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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
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    Ep. 336: Aristotle on Being and Non-Contradiction (Part One)

    Ep. 336: Aristotle on Being and Non-Contradiction (Part One)

    On Aristotle's Metaphysics, book 4 (aka Gamma) (ca. 340 BCE). What does studying "being" entail? It involves claiming that all beings are distinct individuals, as opposed to, for instance, an undifferentiated flux. They're thus subject to the law of non-contradiction, which Aristotle defends against objectors.
    Get more at partiallyexaminedlife.com. Visit partiallyexaminedlife.com/support to get ad-free episodes and tons of bonus discussion.
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    • 51 min
    PEL Presents PMP#168: Writing Women's Fiction w/ Kathryn Leigh Scott

    PEL Presents PMP#168: Writing Women's Fiction w/ Kathryn Leigh Scott

    To celebrate the publication of the latest novel by one of our hosts, Sarahlyn Bruck, we bring back acclaimed actor/author Kathryn Leigh Scott to join Mark and Al. We discuss women's fiction as a marketing category, its relation to genres like romance and literary fiction, and the writing process.
    The books that we read for this are Sarahlyn's Light of the Fire and Kathryn's September Girl (2019).
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    • 49 min
    Closereads: Aristotle Against Platonic Forms (Audio Part One), aka PEL Ep. 335 (Part Three for Supporters)

    Closereads: Aristotle Against Platonic Forms (Audio Part One), aka PEL Ep. 335 (Part Three for Supporters)

    Aristotle offers a critique of Plato's theory of forms at a few points in his Metaphysics, and in this and the following part of this series, we'll be tackling this by reading part of book 1, ch. 9.

    Read along with us: https://partiallyexaminedlife.com/wp-content/uploads/Aristotle-Metaphysics-Sachs-Bk1-Ch9.pdf

    Hear the second part of this analysis now by signing up to support Closereads at patreon.com/closereadsphilosophy.

    Ep. 335: Aristotle on Fundamental Explanations (Part Two)

    Ep. 335: Aristotle on Fundamental Explanations (Part Two)

    Continuing on Aristotle's Metaphysics, book 1. We get seriously into Aristotle's four types of causation and how previous philosophers in leaving out one or most of these made a mistake. This includes a critique of Platonic forms, which as eternal, unchanging patterns can't actually explain why change occurs in the world.
    Get more at partiallyexaminedlife.com. Visit partiallyexaminedlife.com/support to get ad-free episodes and bonus content including a supporter-exclusive Closereads/part 3 drilling into the argument against Platonic forms in Aristotle's Metaphysics. Listen to a preview.
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    • 44 min
    PEL Presents PvI #71: The Cranio-Fascism Exchange

    PEL Presents PvI #71: The Cranio-Fascism Exchange

    If people would be uniquely healed by your blood, how much would you charge for it? Would it make a difference if they were wealthy vampires? Bill entices Mark to join a cult.
    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, a video version of the podcast, and other bonus stuff. You can watch video for this episode and hear the post-game talking gratis just by visiting our Patreon page.

    • 52 min
    PEL Presents NEM#211: Louis Michot (Lost Bayou Ramblers) Evolves Cajun Music

    PEL Presents NEM#211: Louis Michot (Lost Bayou Ramblers) Evolves Cajun Music

    Coming from a family who played traditional cajun music in Louisiana, violinist Louis and his accordion-playing brother Andre have released nine albums (plus some live releases and EPs since 2001), winning two Grammy awards, plus Louis has had a couple of releases under the name Michot's Melody Makers, and he just released his first solo album.
    We discuss the title track (and listen at the end to "Ti Coeur Bleu" from Rêve du Troubadour, that 2023 solo album, plus "Marée Noire" from Mammoth Waltz (2012) and "Mexico One Step" from Bayou Perdu (2005). Intro: "Grand Marais" by Michot’s Melody Makers from Blood Moon (2018). Learn more at louismichot.com and lostbayouramblers.com.
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    • 1 hr 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
2K Ratings

2K Ratings

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Spinal Tap

The Irony of Spinal Tap was that they wrote and performed their own music. I even saw them on tour as a real band years after the original movie and soundtrack.

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Interesting discussions

Christopher Heath is by far my favorite guest! I find myself the most engaged when he is on the show.

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A great introduction to big ideas!

This podcast has been a fun introduction to philosophers and ideas that I wouldn’t have otherwise been exposed to. Along the way I have found works and voices that have become important parts of my life. I particularly appreciate the humor and candor that these guys bring to the party. When something is nonsense, they call it out and enjoy some laughs along the way. This is definitely worth adding to your roster of podcasts!

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