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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.

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.
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Madison, WI

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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.

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English


Episodes

Episode 207: Herder on Art Appreciation (Part One)

1/14/2019
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On Johann Gottfried von Herder's “The Causes of Sunken Taste among the Different Peoples in Whom It Once Blossomed” (1775), “On the Influence of the Belles Lettres on the Higher Sciences” (1781), “Does Painting or Music Have a Greater Effect? A Divine Colloquy” (1785), and some of Critical Forests: Fourth Grove (written 1769). With guest rock god John "Jughead" Pierson. What is aesthetic taste, and why do some societies (e.g. ancient Greece) seem particularly rife with genius? Herder has...

Duration:00:56:56

PREVIEW-Ep 206 Lucretius's Epicurean Physics (Part Three)

1/12/2019
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Duration:00:14:24

Episode 206: Lucretius's Epicurean Physics (Part Two)

1/7/2019
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More on Lucretius’s poem about Epicurean science: On the Nature of Things from the first century BCE. We talk more about how macroscopic phenomena are supposed to come out of the interaction of atoms, including mind and its processes of knowledge and illusion, including the illusion of love. One conclusion: life after death is not possible. Can the properties of the atoms themselves be explained? Listen to part one first or get the unbroken, ad-free Citizen Edition; this will also get you...

Duration:01:13:59

Episode 206: Lucretius's Epicurean Physics (Part One)

12/31/2018
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On Lucretius’s poem about Epicurean science: On the Nature of Things a.k.a. De Rerum Natura from the 1st century BC. How does the world work? Lucretius presents a system that is surprisingly modern, and raises philosophical issues that are still on point today: What are the basic building blocks of the universe? How could these give rise to minds? What ethical views does a mechanistic world-view imply? Don't wait for part 2; get the full, ad-free Citizen Edition now; there will also be a...

Duration:00:58:18

PREVIEW-Ep 205 Durkheim et al on Suicide (Part Three)

12/31/2018
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Mark and Wes discuss Durkheim's Suicide (1897), getting into more of the details of his account and exploring comparative modes of explanation: Are there really "sociological facts" distinct from mere generalizations about psychological facts? Get the full discussion as a PEL Citizen or $5 Patreon supporter!

Duration:00:19:41

Episode 205: Suicide with Dr. Drew (Durkheim et al) (Part Two)

12/22/2018
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More on philosophical and psychological interpretations of and judgments about suicide with guest Drew Pinsky. Is suicide an epidemic or a choice? Could it be both? Socrates didn't fear death and inspired Stoics and others to see suicide in some circumstances as brave. Or is it always cowardly? Does meaninglessness motivate suicide? Listen to part one first or get the Citizen Edition, which will also get you access to the follow-up discussion. Get the 2019 Wall Calendar, Mark's new album,...

Duration:00:54:46

NEM#88: Lincoln Barr's Off-Center Vulnerability

12/19/2018
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Lincoln established the Seattle-based singer/songwriter vehicle Red Jacket Mine in 2003, made three albums and an EP with them, and in 2017 released his first solo album, the jazzy, live-in-studio Trembling Frames. We examine "Desperate Tormentors" and hear "How To Escape" and a bit of "Memory Up and Die" from that album, and discuss Red Jacket Mine: "Apricot Moon" from Lovers Lookout (2009) and "Jesus's House" from Hello, Old Cloud (2008). For more, see lincolnbarrmusic.com. Hear more...

Duration:01:05:17

Episode 205: Suicide with Dr. Drew (Durkheim et al) (Part One)

12/16/2018
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We are rejoined by Drew Pinsky to discuss philosophical and psychological readings by Seneca, Arthur Schopenhauer, Sigmund Freud, Emile Durkheim, Albert Camus, plus two 2017 survey papers on predictors of suicide. Is suicide ever morally permissible? If it's a symptom of mental illness rather than a chosen behavior, is it even appropriate to morally evaluate it? Check the PEL Store for our Wall Calendar and new offerings including Mark's new album, tutoring, and your very own Personal...

Duration:00:47:40

Episode 204: The Bhagavad Gita's Hindu Theology (Part Two)

12/10/2018
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More on this classic text by (perhaps) Vyasa, with guest Shaan Amin. Should we acquire good karma or behave "beyond good and evil"? How can everything be Krishna while Krishna is also the an element of virtue we're supposed to pursue? How does this compare with Stoicism? Plus, behold Krishna unveiled and be freaked out! Listen to part one first or get the full, unbroken, ad-free Citizen Edition. Please support PEL and get the 2019 PEL Wall Calendar! End song: "Om Hari Om 1" by Tim Jordan...

Duration:01:01:24

NEM#87: Chris Cacavas Fronts His Depression

12/8/2018
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Chris rose to fame on keys for Arizona's country punks Green on Red from '81-'87 and has since then been fronted 12 albums while doing session keyboard work. We discuss "Pale Blonde Hell" by Chris Cacavas and Junkyard Love from Pale Blonde Hell (1994), "Do Me No Favors" from Anonymous (1997), and "Don't Think Twice" from Bumbling Home from the Star (2002). We listen to "I Won't Feel Well" from Love's Been Re-Discontinued (2013). Opening music: The title track from Green on Red's Gravity...

