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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), Philosophy vs. Improv (philosophyimprov.com, fun with performance skills and philosophical ideas), 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 Partially Examined Life

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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), Philosophy vs. Improv (philosophyimprov.com, fun with performance skills and philosophical ideas), and (sub)Text (subtextpodcast.com, looking deeply at lit and film). Learn about more network podcasts at partiallyexaminedlife.com.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    PREMIUM-Ep. 300: Nietzsche on Relating to History (Part Three)

    PREMIUM-Ep. 300: Nietzsche on Relating to History (Part Three)

    Mark, Wes, and Dylan conclude our discussion of “On the Uses and Disadvantages of History for Life” (1874). What is the practical upshot of Nietzsche's recommendations for using history well and not letting it overwhelm you?
    If you're not hearing the full version of this part of the discussion, sign up via one of the options described at partiallyexaminedlife.com/support.

    • 11 min
    Ep. 300: Nietzsche on Relating to History (Part Two)

    Ep. 300: Nietzsche on Relating to History (Part Two)

    Continuing on "On the Uses and Disadvantages of History for Life" (1874), we get into the antiquarian use of history and the critical approach to history and Nietzsche's humanistic goals in his essay. How can we use history to help refine human nature?
    Get more at partiallyexaminedlife.com. Visit partiallyexaminedlife.com/support to get ad-free episodes and tons of bonus discussion including the supporter-exclusive part three to this episode.
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    • 44 min
    PEL Presents Philosophy vs. Improv #38: The Bones of Tragedy with Jay O. Sanders

    PEL Presents Philosophy vs. Improv #38: The Bones of Tragedy with Jay O. Sanders

    Jay Sanders, famed not only for his appearances on Law & Order: Criminal Intent and The Day After Tomorrow and many many other screens and stages, joins us to talk tragedy, how he's applied the lessons of improv to his scripted acting, and more. Jump into the improv maelstrom with us!
    In the post-game, which just this once, we're sharing with the general public, we more about Jay's projects and getting recognized on the street for things.
    Mark philosophizes at partiallyexaminedlife.com.
    Bill improvises (and teaches) at chicagoimprovstudio.com.
    Hear more at philosophyimprov.com. Support the podcast to get all our post-game discussions and other bonus stuff.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Ep. 300: Nietzsche on Relating to History (Part One)

    Ep. 300: Nietzsche on Relating to History (Part One)

    In this live-streamed show, we discuss “On the Uses and Disadvantages of History for Life” (1874), aka Untimely Meditation #2.
    What is the healthiest way to relate to our history? Nietzsche describes some approaches to history which meet human needs but which can also become oppressive.
    Get more at partiallyexaminedlife.com. Visit partiallyexaminedlife.com/support to get ad-free episodes and tons of bonus discussion.
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    • 46 min
    PEL Network Podcast FY2022 Reflections with Mark and Tyler

    PEL Network Podcast FY2022 Reflections with Mark and Tyler

    It's a different sort of Nightcap... Our audio editor Tyler Hislop, probably the only human being who listens to every one of Mark's four podcasts, joins Mark to talk through his impressions of the evolving PEL, representation, our first year of Philosophy vs. Improv, season two that just wrapped up of Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast, and the last year (really, much more) of Nakedly Examined Music.

    "FY," for those of you not in the business world, stands for "fiscal year," which span is a year long and whose exact boundaries depend on the idiosyncrasies of the organization, though it's often July through June. In this case we're considering the beginning of this school year (i.e. now) to be the end of FY2022 and the beginning of FY2023. Just so ya know.

    PEL Presents PMP#132: "Too Soon" in Comedy?

    PEL Presents PMP#132: "Too Soon" in Comedy?

    To honor the death of Gilbert Gottfried, we discuss jokes like the 9-11 one he was pilloried for. Can comedy really be "too soon" in relation to its tragic subject matter? Is comedy really tragedy plus time, or are jokes in fact most needed immediately when pain and discomfort are most acute?
    Mark is joined by three comedians: Adam Sank (of the LGBTQ-themed Adam Sank Show), Twitch-streaming songster Meri Amber, and returning guest Daniel Lobell (graphic novelist and podcaster). We get into tailoring jokes for an audience, coping with grief, triggering, and more.
    For more, visit prettymuchpop.com. Hear bonus content at patreon.com/prettymuchpop or by subscribing via Apple Podcasts to the Mark Lintertainment Channel.
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    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
1.9K Ratings

1.9K Ratings

DE RECENSENT VAN PODCASTS ,

Excellent!

Great podcast!

Consoiracy Jim ,

It’s something, at least.

The show exists, which is something. There aren’t too many shows that deal with particular philosophers and their works. That’s good.

I’ve listened to about twenty of their episodes. They’re usually worth listening to if you just want to hear some people discuss philosophy, or if you want to review something. But the guy who’s always making bad jokes should stop doing so.

I’m halfway through the two part Pascal episodes on human nature. The hosts contradict themselves in the second episode against things they say in the first episode. And their arguments against God are the sorts of things five year olds would say. One absurdly says that God can’t exist because he can’t create a sandwich too big for him to eat. But God can’t create square circles either. But is that logically valid or sound? If God can do the illogical, please explain how. But no one can.

Nelda NK ,

So dudely

Dudes being dudes. Feels like grad school all over. I have an MA in philosophy and remember how masculine these courses and conversations were, much like the tradition itself. Y’all sound smart and I like your learners’ mindsets but don’t you know any women who read?

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