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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
4.7 stars from 2,439 ratings
A+ critical theory and philosophy
Fascinating and engaging episodes. Insightful analyses!
ohilyssa via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/04/20
The first and the last
If you’re looking for a philosophy podcast, look no further. PEL was the very first podcast show I ever listened to. Almost five years later, the only podcast show that has remained in my library when other shows have come and gone, is PEL. Thanks for the great content. Thanks for representing...Read full review »
alexM.92-14 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/20/20
The only real competition for that title might be Peter Adamson’s “History of Philosophy without any gaps,” but he’s been on this podcast too so maybe it’s a tie. They hosts are very thorough and thoughtful, yet also a pleasure to listen to - never boring, even when discussing continental...Read full review »
asdjk48 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/17/20
Recent Episodes
On the Rhetoric (ca. 335 BCE) book 1, ch. 1-6 and book 2, ch. 1-5, 18-24. What role does persuasion play in philosophy? Aristotle (contra Plato) argues it can and should be used for good: in law courts, political debates, public speeches. He describes the arguments forms used in rhetoric...
Published 07/06/20
Enjoy this normally paywalled episode from Apr. 2013 about Jacques Lacan’s “Seminar on ‘The Purloined Letter'” (1956) and Jacques Derrida’s “The Purveyor of Truth” (1975). How should philosophers approach literature? Lacan read Edgar Allen Poe’s story about a sleuth who outthinks a devious...
Published 07/03/20
Continuing on Sontag's essays “On Style” (1965) and "The Death of Tragedy” (1963). Mark, Wes, Seth and Dylan keep talking about the appropriate distance to retain (or not) to a work of art, which is supposed to be relevant to moral action in the world. We also spell out how this is relevant to...
Published 06/29/20
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