Podcast Episodes

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  1. Episode 9: Utilitarian Ethics: What Should We Do?


    Discussing Jeremy Bentham’s An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation chapters 1-5, John Stuart Mill’s Utilitarianism, and Peter Singer’s “Famine, Affluence, and Morality.”

  2. PREVIEW-Episode 16: Danto on Art


    Discussing three essays by Arthur Danto from The Philosophical Disenfranchisement of Art (1986): the title essay, “The Appreciation and Interpretation of Works of Art,” and “The End of Art.”

  3. Episode 33: Montaigne: What Is the Purpose of Philosophy?


    Discussing Michel de Montaigne’s Essays: “That to Philosophize is to Learn to Die,” “Of Experience,” “Of Cannibals,” “Of the Education of Children,” and “Of Solitude” (all from around 1580) with some discussion of “Apology for Raymond Sebond.”

  4. Episode 35: Hegel on Self-Consciousness


    Discussing G.F.W. Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit (1807), Part B (aka Ch. 4), “Self-Consciousness,” plus recapping the three chapters before that (Part A. “Consciousness”).

  5. Episode 43: Arguments for the Existence of God


    Discussing the arguments by Descartes, St. Anselm, Thomas Aquinas, William Paley, Kant, and others, as analyzed in J.L. Mackie’s The Miracle of Theism: Arguments For and Against the Existence of God (1983), chapters 1-3, 5-6, 8, and 11.

  6. Episode 51: Semiotics and Structuralism (Saussure, et al)


    On Ferdinand de Saussure’s Course in General Linguistics (1916) (Part I and Part II, Ch. 4), Claude Levi-Strauss’s “The Structural Study of Myth” (1955), and Jacques Derrida’s “Structure, Sign, and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences” (1966).

  7. Episode 65: The Federalist Papers


    On Alexander Hamilton/James Madison’s Federalist Papers (1, 10-12, 14-17, 39, 47-51), published as newspaper editorials 1787-8, plus Letters III and IV from Brutus, an Anti-Federalist.

  8. Not School Digest Jan 2013: A Bonus Quasisode


    Excerpts of discussions about Deleuze & Guattari’s A Thousand Plateaus, an article on emergence called “More Is Different” by Nobel Prize Winning physicist P.W. Anderson, John Searle’s Mind: A Brief Introduction, and Italo Calvino’s trippy science fantasy novel Cosmicomics.

  9. Episode 74: Jacques Lacan’s Psychology


    On Bruce Fink’s The Lacanian Subject (1996) and Lacan’s “The Mirror Stage as Formative of the Function of the I as Revealed in Psychoanalytic Experience” (1949).

  10. Precognition of Ep. 82: Popper


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

  11. 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.

  12. Not School Digest #4: Sartre, Heidegger, Zizek, Marx, and Theater


    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 with Hillary Sydlowski, leader of the Not School Introductory Readings in Philosophy Group.

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


    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).

  14. Precognition of Ep. 95: Gödel


    Guest Adi Habbu lays out Kurt Gödel’s famous incompleteness theorems and describes some highlights from “Some Basic Theorems on the Foundations of Mathematics and their Implications” (1951) and “The Modern Development of the Foundations of Mathematics in Light of Philosophy” (1961).

  15. 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!

  16. Precognition of Ep. 96: Oppenheimer’s Rhetoric


    Guest Lynda Walsh describes her book Scientists as Prophets: A Rhetorical Genealogy, focusing on J. Robert Oppenheimer’s conflicted position after WWII as science advisor and anti-nuke spokesman.

  17. 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.

  18. 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?

  19. 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.

  20. Episode 102: Emerson on Wisdom and Individuality


    On Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “The American Scholar” lecture (1837) and his essays “Self-Reliance” and “Circles” (1841). Be yourself! Don’t conform! Realize your oneness with the universe!

