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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 178: Nietzsche as Social Critic: Twilight of the Idols (Part Two)

12/10/2017
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Continuing on Nietzsche's 1888 book. Is there any ground from which we could judge life as a whole to be good or bad? Is N. more about saying "yes" to life or saying "no" to all the numerous things that piss him off? We also talk Becoming, whether producing great art is more important than being nice to everyone, and whether Nietzsche is ultimately someone we'd want to hang around. End song: "Oblivion" by Tyler Hislop, as interviewed on Nakedly Examined Music #24. Listen to part 1 first,...

Duration: 01:09:46


Episode 178: Nietzsche as Social Critic: "Twilight of the Idols" (Part One)

12/3/2017
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On Friedrich Nieztsche's 1888 book summarizing his thought and critiquing the founding myths of his society. He defends "spiritualized" instinct and frenzied creativity, but also Napoleon and war. We try to figure out what kind of social critic he'd be today. Would we actually like him? Sponsors: Get up to $50 off a DNA kit at 23andme.com/pel. Visit MUBI.com/PEL for 30 days of free curated movies, BarkBox.com/PEL for a free month with a plan, and Squarespace.com for a free trial and 10%...

Duration: 00:55:44


Episode 177: Guest Russ Roberts on Adam Smith and Emergent Order (Part Two)

11/26/2017
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Continuing with the Econtalk host on the moral aspects of economics, focused by Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations and Theory of Moral Sentiments. Should we sacrifice ourselves to the machine of the economy? How does Smith's idea of virtue and talk of the "impartial spectator" line up with economic growth? Listen to part 1 first or get the unbroken, ad-free Citizen Edition. Please support PEL! Learn how to install the Citizen feed on your mobile device. The 2018 Wall Calendar is now...

Duration: 01:16:41


Episode 177: Guest Russ Roberts on Adam Smith and Libertarian Economics (Part One)

11/20/2017
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The host of Econtalk provides his take on our ep. 174 on The Wealth of Nations, and explores with us the idea of emergent economic order. Is the economy more like a machine or a garden or what? Don't wait for part two! Get the full, ad-free, unbroken Citizen Edition now! Please support PEL! Visit lovepop.com/pel for 3D pop-up cards; simplecontacts.com/pel, promo code PEL; MUBI.com/PEL for curated movies; and Squarespace.com, offer code EXAMINED.

Duration: 00:55:18


Episode 176: Situationism in Psych: Milgram & Stanford Prison Experiments (Part Two)

11/13/2017
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Continuing with Dave Pizarro on articles by Stanley Milgram, Philip Zimbardo, and John Doris about situationism, which entails that people's level of morality will vary by situation, as opposed to virtue ethics, which posits that how people will act in a novel situation will be determined by the quality of their character. Listen to part 1 first or get the ad-free Citizen Edition. Please support PEL! Visit MUBI.com/PEL for 30 days of free curated movies, and check out Dan Cummins's...

Duration: 01:00:37


NEM#58: John Jughead Pierson's Semi-Famous Theatrics

11/6/2017
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John gained semi-fame playing guitar with pop-punk Chicago-area legends Screeching Weasel starting in 1986 but became a band-leader/songwriter with eclectic-acoustic Even in Blackouts in 2002, featuring singer Liz Eldredge. He's also an author, playwright, and juggler. We discuss "Rapture in the Third Person" and "Motives Misunderstood in the Key of C" from EIB's Thresholds from the Basement (2009) and "1,000 Stories" from The Fall of the House of Even (2006). End song: The new, otherwise...

