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The Partially Examined Life

Mark Linsenmayer

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The Partially Examined Life

The Partially Examined Life

Mark Linsenmayer

806
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3.1K
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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. 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.

Latest Episodes

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.

60 MIN6 d ago
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Ep. 233: Plato's "Protagoras" on Virtue (Part Two)

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 MIN1 w ago
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Pretty Much Pop #26: We Watch "Watchmen" w/ David Pizarro (Very Bad Wizards)

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! Sponsor: Visit thegreatcoursesplus.com/PEL for a free trial of The Great Courses Plus Video Learning Service.

53 MIN1 w ago
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Ep. 233: Plato's "Protagoras" on Virtue (Part One)

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 MIN2 w ago
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Pretty Much Pop #25: Sports as Pop w/ Sportscaster Dave Revsine

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. Sponsor: Give effectively through givewell.org/PEL.

64 MIN2 w ago
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Ep. 232: Simone De Beauvoir's "The Second Sex" (Part Two)

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

On Simone De Beauvoir’s The Second Sex (1949): the intro, conclusion, “Woman’s Situation and Character” and parts of “Lived Experience," with guest Jennifer Hansen. According to Beauvoir, Woman is historically conceived of by society (and herself) as "Other," as not a Subject who creates and makes decisions. Her life is pre-determined, revolving around marriage and child-bearing, and is so deformed by this situation. Don't wait for part two; get the unbroken Citizen Edition now. Please support PEL! Sponsor: Give effectively through givewell.org/PEL.

57 MIN3 w ago
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Ep. 232: Simone De Beauvoir's "The Second Sex" (Part One)

Pretty Much Pop #24: Christmas Viewing: What's Canon?

Join Mark, Erica, and Brian for a special "snake draft," where we take turns picking the holiday films and TV specials that we think are (or should be) part of America's yearly viewing traditions. Compare your intuitions about what is classic or seminal or over-rated with ours! 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. We're posting this early and ad-free as our holiday gift to you. Snarf it all down right now like a plastic candy cane full of M&Ms!

53 MIN2019 DEC 22
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Pretty Much Pop #24: Christmas Viewing: What's Canon?

NEM#112: Radney Foster Finds His Voice

Radney started as a Nashville songwriter and performed in the 80s with Foster & Lloyd. has released about a dozen albums since '91 that increasingly break away from country music standards into something more personal. We discuss two recordings from For You to See the Stars (2017) that have accompanying short stories (written when he literally lost his voice): "Sycamore Creek" and "Raining on Sunday," plus"Nobody Wins" from Del Rio , TX 1959 (1992). End song: "Godspeed (Dulce Sueños)." Intro: "Crazy Over You" by Foster & Lloyd from their eponymous album (1987). Hear more Nakedly Examined Music. Like our Facebook page. Support us on Patreon to get the ad-free feed. Sponsors: Visit dollarshaveclub.com/NEM for your $5 ultimate starter set and masterclass.com/EXAMINED to buy one All-Access pass and get a second free to gift.

71 MIN2019 DEC 21
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NEM#112: Radney Foster Finds His Voice

Pretty Much Pop #23: The Singer Not the Song w/ Ken Stringfellow

Do you just embrace the pure sound of music or does context matter to you, i.e. the artist's intentions and body of work? Ken Stringfellow (Posies, R.E.M., Big Star) joins Mark, Erica, and Brian to talk about what grabs us about music, it it gets to your ears, singers vs. songwriters, the concept "genius," and how this attitude towards music translates to our intake of other media (e.g. favorite film directors). 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. Sponsor: Visit skillshare.com/pretty for two months of free, unlimited learning.

45 MIN2019 DEC 17
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Pretty Much Pop #23: The Singer Not the Song w/ Ken Stringfellow

Ep. 231: Descartes's "Discourse" on Wisdom and Certainty (Part Two)

Continuing on Descartes’s Discourse on Method, looking closely at part 4 (his proto-Meditations) and his "provisional" Stoic ethics. Listen to part one first or get the full, ad-free Citizen Edition. Please support PEL! End song: "My Real Fantasy" By Joe Louis Walker, as interviewed on Nakedly Examined Music #110. Sponsors: Get 20% off at nativedeodorant.com (code PEL), 20% off at hempfusion.com (code PEL), and give effectively through givewell.org/PEL.

