Thanks for Supporting PEL!

We highly appreciate your cash, which we will use to make a giant bed of cash that we can roll in.
…And also to justify spending more time on PEL podcasts, blog posts, and other stuff.


-Mark, Seth, Wes, and Dylan


  1. bob

    September 2, 2012

    I appreciate your Interesting discussions. You boil down the ideas using everyday language, which makes it valuable to me. You don’t use pretentious jargon that know-littles use to hide their lack of understanding. I’m a software engineer, and 50% of my colleagues parrot words they’ve heard, and their goal/skill is to insert new words they collect into discussions, without having an understanding of their meaning and implications. It’s my opinion that the way to learn “How to do things with words” is to listen to others doing it. FYI: I’ve got two daughters going to UW-Madison right now, so OnWisconsin! :-)

  2. Robin

    September 2, 2012

    Easily the least irritating American voices I’m exposed to from my side of the Atlantic. Thank you so much! ;)

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      Peter Hardy

      May 3, 2013

      Yeah only moderately grating. But I hate it when they say ‘duty’ :p

  3. Frank

    September 3, 2012

    I donated to PEL and 5 hours later I earned $200. Metaphysical transfer!!!

    • Michael Oxenrider

      May 21, 2014

      That’s hilarious

  4. Fredbo a.k.a. Christopher M. Frederick

    September 5, 2012

    Well, it has been a few weeks now that I have been listening to PEL. Thanks for the “mind-fuck” guys. Thank you for being there on the InterWeb so I could listen to 7 hours of your podcast straight through last night while recovering from my severe case of poison ivy and resulting insomnia from the pain, itch and side effects of cortisone and prednisone. Just to let you know, I am located way off on the wrong side of wealthy and almost never donate money to any cause. The $33.33 I have just sent you was either massive evidence that I believe what you’re doing has value, or, maybe more likely, the physical and mental state I am in has led me to a severe lapse in judgement. On this point I am agnostic as well as know that none of actually care which to be true – you now have my money!

    Keep on keepin’ on,

  5. Denis Murray, Sr

    September 19, 2012

    Your stance includes a healthy respect for how easily we become full of ourselves. You respect the possibility of wisdom from all quarters, while inspecting proposed wisdom with a grain of salt. Thanks for your efforts to do philosophy this way.

  6. Martin

    September 26, 2012

    I appreciate the whimsy. More profanity!

    Great stuff as always guys :)

  7. Debbie

    October 6, 2012

    I’ve enjoyed listening to your podcasts on long bike rides and now I’m studying again I’m going to recommend them to everyone on my course – thank you!

    • Wayne Schroeder

      October 16, 2012

      Ditto, I listen to these podcasts while mountain biking. Maybe they can do a podcast on Zen and the Art of Biking :)

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        Seth Paskin

        October 16, 2012

        Thanks Debbie and Wayne. I’m interested in Philosophy of Sport and might explore something like this sometime.

  8. Boudewijn

    October 11, 2012

    All the way from the Netherlands a big thanks for you interesting conversation(s)! I read MacIntyre’s After Virtue and decided to look around what discussions are going on about it. You have so far provided the most interesting one! I’m looking forward to discussions on other works of MacIntyre, like ‘Dependent Rational Animals’, and in the mean time I’ll try to weave into my life the time-consuming activity of listening to more of your podcasts :)

    • Wayne Schroeder

      October 16, 2012

      Boudewijn: Just got my copy of Dependent Rational Animals from Amazon and looking forward to knocking it out soon myself. Guess you have some winter months coming to catch up on reading as well.

  9. R Zauel

    November 9, 2012

    Thanks for doing the podcasts. They are a great contribution to society, helping curious people understand the great thinkers through your informal discussions and excellent guests.

  10. Hema

    November 29, 2012

    Just heard my first podcast of PEL on Zen and the Art… . It was very thought provoking. Made me want to remember what you all discussed, and look up the ideas more when I got home. It certainly improved the ‘quality’ of my life. I hope to hear many more.

