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Mark Linsenmayer, Wes Alwan, Seth Paskin, Dylan Casey
The Partially Examined Life Philosophy Podcast
The Partially Examined Life is a 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 We also feature episodes from other podcasts by our hosts to round out your partially examined life, including...
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Ratings & Reviews
4.6 stars from 2,697 ratings
So dudely
Dudes being dudes. Feels like grad school all over. I have an MA in philosophy and remember how masculine these courses and conversations were, much like the tradition itself. Y’all sound smart and I like your learners’ mindsets but don’t you know any women who read?
Nelda NK via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/13/22
Great podcast!
DE RECENSENT VAN PODCASTS via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/02/22
Almost done working my way through all the episodes. Love it, very enjoyable and accessible discussions on a broad survey of philosophical topics. I learned a great deal, as well as providing me thinkers and ideas to explore more on my own. Please, please, keep it up!
5 stars for pocket universe via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/15/22
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