70 MIN2019 DEC 16
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Ep. 231: Descartes's "Discourse" on Wisdom and Certainty (Part Two)

Latest Episodes

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.

60 MIN6 d ago
Comments
Ep. 233: Plato's "Protagoras" on Virtue (Part Two)

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 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Pretty Much Pop #26: We Watch "Watchmen" w/ David Pizarro (Very Bad Wizards)

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! Sponsor: Visit thegreatcoursesplus.com/PEL for a free trial of The Great Courses Plus Video Learning Service.

53 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Ep. 233: Plato's "Protagoras" on Virtue (Part One)

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 MIN2 w ago
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Pretty Much Pop #25: Sports as Pop w/ Sportscaster Dave Revsine

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. Sponsor: Give effectively through givewell.org/PEL.

64 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Ep. 232: Simone De Beauvoir's "The Second Sex" (Part Two)

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

On Simone De Beauvoir’s The Second Sex (1949): the intro, conclusion, “Woman’s Situation and Character” and parts of “Lived Experience," with guest Jennifer Hansen. According to Beauvoir, Woman is historically conceived of by society (and herself) as "Other," as not a Subject who creates and makes decisions. Her life is pre-determined, revolving around marriage and child-bearing, and is so deformed by this situation. Don't wait for part two; get the unbroken Citizen Edition now. Please support PEL! Sponsor: Give effectively through givewell.org/PEL.

57 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Ep. 232: Simone De Beauvoir's "The Second Sex" (Part One)

Pretty Much Pop #24: Christmas Viewing: What's Canon?

Join Mark, Erica, and Brian for a special "snake draft," where we take turns picking the holiday films and TV specials that we think are (or should be) part of America's yearly viewing traditions. Compare your intuitions about what is classic or seminal or over-rated with ours! 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. We're posting this early and ad-free as our holiday gift to you. Snarf it all down right now like a plastic candy cane full of M&Ms!

53 MIN2019 DEC 22
Comments
Pretty Much Pop #24: Christmas Viewing: What's Canon?

NEM#112: Radney Foster Finds His Voice

Radney started as a Nashville songwriter and performed in the 80s with Foster & Lloyd. has released about a dozen albums since '91 that increasingly break away from country music standards into something more personal. We discuss two recordings from For You to See the Stars (2017) that have accompanying short stories (written when he literally lost his voice): "Sycamore Creek" and "Raining on Sunday," plus"Nobody Wins" from Del Rio , TX 1959 (1992). End song: "Godspeed (Dulce Sueños)." Intro: "Crazy Over You" by Foster & Lloyd from their eponymous album (1987). Hear more Nakedly Examined Music. Like our Facebook page. Support us on Patreon to get the ad-free feed. Sponsors: Visit dollarshaveclub.com/NEM for your $5 ultimate starter set and masterclass.com/EXAMINED to buy one All-Access pass and get a second free to gift.

71 MIN2019 DEC 21
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NEM#112: Radney Foster Finds His Voice

Pretty Much Pop #23: The Singer Not the Song w/ Ken Stringfellow

Do you just embrace the pure sound of music or does context matter to you, i.e. the artist's intentions and body of work? Ken Stringfellow (Posies, R.E.M., Big Star) joins Mark, Erica, and Brian to talk about what grabs us about music, it it gets to your ears, singers vs. songwriters, the concept "genius," and how this attitude towards music translates to our intake of other media (e.g. favorite film directors). 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. Sponsor: Visit skillshare.com/pretty for two months of free, unlimited learning.

45 MIN2019 DEC 17
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Pretty Much Pop #23: The Singer Not the Song w/ Ken Stringfellow

Ep. 231: Descartes's "Discourse" on Wisdom and Certainty (Part Two)

Continuing on Descartes’s Discourse on Method, looking closely at part 4 (his proto-Meditations) and his "provisional" Stoic ethics. Listen to part one first or get the full, ad-free Citizen Edition. Please support PEL! End song: "My Real Fantasy" By Joe Louis Walker, as interviewed on Nakedly Examined Music #110. Sponsors: Get 20% off at nativedeodorant.com (code PEL), 20% off at hempfusion.com (code PEL), and give effectively through givewell.org/PEL.

70 MIN2019 DEC 16
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Ep. 231: Descartes's "Discourse" on Wisdom and Certainty (Part Two)
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