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  1. Episode 8: Wittgenstein’s Tractatus (and Carnap): What Can We Legitimately Talk About?


    Continuing last ep’s discussion of Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus with some Rudolph Carnap (a logical positivist from the Vienna Circle: “The Rejection of Metaphysics” from his 1935 book Philosophy and Logical Syntax) about what kind of crazy talk is outside of legitimate discourse.…Read more »

  2. Precognition of Ep. 82: Popper


    A summary of the first three essays in Karl Popper’s collection Conjectures and Refutations, read by Dylan Casey.

  3. Precognition of Ep. 87: Sartre


    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.

  4. Episode 94: Schopenhauer on Reading, Writing, and Thinking


    On Arthur Schopenhauer’s essays, “On Authorship and Style,” “On Thinking for Oneself,” and “On Genius” (all published 1851). Is the best way to do philosophy (or any art) to self-consciously build on the work of others to advance the genre? Schopenhauer says no!

  5. Episode 95: Gödel on Math


    On two unpublished essays considering the implications of Godel’s incompleteness theorems and asserting mathematical realism. With guest Adi Habbu.

  6. Episode 96: Oppenheimer and the Rhetoric of Science Advisers


    Discussing Lynda Walsh’s book “Scientists as Prophets: A Rhetorical Genealogy” (2013) with the author, focusing on Robert J. Oppenheimer. What is the role of the science adviser? Should scientists just “stick to the facts,” or can only someone with technical knowledge make decisions about what to actually do?

  7. Episode 101: Maimonides on God


    On Guide for the Perplexed about God’s lack of properties, featuring guest comedian Danny Lobell of the Modern Day Philosophers podcast.

Next up will be Michael J. Sandel, then Robert Nozick and Plato's Symposium.


  1. Jake

    August 1, 2014

    Hey! I’m sure you read this a lot, but, where is your Judith Butler’s “Gender Trouble” episode?

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      Mark Linsenmayer

      August 3, 2014

      I was contemplating a 2-fer for her a la Sandel. If gender trouble is her “classic” work to discuss w/o her, what would be the newer work to have her on w us to talk about, and is her current book good?

      • dmf

        August 3, 2014

        if you want a sort of conversational/topical text Dispossession isn’t bad but if you want a more systematic work than Giving an Account of Oneself would probably be the answer, would be a good guest/topic to push the Rhetoric/Philosophy issue and to perhaps eventually make a foray into ordinary language philosophy.

  2. Caroline

    August 2, 2014

    After being confined to bed by bronchitis for the last few days, I have found your discussions to be a great source of comfort. Although it is much easier to turn on TV instead of giving a damn about existential questions, the struggle itself, even without certain answers, is valuable. Thank you so much for the time and effort you guys have put into these talks.

  3. Ian

    August 7, 2014

    Hey, I love this whole project, and I want to thank you so much for it. It’s helped me think clearly through a lot of problems (both personal and academic) and I think you guys have done a great job of providing access to a difficult and sometimes exclusivist field without sacrificing content. Thank you.

    I know you guys probably get requests all the time, but I hope you don’t mind if I pitch another at you: could you guys please please maybe do some kind of introduction to Habermas? Maybe an outline of the theory of communicative action, or maybe the Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere, or anything really. I could really use some help. Thanks so much for being awesome!

    • Jason

      August 11, 2014

      Ditto on Habermas.

  4. Malebranche

    August 28, 2014

    When are you going to do an episode on Malebranche?

  5. Gabriel

    September 1, 2014

    Hi guys! Very much enjoying your shows and would like to suggest a recommendation
    George Spencer Brown ‘Laws of Form’
    I read it every now and then and feel that it expresses densely logical and phenomenological topics you touch. At the same time I wonder as an amateur philosopher how legit the work is, so to have it reflected by you guys would be a treat

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