97 episodes

Why Theory brings continental philosophy and psychoanalytic theory together to examine cultural phenomena.

Why Theory Todd McGowan & Ryan Engley

    • TV & Film
    • 4.8 • 299 Ratings

Why Theory brings continental philosophy and psychoanalytic theory together to examine cultural phenomena.

    Introduction to Biopower

    Introduction to Biopower

    Ryan and Todd explore the notion of biopower, as first advanced by Michel Foucault and then developed by Giorgio Agamben. They discuss how biopower relates to Marxism and to the dialectical understanding of the law.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Heidegger and Hegel

    Heidegger and Hegel

    In this episode, Ryan and Todd discuss the philosophical divide between Martin Heidegger and Hegel, taking as their starting point Heidegger's conception of Dasein. They explore the relationship between Dasein and subjectivity, as well as the differing relationships to modernity that each philosopher has. The episode also touches on the theoretical tendencies for Heidegger's embrace of Nazism.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Breaking Bad

    Breaking Bad

    Ryan and Todd work through the main ideas in the five seasons of the television series Breaking Bad, with a special focus on the final season. They discuss the show's commentary on capitalism, its conception of evil, and the significance of Walter White's trajectory.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Twin Peaks The Return

    Twin Peaks The Return

    Ryan and Todd offer their interpretation of the television series Twin Peaks: The Return. After Ryan explains the role of the series in peak tv, they explore what the final season of the series has to say about the structure of fantasy and our relationship to the necessity of loss.

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Four Discourses

    Four Discourses

    This episode unpacks the reasons that drove Jacques Lacan to invent the four discourses in Seminar XVII and then analyzes the structure of each discourse. Ryan and Todd also touch on Lacan's development of the capitalist discourse. They conclude the episode with a critique of this turn in Lacan's thinking.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Read My Desire, Pt. 3: Sex, Difference, Relation

    Read My Desire, Pt. 3: Sex, Difference, Relation

    Ryan and Todd devote a third and final episode to Joan's Copjec 1994 classic Read My Desire, focusing the entire time on the final chapter in the book, "Sex and the Euthanasia of Reason." They address Copjec's critique of Judith Butler and work out the philosophical resonance of this chapter.

    • 1 hr 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
299 Ratings

299 Ratings

mirrorstage ,

Great pod

Would really enjoy future discussions of the work of Jacqueline Rose and Amy Allen

JGN NYC ,

Disservice to audience

Don’t engage a thinker without having a working grasp of that thinker’s thought. The Foucault caricature presented in the intro to biopower episode is two for one on the end cap at bad-faith mart.

alphunks ,

Imaginemos que la mujer no existe ,Ética y sublimación

to be continued ?

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