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Mark Linsenmayer
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
Partially examined life
For those of us who never had benefit of university education and for whom autodidacticism is the only alternative, your conversations are both vital and delightful. I’m a middle aged unemployed Brit. doing his best to understand. It’s a hit and miss affair and lonely. I’m grateful to you and...Read full review »
shingle street via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 04/06/21
My manager told me to read philosophy so that I find the happiness in my life. (Isn’t it an imagine order?) Anyway I’ll start
kharyee via Apple Podcasts · China · 04/02/21
It makes you think
I’ve recently discovered this podcast and have really enjoyed the content. While I do not agree with all the analyses and views espoused, it always makes me think. I especially appreciate Wes’ input—I find him to be the most open minded and insightful of the four commentators. If fact, I’m not...Read full review »
Hudesqhivcbhf via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/11/21
Recent Episodes
Continuing from part one on The Vocation of Man (1799), Book II. In this preview, we clarify whether Fichte is trying to keep the notion of a "real world" beyond our experience or not. It's part of the progression of the text that while at first he assumes that there must be something real...
Published 06/14/21
On The Vocation of Man (1799), Books I and II. What is reality? Fichte's armchair journey starts him considering nature and thus himself as determined, but then he backtracks to say that actually, experience doesn't tell us whether we're determined or free. In Book II, he argues that since our...
Published 06/07/21
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Published 06/06/21
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