On this episode of the First Things Podcast:
Editor Rusty Reno discusses Philip Rieff’s The Triumph of the Therapeutic: The Uses of Faith after Freud. Published in 1966 and still fresh today, Rieff’s book (we particularly recommend the introduction) is the original and best critique of our therapeutic culture.
1:30 Rieff the man
7:40 Rieff’s theory of culture
11:51 Rieff’s employment by the National Council of Churches (!)
15:19 The violence of analytic thinking
18:14 How and when will our therapeutic culture end?
Senior editor Mark Bauerlein and associate editor Julia Yost discuss the 2016 season in college football.
23:00 History and tradition in college football
33:58 ESPN, the evil empire
40:34 Nike, the other evil empire
44:45 Big Data vs. results on the field