This episode is a recording of Liberalism and Ignorance, a talk hosted in collaboration with the MIT Press, between the academic Daniel DeNicola and the journalist Edmund Fawcett.
DeNicola is the chair of philosophy at Gettysburg College and the author of Understanding Ignorance: The Surprising Impact of What We Don't Know, published by MIT Press. Edmund Fawcett is a former correspondent for The Economist and the author of Liberalism, the Life of an Idea.
In this episode, Justin E.H. Smith reads his essay Party animal: an education in individual expression and the importance of solidarity. Smith is professor of history and philosophy of science at the University of Paris – Denis Diderot. He is also the author of The Philosopher: A History in Six Types and Nature, Human Nature, and Human Difference: Race in Early Modern Philosophy. The text version of this piece is published in the Tank Party issue.
Fiona Leahy throws parties for a living. Since 2005, she has produced parties including Dita Von Teese’s wedding to Marilyn Manson, store openings, intimate dinners and lavish events for Louis Vuitton, Emilia Wickstead, Christian Louboutin and Middle Eastern royalty. Tank's Tamsin Blanchard asks Leahy about the secret to a great party.
The Party Issue: Adam Bychawski talks with the academic and author Tim Lawrence about New York nightlife during the early 1980s.
The Book Issue: The artist Sam Contis discusses her photo book Deep Springs (MACK), which centres on the remote all-male liberal arts college based in the Sierra Nevada, with Tate assistant curator Shoair Mavlian.
The Book Issue: The photographer Hellen van Meene discusses the thinking behind her Saint Uncumber-themed work and explains why the Dutch tradition is so important to her practice.
The Book Issue: The publisher Michael Mack of MACK discusses his pick of the most important books of the year, featuring Sophie Calle, Allan Sekula and Richard Mosse, among many others.
The Gossip Issue: The writer Edward Siddons discusses how gossip might open up the ways we understand LGBTQ+ history.
The Gossip Issue: Tamsin Blanchard investigates the reinvention of the world's most iconic textile, denim. Featuring Faustine Steinmetz, Kevin Youn, Mohsin Sajid and Han Ates.