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.
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Ep. 296: Heidegger's Questions Being (Part One)
Continuing from our overview in ep. 32, we do a close reading on selections from the introduction of Martin Heidegger's Being and Time to consider Heidegger's Being in relation to Aristotle's Categories, what questioning means, and some of Heidegger's basic terms.
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Philosophy vs. Improv #33: Virtuous Garbage Director w/ Jack Newell
Bill is a sad but steadfast street sweeper. Mark has secret character traits. Filmmaker Jack C. Newell is our inaugural non-philosopher, non-improviser guest, and his film knowledge leads to us talking about ethics in terms of film tropes plus some meta-historical-reenactment.
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PEL Presents NEM#175: Richie Ramone Builds His Own Brand
Richie Reinhardt drummed for The Ramones for three albums and has released two solo albums and some singles. We discuss his new single "Not Afraid," his 2013 solo version of "I Know Better Now" from Entitled (2013), "Human Kind" by Ramones from Too Tough to Die (1984), and "I Fix This” from Cellophane (2016). Intro: "Somebody Put Something in My Drink" by Ramones from Animal Boy (1986). End song: "The Last Time" (a 2018 single). For more see richieramone.com.
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REISSUE-Ep. 32: Heidegger on Being (w/ new Intro)
Discussing Martin Heidegger's Being and Time (1927) back in 2011, mostly the intro and Ch. 1 and 2.
When philosophers try to figure out what really exists (God? matter? numbers?), Heidegger thinks they've forgotten a question that really should come first: what is it to exist? He thinks that instead of asking "What is Being?" we ask, as in a scientific context, "what is this thing?" This approach then poisons our ability to understand ourselves or the world that we as human beings actually inhabit, as opposed to the abstraction that science makes out of this.
But first, a 2022 retrospective introduction to situate this with regard to our eps. 296/297 which will revisit this text with some close reading. Get a longer version of that intro and other vintage episodes like this by becoming a PEL supporter.
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PEL Nightcap June 2022
Recorded 6/3/22. First, we re-introduce episode 32 on Heidegger's Being and Time in preparation for a two episode run doing a close reading of sections of that. So after listening to this, you can skip the first nine minutes if you then listen to the full reissue in your Apple feed.
Next, we brainstorm about what to discuss on our tentatively planned ep. 300 live-stream. What's the most famous, self-contained and entertaining work that we haven't yet covered? Reach out to us and weigh in!
PREMIUM-Ep. 295: Kant on Preventing War (Part Three)
Concluding on Kant's "Perpetual Peace," plus Jurgen Habermas' "Kant's Idea of Perpetual Peace, with the Benefit of Two Hundred Years' Hindsight."
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Love the humorous and light mood in the show. They way they adress philosophy with no high brows, as something to discuss and wonder about, not neccessarily something to awe. Truly the proper spirit.