Skip to main content
The Idea Store

The Idea Store

By Genevieve Sugrue
When I was 4 years old, my dad decided that it was time for my intro to philosophy. So he told me, "Did you know that I get all my ideas at the idea store?". This didn't sit well with me and I kept insisting "No you don't!". For the next two years, many car rides were spent talking about the idea store. It baffled my little mind but I kept trying to reason with him the best I could. At age 6 I found the solution. "You can't see and touch ideas. You can only buy things you can see and touch. Ideas are different". My dad was ecstatic. He had just taught his daughter the basics of metaphysics.
Listen on
Where to listen
Breaker Logo


Google Podcasts Logo

Google Podcasts

Pocket Casts Logo

Pocket Casts

RadioPublic Logo


Spotify Logo


Currently playing episode


The Idea Store


The Idea Store

Poetry (19th and 20th century)
Today we're talking about Dickinson, Auden, Yeats, Eliot, and more!
November 25, 2021
HUM 309 audio "Brave New World"-Huxley
"Brave New World" is one of the most impactful novels of the 20th century. This is one of my favorite formal audios so far, I hope it is for you all as well.
November 20, 2021
HUM 309 audio- James Joyce
Dr. Sugrue's lecture on "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man". We are Irish, so Joyce is both an excellent author and a source of pride.
November 11, 2021
Audience Q&A (Part 5)
Let's talk about Nihilism, addiction, the French tradition, and much more. A bit of a different style today since this audio was recorded all in one take. 
November 4, 2021
HUM 309 audio - Dostoevsky
Recording taken by a student before Dr. Sugrue retired. All episodes titled "HUM 309" are from a class he taught. We hope you enjoy!
November 1, 2021
Education is downstream from politics. Let's talk Franz Fanon and colonialism.
October 27, 2021
Foucault's "History of Sexuality"
Post-modernism and the hyper-concentrated will to power. Ideas have consequences, but at least Foucault was consistent.
October 14, 2021
Let’s talk about the man, the myth, the legend (and the terror): Friedrich Nietzsche. Usually the podcast is recorded in our living room. Since I’m at university, this episode is the audio recording of a FaceTime call between Dr. Sugrue and I.
October 6, 2021
Audience Q&A (Part 4)
Let’s talk about the necessity of religion!
September 11, 2021
Moliere’s “The Misantrope”
Comedy can be cognitive, and this play is a perfect example
September 9, 2021
Audience Q&A (Part 3)
Platonic Forms vs Universal Grammar, Hobbes vs Locke, and playing chess against Grandmaster Larsen. Please excuse any squeaking you hear later in the episode. Our dog was outside and sad to be excluded.
September 3, 2021
Audience Q&A (Part 2)
Advice on starting the intellectual life, thoughts on Nietzsche’s fascism, studying philosophy in university vs independently, and more.
August 28, 2021
Audience Q&A (Part 1)
Dr. Sugrue answers seven selected questions from listener comments
August 26, 2021
War and Peace
We should all see The Grand Canyon at least once.
August 21, 2021
Today we’re diving into 19th century British philosophy—“The greatest good for the greatest number”. It’s questionable at times, but it gets the job done
August 7, 2021
The Brothers Karamazov (Part 3, The Finale)
Ivan meets the devil, Dmitri’s falsely accused of murder, and we learn far more about the human psyche than we’d like to.
August 4, 2021
Assorted Topics
Dr. Sugrue shares his ideas in a stream-of-consciousness fashion while our dachshund sits in his lap (No barking this time)
July 28, 2021
The Brothers Karamazov (Part 2, The Grand Inquisitor)
A clip that didn’t make the cut here was Dr. Sugrue saying “In my life, I was born Ivan. For some years, my wild years, I turned into Dmitri. And now, at long last, I’m doing a very bad job of Alyosha”. I disagree that he’s doing a bad job
July 25, 2021
The Brothers Karamazov
Let’s have some fun with Russian literature and Plato
July 22, 2021
Kierkegaard (Part 2)
Dr. Sugrue comments on faith and reason
July 14, 2021
Kierkegaard's message to us? Pick a side. (Once again please excuse our dog in the background)
July 13, 2021
The Categorical Imperative
Dr. Sugrue and I sit down to talk Kant (ft. our dog)
July 9, 2021