  21. Episode 107: Edmund Burke on the Sublime


    On A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful, where young Burke lays out our knee-jerk aesthetic reactions, including those to scary things at a safe distance.

  22. Episode 108: Dangers of A.I. with Guest Nick Bostrom


    On Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, and Strategies (2014) with the author. What can we predict about, and how can we control in advance, the motivations of the entity likely to result from eventual advances in machine learning?

  23. Ep. 109 Aftershow (Preview) with Stephen West


    The first chunk of our new after-the-episode discussion, featuring Stephen West from Philosophize This! and Mark Linsenmayer. This is a 20-min preview of a 72-min discussion that can be found in full on our Free Stuff for Citizens page.

  24. Ep. 110 Aftershow (Preview) with Stephen West


    Stephen West returns: Citizens should go to the Free Stuff page to get the new Aftershow on Whitehead featuring Dylan Casey and David Buchanan, and you can all listen to the first chunk of the discussion now. Join us for the next Aftershow on March 8 at 5pm Eastern.


  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.

      • Brennan Lester

        December 14, 2014

        “Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of Sex” is a book Butler wrote 3 years after Gender Trouble that is considered in many ways an essential clarification and refinement of her insights from that one. Butler’s “Sex and Gender in Simone de Beauvoir’s Second Sex” may be a very helpful short essay to read (her elucidation of Beauvoir’s famous dictum “One is not born, but rather becomes, woman” makes it much easier to understand the aim of Butler’s theory of performativity).

        Not to get wrapped up in the specter of influence, but if precursory readings are a concern; Foucault’s The History of Sexuality, if only the first volume, is the work that most closely defines Butler’s methodology concerning history and subjectivity. I was just recently listening to your episode on Foucault’s Discipline & Punish and his History of Sexuality came up over and over again, so perhaps now would be a good time to revisit Michel!

      • BP

        February 22, 2015

        I would say that if you want to read and discuss Judith Butler in two parts, you’d be well-advised to go to her most popular and accessible books. Gender Trouble is the right first choice and foundational, important and established her reputation.
        But in the intervening years, the subject matter (and philosophical orientation) has altered… a lot… I think you’d want to read from Precarious Life and Frames of War… smaller books with contemporary themes relating to (1) violence and “grievability” in the post 9-11, war on terror, etc. world, (2) the consequences of neoliberalism- creation of precarious populations, which, put together, relate to the eventual direction of her critical public stances on the uses of antisemitism, politics of Israel-Palestine and the US; and reading from Levinas to Arendt and others. And if this sounds contentious, you know, you don’t have to talk a lot of specific contemporary politics in order to make use of this stuff, I don’t think, aside from a strongly critical attitude to global power and exclusion & expulsions (which is undoubtedly politically sensitive).

  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

  6. Adiste

    October 2, 2014

    I’d love to hear an episode on Korzybski and General Semantics.

  7. Jackson

    October 5, 2014

    One idea for a different kind of episode might be to review a film with philosophic issues and have a regular or two or a guest portray a philosopher who joins in the review.

    Have you considered reviewing Richard Linklater’s Waking Life?

    • jackson

      October 18, 2014

      I discovered that the diet soap podcast did an episode on waking life but barely from a Marxist perspective. I think there is more there that you all could discuss. it would tie a number of ideas from different episodes. but perhaps u aren’t interested….your call

  8. Schizophrenic Hegel

    October 10, 2014

    Hey guys!
    Of course, I think you’re absolutely brilliant and I find your podcast, if not my primary source of education, my primary source of entertainment.

    I was just thinking, you’ve had some episodes about Hegel and you’ve also mentioned Fichte and Schelling. I’ve found very little material about them, besides them being mentioned, and I was wondering as a suggestion if you perhaps could do an episode about them and their impact on Hegel’s metaphysics. I find german idealism to be something very insane and totally bat-shit exciting – I think it would be a great and inspiring episode. Also, I think, maybe, Hegel will make a lot more “sense” to people if they know something about his predecessors.

