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.
Ep. 275: Hegel's Project in the "Phenomenology of Spirit" (Part One)
On G.W.F. Hegel's 1807 opus: A series of treatments of various theories in epistemology (among other things), seeing how they're internally incoherent, which then moves us to more sophisticated theories.
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PREMIUM-Ep. 274: Schelling on Self-Consciousness (Part Two)
Concluding on Schelling’s System of Transcendental Idealism (1800), Parts 1 and 2.
What sort of self is created in the act of self-consciousness that according to Schelling grounds all knowledge? We further consider this primordial act.
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PEL Nightcap Late July 2021
After some musings about summer vacation and sunburn, we talk about our preparation for Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit. The plan since (virtually) finalized is that we'll record three episodes on the book: The first will come out next week on the Introduction (we didn't have time to talk about the Preface even though we read it). The second will be on the first two chapters: Sense-certainty and Perception. The third will be just chapter 3: Force and the Understanding.
This turns to some discussion of our current educational goals. Plus, what do we think about Hegel giving copies of his Phenomenology as a gift? Seth's daughter was disappointed by the zoo.
PEL Presents NEM#152: Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket) Builds His Capacity
Glen led smooth alt rock legends Toad the Wet Sprocket from '88 to '97 through six albums, has released 7 often folky solo albums (and 3 more Toad albums since their reunion) since then plus various side projects.
We discuss "Old Habits Die Hard" by Toad (a 2020 single), "Leaving Oldtown" from Swallowed by the New (2016), and "One Wind Blows" from Toad's Bread and Circus (1988). We end with the title track from the 2021 Toad album Starting Now. Intro: "All I Want" from fear (1991). For more see glenphillips.com and toadthewetsprocket.com.
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Ep. 274: Schelling on Self-Consciousness (Part One)
On Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling’s System of Transcendental Idealism (1800), Parts 1 and 2.
What is self-consciousness, and how did Schelling think that it grounds all of knowledge?
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PEL Presents PMP#100: Directing Comedies w/ Heather Fink
Director/writer/sound operator Heather Fink joins Mark, Erica, and Brian to discuss the role of the director in making a good comedy, covering TV vs. film, sex scenes, not telling actors how to read their lines, editing, and more.
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9 year listener
This podcast was really helpful when I did my undergrad in philosophy. I mostly quit listening during grad school because more conversation about philosophy was the last thing I wanted. But I recently finished my PhD (in phil) and decided to go back and listen to a few eps and the show holds up, so 5-stars. I also finally subscribed to the Patreon and would recommend it if you plan on getting into the show.
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I’ve been listening to this podcast for years. Good discussions await you.
I had some philosophy as an undergrad, and lots of history science, which included a pretty good span of intellectual history. I never really got into any particular thinker except Nietzsche, whom these guys also love. Who knew I would have listened to the Aristotle de Anima episode 3 times! In undergrad I think I read the Ethics and I learned that modern science rejected his teleology, and we had the Rhetoric in grad school, but I never fully appreciated the total genius of Aristotle before and certainly never felt his influence in my life, as I do now. These guys bring the history of philosophy to life and weave the ideas together over time, with humor and a few dirty jokes. Each voice is unique, and I love them all. Sometimes I need to force myself to stop listening and go do something, like read a book or talk to my husband. I hope they never stop.