Podcast Episodes

Apr 112014
 
Episode 92: Henri Bergson on How to Do Metaphysics

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:38:30 — 90.2MB) On “An Introduction to Metaphysics” (1903) How does metaphysics differ from science? While Kant had dismissed metaphysics as groundless speculation about things beyond human knowledge, Bergson sees it as a matter of grasping things “from the inside.” He calls this “intuition”: the kind of Read more…

Apr 082014
 
Precognition of Ep. 93: Free Will (via Strawsons)

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 14:29 — 13.4MB) Guest Tamler Sommers (from the Very Bad Wizards podcast) summarizes Galen Strawson’s “The Impossibility of Moral Responsibility” (1994) and his father P.F. Strawson’s “Freedom and Resentment” (1960). Read more about the topic and get the articles.

Mar 292014
 
Episode 91: Transhumanism (Plus More on Brin)

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:32:31 — 84.8MB) Continuing discussion of David Brin’s novel Existence (without him) and adding Nick Bostrom’s essay “Why I Want to Be a Posthuman When I Grow Up” (2006). Are our present human capabilities sufficient for meeting the challenges our civilization will face? Should we devote our Read more…

Mar 262014
 
Episode 90: Sci-Fi and Philosophy with Guest David Brin

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:35:22 — 87.4MB) Discussing David Brin’s novel Existence (2012) with the author. What’s the point of thinking? Brin sees the future as a pressing threat, and Existence speculates that the reason we don’t see evidence of life on other planets is that no species survives its technological Read more…

Mar 202014
 
Precognition of Ep. 92: Henri Bergson

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 15:58 — 14.8MB) Guest Matt Teichman (from the Elucidations podcast) introduces Bergson’s essay “An Introduction to Metaphysics.” Read more about the topic at partiallyexaminedlife.com.

Mar 122014
 
Episode 89: Berkeley: Only Ideas Exist!

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:33:52 — 86.0MB) On Bishop George Berkeley’s Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous (1713). While only a goon would deny the real existence of things like tables and chairs, does “real” existence have to mean existence as matter, i.e. as something that could exist in the absence Read more…

Feb 282014
 
Not School Digest #4: Sartre, Heidegger, Zizek, Marx, and Theater

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:09:26 — 63.7MB) Excerpts from PEL podcaster & listener discussions on Sartre’s Nausea, Heidegger’s “The Question Concerning Technology,” Slavoj Zizek’s Year of Dreaming Dangerously, Marx and Engels’s “Communist Manifesto,” Peter Schaffer’s play Equus, and Cormac McCarthy’s The Sunset Limited: A Novel in Dramatic Form. Plus an interview Read more…

Feb 242014
 
Precognition of Ep. 90: Sci-Fi & Philosophy (David Brin)

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 7:42 — 7.2MB) Mark Linsenmayer frames our upcoming discussion with sci-fi author David Brin about his 2012 novel Existence. Read more about the topic at partiallyexaminedlife.com. Listen to the episode. Get a transcript from our Free Stuff for Citizens page.

Feb 182014
 
Episode 88: G.E.M. Anscombe: Should We Use Moral Language?

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:47:04 — 98.1MB) On Elizabeth Anscombe’s “Modern Moral Philosophy” (1958), Intention sections 22-27 (1957), and “War and Murder” (1961). No, Anscombe thinks that our moral language was developed in a theistic context, and without a law-giver, the idea of a moral law or obligation doesn’t make sense. Read more…

Feb 182014
 
Precognition of Ep. 89: Berkeley

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 20:41 — 19.1MB) Listen to Wes Alwan’s introduction and summary for George Berkeley’s Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous. Read more about the topic and get the text at partiallyexaminedlife.com.

Jan 192014
 
Episode 87: Sartre on Freedom and Self-Deception

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:56:05 — 106.3MB) On Jean-Paul Sartre’s “Existentialism is a Humanism” (1946), “Bad Faith” (pt. 1, ch. 2 of Being & Nothingness, 1943), and his play No Exit (1944). What is human nature? Sartre says that there isn’t one, but there is a universal human condition, which is Read more…

Jan 182014
 
Precognition of Ep. 88: Anscombe

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 10:02 — 9.4MB) Special guest Philosophy Bro introduces us to Elizabeth Anscombe’s essay “Modern Moral Philosophy” and her book Intention (sections 22-27). Read more about the topic.

Jan 022014
 
Sartre's "No Exit" Read with Lucy Lawless & Jaime Murray

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:27:11 — 79.9MB) In support of our ep. #87 discussing Sartre, the PEL Players present our 2nd annual dramatic reading of a work of philosophical theater. Mark Linsenmayer and Wes Alwan are joined by real actresses Lucy Lawless (Xena, Battlestar Galactica, Parks & Recreation, etc.) and Jaime Read more…

Dec 242013
 
Episode 86: Thomas Kuhn on Scientific Progress

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:28:03 — 80.7MB) On The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, published mostly in 1962. Does scientific knowledge simply accumulate as we learn more and more, coming closer and closer to a full and truthful picture of the world? Kuhn says no! Instead, each scientific sub-culture has its own Read more…

Dec 202013
 
Precognition of Ep. 87: Sartre

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 8:53 — 8.3MB) Mark Linsenmayer lays out some themes from Jean-Paul Sartre’s “Existentialism is a Humanism” and the “Bad Faith” chapter (Part 1, Ch. 2) of Being & Nothingness. A transcript is available on our Citizen site’s Free Stuff page. Read more about the topic.

Dec 072013
 
Episode 85: Rawls on Social Justice

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:46:42 — 97.7MB) On John Rawls’s A Theory of Justice (1971), most of ch. 1-4. What makes for a just society? Rawls gives us a thought experiment: Imagine you don’t know whether you’re rich or poor or any of the other specifics of your situation (he calls Read more…

Dec 072013
 
Precognition of Ep. 86: Thomas Kuhn

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 5:48 — 5.5MB) Dylan Casey lays out Thomas Kuhn’s thesis in The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. The full PEL episode on this book will be released in a few weeks. Read more about the topic and get the book. A transcript is available on our Citizen site’s Read more…

Nov 112013
 
Episode 84: Nietzsche's "Gay Science"

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 2:09:50 — 118.9MB) On Friedrich Nietzsche’s The Gay Science (1882, with book 5 added 1887). What is wisdom? Nietzsche gives us an updated take on the Socratic project of challenging your most deeply held beliefs. Challenge not just your belief in God (“God is dead!”) but uncover Read more…

Nov 102013
 
Precognition of Ep. 85: John Rawls

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 10:47 — 10.1MB) Seth Paskin summarizes the John Rawls’s A Theory of Justice. The full PEL episode on this book will be released in a few weeks. Read more about the topic at partiallyexaminedlife.com. A transcript is available on our Citizen site’s Free Stuff page.

Nov 012013
 
Episode 83 Follow-Up: Q&A with Frithjof Bergmann

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 57:34 — 52.8MB) In light of our ep. 83, many listeners had questions on Frithjof’s social/political/economic proposals for creating a post-job, pro-meaningful-work world. Mark Linsenmayer here pitches a number of these questions (culled from our blog and Facebook group) to Frithjof. What would a future New Work Read more…