  11. Billie Pritchett

    December 27, 2012

    I paid $1 for each episode I am retaining. I will pay more the moment I am loan free, which I hope I will sooner than later.

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    Andie David

    February 9, 2013

    I already subscribe but was so impressed by the “PEL not school” forums and Skype discussions that I want to donate and praise PEL for a fantastic POD cast !!!

    The main POD cast series are brilliant and would want them to continue until philosophy finally ends and all puzzles solved by doing even more philosophizing.

    Quite right that I have few people where I work, family or family to discuss such obtuse topics as Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenology, Wittgenstein’s silence or Bertrands Russels set theory & paradox.

    Best regards-Andie David

  13. Simon Taylor

    March 9, 2013

    Just wanted to say Thanks. I only just discovered your website and podcasts and I’m really enjoying them. I listened to your Pirsig episode first (I’m a fan of Z&TA) then started back at episode one and am working my way forward.

    Good work! and thanks again.

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    Sims Preston

    March 24, 2013

    Thank you so much for doing this. I’ve blown a bunch of time at the office trying to compose a note describing what I get out of PEL and have now decided that that’s hopeless. I’ll just say that what you are doing is really wonderful and I can’t imagine how you are able to bring it all together. It has to be a huge effort. I wish I could do more to express my gratitude. Please don’t stop!

  15. Eman

    April 7, 2013

    I often listen to your podcast when I take my evening walk. I’m an insomniac so sometimes I take the walk in the middle of the night. Listening to your discussions while gazing at the stars over the blackness of the Baltic Sea is very enjoyable. Most of the episodes have been great. Even on some of the more obscure philosophers you have usually managed to say something quite illuminating.

    I hope you guys don’t feel that you have to pick a new philosopher for every episode, many of the classics certainly could provide material for multiple episodes. Anyway, thank you!

  16. nat

    April 12, 2013

    Great podcast guys. Much appreciated. From Boonah, Australia.

  17. Hans

    April 22, 2013

    just (finally) paid my full citizenship of 50 USD — even though I am unemployed. I hope to be held up as an exemplar of citizenship in this polis!

  18. Maurice

    April 26, 2013

    You guys are fucking great. And helping me understand the Germans, even though I am one myself, more or less.

  19. Jack Cunningham

    April 30, 2013

    Great podcasts guys I would love anything on Richard Rorty, Aping Manking by Raymond Tallis or Philosophical Foundations of Neuroscience by M. R. Bennett and P. M. S. Hacker.
    All the best.

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    Peter Hardy

    May 3, 2013

    What is the best way to donate in £££? I am particularly interested in contributing via as I must spend at least £1000 on there every year and you could be getting 6% of that.

  21. Buckminster Darwin

    June 5, 2013

    Thanks guys for all the good times. How about someone that is ALIVE? Dare I request an episode on Ken Wilber’s Sex, Ecology, Spirituality? If that is too Meta-Physical, Non-Dual and Map-ish for y’all, how about the ridiculous Zyzek or the intriguing Sloderdijk?

    Hell, you could do the philosophy of Rush and I would tune in — not a bad idea actually? Tie it into the Ayn Rand episode. Er…

  22. Mark Hoefling

    June 12, 2013

    The podcasts regarding C McCarthy and R Prisig were both intriguing for me.
    The awareness of explaining the material at hand and kind-hearted spirit amongst you guys is great.
    Thanks so much.

  23. Paul Hamilton

    July 30, 2013

    Thanks very much for the podcast. I appreciated, in particular, your discussion of Lacan – as I am writing about him right now. I felt uncertain about a couple of his concepts, especially “the Real”, etc. – and I was hoping that I could hear them “chewed over” by some intelligent people. The fact that Wes has been attending courses at an institute for psycho-analysis also helped a great deal. I will probably give more, in the future, as I am able to.


