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The Partially Examined Life

Mark Linsenmayer

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The Partially Examined Life
The Partially Examined Life

The Partially Examined Life

Mark Linsenmayer

533
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1.6K
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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. 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. 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 MIN3 d ago
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Ep. 227: What Is Social Construction? (Hacking, Berger) (Part Two)

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

EOn Ian Hacking’s The Social Construction of What (1999) and Peter Berger's “Religion and World Construction" (1967). Guest Coleman Hughes from Dilemma joins us to survey the types of social construction arguments: the "culture wars" (e.g. race, gender) and the "science wars" (scientific findings are not read off the world but emerge from history). Something can be constructed, yet still be an objective truth we have to deal with. Don't wait for part two; get the full, ad free Citizen Edition now. Please support PEL! Sponsor: Visit hempfusion.com w/ promo code PEL for 20% off & free shipping.

45 MIN1 w ago
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Ep. 227: What Is Social Construction? (Hacking, Berger) (Part One)

NEM#106: John Colpitts (aka Kid Millions/Man Forever): Heavy Meditations

John founded the Brooklyn space-rock cooperative Oneida in the mid 90s and has put out 13 albums with them plus four as his solo project Man Forever and several others as collaborations or as Kid Millions. We discuss two tracks by Man Forever from Play What They Want (2017): "You Were Never Here" and "Twin Torches" (feat. Laurie Anderson), then Oneida's "All in Due Time" from Romance (2018), and listen to "Nine Years of Facing a Wall" by Fox Millions Duo from Biting Through (2019). Intro: "Sheets of Easter" by Oneida from Each One Teach One (2002). For more, see johnwilliamcolpitts.com. Sponsor: Visit Keeps.com/EXAMINED for a free month of hair loss treatment. Hear more Nakedly Examined Music. Like our Facebook page. Support us on Patreon.

73 MIN2 w ago
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NEM#106: John Colpitts (aka Kid Millions/Man Forever): Heavy Meditations

Pretty Much Pop #13: TV Revivals Revived!

Revivals (not to be confused with reboots) can bring us back to the comfort of old friends, who are now really old. But is reviving a show really ever a good idea? Mark, Erica, and Brian consider some successes, failures, and hypotheticals. 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.

39 MIN2 w ago
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Pretty Much Pop #13: TV Revivals Revived!

Ep. 226: Francis Bacon Invents Science (Part Two)

Continuing on Sir Francis Bacon's New Organon (1620). We cover more of Bacon's "idols" and how Bacon divides religion from science (and what this means politically). We then move on to book 2, including Bacon's novel update of the term "form," and take a look at Bacon's method of doing science by filling out tables before actually doing experiments. Start with part one or get the full, unbroken Citizen Edition. Please support PEL, like, getPatreon's feed for a mere $1/month. End song: "Stuck in a Cave" by Chrome Cranks; hear Mark talk to singer/songwriter Peter Aaron on Nakedly Examined Music #93. Sponsor: Get three months of unlimited access to The Great Courses Plus at thegreatcoursesplus.com/PEL.

63 MIN2 w ago
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Ep. 226: Francis Bacon Invents Science (Part Two)

Pretty Much Pop #12: Once Upon a Tarantino Film

Wes Alwan joins Mark, Erica, and Brianto discuss Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood in the context of Tarantino's other films. We consider T'sstrange sense of pacing, his comic violence, his historical revisionism, and casting choices.Is this a brilliant film or a fundamentally misguided idea badly in need of an editor? 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.

47 MIN3 w ago
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Pretty Much Pop #12: Once Upon a Tarantino Film

Ep. 226: Francis Bacon Invents Science (Part One)

On Sir Francis Bacon's New Organon (1620). Bacon claims to have developed a new toolset that will open up nature to inquiry in a way that wasn't possible for ancient and modern natural philosophy. Mark, Wes, and Dylan consider how much what Bacon describes resembles modern scientific method, talk through Bacon's "four idols" that interfere with impartial inquiry, and consider how Bacon's method fits in with his larger political-ethical-religious views. Don't wait for part two; get the full, unbroken Citizen Edition now. Please support PEL!

43 MIN3 w ago
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Ep. 226: Francis Bacon Invents Science (Part One)

Pretty Much Pop #11: The Live Music Experience

Dave Hamilton (from Gig Gab) joinsMark, Erica, and Brian to weigh concert-going (and theater-going) against the technological alternatives. Why are tickets so pricey? Do tribute bands fulfill our needs? Should audiences ideally be on drugs? These are but a few of the questions we breeze through. 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.

49 MINSEP 17
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Pretty Much Pop #11: The Live Music Experience

Ep. 225: Simone Weil on War and Oppression (Part Two)

Continuing on Simone Weil's essays "The Iliad, or the Poem of Force" (1939) and "Analysis of Oppression" (1934) with guest Corey Mohler. We talk about the self-contradictions of power, why oppression and war are so intractable, and her positive solution (what there is of it here). Weil cuts through our left-right political dichotomy in a way that might interest you. Plus, why the Iliad is so great. Start with part one or get the full, ad-free Citizen Edition. Please support PEL! End song: "Throw Down the Sword" from Wishbone Ash; hear Andy Powell on Nakedly Examined Music #51. Sponsors: Visit thegreatcoursesplus.com/PEL, mintmobile.com/PEL, and omnifocus.com.

62 MINSEP 16
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Ep. 225: Simone Weil on War and Oppression (Part Two)

Pretty Much Pop #10: The Handmaid's Tale

Mark, Erica, and Brian take on both Margaret Atwood's 1985 novel plus the TV series, getting into the transition from page to screen, taking the work as political speech vs. art, Atwood's phenomenology and neologisms (prayvaganza!), plus the roles of race and (lack of) comic relief in the story. 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.

