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Do you get excited by questions more than answers? Do you like showing off at parties with random knowledge? In this podcast, sociologists and social theorists Drs Melanie White and Na’ama Carlin take everyday ideas and explore them through different sociological and philosophical perspectives. Season 1 focuses on the notion of the 'self' as explored in common sociological texts. Join us, in our mission to make the familiar unfamiliar!

Do you get excited by questions more than answers? Do you like showing off at parties with random knowledge? In this podcast, sociologists and social theorists Drs Melanie White and Na’ama Carlin take everyday ideas and explore them through different sociological and philosophical perspectives. Season 1 focuses on the notion of the 'self' as explored in common sociological texts. Join us, in our mission to make the familiar unfamiliar!
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Do you get excited by questions more than answers? Do you like showing off at parties with random knowledge? In this podcast, sociologists and social theorists Drs Melanie White and Na’ama Carlin take everyday ideas and explore them through different sociological and philosophical perspectives. Season 1 focuses on the notion of the 'self' as explored in common sociological texts. Join us, in our mission to make the familiar unfamiliar!

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English


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Labour pains

9/11/2019
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This episode we look at the man, the myth, the beard, the Comrade to end all Comrades: Karl Marx. Other than developing the foremost critique of capitalism, Marx's (1818 - 1883) theory of labour gives us insight into how he perceived humans, and for us - the self. This week, we look at Marx's theory of labour, ask - what is species being? and think about the implications of producing under capitalist conditions. We also have some hot Marx and Hegel gossip! What should I read? Good...

Duration:00:39:35

Are you feeling discontent?

8/26/2019
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Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) changed how we think about ourselves and our relation to others. He set out to understand the nature of human psychic life in all its complexity. So, what the relationship between guilt and pleasure? And will Na'ama ever pronounce 'discontents' not as 'disco tents'? All this and more! What should I read? Freud's Civilisation and its Discontents (1930) accompanies today's episode.

Duration:00:42:59

I am, I exist so long as I am...

8/13/2019
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Émile Durkheim (1858-1917) was the founder of the French tradition of Sociology and as sociologists we are contractually obligated to talk about him. But he also had a profound impact on the discipline! What is the relationship between the individual and society? What is the nature of the ‘individual’? Was Durkheim a bossypants? All this and more, in episode 3 of You Kant Say That! What should I read? We're reading The Dualism of Human Nature and its Social Conditions.

Duration:00:25:37

Ah ha! At last, I have discovered it

7/30/2019
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René Descartes (1596-1650) was a French philosopher and mathematician. Descartes shaped modern philosophy, but what did he have to say about the self? How do we know what is true, and how can I know that I am real? What does a fireplace have to do with the famous cogito? What is Melanie's favourite drink? What should I read? This week, we look at Descartes' Meditations on First Philosophy (1641).

Duration:00:26:20

Who are we?

7/16/2019
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What is the self, and why is it interesting? How can sociology help us think about who we are in the world? This episode, get to know Melanie and Na'ama and find out what's in store for the series! What should I read? Our discussion this week is general, but we really love: Game, A, and Metcalfe, A.W. (1996), 'Knowing', in Passionate Sociology, SAGE Publications, London

Duration:00:19:11