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The Partially Examined Life

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The Partially Examined Life
The Partially Examined Life

The Partially Examined Life

Mark Linsenmayer

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2.1K
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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. 229: Descartes's Rules for Thinking (Part Two)

Continuing on René Descartes's Rules for Direction of the Mind (1628), covering rules 7 through the first part of the lengthy rule 12. We try to figure out what he means by "enumeration;" the faculties of imagination, sense and memory; the virtues of perspicacity and sagacity; his psychology of the senses, the "common sense" where all sense data comes together, and the understanding; how Descartes recommends we do scientific investigation; why syllogisms stink; and whether some people are just better at philosophy than others. Start with part 1. You don't need to wait for part 3; get the full, Citizen Edition now. Citizen Edition now? Please support PEL! Sponsor: Get 3 months of unlimited learning for $30 at thegreatcoursesplus.com/PEL.

53 MIN4 d ago
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Ep. 229: Descartes's Rules for Thinking (Part Two)

Pretty Much Pop #18: Stephen King's Media Empire

Is the most popular writer of our time actually a good writer? Or maybe he used to be good? While you've been thinking about those questions, King already wrote another book, so ha! Mark, Erica, and Brian share their experiences with and opinions about King's oeuvre and the films and shows that have come out of it. 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.

54 MIN1 w ago
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Pretty Much Pop #18: Stephen King's Media Empire

Ep. 229: Descartes's Rules for Thinking (Part One)

On René Descartes's Rules for Direction of the Mind (1628). Is there a careful way to approach problems that will ensure that you'll always be right? What if you just never assert anything you can't be sure of? This is Descartes's strategy, modeled on mathematics. We likewise carefully move step-by-step through this text. This is part 1 of 3; get the whole discussion now via theCitizen Edition now? Please support PEL! Sponsor: VisitHempFusion.comfor CBD supplements and use code PEL at check-out for 20% off/free shipping.

50 MIN1 w ago
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Ep. 229: Descartes's Rules for Thinking (Part One)

Pretty Much Pop #17: Comedy as Philosophy w/ Daniel Lobell

Are stand-up comedians the Modern Day Philosophers? This is the premise of Daniel's podcast, but really, only some comedians express original claims; many just tell jokes. Are those exceptional comics philosophizing? Does telling the whole, tragic truth rule out being funny? Daniel, Mark, Erica, and Brian consider Carlin, Gadsby, Chappelle, and others. For more, visit prettymuchpop.com.Hear bonus content for this episode atpatreon.com/prettymuchpop. This podcast is part of the Partially Examined Life podcast network and is curated by openculture.com. Sponsor:Visit Keeps.com/EXAMINED for a free month of hair loss treatment.

45 MIN2 w ago
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Pretty Much Pop #17: Comedy as Philosophy w/ Daniel Lobell

Ep. 228: Social Construction of Race (Appiah, Mills) (Part Two)

EContinuing on Kwame Anthony Appiah's "Race, Culture, Identity: Misunderstood Connections" (1994), Charles Mills's "But What Are You Really?, The Metaphysics of Race" (1998), and Neven Sesardic's "Race: A Social Destruction of a Biological Concept" (2010) with guest Coleman Hughes. Racial classifications vary geographically, therefore race is socially constructed. Given this, can we retain the positive aspects of group-identification without hierarchies and what Appiah calls "imperialism of identity?" Start with part one or get the full, ad-free Citizen Edition. Please support PEL! End song: "Tired Skin" by Alejandro Escovedo, as interviewed on Nakedly Examined Music #60. Sponsors: Get 3 months of unlimited learning for $30 at thegreatcoursesplus.com/PEL. Don't get left behind the now: subscribe to Pretty Much Pop.