    I have no idea what your supposed to read – perhaps some groundwork from Fichte and Schelling and then some general discussion about their impact on Hegel…?

    It would really make things a lot more easy – okay, maybe not easy, but at least – enjoyable.

    Some signs of appreciation – from Sweden.

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      Mark Linsenmayer

      October 12, 2014

      Hi, SH from Sweden,

      I’d definitely like to do some Fichte and/or Schelling within the next year. Thanks for reminding me! Best, -Mark

  9. Fred

    October 16, 2014

    Loved listening to you destroy Ayn Rand. Now you have Nozick lined up and that’s all good but I’d like to suggest that you take a look at Michael Huemer’s The Problem of Political Authority. Unlike Rand and Nozick I dare say you will find it extremely challenging. (Philosophically that is, it’s an easy and accessible read)

    • Fred

      October 16, 2014

      Clarification: the *first half* of Michael Huemer’s The Problem of Political Authority, not the second half.

  10. Dan

    October 19, 2014

    Ok, here is yet another request. Plato’s Philebus (huzzah, let’s talk knowledge and pleasure) and an episode on philosophy and literature (or philosophy of literature) with some examples from literary works that have a philosophical bent e.g. works of Jane Austen or Shakespeare. I’m guessing you’ll need a guest for either of these topics.

  11. Sina

    October 23, 2014

    Hi I really love your podcast. However, there is one thing that gets me distracted. Recently I’ve noticed it’s the fact that it’s a traditional podcast, i.e. it doesn’t have a video. Everytime I listen to something without video it’s very likely for me to zone out. Would that be a possibility to film yourselves as well?


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      Seth Paskin

      October 23, 2014

      Hey Sina
      When we first started the podcast 5 years ago, the bandwidth requirements for video were prohibitive and we had issues just keeping the audio strong over Skype. We could add video now through Google hangouts or something else but there’s really nothing to see. Us sitting there with headphones. In my case you would just see my spit guard.

      Also, we record about 2.5 – 3 hours that get edited down to the 1.5 average podcast. I wouldn’t want to be on display for that length of time :)

  12. Professor Onion

    November 3, 2014

    Chomsky says that there is no relation between words and things out there in the world. Would like to hear you guys chat about this, specifically in response to Wittgenstein.

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    November 5, 2014

    Here’s my suggestion: Capital in the 21st Century by Piketty.

    I feel this is one of the few works in economics that has made it into popular parlance. This would also be an opportunity to discuss a work that has resonated with more people than the select few that enjoy academic philosophy.

    It would be easy to edit the reading selection down as the brunt of the book is statistics supporting his theses. You could also discuss the Wall Street Journal response and Piketty’s rebuttal.

    Just a suggestion. Have loved all the episodes so far.

    • Jean

      November 8, 2014


  14. joe

    November 6, 2014

    good work and great podcast…

  15. A Aron Mcluggins

    November 12, 2014

    EY MAN. Why YALL aint do a episode on doug hofstadter “I AM A STRANGE LOOP” Thats my JAAAAAYYAMMMM

  16. bob

    November 24, 2014

    Love the range of thoughts… have you ever considered covering of the distopian novels of Orwell, Huxley or Zamyatin? (1984, Animal Farm, Brave New World, We?) Cumulatively the political ideas expressed within encompass many of the fine philosophies of thinkers before. Just a suggestion…

  17. Blair Nicholson

    December 2, 2014

    I wanted to suggest an episode on Sam Harris’ novel “The Moral Landscape” Particularly a philosophical break down at its weak and strong points. Thanks for your time and I wanted to express my enjoyment in your podcast, great work!

