome — or can we break free from it? The biggest hindrance to a rich culture is the rejection of empiricism. Today, you are supposed to just accept the narrative — a certain signifier of the mystic phase we are currently living in. But history shows us, again and again, that we are not doomed. Sometimes, one man is enough to turn the tide.

Our guest for the evening is a returning guest, the Norwegian philosopher and editor of Sivilisasjonen: Carl Korsnes.

Korsnes’ magazine online: https://sivilisasjonen.no

Still photo from the conversation.

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The centerpiece for this conversation was a plaster copy of an ancient greek relief.

On the shelf: (1) Portrait photo of Franz Brentano, (2) Cave of Apelles’ illustration of Brentano’s Four Phases of Philosophy, (3) View of the Agricultural Palace (2006) in Kazan, Russia

The episode was hosted by Jan-Ove Tuv and produced by Bork S. Nerdrum with assistance from Sebastian Salvo and Javier Adams.

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  • Apelles was asked why he touched and retouched his pictures with so much care, to which he replied:
    "I paint for eternity"