47 MIN2 w ago
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Ep. 228: Social Construction of Race (Appiah, Mills) (Part Two)

NEM#108: Mike Watt's Punk Operas

EAce bassist Mike started with punk legends MINUTEMEN in the early '80s, broke into the majors with fireHOSE going into the 90s, and was so beloved by the alternative music scene that his first solo album in '94 was star-studded, with Eddie Vedder and Dave Grohl in the supporting tour. Mike has released three concept albums over the years and has collaborated on dozes of projects as well as backing Iggy Pop in the reformed Stooges. We discuss "Bob Dylan Wrote Propaganda Songs" by Minutemen from What Makes a Man Start Fires (1983), "The Boilerman" from Contemplating the Engine Room (1997), the first, second, and last sections from Hyphenated-Man (2011), and "I Got Marty Feldman Eyes" from the Big Walnuts Yonder self-titled album (2017). We conclude by listening to "Yeah, We’re Gonna Learn to Fall" by Jumpstarted Plowhards from Round One (2019) featuring Todd Congelliere. Intro: "Walking the Cow" by fireHOSE from Flyin’ the Flannel (1991). For more, visit mikewatt.com. Sponsor: Visit mackwledon.com and use code EXAMINED for 20% off Hear more Nakedly Examined Music. Like our Facebook page. Support us on Patreon.

58 MIN3 w ago
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NEM#108: Mike Watt's Punk Operas

Pretty Much Pop #16: 25 Years After FRIENDS

Mark, Erica, and Brianexamine the conventions, techniques, and staying power of the beloved '90s sitcom. Are we supposed to identify with, or idolize, or merely like these people? What makes the formula work, did it sustain itself over its 10-year run, was it successfully replicated, and what parts haven't aged well? For more, visit prettymuchpop.com.Hear bonus content for this episode atpatreon.com/prettymuchpop. This podcast is part of the Partially Examined Life podcast network and is curated by openculture.com. Sponsor: Visit mackweldon.com and enter the promo code POP for 20% off.

43 MIN3 w ago
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Pretty Much Pop #16: 25 Years After FRIENDS

Ep. 228: Social Construction of Race (Appiah, Mills) (Part One)

On Kwame Anthony Appiah's "Race, Culture, Identity: Misunderstood Connections" (1994), Charles Mills's "But What Are You Really?, The Metaphysics of Race" (1998), and Neven Sesardic's "Race: A Social Destruction of a Biological Concept" (2010). With guest Coleman Hughes. Don't wait for part two; get your full, ad-free Citizen Edition now. Please support PEL! Sponsors: NativeDeodorant.com (code PEL for 20% off), $15/month wireless at mintmobile.com/PEL, HempFusion.com(code PEL for 20% off/free shipping).

42 MIN3 w ago
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Ep. 228: Social Construction of Race (Appiah, Mills) (Part One)

Pretty Much Pop #15: Opera as Pop

Opera used to be a central part of European pop culture, Pavarotti was as big a pop star as they come. But still, it's now the quintessential art-form of the wealthy and snobbish. What gives? Guest Sean Spyres from Springfield Regional Opera joins his sister Erica along with Mark and Brian to discuss opera's place in culture (including its film appearances), how it's different from music theater, the challenges it faces and how it might become more relevant. For more, visit prettymuchpop.com.Hear bonus content for this episode atpatreon.com/prettymuchpop. This podcast is part of the Partially Examined Life podcast network and is curated by openculture.com.

41 MINOCT 16
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Pretty Much Pop #15: Opera as Pop

Ep. 227: What Is Social Construction? (Hacking, Berger) (Part Two)

Continuing Ian Hacking’s The Social Construction of What (1999) and Peter Berger's “Religion and World Construction" (1967). We break down Hacking's typology of construction arguments: Are they exploring where our ideas came from or trying to change things? Are they trying to state facts about nature vs. nurture or essentially political solicitations for us to reconceptualize in healthier ways? Plus, more about thesupposed divide between science wars and the culture wars and Berger's picture of the nomos (custom) defining what it is for us to live a meaningful life. Start withpart one, or get the full, ad freeCitizen Edition.Please support PEL! End song: "The ConstruKction of Light, Part 1" by King Crimson; listen to Mark with Trey Gunn on Nakedly Examined Music #21. Sponsors: Visit thegreatcoursesplus.com/PEL for a free month of learning andhempfusion.com w/ promo code PEL for 20% off your first order & free shipping.