  18. Adam

    December 29, 2014

    Hi guys, big fan! Just wanted to say (apart from all the other fantastic and amazing episodes) I really enjoyed and find myself ruminating on the Sandel episodes. There was a great dynamic with conflicting arguments that had very real and present ideas that were extremely interesting to hear be battered back and forth by some informed minds (for once!) Again not to say that this doesn’t happen with the other episodes, this one just seems to be stuck in the ol’ mind lately as I walk around thinking,

    I wish I could go on about how important I think your show is to discourse in the modern landscape. But it would most likely be an anticlimactic read for you all and keep you away from podcasting.

    Keep up the great work!


  19. Doc Benway

    December 31, 2014

    I’d love to hear an episode on Alain Badiou. His book ETHICS: AN ESSAY ON AN UNDERSTANDING OF EVIL is short and concise enough that you could easily read the entire text before a discussion, and have a pretty decent grasp of his project and his theory of ethics [the book was written for French high school students]. The perfect follow-up text is PHILOSOPHY AND THE EVENT, which is really a series of interview discussions, and it is really good because he explicates his four proposed realms of Truth: love, art, politics, and science. Of course, if you really wanted to dig into the nuts and bolts of his project, you’d have to read BEING AND EVENT, where he lays out his use/understanding of set theory

  20. priya talwar

    December 31, 2014

    Hi Team PEL,
    I have only started listening in to your podcast. Amazing job no doubt and please keep up the efforts. I wonder whether you guys have your own or had doubts or hesitated or hesitate even now about what you are doing on PEL.
    I am writing from India and am always concerned why I (even though I graduated in literature in English) know none of the great philosophical writing or writers from India. Sad but anyway, PEl is something most people can relate with, that’s why it works so well.
    Keep up the good work.

    • Sokratis Karayiannidis

      December 31, 2014

      They did do an episode on Nagarjuna, who comes from India. The basic problem though is that in the West, nobody studies Indian philosophy in a philosophy department; you can only really study Indian philosophy in the West if you study Indian language and literature at university. Consquently philosophy students graduate with a very one-sided view of what philosophy is and can be. The podcasters mentioned they would like to do more episodes on Indian philosophy–perhaps if you or someone you know has more experitise on Indian philosophy, then something can be arranged?

  21. Erlend

    January 7, 2015

    Great show, guys! Would you consider doing an episode on Peter Wessel Zapffe? I think that would be both entertaining and interesting.

    Shine on,

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      Mark Linsenmayer

      January 7, 2015

      Thanks, Erlend. I hadn’t heard of him; he looks very in line with some of the other existentialists we’ve covered. I’ll keep him in mind, and if we get enough requests for him over time, then we’ll likely add him to the list. Best, -Mark

      • Doc Benway

        January 9, 2015

        Or you might consider Thomas Ligotti’s The Conspiracy Against the Human Race. Ligotti is highly regarded in Weird Fiction circles, and is considered the modern, cranky heir to H.P. Lovecraft. “Conspiracy” is a culmination/survey of numerous nihilists and their best cases that, well, life really isn’t worth living. Ligotti isn’t a philosopher proper, but he tries his darndest. His prose is inky black, which would make it perhaps a bit more enjoyable reading than one typically gets from the philosophical set. I believe that Peter Wessel Zapffe is one of the philosophers discussed in the text. “Conspiracy” was also an inspiration on the show True Detective [particularly, Detective Rust Cohle], but don’t hold that against it ;-)

        • Ahnntie

          March 10, 2015

          Ligotti’s “The Conspiracy…” is neat, but if you were going to do a show in that direction I’d suggest a general one on pessimistic philosophy/antinatalism that is explored through that work.

          More scholarly works you could bring in are Schopenhauer’s series of essays “Studies In Pessimism” which are actually very entertaining and readable and the contemporary work “Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming into Existence” by the ironically named David Benatar. There have also been a few critical responses to Benatar’s work that could be worked in as well.

    • Ioannis

      January 11, 2015

      This guy sounds really interesting–I second!

