300 episodes

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), and (sub)Text (lit, film, psychoanalysis). Learn about more network podcasts at partiallyexaminedlife.com.

The Partially Examined Life Philosophy Podcast Mark Linsenmayer

    • Philosophy
    • 4.8, 19 Ratings

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), and (sub)Text (lit, film, psychoanalysis). Learn about more network podcasts at partiallyexaminedlife.com.

    Ep. 249: Dewey on Education and Thought (Part Two)

    Ep. 249: Dewey on Education and Thought (Part Two)

    Continuing on John Dewey's Democracy and Education (1916) ch. 1, 2, 4, and 24 with guest Jonathan Haber.
    How is education different than mere conditioning, and how does it relate to habits and growth? We discuss how much of what Dewey recommends lines up with liberal education and multiculturalism. Also, can education change taste?
    Start with part one, or get the full, ad-free Citizen Edition, which will also get you our PEL Nightcaps.
    End song: "Too Far to Turn Around" by The Ides of March; Jim Peterik appears on Nakedly Examined Music #126.
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Ep. 249: Dewey on Education and Thought (Part One)

    Ep. 249: Dewey on Education and Thought (Part One)

    On John Dewey's How We Think (1910) ch. 1 and Democracy and Education (1916) ch. 1, 2, 4, and 24.
    What model of human nature should serve as the basis for education policy? Dewey sees learning as growth, and the point of education as to enable indefinite growth. With guest Jonathan Haber.
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    • 52 min
    PEL Presents PMP#54: The Genius(?) of Rick and Morty

    PEL Presents PMP#54: The Genius(?) of Rick and Morty

    Mark, Erica, and Brian address critically acclaimed Adult Swim show. What kind of humor is it? Can we take the sci-fi and family drama elements seriously? How smart are the show and its fans? Is Rick a super hero, or Dr. Who? What will this serialized sit-com look like in longevity?
    For more, visit prettymuchpop.com. Hear bonus content for this episode at patreon.com/prettymuchpop.

    • 47 min
    Ep. 248: Racism and Policing (Al-Saji, Merleau-Ponty, et al) (Part Two)

    Ep. 248: Racism and Policing (Al-Saji, Merleau-Ponty, et al) (Part Two)

    Continuing on Alia Al-Saji’s “A Phenomenology of Hesitation” (2014) and other things with guest Phil Hopkins. 
    Can we restructure our (and the police's) reactions and live with each other? We further explore the psychology of habit and Al-Saji's notion of hesitation. How does it compare to other types of heistation recommended by philosophies and religions?
    Start with part one, or get the full, ad-free Citizen Edition. Includes a preview of our Citizen Hang.
    End song: "Every Man's Burden" by Dusty Wright, as interviewed on Nakedly Examined Music #89.
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    PEL Presents PMP#53: The Hamilton Phenomenon w/ Sam Simahk

    PEL Presents PMP#53: The Hamilton Phenomenon w/ Sam Simahk

    Erica, Mark, and Brian are joined by Broadway actor Sam to discuss this unique convergence of musical theater, rap, and historical drama.
    Does Hamilton deserve its accolades? We cover the re-emergence of stage music as pop music, live vs. filmed vs. film-adapted musicals, creators starring in their shows, race-inclusive casting, and the politics surrounding the show.
    For more, visit prettymuchpop.com. Hear bonus content for this episode at patreon.com/prettymuchpop.

    • 52 min
    Ep. 248: Racism and Policing (Al-Saji, Merleau-Ponty, et al) (Part One)

    Ep. 248: Racism and Policing (Al-Saji, Merleau-Ponty, et al) (Part One)

    On Alia Al-Saji’s “A Phenomenology of Hesitation” (2014), bits of Maurice Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of Perception (1945), and Linda Martín Alcoff’s Visible Identities (2006), plus Alex Vitale's The End of Policing (2017).
    Is there sub-conscious racism, and how might we root it out and fix our policing problems? Ex-cop Phil Hopkins joins to look at how phenomenology can help.
    Don't wait for part two, get the full, ad-free Citizen Edition now. Please support PEL!
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    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

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19 Ratings

19 Ratings

Lars Andreassen ,

Funny & stimulating

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.

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