Duration:01:23:56

Episode 204: The Bhagavad Gita's Hindu Theology (Part One)

12/3/2018
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On the classic Hindu text (ca. the 3rd century B.C.E.), part of the Indian Epic poem Mahabharata, attributed to Vyasa, using Keya Maitra's 2018 translation/commentary. What is it to live wisely? What grounds duty? Listen as the supreme God Krishna convinces archer hero Arjuna that it's OK for him to kill his relatives because, you know, reincarnation and determinism and caste-related duties. Lots of metaphysical complications! With guest Shaan Amin. Don't wait for part two! Get the full,...

Duration:00:59:14

Episode 203: Kristeva vs. Lovecraft on Horror and Abjection (Part Two)

11/25/2018
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Concluding on Julia Kristeva's Powers of Horror (1980) and focusing on H.P. Lovecraft's "The Call of Cthulhu" (1928). Does Lovecraft's presentation of nameless terror capture (or improve upon) what Kristeva means by "abjection"? End song: "The Other" by Mark Lint feat. Lucy Lawless. Read about it and support the project. Listen to part one first, or go back to ep. 202 first. Become a PEL Citizen to get the full, ad-free experience. Please support PEL! Sponsors: Visit fin.com/pel to try a...

Duration:01:10:25

Episode 203: Kristeva vs. Lovecraft on Horror and Abjection (Part One)

11/19/2018
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More on Julia Kristeva's Powers of Horror (1980) plus H.P. Lovecraft's "The Call of Cthulhu" (1928). What is the object of fear? Mark, Seth, and Dylan get clearer on Kristeva's view of the establishment and loss of the integrity of the self, what the "object" of abjection is, and what this all might have to do with feminism. Most of the Lovecraft goodness is in part 2, so don't wait! Get the unbroken, ad-free Citizen Edition, along with Mark's Kristeva Close Reading. Please support...

Duration:00:54:40

The Other by Mark Lint Feat Lucy Lawless

11/18/2018
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Duration:00:02:23

PREVIEW-Ep 202 Follow-Up: Close Reading of Kristeva's "Approaching Abjection"

11/18/2018
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Mark takes a very close look at pages 1–4 of the first chapter of On Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection (1980) as a supplement to episode 202. Get the full, 55-minute experience as a PEL Citizen, or get it by supporting us on Patreon for a mere $1!

Duration:00:17:00

NEM#86: Seth Swirsky Provides Instant Pleasure

11/18/2018
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Seth Swirsky was a highly successful staff songwriter for over 20 years and has put out three solo albums and three albums as The Red Button since 2004. He's a huge Beatles fan and has released a Beatles documentary Beatles Stories and has multiple books about psychology and baseball. We discuss his heavily covered and sound-tracked tune "Love Is a Beautiful Thing"; you'll hear the version by Al Green from Don't Look Back (1993), then "Matchbook Cover" from Seth's album Watercolor Day...

Duration:01:10:30

Episode 202: Julia Kristeva on Disgust, Fear and the Self (Part Two)

11/12/2018
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Continuing on Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection, ch. 1 and 2. We try to get clearer on Kristeva's talk of "object," the relationship between language and abjection, how Kristeva is advancing on Freud, how to be a mom that allows a kid to separate in a healthy way, and how abjection plays into religion and writing. Listen to part one first, or get the unbroken, ad-free Citizen Edition, and don't miss Mark's Close Reading, available to Citizens and $1+ Patreon members. End song: "Eyes...

Duration:01:19:08

Episode 202: Julia Kristeva on Disgust, Fear and the Self (Part One)

11/5/2018
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On Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection (1980), ch. 1 and 2. What is horror? Kristeva writes about "abjection," where we violently reject things like corpses, bodily wastes and other fluids, and the Lovecraftian unnameable that lurks at the edge of our awareness. Her book is also all about the self, suggesting modifications to Freud's Oedipal complex and Lacan's mirror-stage story. With guest Kelley Citrin. Don't wait for part 2! Get the unbroken, ad-free Citizen Edition now, as well as...

Duration:00:50:14

PREVIEW-Ep 201 Marcus Aurelius's "Meditations" (Part Three)

11/5/2018
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Mark and Seth get further into the specifics of Marcus's metaphysics and how this is supposed to relate to behavior. Can his directives really come solely "from reason" as he claims? How does this interact with the behaviors that we pursue "by nature," i.e., without conscious deliberation required? Seth is concerned with how individualistic the philosophy is. Mark is concerned that if you discard the metaphysics (as modern skeptics largely do), why should you expect the rest of the...

Duration:00:13:34

Episode 201: Marcus Aurelius's Stoicism with Ryan Holiday (Part Two)

10/29/2018
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More on The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius (ca. 180 CE) plus Ryan's The Daily Stoic (2016). We talk Stoicism as "pre-mourning," love of fate, the divine plan, political ethics, ethical models, and overwriting your brain with the Stoic operating system. Hear part 1 first, or get the full, unbroken Citizen Edition, as well as the follow-up discussion. Please support PEL! End song: "Any Way the Wind Blows" by MIR; listen to Mark talk with Asif Illyas on Nakedly Examined Music #33.

Duration:01:00:13