  22. Nik

    January 21, 2015

    I only just found this podcast…I can’t believe how much incredible content is housed on this website!! Is this not the greatest public repository of philosophical discourse ever created??? I have an estimated 120 hours of listening enjoyment and countless more hours of background reading to get caught up, but loving every minute of it. Thank you!!

      • Nik

        February 14, 2015

        Nearly an hour per day…enough that you and Wes are now the voices of some of my own thoughts…that can’t be good!

        So glad to see that you’ve rolled Stephen West into the mix. His was my first philosophy podcast – and it was funny to hear him be so animated and amped when speaking about Jaspers…he is always great, but definitely brought a ton of excitement with him when speaking with the panel.

        Thanks for your continued efforts!

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    January 31, 2015

    I know you have already done a Merleau-Ponty episode, but it would be awesome to hear your analysis of the Phenomenology of Perception. The literature you guys read on the Phenomenology of Perception, while helpful, is a very cursory representation of the book. I think most of your concerns would be answered if you read the book itself. There are some extremely good criticisms of rationalism and empiricism, not to mention the most effective refutation of the mind/body dualism that I have ever encountered. “The Body as Object and Mechanistic Physiology” is one of the most influential chapters I have ever read in my philosophical career. Finally, the chapter dealing with sexuality is both disturbing and comical at the same time, which might make for some good PEL comedy banter!

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      Seth Paskin

      February 14, 2015

      Thanks Pablo. I think we knew when we did it that the text didn’t do him justice for our format and we’ll probably revisit him at some point.

  24. ideapad

    February 3, 2015

    I appreciate you for these great shows!
    Would you consider doing an episode on Ernst Cassirer and philosophy of symbolic Forms?

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      Jeffrey Hipolito

      March 12, 2015

      Hello guys, thank you for the wonderful job you do of freeing philosophy from academic crustiness. I’d like to suggest a show on Paul Ricoeur–say, Oneself as Another, which bridges that Analytic/Continental divide. I’d also like to second the votes elsewhere for Fichte and/or Schelling, and to add an additional plug for Levinas.

      Thanks again for your heroic efforts–my Intro to Philosophy students are gobbling them up!

  25. BenL

    February 7, 2015


    thanks for your great work, guys!

    I wonder how many requests, if any, you’ve had to do an episode on Wilfrid Sellars? Have you thought about doing one? Why or why not??


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      Mark Linsenmayer

      February 7, 2015

      Yes, Sellars is one of the next analytic guys on our list and has been for a year (Kripke too, and J.L. Austin and Donald Davidson); however, we’ve not prioritized that line of readings of late and I don’t see us returning to them before the summer.

  26. Bryan

    February 13, 2015

    PEL fills a hole for me. I graduated from Shimer College last year, which is a “Great Books” school kind of like St. John’s but with more Foucault and de Beauvoir, less Euclid (same seminar format though). So listening to these podcasts is like going back to school, far more so than the lecture series I’d been subsisting on until I found your show. I’m sure you’ve got episode requests lined up to last us through the next two presidencies, but I humbly submit a few more for your consideration:

    As lovers and makers (well, Mark) of pop music, you might enjoy picking apart Theodor Adorno’s contention that anything that’s not by Schoenberg is a sadomasochistic submission to late capitalism. In fact, your podcast is uniquely suited to a discussion of aesthetic theories of music since you could actually listen to 20 seconds of Schoenberg on-tape and put him up against 20 seconds of Sleater-Kinney or M.I.A. or what have you. I only know Adorno through secondary sources so I can’t recommend a particular essay, but “Uber Jazz” and “On the Fetish-Character in Music and the Regression of Listening” both seem at a glance to be characteristic examples of his crotchety cynicism.

    I take Julia Kristeva and Luce Irigaray to be philosophy’s reward to us for humoring Lacan and Derrida. A podcast on either would be challenging but fun, especially an episode on Kristeva and Mikhail Bakhtin as an overdue chaser to your Saussure–Levi-Strauss–Derrida episode, i.e. selections from Bakhtin’s ‘Discourse in the Novel’ side by side with Kristeva’s ‘Word, Dialogue, and Novel’.

