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The Partially Examined Life is a 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), Philosophy vs. Improv (philosophyimprov.com, fun with performance skills and philosophical ideas), and (sub)Text (subtextpodcast.com, looking deeply at lit and film). Learn about more network podcasts at partiallyexaminedlife.com.

The Partially Examined Life Philosophy Podcast Partially Examined Life

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 255 Ratings

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The Partially Examined Life is a 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), Philosophy vs. Improv (philosophyimprov.com, fun with performance skills and philosophical ideas), and (sub)Text (subtextpodcast.com, looking deeply at lit and film). Learn about more network podcasts at partiallyexaminedlife.com.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Ep. 343: Plotinus the Neo-Platonist (Part Two)

    Ep. 343: Plotinus the Neo-Platonist (Part Two)

    Continuing with guest Chris Sunami, mostly discussing "The Good or The One," though we start off by completing "The Descent of the Soul" about why there is something rather than nothing, given that materiality is so undesirable compared to The One.
    Get more at partiallyexaminedlife.com. Visit partiallyexaminedlife.com/support to get ad-free episodes and tons of bonus discussion, including a supporter-exclusive part three coming out this week.
    Sponsor: Check out the Subtitle podcast at subtitlepod.com.
    Learn about our new book at partiallyexaminedlife.com/book.

    • 50 min
    PEL Presents NEM#217: Richard Thompson's Moments in Time

    PEL Presents NEM#217: Richard Thompson's Moments in Time

    Richard started as guitarist in the folk-rock staple Fairport Convention in 1967 but left in 1970 after five albums. He then recorded his debut solo album, six as Richard and Linda Thompson, and has since recorded 20 more solo albums of lyrically inventive, stylistically varied tunes that nearly always feature very skilled guitar work.
    We discuss "Freeze," the first single from his new album Ship to Shore, "The Ghost of You Walks" from You? Me? Us? (1996), and "Don't Take It Lying Down" from Still/Variations EP (2015). End song: "When I Get to the Border" by Richard and Linda Thompson from I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight (1974). Intro: "1952 Vincent Black Lightning" from Rumor and Sigh (1991). More at richardthompson-music.com.
    Hear more Nakedly Examined Music. Support us on Patreon.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Ep. 343: Plotinus the Neo-Platonist (Part One)

    Ep. 343: Plotinus the Neo-Platonist (Part One)

    On selections from the Enneads (270 C.E.), as presented by Elmer O'Brien as the first four essays in The Essential Plotinus: "Beauty," "The Intelligence, Ideas and Being," "The Descent of the Soul," and "The Good or The One." Featuring Mark, Wes, Dylan, Seth, and guest Chris Sunami.
    Get more at partiallyexaminedlife.com. Visit partiallyexaminedlife.com/support to get ad-free episodes and tons of bonus discussion.
    If you like our show, check out the Fearvana podcast.
    Learn about our new book at partiallyexaminedlife.com/book (which Chris edited).

    • 39 min
    PEL Presents PvI#76: Hello, Larry w/ Lawrence Ware

    PEL Presents PvI#76: Hello, Larry w/ Lawrence Ware

    The philosopher and entertainment journalist direct from Mark's Pretty Much Pop podcast joins PvI for an hour of merriment. We talk parenthood, philosophy of race, the RULES of improv (or the singular answer to a philosophy question), old 9th graders, one black Peggy, using racy improv in a classroom setting, and more.
    Mark philosophizes at partiallyexaminedlife.com. Bill improvises (and teaches) at chicagoimprovstudio.com.
    Hear more at philosophyimprov.com. Support the podcast to get all our post-game discussions, a video version of the podcast, and other bonus stuff.

    • 57 min
    Ep. 342: Zhuangzi on Knowledge and Virtue (Part Two)

    Ep. 342: Zhuangzi on Knowledge and Virtue (Part Two)

    We're concluding our treatment of the Daoist sage, focusing on the relation between metaphysics and ethics. Is a "wu wei" (non-action) philosophy compatible with fighting for justice? Does it even necessitate kindness?
    Get more at partiallyexaminedlife.com. Visit partiallyexaminedlife.com/support to get ad-free episodes and tons of bonus discussion.
    Sponsor: Get a $1/month e-commerce trial at shopify.com/pel.
    Information on our book is available at partiallyexaminedlife.com/book.
    Listen to Mark's new band, including the ending song to this episode, "I Insist," at marklint.bandcamp.com.

    • 43 min
    PEL Presents PMP#174: Fallout Plays Post-Apocalyptic

    PEL Presents PMP#174: Fallout Plays Post-Apocalyptic

    Mark, Lawrence, Sarahlyn and Al discuss the new Amazon TV show based on on the video game series that launched in 1997. How does one best adapt a sandbox game? How dark is too dark for comedy? We talk world-building and exposition dumps, narrative structure and character revelation, and morality in a ruined world.
    For more, visit prettymuchpop.com. Hear bonus content at patreon.com/prettymuchpop or by subscribing via Apple Podcasts to the Mark Lintertainment Channel.

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
255 Ratings

255 Ratings

Liberal Studies Student ,

Deeply insightful, nourishing for the soul

I’ve been listening to this podcast for over a year now and almost always manage to gain something special from these discussions. What a meaningful contribution to society! Thank you for sharing your knowledge of the highest knowledge in the way that you do.

Peachy🍑Jess ,

Very much needed

I love the format that permits a lot of people to talk about a single subject and each person bringing their own ideas into the conversation. I listened to the totalitarianism episode and it was very enlightening!
Love from montreal xx

JustinBurkett ,

Great show- but no free

Knowledge should be free 😌

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