300 episodes

The Partially Examined Life is a philosophy 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 Mark Linsenmayer

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.4, 12 Ratings

The Partially Examined Life is a philosophy 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.

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

ShaneDiff ,

Hands down - the best philosophy podcast

Best topics, debate and insight.

MichaelBrn ,

Consistently great

have listened to every episode. These guys are amazing - they manage to take even the most obscure philosophical topics and break them down without dumbing them down. What elevates the podcast is the rapport and humour between the guys and their willingness to joke around and also seriously discuss stuff in just the right amounts. The only criticisms I have is that the speakers seem to have become a little drier and less personal as the series has progressed - in the earlier episodes they seemed more willing to offer personal opinions, interpretations and honest feelings about the significance of the texts for their own lives, which made the podcast a lot more interesting and unique. Also some episodes lack structure - the best episodes have the speakers explain the rationale for how and why the different talking points have been ordered and allocated talking time. Nonetheless this podcast is consistently great. The philosophy of mind (21), Why do philosophy (73) feminism (p42) and the episodes on Hegel and Heidegger are some of the best.
Wes is my favourite. Also Mark's music is really good.

hamxxd ,

food for thought

Walter Kaufmann once said that philosophers now write only for the fellow philosophers; Partially Examined Life is bridging this gap by bringing the philosophy to everyone and they are making it fun to discuss and understand too.

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