465 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 (subtextpodcast.com, looking deeply at lit and film). Learn about more network podcasts at partiallyexaminedlife.com.

The Partially Examined Life Philosophy Podcas‪t‬ Mark Linsenmayer

    • Philosophy
    • 4.6 • 21 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 (subtextpodcast.com, looking deeply at lit and film). Learn about more network podcasts at partiallyexaminedlife.com.

    PREVIEW-Ep. 266: Jonathan Lear's Plato: Psyche and Society (Part Two)

    PREVIEW-Ep. 266: Jonathan Lear's Plato: Psyche and Society (Part Two)

    Continuing on Lear's Open Minded: Working Out the Logic of the Soul (1988). Our highlight is about the relation between the three parts of the soul: which (if any) is basic?
    To hear the full second part, you'll need to go sign up at partiallyexaminedlife.com/support.

    • 10 min
    Ep. 266: Jonathan Lear's Plato: Psyche and Society (Part One)

    Ep. 266: Jonathan Lear's Plato: Psyche and Society (Part One)

    On essays from Lear's Open Minded: Working Out the Logic of the Soul (1988): "Inside and Outside the Republic," "Eros and Unknowing: The Psychoanalytic Significance of Plato’s Symposium," and "An Interpretation of Transference," which compares Socrates' questioning with psychotherapy.
    Is Plato's analogy between mind and state in The Republic a good one? What can we learn from it about what makes for a stable, healthy character? How does eros (desire) fit into this picture? Lear gives a creative, helpful reading of Plato informed by psychoanalysis.
    Part two of this episode is only going to be available to you if you sign up at partiallyexaminedlife.com/support. Get it now or listen to a preview.
    Sponsors: Get $200 off a mattress and two free pillows at HelixSleep.com/PEL. Get 50% off The New Yorker and a free tote bag at NewYorker.com/PEL. See headspace.com/PEL for a free month's access to a library of guided meditations. Learn about St. John's College at SJC.edu.

    • 56 min
    PEL Presents (sub)Text: Nipped by Love in Chekhov's "The Lady with the Little Dog"

    PEL Presents (sub)Text: Nipped by Love in Chekhov's "The Lady with the Little Dog"

    Dmitri Gurov does not take love seriously. His wife annoys him, long-term relationships scare him, and his love life consists of brief affairs with women he meets at vacation resorts. In Anna, he finds someone who appears to be the usual victim—traveling alone, tired of her husband, and unlikely to make any effective demands for intimacy, something that seems to be revealed in the diminutive portability of her traveling companion. This time, however, he has met a match too powerful for his predatory ambitions. When is love’s bite bigger than its bark? Wes & Erin discuss Anton Chekhov’s “The Lady with the Little Dog."
    Subscribe: (sub)Text won’t always be in the PEL feed, so please subscribe to us directly: Apple | Spotify | Android | RSS
    Bonus content: The conversation continues on our after-show (post)script. Get this and other bonus content at by subscribing at Patreon.
    Follow (sub)Text: Twitter | Facebook | Website
    Thanks to Nick Ketter for the audio editing on this episode.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    PREVIEW-Ep. 265: Plato's "Phaedo": Philosophy as Training for Death (Part Two)

    PREVIEW-Ep. 265: Plato's "Phaedo": Philosophy as Training for Death (Part Two)

    Continuing on the Phaedo, we start with a point from Plato's physics that's supposed to hep prove the immortality of the soul, then lay out his theory of Forms.
    To hear the full second part, you'll need to go sign up at partiallyexaminedlife.com/support.

    • 10 min
    PEL Presents PMP#86: What Irish Means w/ Black 47's Larry Kirwan

    PEL Presents PMP#86: What Irish Means w/ Black 47's Larry Kirwan

    St. Patrick's Day has passed: What sort of representation of Ireland has made it to the U.S. through such celebrations? Who gets to decide what's authentically Irish?
    Mark, Erica, and Brian are joined by writer and musician Larry to talk about his immigrant experience, covering history, music, humor, language, slurs, stereotypes, and his new book Rockaway Blue.
    For more, visit prettymuchpop.com. Hear bonus content for this episode at patreon.com/prettymuchpop.
    Sponsor: Get 15% off your personal safety alarm at ShesBirdie.com/PRETTY.

    • 43 min
    Ep. 265: Plato's "Phaedo": Philosophy as Training for Death (Part One)

    Ep. 265: Plato's "Phaedo": Philosophy as Training for Death (Part One)

    On Plato's middle dialogue depicting the death of Socrates (390 BCE) depicting the death of Socrates. Should philosophers fear death?
    In the course of giving arguments for the immortality of the soul, we get an elaboration of the recollection theory of knowledge (from the Meno) into Plato's first full account of Forms. But how literally are we supposed to take the words of Socrates as he comforts himself facing mortality?
    Part two of this episode is only going to be available to you if you sign up at partiallyexaminedlife.com/support. Get it now or listen to a preview.
    Sponsors: Visit TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/PEL for a free 14-day trial of unlimited access to The Great Courses Plus Video Learning Service. Try the Audible Plus audiobook library free for 30 days at audible.com/examined or text examined to 500-500. Get $35 off meal delivery at SunBasket.com/PEL, code PEL. Use Uber.com/pel to get $50 credit to buy rides or meal deliveries. Learn about St. John's College at SJC.edu.

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Gnosîs ,

Entertaining and captivating

This is a good podcast addressing philosophical issues in a interesting and entertaining fashion. Thanks for a good podcast :)

bfilfkrbdhdjdbdv ,

Shallow

Self proclaimed philosophers who critisize but cant take critisizm themselves.

ialuy ,

Great!

These guys are great, making the dreaded science of philosophy highly entertaining.
Give them and their quirkiness a chance, and you'll learn a whole lot!

Top Podcasts In Philosophy

Listeners Also Subscribed To