Episode 1 - Interview with Ryan McDermott

The first episode of the podcast is based on Ryan McDermott’s session at the summer school in 2018, and a follow-up interview we conducted with him afterwards. Ryan is a professor of medieval and reformation English literature at the University of Pittsburgh, and one of the originators of the Genealogies of Modernity project as a whole. We discuss with Ryan the many and varied senses that genealogy has as a term and methodology in the humanities, before looking at some particular examples of genealogical thinking which he has found important in his own work.

Works assigned in the GoM summer school:

Foucault, Michel, Donald F. Bouchard, and Sherry Simon. Language, Counter-Memory, Practice: Selected Essays and Interviews. Ithaca, NY: Cornell Univ. Press, n.d.

Gregory, Brad S. The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society. Cambridge, MA, and London, England: The Belknap Press of Havard University Press, 2015.

Mannheim, Karl. “The Problem of Generations (1928).” Theories of Ethnicity, 1996, 109–55. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-349-24984-8_9.

Pinker, Steven. Enlightenment Now: the Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress. New York: Viking, 2018.

Scott, David. “The Temporality of Generations: Dialogue, Tradition, Criticism.” New Literary History 45, no. 2 (2014): 157–81. https://doi.org/10.1353/nlh.2014.0017.

Biblical sources:

Genesis 10:1-32, Matthew 1:1, & Luke 3:23-38

Works mentioned in the GOM podcast:

Blumenberg, Hans, and Robert M. Wallace. The Legitimacy of the Modern Age. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2006.

Carroll, Stuart. “Thinking With Violence.” History and Theory 56, no. 4 (2017): 23–43. https://doi.org/10.1111/hith.12036.

Edelstein, Dan. The Enlightenment: A Genealogy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010.

Evola, Julius, and Guido Stucco. Revolt Against the Modern World. Rochester (Vermont): Inner Traditions International, 1995.

Flanagan, Kieran, and John Milbank. “Theology and Social Theory beyond Secular Reason.” The British Journal of Sociology 44, no. 2, 1993.

Isidorus, and Stephen A. Barney. The Etymologies of Isidore of Seville. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2011.

MacIntyre, Alasdair C. Three Rival Versions of Moral Enquiry: Encyclopaedia, Genealogy, and Tradition: Being Gifford Lectures Delivered in the University of Edinburgh in 1988. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2014.

McDermott, Ryan. Tropologies: Ethics and Invention in England, c. 1350-1600. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2016.

Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm, and Ian Johnston. On the Use and Abuse of History for Life. Arlington, VA: Richer Resources Publications, 2010.

Pinckaers, Servais, John Berkman, and Craig Steven Titus. The Pinckaers Reader Renewing Thomistic Moral Theology. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2005.

Spinoza, Benedictus de, Jonathan I. Israel, and Michael J. Silverthorne. Theological-Political Treatise. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Williams, Bernard. Truth & Truthfulness: an Essay in Genealogy. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2004.