In which my brother and I tumble down the rabbit hole of the perennial relation between good beer and good philosophy—and get sidetracked by postmodernism. So, what is postmodernism, why does it matter, and why does it seem to be hijacking our politics and culture?
My brother Evan Meffert and I have been having mind-bending conversations about religion, politics, art and meaning since we were in our teens. And this one is no exception.
Evan spent eight years as an operational engineer at Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and moved to Berlin in October to participate in the graduate-level Certified Brewmaster Course at VLB Berlin. VLB Berlin is an international organization that provides research, training, education and service for the brewing industry.
Evan is also a blogger, avid mountain biker and passionate student of philosophy and political science. You can follow his adventures in Berlin and beyond at tmeffert on Instagram or check out his blog at evanmeffert.wordpress.com.
Over the course of our hour together, Evan and I got into the origins of his love of brewing, his favorite philosophers, postmodernism, weird art trends and quite a bit more—beer and philosophy being inextricably linked throughout the ages.
You can listen to the episode below, or at the links provided. Cheers!
People, resources and links from this episode
- Hostages (Georgian film)
- Immanuel Kant (reason is the source of morality, the ends don’t justify the means)
- Søren Kierkegaard (concrete human reality over abstract thinking the importance of personal choice and commitment)
- Friedrich Nietzsche (the “death of God” and the profound crisis of nihilism)
- Bell’s beer and brewery
- The Certified Brewmaster Course at VLB Berlin
- Dr. Jordan Peterson (political correctness, postmodernism, and the architecture of belief)