    Paul Hamilton
    Stratford-upon-Avon, UK

  24. Graham

    August 7, 2013

    I’m working towards a PhD in a topic almost as craft as philosophy. The PEL podcasts I have heard have been invaluable for catching me up (and getting my feet wet) in knowledge I should have likely absorbed and learnt a long time ago. I plan on becoming a member, just as soon as I balance out my mind/body problems. Hope my donation helps. Keep it up!

  25. frank K

    August 14, 2013

    Enjoy very much while riding around in the car. Never had philosophy in school and am retired. Coming to find out that there are no answers——just more questions! Have you guys done anything on artificial intelligence or the coming singularity?

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      Mark Linsenmayer

      August 14, 2013

      Hi, Frank,

      There is an episode on Alan Turing and others, but nothing directly on the singularity yet. Thanks! -Mark

  26. Quinn

    August 15, 2013

    I’ve been listening to the podcast for some time now and I truly appreciate you guys’ work. You guys are exactly what philosophy, as a discipline, needs more of. In a time when many claim that philosophy is dead or no longer has any use you guys month after month and year after year show just how fun, necessary, and beautiful the examined life can be… even if it is only partially examined.

    I have enjoyed all of your podcast, but as a true sci-fi nerd I am compelled to humbly ask you to consider looking into things like sci-fi novels and films or the philosophy of different comic book characters. There is a ton of good stuff to be addressed in different works like like The Watchmen, the Dark Knight series, The Matrix, Arthur C. Clark, Orwell, and Huxley and I know you guys could do them justice. Anyway, thanks again for the insightful and funny commentary.

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      Seth Paskin

      August 15, 2013

      Thanks Quinn. The Sci-Fi angle has been requested before and I’m sure we will get to it. In the meantime, I can tell you that there have been some discussions in our member group here on the website if you’d like to join and check them out. There certainly would be plenty of interest.

  27. Angel L.G.

    August 16, 2013

    I donated to you guys because being out here in Florida its really hard to find others to talk to about philosophy so having 3 or 4 voices in my ear at work and in my car is really satisfying. Thank You for making your podcasts free to listen to and free to download.

    Shameful Plug: My ebook on original aphorisms called “Despite Wisdom” will be released on Aug. 25th on Amazon Kindle, iBookstore, BarnesandNobles Nook, Sony eBooks & other retailers for only $1.99!

  28. Willie

    September 3, 2013

    Just donated to say thank you for a wonderful philosophy podcast (listened to every episode over the past year or so). Keep it up guys and thank you again for putting your time and effort into this.

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      Seth Paskin

      September 3, 2013

      Thank you Willie! Glad you are enjoying it and we appreciate the support.

  29. Geoff Hughes

    September 5, 2013

    Hi all

    Love all the podcasts I’ve heard so far – but the stuff on phenomenology has been really great.
    Have you, or are you going to be doing any stuff on philosophy as it pertains to Music – perhaps as distinct from the philosophy about Visual Art which often gets applied to other art forms?
    Thanks for the great work!

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      Mark Linsenmayer

      September 6, 2013

      Thanks, Geoff, do you have any particular reading recommendations re. philosophy and music? I know I’d sure like to do this at some point.

      • Daniel Horne

        September 6, 2013

        If you guys get to this topic, I’d love to hear some time devoted to Section 52 (at the end of Book 3) of Schopenhauer’s World as Will and Representation. It’s in Sec. 52 where S. discusses music as a kind of “analogue” to the Will, and thus distinct from the visual arts.

        Even after discounting S.’s weird “Will” ontology, Section 52 is interesting for identifying music as perhaps the only tool that provides ordinary people (as opposed to saints) respite from life’s suffering:

      • Geoff Hughes

        September 6, 2013

        Gary Peter’s ‘Philosophy of Improvisation’ is very cool – pools some philosophy from Kant, Benjamin and Heideggar amongst others – Defintely Schopenhauer on Will – as Daniel mentions there – I read into this a little doing my Masters but…….. Bergson and Husserl on temporality in regard to music maybe?