Duration: 00:54:29


Episode 176: Situationism in Psych: Milgram & Stanford Prison Experiments (Very Bad Wizards Crossover) (Part One)

11/6/2017
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On Stanley Milgram's "Behavioral Study of Obedience" (1963), Philip Zimbardo’s "Interpersonal Dynamics in a Simulated Prison" (1973), and John Doris’s "Persons, Situations, and Virtue Ethics" (1998). Do difficult situations make good people act badly? Are there really "good" and "bad" people, or are we all about the same, but put in different situations? Don't wait for part 2! Get the ad-free Citizen Edition now. Visit MUBI.com/PEL for 30 days of free curated movies, BarkBox.com/PEL for...

Duration: 00:50:24


TEASER-Episode 175: Blade Runner (Part Two)

11/5/2017
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Do you want the WHOLE discussion on the new Blade Runner 2049, the original 1982 film, and the idea packed Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1967) by Philip K. Dick? If you do, show your love to the podcast by signing up to be a supporter at the $1-or-higher level at patreon.com/partiallyexaminedlife, or better yet become a PEL Citizen and get every podcast we've ever recorded plus bonus discussions, ad-free!

Duration: 00:02:29


Episode 175: Blade Runner: Androids and Humanity (Part One)

10/30/2017
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On Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1967) and the films Blade Runner 2049 (2007) and Blade Runner (1982). What makes us human? Dick's story about androids emphasized their lack of empathy, while the movie adaptations portrayed the "replicants" as plenty capable of emotion, but unjustly treated as servants or targets. Attention: This second half of this special bonus episode is available only to supporters. You should go ahead and get the full, ad-free Citizen...

Duration: 00:48:05


Episode 174: Adam Smith's "Wealth of Nations" (Part Two)

10/22/2017
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Continuing on the foundational text of economics. We talk "invisible hand," "greed is good," tariffs, unproductive labor, city vs. country, and the education racket. Listen to part 1 first or get the ad-free Citizen Edition. Please support PEL! End song: "With My Looks and Your Brains" by The Mr. T Experience. Hear about the singer/songwriter on Nakedly Examined Music #56. Try blinkist.com/pel for audio condensations of nonfiction books. And visit mubi.com/pel for 30 days of free,...

Duration: 01:07:36


Episode 174: Adam Smith's "Wealth of Nations" (Part One)

10/15/2017
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On the foundational, 1776 text of modern economics. How does the division of labor and our instinct to exchange lead to the growth of wealth? Is the economy sufficiently machine-like to enable us to manipulate its output, or at least to tell us how not to screw it up? Don't wait for part 2! Get your unbroken, ad-free Citizen Edition now. Please support PEL! Visit mubi.com/pel for 30 days of free, curated films. Also, visit thetrackr.com/PEL, and use promo code PEL for 20% off a bluetooth...

Duration: 00:57:53


Episode 173: Relating to American Indian Philosophy (Part Two)

10/9/2017
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We go further into "Philosophy of Native Science" by Gregory Cajete and "What Coyote and Thales Can Teach Us: An Outline of American Indian Epistemology" by Brian Yazzie Burkhart, plus process philosophy, propositional vs. procedural knowledge, and what we owe to nature. With guest Jim Marunich. Listen to part 1 first or get the ad-free Citizen Edition. Please support PEL! End song: “Circle’s Gotta Go” by Kim Rancourt, as interviewed on Nakedly Examined Music #52. Visit meundies.com/pel...

Duration: 01:02:18


Episode 173: Relating to American Indian Philosophy (Part One)

10/2/2017
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What is wisdom? We discuss articles by Brian Burkhart, Gregory Cajete, and Anne Waters, plus Black Elk Speaks by John Neihardt (1932) and some traditional stories. With guest Jim Marunich; we read his master's thesis, "Process Metaphysics in the Far West: American Indian Ontologies." Don't wait for part 2! Get your unbroken, ad-free Citizen Edition now. Please support PEL! Visit barkbox.com/PEL for a free month of BarkBox with a subscription for pet supplies. Try blinkist.com/pel for...

