164 episodes

Why Theory brings continental philosophy and psychoanalytic theory together to examine cultural phenomena.

Why Theory Todd McGowan & Ryan Engley

    • TV & Film
    • 4.8 • 77 Ratings

Why Theory brings continental philosophy and psychoanalytic theory together to examine cultural phenomena.

    Seminar 11

    Seminar 11

    Ryan and Todd unpack Jacques Lacan's most well-known seminar--Seminar XI: The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis. In doing so, they focus on Lacan's own exclusion as a starting point and then delve into two concepts that Lacan does not list among the fundamental ones--subjectivity and the objet a.

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Seminar 7

    Seminar 7

    Ryan and Todd analyze the complexity of Jacques Lacan's Seminar VII: The Ethics of Psychoanalysis. They discuss the various notions that appear there--from das Ding to sublimation to death drive to the ethics of desire.

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Critique Of Pure Reason -- Introduction

    Critique Of Pure Reason -- Introduction

    Ryan and Todd continue their exploration of Immanuel Kant's Critique of Pure Reason with the Introduction. They discuss the importance of his critique of dogmatic metaphysics and the incredible discovery of the synthetic a priori judgment.

    Ryan's sports article: https://link.springer.com/journal/41282/online-first

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Blue Velvet

    Blue Velvet

    Ryan and Todd interpret David Lynch's Blue Velvet by paying special attention to the Kantian dimension of the film. They consider the film in terms of the thing-in-itself and the sublime.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Critique Of Pure Reason -- Preface

    Critique Of Pure Reason -- Preface

    Ryan and Todd begin their analysis of Immanuel Kant's Critique of Pure Reason by working through the prefaces to the first and second edition of the work. They focus on the radicality of Kant's breakthrough and the role that the limit plays in his philosophy.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Symbolic Castration

    Symbolic Castration

    Ryan and Todd consider the concept of symbolic castration as it develops in psychoanalysis and as it bears on both politics and culture. They relate symbolic castration to some of the key concepts in psychoanalytic theory, including fetishistic disavowal and the phallus.

    • 1 hr 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
77 Ratings

77 Ratings

willhartley ,

Best Podcast out there.

Physchanalysis, Cultural Theory, Film Theory, Capitalism, Debt. Discussed with humour, panache, care and clarity. Just wish there could be more

Nipsey_Russell_ ,


one of the most frustrating podcasts i’ve ever come across, would probably be great if they had an editor

Macg310 ,

Episode idea

Would you consider doing a series on lacan’s three diagnoses of psychosis, perversion and neurosis? Haven’t really heard you talk much about them but it could offer a new (and not too difficult) perspective on his thought

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