300 episodes

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

    • Philosophy

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. 234: Beauvoir on Romance in "The Second Sex" (Part One)

    Ep. 234: Beauvoir on Romance in "The Second Sex" (Part One)

    On Simone De Beauvoir’s The Second Sex (1949): "The Woman in Love" and "Myths" with guest Jennifer Hansen. What is love under patriarchy? We all want to achieve solidity in another's eyes, but the Othered woman wants to live through the man, and the man sees the woman as his rejected corporeal character. Party time!
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    • 52 min
    Ep. 233: Plato's "Protagoras" on Virtue (Part Two)

    Ep. 233: Plato's "Protagoras" on Virtue (Part Two)

    Continuing on the dialogue, where Socrates argues that Protagoras doesn't actually know what virtue is, because he thinks that the various virtues (especially courage) are distinct, a claim that Socrates refutes in several (logically suspect) ways.
    Start with part one, or get the full, ad-free Citizen Edition. Please support PEL!
    End song: "Make It Clear" by Feelies; hear Glenn Mercer on Nakedly Examined Music #41.

    • 1 hr
    Pretty Much Pop #26: We Watch "Watchmen" w/ David Pizarro (Very Bad Wizards)

    Pretty Much Pop #26: We Watch "Watchmen" w/ David Pizarro (Very Bad Wizards)

    Covering Alan Moore's 1986 graphic novel, the new HBO series and the 2009 film.
    Mark, Erica, and Brian are joined by David, psych prof at Cornell and host of Very Bad Wizards. How does Moore's style translate to the screen? How well did the show handle politics? Should there be a second season?
    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.

    • 56 min
    Ep. 233: Plato's "Protagoras" on Virtue (Part One)

    Ep. 233: Plato's "Protagoras" on Virtue (Part One)

    On the Platonic dialogue written around 380 BCE about an encounter between Socrates and one of the leading Sophists of his day.
    What is virtue ("the political art" according to Protagoras), and can it be taught? What are the relations of the various virtues to each other? Do they really amount ultimately to one and the same thing, i.e. wisdom? In this entertaining dialogue, Socrates and Protagoras swap positions, and Socrates seems to parody the Sophists' style.
    Don't wait for part two; get the full, ad-free Citizen Edition now. Please support PEL!
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    • 53 min
    Pretty Much Pop #25: Sports as Pop w/ Sportscaster Dave Revsine

    Pretty Much Pop #25: Sports as Pop w/ Sportscaster Dave Revsine

    How is spectator sports different from other types of entertainment? Dave (lead studio host for the Big Ten Network and former ESPN anchor) joins Mark, Erica, and Brian to discuss the various sources of appeal, team identification, existing in a sports-filled world as a non-fan, watching vs. playing, human interest stories, sports films, 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.

    • 52 min
    Ep. 232: Simone De Beauvoir's "The Second Sex" (Part Two)

    Ep. 232: Simone De Beauvoir's "The Second Sex" (Part Two)

    Continuing Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex (1949) with guest Jennifer Hansen.
    How does one become a Subject and how do women traditionally get shut out of this process? We get into Vol. 2, "Lived Experience" where Beauvoir details how this drama unfolds in various stages of life. Also, religion, logic, the relation of biology to situation, and more. How do we modernize Beauvoir's critique given the evolution in women's positions since the book was written?
    Start with part one or get the full, ad-free Citizen Edition. Please support PEL!
    End song: "Wrong Side of Gone" by Beth Kille as discussed on Nakedly Examined Music #13.
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    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

Dawg14 ,

Best thing on the Internet

Thanks for your many years of doing this, guys. Truly a public service. And the B crew on Pretty Much Pop and the podcasts about music, literature, etc. are a welcome addition.

Orininc ,

Really gone downhill

2 stars still because Seth at least has continued to grow. But only 2 stars because the others, Wes especially, have become stuck in a self-satisfied and pro-status-quo laziness.

Dave Hamilton ,

My favorite philosophy podcast

Mark, Seth, and Wes are able to take these super-heady topics and keep them super-heady, all the while making things accessible. They’re like your best nerdy friends nitpicking things with one another yet making you feel welcome at the same time. Clearly these veteran podcasters know what they’re doing, and that's why they’ve been able to do this for so long. Give it a listen, you'll love it!

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