66 MINOCT 15
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Ep. 227: What Is Social Construction? (Hacking, Berger) (Part Two)

Latest Episodes

Ep. 229: Descartes's Rules for Thinking (Part Two)

Continuing on René Descartes's Rules for Direction of the Mind (1628), covering rules 7 through the first part of the lengthy rule 12. We try to figure out what he means by "enumeration;" the faculties of imagination, sense and memory; the virtues of perspicacity and sagacity; his psychology of the senses, the "common sense" where all sense data comes together, and the understanding; how Descartes recommends we do scientific investigation; why syllogisms stink; and whether some people are just better at philosophy than others. Start with part 1. You don't need to wait for part 3; get the full, Citizen Edition now. Citizen Edition now? Please support PEL! Sponsor: Get 3 months of unlimited learning for $30 at thegreatcoursesplus.com/PEL.

53 MIN4 d ago
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Ep. 229: Descartes's Rules for Thinking (Part Two)

Pretty Much Pop #18: Stephen King's Media Empire

Is the most popular writer of our time actually a good writer? Or maybe he used to be good? While you've been thinking about those questions, King already wrote another book, so ha! Mark, Erica, and Brian share their experiences with and opinions about King's oeuvre and the films and shows that have come out of it. 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.

54 MIN1 w ago
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Pretty Much Pop #18: Stephen King's Media Empire

Ep. 229: Descartes's Rules for Thinking (Part One)

On René Descartes's Rules for Direction of the Mind (1628). Is there a careful way to approach problems that will ensure that you'll always be right? What if you just never assert anything you can't be sure of? This is Descartes's strategy, modeled on mathematics. We likewise carefully move step-by-step through this text. This is part 1 of 3; get the whole discussion now via theCitizen Edition now? Please support PEL! Sponsor: VisitHempFusion.comfor CBD supplements and use code PEL at check-out for 20% off/free shipping.

50 MIN1 w ago
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Ep. 229: Descartes's Rules for Thinking (Part One)

Pretty Much Pop #17: Comedy as Philosophy w/ Daniel Lobell

Are stand-up comedians the Modern Day Philosophers? This is the premise of Daniel's podcast, but really, only some comedians express original claims; many just tell jokes. Are those exceptional comics philosophizing? Does telling the whole, tragic truth rule out being funny? Daniel, Mark, Erica, and Brian consider Carlin, Gadsby, Chappelle, and others. For more, visit prettymuchpop.com.Hear bonus content for this episode atpatreon.com/prettymuchpop. This podcast is part of the Partially Examined Life podcast network and is curated by openculture.com. Sponsor:Visit Keeps.com/EXAMINED for a free month of hair loss treatment.

45 MIN2 w ago
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Pretty Much Pop #17: Comedy as Philosophy w/ Daniel Lobell

Ep. 228: Social Construction of Race (Appiah, Mills) (Part Two)

EContinuing on Kwame Anthony Appiah's "Race, Culture, Identity: Misunderstood Connections" (1994), Charles Mills's "But What Are You Really?, The Metaphysics of Race" (1998), and Neven Sesardic's "Race: A Social Destruction of a Biological Concept" (2010) with guest Coleman Hughes. Racial classifications vary geographically, therefore race is socially constructed. Given this, can we retain the positive aspects of group-identification without hierarchies and what Appiah calls "imperialism of identity?" Start with part one or get the full, ad-free Citizen Edition. Please support PEL! End song: "Tired Skin" by Alejandro Escovedo, as interviewed on Nakedly Examined Music #60. Sponsors: Get 3 months of unlimited learning for $30 at thegreatcoursesplus.com/PEL. Don't get left behind the now: subscribe to Pretty Much Pop.