Duration: 00:52:47


Episode 172: Mind, Self, and Affect with Guest Dr. Drew (Part Two)

9/25/2017
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Continuing with Drew Pinsky on “Attachment and Reflective Function: Their Role in Self-organization” by Peter Fonagy and two articles by Allan Schore. Fonagy claims we gain the ability to emotionally self-regulate as a result of achieving secure attachment with a caregiver as infants. Schore claims that if this fails, we can end up fundamentally disengaged. So what are the philosophical implications? Listen to part 1 first, or get the ad-free Citizen Edition. Please support PEL! End...

Duration: 00:59:14


Episode 172: Mind, Self, and Affect with Guest Dr. Drew (Part One)

9/18/2017
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Radio legend Dr. Drew Pinsky talks with us about “Attachment and Reflective Function: Their Role in Self-Organization” by Peter Fonagy and two articles by Allan Schore. The focus is "theory of mind"; how do we develop the ability to impute thoughts and intentions to others? What in our upbringing can interfere with this development? We relate this back to previous episodes (Hegel, Buber, etc.) on recognition by others of the self. Listen to more Dr. Drew at DrDrew.com, especially his...

Duration: 00:45:00


Episode 171: Buddhism vs. Evolution with Guest Robert Wright (Part Two)

9/10/2017
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Continuing on Why Buddhism Is True. We discuss the "no self" doctrine as articulated in Buddha's Second Discourse and the modularity-of-mind theory that Bob claims supports it. What are the ethical implications, and do we really need meditation to achieve its alleged ethical benefits? Continued from part 1, or get the ad-free Citizen Edition. Please support PEL! End song: "Alphalpha Bhang" by Anton Barbeau, as interviewed on Nakedly Examined Music ep. 50. Sponsors: Visit care.com/pel...

Duration: 01:11:30


Episode 171: Buddhism vs. Evolution with Guest Robert Wright (Part One)

9/4/2017
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Bob joins the PEL four to discuss his new book Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment. Bob applies his expertise in evolutionary psychology to corroborate Buddhism's claims that we are deluded: about our desires, emotions, the unity of our selves, and the "essences" we project on things and people. And he thinks meditation can instill in the diligent the ability to see things more clearly. But does it really? Don't wait for part 2! Get the full,...

Duration: 00:55:06


Episode 170 Second Opinions: Leftists on "Society of the Spectacle"

8/28/2017
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Mark and Seth ask Doug Lain (Zero Squared), Brett O'Shea (Revolutionary Left Radio), and C. Derick Varn (Symptomatic Redness) what they think of Debord and PEL's treatment of the book on Ep #170. End song: "Open Your Eyes (Wake Up)" from Tyler Hislop, interviewed on Nakedly Examined Music #24. Go to blueapron.com/PEL for three free meals with free shipping. Get 20% off your first pair of underwear plus free shipping meundies.com/pel.

Duration: 01:11:11


Episode 170: Guy Debord's "Society of the Spectacle" (Part Two)

8/21/2017
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More on the 1967 Situtationist book. Do we buy Debord's critique? Is any merely partial critique (i.e. no revolution) just more spectacle? Is technology inherently dehumanizing? Don't these passivity/anti-technology arguments even apply to books? Could Debord's model of authenticity catch on in society as a whole? Start with part 1, or get the Citizen Edition. Please support PEL!End song: "Millionaire" by The Mekons (1993); Jon Langford appears on Nakedly Examined Music #22. Try...

Duration: 01:13:06


Episode 170: Guy Debord's "Society of the Spectacle" (Part One)

8/14/2017
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What is culture? In modern capitalism, Debord's 1967 book describes it as all about the economy. it's not just our jobs that keep us trapped, but our life outside of working hours is also demanded by "the system" via our activity as consumers, and this commoditization infiltrates every corner of our lives. Debord wants us to WAKE UP, break our chains, and live lives of immediacy, vitality, and authenticity. Don't wait for part 2! Get your unbroken, ad-free Citizen Edition now. Please...

Duration: 00:55:24

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