    I’ve always been curious about Leo Strauss and Allan Bloom’s conspiratorial readings of Plato and Western political philosophy in general. I imagine you Annapolis Johnnies would know a thing or two about the cult of Strauss. Plus, “The Closing of the American Mind” was kind of notorious outside academia. An episode evaluating Strauss, Bloom, and their relationship to conservatism and the Neo-Con elite would be eye-opening, one way or another.

    I can’t thank you enough for doing this show, by the way, or tell you how much I admire you guys and (most of) your guests. I don’t have a lot of role models who are still alive and in their ascendancy. Discussing ideas is more interesting to me than fighting for publication and tenure, though I’ll likely have to do a lot of both before I can finally get to do what you do and make a living out of it.

    • Jean

      February 26, 2015

      For Adorno on the culture industry (how capitalism screws up popular music and makes it into a tool for quelling resistence) read the culture industry chapter of Dialectic of Enlightenment. For his own aesthetic theories, you want to read Aesthetic Theory, his masterpiece. It was unfinished when he died so its a tough read but it’s more than worth it, and some great secondary lit has started to appear on it. You might want to read some Beckett, Adorno praised Beckett throughout Aesthetic Theory. Adorno also helped Thomas Mann write a novel, Doctor Faustus if I recall, while in exile with him in Los Angeles during the war, so that might be interesting to glance at. For Adorno’s actual views on philosophy and more classicly philosophical qquestions, Negative Dialectics is where to go. His collection of aphorisms Minima Moralia is just amazing (though pretty dated at times). Whatever you read, might be good to brush up on your Hegel first though if you have another episode on him in the pipes.

  27. Tim Anderson

    February 15, 2015

    I absolutely love your podcast, it’s outstanding. The one area of philosophy that you folks really haven’t covered (outside of some brief mentions on the Philosophy of Religion episode several years ago) is medieval philosophy. I think in particular Augustine and Aquinas are such critical contributors to philosophy that having a podcast on either (or both) would be really helpful. In particular, I think that reading their philosophy might be useful for someone interested in (re)listening to the MacIntyre or Anscombe episodes. As a PhD candidate myself, I know that reading Augustine and Aquinas have helped me considerably make sense of much of the modern philosophy and political thought that animate disciplines like political science, philosophy, and psychology. I was just curious whether there are any plans to read these unquestioned giants of philosophy?

    Keep up the great work guys!

  28. Tim Uttke

    February 22, 2015

    I recently listened to the Kierkegaard episode and you guys said if the podcast was still going 2 years from then you would do another episode on Kierkegaard. Well… Its been more than 2 years so I think you guys are over do for another episode on him. May I suggest “Either/ Or” the aesthetic life.

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      Mark Linsenmayer

      February 22, 2015

      OK, Tim, I doubt this will happen during 2015 (too many other things to get to!), but it’s back on my radar.

  29. Tiago

    February 26, 2015

    guys, you’re awesome. i’m a psychologist in recife, brazil, who were trying to understand a little bit of lacan, and somehow find the podcast on line. well, i can safely say that i remain not uderstagind him, but i had a wonderful and helpful time with your discussions. now, i’m absolute addicted to PEL, listening every episode and i sure will help to spread it among my friends. thanks a lot, now my times stuck in traffic can be fun and meaningful.

  30. Jean

    February 26, 2015

    I’d love love love to hear you guys cover Max Stirner’s The Ego and His Own, Gyorgy Lukács’ History and Class Consciousness, some anarchist stuff (Emma Goldman? George Woodcock?) Adorno, Heidegger’s On the Origin of the Work of Art, Plotinus, actually more ancient stuff in General would be lovely. Also if you ever do any more Marx I would suggest looking at Balibar’s short book The Philosophy of Marx. It makes Marx speak to the philosophical tradition in a way that he himself was too impatient to do. And for the love of God DON’T do Althusser.

