300 episodes

The Partially Examined Life is a philosophy podcast by some guys who were at one point set on doing philosophy for a living but then thought better of it. Each episode, we pick a short text and chat about it with some balance between insight and flippancy. You don't have to know any philosophy, or even to have read the text we're talking about to (mostly) follow and (hopefully) enjoy the discussion. For links to the texts we discuss and other info, check out www.partiallyexaminedlife.com.

We also feature episodes from other podcasts by our hosts to round out your partially examined life, including Pretty Much Pop (prettymuchpop.com, covering all media), Nakedly Examined Music (nakedlyexaminedmusic.com, deconstructing songs), and (sub)Text (lit, film, psychoanalysis). Learn about more network podcasts at partiallyexaminedlife.com.

The Partially Examined Life Mark Linsenmayer

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6, 194 Ratings

The Partially Examined Life is a philosophy podcast by some guys who were at one point set on doing philosophy for a living but then thought better of it. Each episode, we pick a short text and chat about it with some balance between insight and flippancy. You don't have to know any philosophy, or even to have read the text we're talking about to (mostly) follow and (hopefully) enjoy the discussion. For links to the texts we discuss and other info, check out www.partiallyexaminedlife.com.

We also feature episodes from other podcasts by our hosts to round out your partially examined life, including Pretty Much Pop (prettymuchpop.com, covering all media), Nakedly Examined Music (nakedlyexaminedmusic.com, deconstructing songs), and (sub)Text (lit, film, psychoanalysis). Learn about more network podcasts at partiallyexaminedlife.com.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
194 Ratings

194 Ratings

Greg simon ,

Great Podcast, Consistently Good Discussions on Philosophy

Edit: Updated from 4 to 5 stars, looks like that 3 month trend is over.

Old Review Below:
I do like this podcast, but my ensuing criticism is how all the PEL podcast hosts decided to become poli/sci majors with minors in sociology and race ethics in 2019. We get it, you’re liberal and this series of topics is an expression of some white guilt, or to be less cynical a new subject matter you altruistically feel you need to school us on? Either way, while you guys may have a nuanced view and probably cover the subject matter well, lately, it’s been heavy on politics and race for a philosophy podcast.

NCHN ,

Remains awesome!

This show helped me get through my Phd in education (very philosophical research area within the discipline) and remains among my top choices of podcasts!

hendrix4545 ,

Favourite podcast

I’ve been listening to PEL for over a year and I’ve never been disappointed. The conversations are always deeply insightful and provide the perfect primer for all things philosophy - I’d love to be able to articulate my thoughts as clearly as these guys

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