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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 Mark Linsenmayer, Wes Alwan, Seth Paskin, Dylan Casey

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 8 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. 285: Nicolas Malebranche on Knowledge (Part One)

    Ep. 285: Nicolas Malebranche on Knowledge (Part One)

    On Dialogues on Metaphysics and Religion (1688), ch. 1-4. We walk through M's rationalist (post-Descartes, pre-Leibniz) epistemology with its surprising implications for the metaphysics of causality and the role of God in nature.
    Part two of this episode is only going to be available to you if you sign up at partiallyexaminedlife.com/support or via Apple Podcasts.
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    • 53 min
    PEL Presents NEM#163: Lilli Lewis Is Not Just a Jazz-Singing Pianist

    PEL Presents NEM#163: Lilli Lewis Is Not Just a Jazz-Singing Pianist

    Lilli is also an activist, folk-rock diva, and record label exec. She's released 10 albums and 3 EPs since 2003. We discuss "Coffee Shop Girl" and listen to "Copper John" from Americana(2021), "Warm and Gentle People" from We Belong (2019), and "Song for the End of Days" from Castles of Her Crystalline (2005). Intro: "Lady" from The Coming of John (2003). Hear more at folkrockdiva.com.
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    PEL Special: Nightcap New Year's Party to Welcome 2022

    PEL Special: Nightcap New Year's Party to Welcome 2022

    Welcome to an extra special, intentionally public edition of Nightcap to catch you up on what Mark, Wes, Seth, and Dylan are all up to personally and intellectually and hash out what we want to potentially cover on the show over the next year.
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    • 51 min
    PREMIUM-Ep. 284: Mark Twain’s Philosophy of Human Nature (Part Two)

    PREMIUM-Ep. 284: Mark Twain’s Philosophy of Human Nature (Part Two)

    Continuing on "What Is Man" (1905). We work through Twain's metaphors for human nature, say what he means by "instinct," contemplate his notion of identity and why he thinks you are apparently different from your body-machine, and gauge the practical upshot of his stances.
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    • 10 min
    PEL Nightcap Late December 2021

    PEL Nightcap Late December 2021

    We announce the new Discord server and our renewed Instagram use. We talk about podcast art and how we came up with our name. We anticipate Malebranche and Roger Scruton's aesthetics. We reflect on Thanksgiving and not drinking.

    Ep. 284: Mark Twain’s Philosophy of Human Nature (Part One)

    Ep. 284: Mark Twain’s Philosophy of Human Nature (Part One)

    On "What Is Man" (1905). Twain describes a person as a machine. We have no free will and always act to win our own self-approval. This was a bleak enough picture that the essay was not printed until after Twain's death.
    Part two of this episode is only going to be available to you if you sign up at partiallyexaminedlife.com/support or via Apple Podcasts.
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    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Milaleks ,

entertaining and accessible

Fun to listen to and very accessible even to a philosophy novice like myself. the hosts keep it light even if/when discussing heavy topics and have a really good overall banter. Helps with digesting the current sociopolitical climate as well :)

petridish574 ,

OK even with the mistakes

The hosts seem to know a lot about philosophy and often talk about it in an entertaining way. However, their lack of knowledge of other things such as economics is sometimes distracting. In episode 15 about Hegel for example one of the hosts claimed that the per capita GDP of China is now higher than that of the USA (he said he had just seen the statistics) and the other hosts just accepted this absurdly false claim. Mistakes like this make you distrust the conclusions and claims they make on the podcast.

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