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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

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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.

    Ep. 236: Judith Butler Interview: "The Force of Nonviolence"

    Ep. 236: Judith Butler Interview: "The Force of Nonviolence"

    On The Force of Nonviolence: An Ethico-Political Bind (2020).
    What is it to be nonviolent in political activity? Most ethics allow for self-defense, but Judith has a problem with defining "self" as well as "violence," and offers a full critique of the individualism that underlies typical Western approaches to both ethics and politics.
    Mark, Seth, and Wes interview Judith about these issues and the connection to Gender Trouble.
    End song: "Dancing with Death," discussed on Nakedly Examined Music #111 with Marty Willson-Piper.
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Ep. 235: Judith Butler's "Gender Trouble" (Part Three)

    Ep. 235: Judith Butler's "Gender Trouble" (Part Three)

    Concluding "Gender Trouble" (1990), with just Mark, Wes, and Seth going carefully through pt I, sec v: "Identity, Set, and the Metaphysics of Substance," and pt III, sec iv: "Subversive Bodily Acts: Bodily Inscriptions, Performative Subversions."
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    End song: "I'm a Boy" by Lys Guillorn as interviewed for Nakedly Examined Music #44.
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Pretty Much Pop #31: Robin Williams' Celebrity Struggles w/ Dave Itzkoff

    Pretty Much Pop #31: Robin Williams' Celebrity Struggles w/ Dave Itzkoff

    Dave the New York Times culture reporter joins Mark, Erica, and Brian to consider issues raised by his 2018 biography Robin: What is with our f'ed up relation to celebrity, and what are strategies that celebrities use to deal with that asymmetric relationship to the world? Plus, Joaquin Phoenix, interview technique, the value of interviews, and more.
    For more, visit prettymuchpop.com. Hear bonus content for this episode at patreon.com/prettymuchpop.
    This podcast is part of the Partially Examined Life network and is curated by openculture.com.

    • 50 min
    Ep. 235: Judith Butler's "Gender Trouble" (Part Two)

    Ep. 235: Judith Butler's "Gender Trouble" (Part Two)

    More Gender Trouble (1990) with Jennifer Hansen. We get into the metaphysics of substance (is gender an attribute that a person has, or is there a better way to describe the situation?), performatives, Beauvoir vs. Irigaray on femininity, and the available mechanisms for changing gender norms.
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Pretty Much Pop #30: Why Every Film Will Win the Oscar! (A Debate)

    Pretty Much Pop #30: Why Every Film Will Win the Oscar! (A Debate)

    The 2020 Academy Awards are imminent (or maybe past, if you're hearing this later; it's fine!). Mark, Erica, and Brian, each argue in favor of three of the best picture nominees: that it should win, or maybe just will win. What is it to be an Oscar winner as opposed to the type of film that people actually like?
    For more, visit prettymuchpop.com. Hear bonus content for this episode at patreon.com/prettymuchpop.
    This podcast is part of the Partially Examined Life network and is curated by openculture.com.

    • 53 min
    Ep. 235: Judith Butler's "Gender Trouble" (Part One)

    Ep. 235: Judith Butler's "Gender Trouble" (Part One)

    On Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (1990). Is gender socially constructed, and if so, how?
    Butler describes gender not as an essential quality of a person, but as "performed," as habits of acting in certain ways in accordance with customs. Her idea of social construction is so totalizing that even biological sex itself is constructed. With guest Jennifer Hansen.
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    • 51 min

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