    Thank you so much for everything you guys do!

  31. Nick Turner

    March 9, 2015

    The discussions you have seem to only reflect the philosophies of dead white guys. Not that I find too much problem with this, but there is an apparent lack of perspective. Other than the discussion on Race (which supposed to be all encompassing), the two podcasts involving female perspectives, and the rare discussions on eastern philosophy, there is no diversity in your podcasts; of course, it is not necessarily your fault since philosophy has been historically dominated by male whiteness.

    My suggestion is to switch it up a bit. There are lots of ideas out there by minority groups that do not have the proper recognition that they deserve, but fit with the theme of the podcast. For instance, Simone de Beauvoir, bell hooks, Frantz Fanon, Malcolm X, Judith Butler, Philippa Foot, etc. These philosophers deserve recognition on their own and not be lumped together in one discussion. You have a great platform with a large following to express these ideas and philosophies. Yet, choose to continue the cycle of repressing these philosophers and their thoughts.

    Otherwise, great and humorous podcast!

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      Mark Linsenmayer

      March 10, 2015

      Thanks, Nick. Yes, it is a sad fact that white males have dominated the history of philosophy, and since our focus spans the history (all the people you listed are recent), our treatment of minorities as authors is pretty scanty. We’ve had plenty of female guests, and there are more women on the list. Also more World philosophy planned, definitely one on Butler on gender identity. If you have a particular pitch for a particular figure, make it!

  32. Sean

    April 1, 2015

    I’m sure you guys get hundreds of requests, but I wanted to add more to the pile!

    Paul Feyerabend – Against Method (controversial and radical philosopher of science)
    Bernard Williams – Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy/Internal and External Reasons (influential 20th century moral philosopher; has the most clear and sustained attack on moral theory)
    Stanley Cavell – The Claim of Reason (influential Wittgensteinian philosopher; known for his writings on skepticism)
    Richard Rorty – Philosopher and the Mirror of Nature/Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity (controversial ‘neopragmatist’ philosopher)

    Thanks, love the podcast.

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      Mark Linsenmayer

      April 3, 2015

      All very reasonable suggestions! Rorty will for sure happen this year. Feyerabend is likely the next on our phil sci list, but we’ve gotten well distracted from that, so not sure when it’ll happen. I like Williams a lot though I haven’t read him in a long time; will Keep Cavell in mind. Thanks!

  33. Sarah

    April 6, 2015

    Guys. I am *in love* with your podcast, and while I know you get oodles of topic suggestions (technical term, there…) I am going to shamelessly beg for you to do an episode devoted to Science and Religion. There have been so many times when one of you has said something like, “the scientific viewpoint,” “religion says…”, “being a thinking human in a scientific age means….” or something presupposing certain metaphysical commitments which (while perhaps being correct) are not necessarily entailed by the validity of the scientific enterprise. Full disclosure: I’m doing a PhD in Science and Religion at the University of Edinburgh, so I’m a bit invested….but still! It’s a real field (and should *not* be confused with apologetics in any way) and could be fun. Cheers!

  34. Ramon

    April 11, 2015

    Great show guys!! I just started listening to your podcasts a couple of weeks ago and I am hooked.

    It seems that you have not made any episode on philosophy and education. Is that anywhere in the horizon for you guys? I recommend John Dewey, Paulo Freire… anyone, really…

    Thanks guys!!

  35. Adam Friday

    April 14, 2015

    Hey guys! I was wondering why you haven’t done an episode on Earnest Becker’s The Denial of Death? I think it could serve as a sort of sequel to the Camus episode (still my all time favorite). On the subject of the whole death/suicide issue I’ve always thought an episode on the connection between philosophy and psychology with regards to existential therapy might be interesting. Perhaps Irving D. Yalom’s When Nietschze Wept and Existential Psychotherapy could be involved?

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