47 MIN2 w ago
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Ep. 228: Social Construction of Race (Appiah, Mills) (Part Two)

NEM#108: Mike Watt's Punk Operas

EAce bassist Mike started with punk legends MINUTEMEN in the early '80s, broke into the majors with fireHOSE going into the 90s, and was so beloved by the alternative music scene that his first solo album in '94 was star-studded, with Eddie Vedder and Dave Grohl in the supporting tour. Mike has released three concept albums over the years and has collaborated on dozes of projects as well as backing Iggy Pop in the reformed Stooges. We discuss "Bob Dylan Wrote Propaganda Songs" by Minutemen from What Makes a Man Start Fires (1983), "The Boilerman" from Contemplating the Engine Room (1997), the first, second, and last sections from Hyphenated-Man (2011), and "I Got Marty Feldman Eyes" from the Big Walnuts Yonder self-titled album (2017). We conclude by listening to "Yeah, We’re Gonna Learn to Fall" by Jumpstarted Plowhards from Round One (2019) featuring Todd Congelliere. Intro: "Walking the Cow" by fireHOSE from Flyin’ the Flannel (1991). For more, visit mikewatt.com. Sponsor: Visit mackwledon.com and use code EXAMINED for 20% off Hear more Nakedly Examined Music. Like our Facebook page. Support us on Patreon.

58 MIN3 w ago
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NEM#108: Mike Watt's Punk Operas

Pretty Much Pop #16: 25 Years After FRIENDS

Mark, Erica, and Brianexamine the conventions, techniques, and staying power of the beloved '90s sitcom. Are we supposed to identify with, or idolize, or merely like these people? What makes the formula work, did it sustain itself over its 10-year run, was it successfully replicated, and what parts haven't aged well? For more, visit prettymuchpop.com.Hear bonus content for this episode atpatreon.com/prettymuchpop. This podcast is part of the Partially Examined Life podcast network and is curated by openculture.com. Sponsor: Visit mackweldon.com and enter the promo code POP for 20% off.

43 MIN3 w ago
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Pretty Much Pop #16: 25 Years After FRIENDS

Ep. 228: Social Construction of Race (Appiah, Mills) (Part One)

On Kwame Anthony Appiah's "Race, Culture, Identity: Misunderstood Connections" (1994), Charles Mills's "But What Are You Really?, The Metaphysics of Race" (1998), and Neven Sesardic's "Race: A Social Destruction of a Biological Concept" (2010). With guest Coleman Hughes. Don't wait for part two; get your full, ad-free Citizen Edition now. Please support PEL! Sponsors: NativeDeodorant.com (code PEL for 20% off), $15/month wireless at mintmobile.com/PEL, HempFusion.com(code PEL for 20% off/free shipping).

42 MIN3 w ago
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Ep. 228: Social Construction of Race (Appiah, Mills) (Part One)

Pretty Much Pop #15: Opera as Pop

Opera used to be a central part of European pop culture, Pavarotti was as big a pop star as they come. But still, it's now the quintessential art-form of the wealthy and snobbish. What gives? Guest Sean Spyres from Springfield Regional Opera joins his sister Erica along with Mark and Brian to discuss opera's place in culture (including its film appearances), how it's different from music theater, the challenges it faces and how it might become more relevant. For more, visit prettymuchpop.com.Hear bonus content for this episode atpatreon.com/prettymuchpop. This podcast is part of the Partially Examined Life podcast network and is curated by openculture.com.

41 MINOCT 16
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Pretty Much Pop #15: Opera as Pop

Ep. 227: What Is Social Construction? (Hacking, Berger) (Part Two)

Continuing Ian Hacking’s The Social Construction of What (1999) and Peter Berger's “Religion and World Construction" (1967). We break down Hacking's typology of construction arguments: Are they exploring where our ideas came from or trying to change things? Are they trying to state facts about nature vs. nurture or essentially political solicitations for us to reconceptualize in healthier ways? Plus, more about thesupposed divide between science wars and the culture wars and Berger's picture of the nomos (custom) defining what it is for us to live a meaningful life. Start withpart one, or get the full, ad freeCitizen Edition.Please support PEL! End song: "The ConstruKction of Light, Part 1" by King Crimson; listen to Mark with Trey Gunn on Nakedly Examined Music #21. Sponsors: Visit thegreatcoursesplus.com/PEL for a free month of learning andhempfusion.com w/ promo code PEL for 20% off your first order & free shipping.

66 MINOCT 15
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Ep. 227: What Is Social Construction? (Hacking, Berger) (Part Two)
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