46 MINSEP 11
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Pretty Much Pop #10: The Handmaid's Tale

Latest Episodes

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. 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 MIN3 d ago
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Ep. 227: What Is Social Construction? (Hacking, Berger) (Part Two)

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

EOn Ian Hacking’s The Social Construction of What (1999) and Peter Berger's “Religion and World Construction" (1967). Guest Coleman Hughes from Dilemma joins us to survey the types of social construction arguments: the "culture wars" (e.g. race, gender) and the "science wars" (scientific findings are not read off the world but emerge from history). Something can be constructed, yet still be an objective truth we have to deal with. Don't wait for part two; get the full, ad free Citizen Edition now. Please support PEL! Sponsor: Visit hempfusion.com w/ promo code PEL for 20% off & free shipping.

45 MIN1 w ago
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Ep. 227: What Is Social Construction? (Hacking, Berger) (Part One)

NEM#106: John Colpitts (aka Kid Millions/Man Forever): Heavy Meditations

John founded the Brooklyn space-rock cooperative Oneida in the mid 90s and has put out 13 albums with them plus four as his solo project Man Forever and several others as collaborations or as Kid Millions. We discuss two tracks by Man Forever from Play What They Want (2017): "You Were Never Here" and "Twin Torches" (feat. Laurie Anderson), then Oneida's "All in Due Time" from Romance (2018), and listen to "Nine Years of Facing a Wall" by Fox Millions Duo from Biting Through (2019). Intro: "Sheets of Easter" by Oneida from Each One Teach One (2002). For more, see johnwilliamcolpitts.com. Sponsor: Visit Keeps.com/EXAMINED for a free month of hair loss treatment. Hear more Nakedly Examined Music. Like our Facebook page. Support us on Patreon.

73 MIN2 w ago
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NEM#106: John Colpitts (aka Kid Millions/Man Forever): Heavy Meditations

Pretty Much Pop #13: TV Revivals Revived!

Revivals (not to be confused with reboots) can bring us back to the comfort of old friends, who are now really old. But is reviving a show really ever a good idea? Mark, Erica, and Brian consider some successes, failures, and hypotheticals. 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.

39 MIN2 w ago
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Pretty Much Pop #13: TV Revivals Revived!

Ep. 226: Francis Bacon Invents Science (Part Two)

Continuing on Sir Francis Bacon's New Organon (1620). We cover more of Bacon's "idols" and how Bacon divides religion from science (and what this means politically). We then move on to book 2, including Bacon's novel update of the term "form," and take a look at Bacon's method of doing science by filling out tables before actually doing experiments. Start with part one or get the full, unbroken Citizen Edition. Please support PEL, like, getPatreon's feed for a mere $1/month. End song: "Stuck in a Cave" by Chrome Cranks; hear Mark talk to singer/songwriter Peter Aaron on Nakedly Examined Music #93. Sponsor: Get three months of unlimited access to The Great Courses Plus at thegreatcoursesplus.com/PEL.

63 MIN2 w ago
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Ep. 226: Francis Bacon Invents Science (Part Two)

Pretty Much Pop #12: Once Upon a Tarantino Film

Wes Alwan joins Mark, Erica, and Brianto discuss Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood in the context of Tarantino's other films. We consider T'sstrange sense of pacing, his comic violence, his historical revisionism, and casting choices.Is this a brilliant film or a fundamentally misguided idea badly in need of an editor? 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.

47 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Pretty Much Pop #12: Once Upon a Tarantino Film

Ep. 226: Francis Bacon Invents Science (Part One)

On Sir Francis Bacon's New Organon (1620). Bacon claims to have developed a new toolset that will open up nature to inquiry in a way that wasn't possible for ancient and modern natural philosophy. Mark, Wes, and Dylan consider how much what Bacon describes resembles modern scientific method, talk through Bacon's "four idols" that interfere with impartial inquiry, and consider how Bacon's method fits in with his larger political-ethical-religious views. Don't wait for part two; get the full, unbroken Citizen Edition now. Please support PEL!

43 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Ep. 226: Francis Bacon Invents Science (Part One)

Pretty Much Pop #11: The Live Music Experience

Dave Hamilton (from Gig Gab) joinsMark, Erica, and Brian to weigh concert-going (and theater-going) against the technological alternatives. Why are tickets so pricey? Do tribute bands fulfill our needs? Should audiences ideally be on drugs? These are but a few of the questions we breeze through. 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.

49 MINSEP 17
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Pretty Much Pop #11: The Live Music Experience

Ep. 225: Simone Weil on War and Oppression (Part Two)

Continuing on Simone Weil's essays "The Iliad, or the Poem of Force" (1939) and "Analysis of Oppression" (1934) with guest Corey Mohler. We talk about the self-contradictions of power, why oppression and war are so intractable, and her positive solution (what there is of it here). Weil cuts through our left-right political dichotomy in a way that might interest you. Plus, why the Iliad is so great. Start with part one or get the full, ad-free Citizen Edition. Please support PEL! End song: "Throw Down the Sword" from Wishbone Ash; hear Andy Powell on Nakedly Examined Music #51. Sponsors: Visit thegreatcoursesplus.com/PEL, mintmobile.com/PEL, and omnifocus.com.

62 MINSEP 16
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Ep. 225: Simone Weil on War and Oppression (Part Two)

Pretty Much Pop #10: The Handmaid's Tale

Mark, Erica, and Brian take on both Margaret Atwood's 1985 novel plus the TV series, getting into the transition from page to screen, taking the work as political speech vs. art, Atwood's phenomenology and neologisms (prayvaganza!), plus the roles of race and (lack of) comic relief in the story. 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.

46 MINSEP 11
Comments
Pretty Much Pop #10: The Handmaid's Tale