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Mark Linsenmayer has lived in Madison, WI since 2000, has two kids, and works from home writing about transportation research. He’s got a band called New People, a big catalog of work with previous bands, and dabbles in fiction (read this). When in grad school for philosophy, he mostly studied continental philosophy and philosophy of mind, with interests in phenomenology and explanations of consciousness. He more recently taught an ethics course for several semesters at Lakeland College.

After growing up as an Air Force brat, Seth Paskin went to Reed College in Portland, OR for undergrad and UT @ Austin in 1992 for grad school. After taking a leave of absence from his dissertation, he never went back and has spent 12 years in various roles in the technology industry. Seth is strongly committed to the Austin community, recently retiring from the Board of Crime Prevention Institute, an area non-profit that serves ex-offenders. In grad school he focused on German philosophy, particularly Martin Heidegger, and spent some time looking at the intersection of Jewish and Western thought.

HeadshotWes Alwan (wesalwan@gmail.com) lives in Boston, Massachusetts, where he works at home as a writer and researcher. Born in Savannah, GA, he spent part of his childhood in England and Ireland, and has also lived in Maryland, Texas, Manhattan, Maine, and Virginia. In grad school he focused on Ancient philosophy and then Kant and Nietzsche. For his undergraduate degree he attended a small liberal arts (“great books”) school in Annapolis Maryland, called St. John’s college, where he studied the history of science and mathematics, philosophy, and comparative literature.

Dylan Casey studied physics and political philosophy as an undergrad at Michigan State University and experimental high energy particle physics as a graduate student at the University of Rochester, working primarily on the Dzero experiment at Fermilab in Illinois. For the past ten years he’s been on the faculty at St. John’s College. He has abiding interests in pragmatism, field theory, and the notion of authority. He’s currently on leave, living in Middleton, WI, doing research in radiation therapy delivery. He’s also Mark’s brother-in-law. Dylan is the newest “regular” on the ‘cast, but appeared as a guest as far back as episode 13.

 

You may also read blog posts here by occasional guest Daniel Horne; he also helps with our Twitter feed and is entirely responsible for our YouTube presence. Daniel lives in San Francisco with his wife and cat and practices immigration law for a living. He provides pro bono legal aid through the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and AILA’s Military Assistance Program. A philosophy dilettante, his sole undergraduate exposure to the subject was reading too much Camus and Sartre. He turned to philosophy later in life after developing an interest in ontology, and is currently obsessed with Wittgenstein. He speaks Japanese poorly.

We include guest participants on many of our episodes, and can often rope those folks into contributing to this blog as well. To learn about any of these people, just do a search on this site to find the episode the person appeared on, which will typically link to his or her blog or other web page. If you would like to appear on the ‘cast and/or contribute to the blog, you can pitch yourself to us via e-mail.

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  1. Chris Pieper

    June 2, 2014

    Hey guys,

    I love your podcast, and wish you had your own NPR show. I can’t think of a better service to democracy (and society generally) than an entertaining and well-prepared discussion of philosophy in the public sphere.

    I’m a sociologist and benefit enormously from your unpacking of much of the continental philosophy that ultimately gave rise to the social theory we use every day. I wonder if you would consider an episode (or series) on mainstream social theorists, such as Anthony Giddens (influenced by Wittgenstein), Jurgen Habermas (Kant and Marx), or even a classical guy like Emile Durkheim?

    Thanks for your excellent, and Wes — I am so envious of sonorous baritone voice. I hope you are able to make money off that one day. :)

    Keep up the great work!

    Chris

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      Mark Linsenmayer

      June 2, 2014

      Hi, Chris,

      We’ve long had at least Durkheim on the list to cover, and Habermas too. It’d be nice to have a real sociologist as a guest for one of those… shoot me an email if you’re interested.

      Thanks, -Mark

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