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20 years after the publication of Vital Remnants: America’s Founding and the Western Tradition, a book that set out to help America remember her vital roots in the western tradition, Dr. Gary L. Gregg II takes up the title of Vital Remnants once more to continue the mission of serving the future by remembering, thinking about, and learning from the great thinkers of the past. Join Dr. Gregg as he guides listeners through some of the most important texts in human history. Whether you are looking for help in reaching a long abandoned reading goal and continuing your life-long learning, or looking for leadership and life lessons from something deeper than the latest self-help book, Gregg brings a quarter of a century's worth of experience teaching leadership to help you along the way. Vital Remnants from our shared past await to inspire, encourage, and teach us today just as they changed the world we have inherited.

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Jul 10, 2019

In this introductory episode of the Vital Remnants podcast, producer Connor Tracy sits down with show host Dr. Gary L. Gregg II to discuss the inspiration, overall vision, and structure of the podcast. 

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Jun 15, 2019

Target 8 Reading Recommendation: Arthur Herman, The Cave and the Light: Plato Versus Aristotle, and the Struggle for the Soul of Western Civilization (Random House, 2013)

In this bonus episode, Dr. Gary Gregg recommends a variety of books and authors for listeners to read after finishing up The Republic. Dr. Gregg...

May 15, 2019

In this episode of Vital Remnants, Dr. Gary Gregg guides listeners through the final book of The Republic. He first discusses the opening of Book X, in which Plato presents the conflict between poetry and philosophy and spends a significant amount of time criticizing the poets–Homer in particular. Once again we are...

Apr 15, 2019

After considering the other types of governments and individuals in last month’s installment, Dr. Gary Gregg takes a deeper dive into Plato’s outline of the mind and government of the tyrant. He then discusses a new image Plato provides of the human soul in book IX, and concludes by considering the idea of the...

Mar 15, 2019

Having now arrived at one of the most important sections of The Republic, Dr. Gary Gregg discusses Plato’s types of governments and how they decline from the best to the worst. Spoiler alert–democracy is certainly not the best in his view. Listeners are encouraged to consider Plato’s strong indictment of democracy...