      • Geoff Hughes

        September 7, 2013

        Don Ihdes “Listening and Voice”, Deleuze and Guattari’s
        1000 plateaus as well :)

  30. Arthur Banks

    September 28, 2013

    Thanks for the podcasts. They keep me entertained and informed on my daily walks.

  31. Angel Gonzalez

    October 11, 2013

    I donated again because I am happy to see another upcoming Nietzsche episode in the works. I would like to suggest another book though; Soren Kierkegaard’s Either/Or. I know its long but I think the distinctions the book makes on the ethical and aesthetic lifestyles are very profound.

    Thanks for the all informative podcasts.

    My book on ethics and morality is available on Kindle and Nook for only $1.99.

  32. Billie Pritchett

    January 25, 2014

    PEL Folk:

    Thank you for all your continued work.

    Listening to your podcast episodes has been inspiring. I intend to apply for an MA/PhD Philosophy program track in the next year or so, in order to pursue my dream of becoming a philosophy professor, partially a result of having listened to your episodes. The next step will be in finding a program suitable to my interests, which are Ancient Philosophy (namely, Plato and Aristotle), Heidegger, and research topics in philosophy of social science and moral and political philosophy. Having heard so much about St. John’s College on your podcast episodes, particularly from Dylan and from Eva Brann, I wish St. John’s had an MA Philosophy program I could apply to.

    Anyway, again, thank you so much for the fine work you all do, and I very much appreciate Mark’s hard work to organize and edit the bulk of the programs.


    Billie Pritchett

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      Dylan Casey

      January 27, 2014


      Thanks for the kind words and good luck with your education search.

      I don’t know what your specific background is, but you should look at St. John’s Graduate Institute ( It won’t be a direct substitute for philosophy grad school (you won’t be able to get a teaching position in academia with it), but, depending upon your background, it would be a good preparation, especially given your stated interests. If you look over the program and your interest is piqued, I can’t stress enough that you should also visit, talk to people, and sit in on some courses to make sure that it’s what you expect.

      Good luck,

  33. Eric Fleming

    March 16, 2014

    I have been listening to your podcast for about a year now and I have determined that it has been of great value in my life. Trying to live a fully examined life stressed me out. Listening to you has been invigorating and has spawned a desire to live a partially examined life. I bought a kindle recently so that I could interact with more great ideas of the past and present, ruminating on their relevance to my life. While all good things must come to an end in the impermanent flux in our universe, I hope that this donation will help extend your momentum forward to keep producing one of the rare gems on the internet!


    Eric Fleming

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      Seth Paskin

      March 16, 2014

      Thank Eric. We are still steamrolling along with a long and (unrealistic :) agenda ahead of us. Thanks for the support!

  34. Dee

    May 5, 2014

    Thanks for your work and helping to wake up my brain! Can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed burning through your discussions. Keep ‘em coming!

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    August 13, 2014

    I’ve been wholly dedicated to PEL since I listened to my first episode (Santayana). Straightaway the conversational style, practical approach and other elements that I cannot quite pinpoint endeared me to this edifice (this is a gross understatement. It’s perhaps more apt to say the discussion hit and continues to hit my intellectual G-spot). Everyone (Mark, Wes, Dylan, Seth) brings something unique to the table– I’m especially fond of Mark’s silliness and hopeless hilarity. PEL has significantly enriched my life and I just wanted to deeply thank you for who you are and what you do. Keep the philosophical juice flowing!

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      Mark Linsenmayer

      August 14, 2014

      Thanks very much, Tobi! And thanks again for sponsoring the video!

  36. SteveRR

    August 19, 2014

    Just ponied up $5.00 after working through your Principia Ethica episode.
    Time was very well spent as I did my morning run – looking forward to the
    next one I am going through – After Ethics.
    I always enjoy your Nietzsche – you always seem to take a more sophisticated view than
    many – ostensibly – profession Philosophers
    I would love to hear you explore Will to Power – with all of its challenges.
    Cheers, Steve

  37. Jerry Eliaser

    November 25, 2014

    I think I get it!. Philosophy is the study of circles trying to be squared and squares trying to be round.

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