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The Partially Examined Life is a philosophy podcast by some guys who were at one point set on doing philosophy for a living but then thought better of it. Each episode, we pick a short text and chat about it with some balance between insight and flippancy. You don't have to know any philosophy, or e…

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    Ep. 286: Malebranche on Causality and Theology (Part One)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 24, 2022 57:32

    On Dialogues on Metaphysics and Religion (1688), dialogues 5-7. We get clearer on M's rationalist epistemology and into his occasionalist theory of causality. Is M's theory as archaic as its theology makes it sound? Part two of this episode is only going to be available to you if you sign up at partiallyexaminedlife.com/support or via Apple Podcasts. Sponsors: Find a doctor fast with the free Zocdoc app at zocdoc.com/PEL. Visit TakeThesis.com/PEL for 15% off nootropic supplements. Get $130 off meal delivery and free shipping at GreenChef.com/pel130, code pel130. Get 30 days free VPN at SurfShark.deals/PEL. Learn about St. John's College at sjc.edu/pel.

    PEL Presents NEM#164: James McMurtry Doesn't Have to Make Sense

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2022 58:17

    The legendary Texas singer-songwriter has put out 10 studio albums since 1989. We discuss "If It Don't Bleed" (and listen to "Blackberry Winter") from The Horses and the Hounds (2021), "How'm I Gonna Find You Now" from Complicated Game (2015), and "Be With Me" from It Had to Happen (1997). Intro: "Choctaw Bingo" from Saint Mary of the Woods (2002). For more see jamesmcmurtry.com. Hear more Nakedly Examined Music. Like our Facebook page. Support us on Patreon. Sponsors: Upgrade your showering at nebia.com/nem (code NEM). Get 15% off at at MasterClass.com/examined.

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    PREMIUM-Ep. 285: Nicolas Malebranche on Knowledge (Part Two)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2022 12:28

    Continuing on Dialogues on Metaphysics and Religion (1688), ch. 1-4. We talk about the character of the intelligible world, how we generate general concepts, the existence of God, seeing God, original sin, and more. If you're not hearing the full version of this part of the discussion, sign up via one of the options described at partiallyexaminedlife.com/support.

    PEL Presents PMP#114: The "West Side Story" Story

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 16, 2022 56:27

    Did it make sense for Steven Spielberg to remake one of our nation's most beloved musicals (with music by Bernstein and Sondheim!), attempting to fix the parts that did not age well politically? Is the new version a modern classic or a doomed Frankenstein? Your host Mark Linsenmayer is joined by Broadway scholar, theater critic, and actor Ron Fassler; Remakes, Reboots, and Revivals co-host Nicole Pometti; and Broadway actor and long-time PEL friend BIll Youmans. For more, visit prettymuchpop.com. Hear bonus content for this episode at patreon.com/prettymuchpop or by subscribing via Apple Podcasts to the Mark Lintertainment Channel. Sponsors: Find a great doctor fast via the free Zocdoc app at zocdoc.com/PMP. Get 15% off great wireless earbuds at BuyRaycon.com/pretty.

    PEL Presents (SUB)TEXT: The Fool Gets Hurt in Fellini's “La Strada” (1954)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2022 51:38

    Fellini called his film "La Strada" a dangerous representation of his identity, and had a nervous breakdown just before completing its shooting. Perhaps this identity, and its vulnerability, have something to do with the film's representation of a disappointed hope that love might vanquish pride, if properly assisted by the forces of playfulness and creativity. The problem is that such forces are often themselves an offense to pride, and become the target of its cruelty. And so while the clown and tightrope walker Ill Matto convinces tenderhearted Gelsomina to stay with heartless Zampanò, his murder severs their tenuous, highwire connection. Thanks to our sponsor for this episode, NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Aspiring filmmakers and screenwriters can learn more about their online courses at tischpro.smashcut.com/subtext. Subscribe: (sub)Text won't always be in the PEL feed, so please subscribe to us directly: Apple | Spotify | Android | RSS Bonus content: The conversation continues on our after-show (post)script. Get this and other bonus content at by subscribing at Patreon or directly on the Apple Podcasts app. Follow (sub)Text: Twitter | Facebook | Website

    Ep. 285: Nicolas Malebranche on Knowledge (Part One)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2022 53:26

    On Dialogues on Metaphysics and Religion (1688), ch. 1-4. We walk through M's rationalist (post-Descartes, pre-Leibniz) epistemology with its surprising implications for the metaphysics of causality and the role of God in nature. Part two of this episode is only going to be available to you if you sign up at partiallyexaminedlife.com/support or via Apple Podcasts. Sponsors: Go to audible.com/pel or text pel to 500-500 for a free 30 day membership. Visit TakeThesis.com/PEL for 15% off nootropic supplements. Have a donation to charity of up to $250 matched through givewell.org/PEL. Learn about St. John's College at sjc.edu/pel.

    PEL Presents NEM#163: Lilli Lewis Is Not Just a Jazz-Singing Pianist

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2022 77:09

    Lilli is also an activist, folk-rock diva, and record label exec. She's released 10 albums and 3 EPs since 2003. We discuss "Coffee Shop Girl" and listen to "Copper John" from Americana(2021), "Warm and Gentle People" from We Belong (2019), and "Song for the End of Days" from Castles of Her Crystalline (2005). Intro: "Lady" from The Coming of John (2003). Hear more at folkrockdiva.com. Hear more Nakedly Examined Music. Like our Facebook page. Support us on Patreon. Sponsor: Upgrade your showering at nebia.com/nem (code NEM).

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    PEL Special: Nightcap New Year's Party to Welcome 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 51:32

    Welcome to an extra special, intentionally public edition of Nightcap to catch you up on what Mark, Wes, Seth, and Dylan are all up to personally and intellectually and hash out what we want to potentially cover on the show over the next year. Get this ad-free by signing up to support us via partiallyexaminedlife.com/support. Sponsors: Have a donation to charity of up to $250 matched through givewell.org/PEL. Get a free month's access to a vast library of guided meditations at Headspace.com/PEL. Learn about St. John's College at sjc.edu/pel.

    PEL Presents PMP #113: The Matrix Regurgitated

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 50:55

    Mark is joined by Brian Hirt, Erica Spyres, and Mark's son Abe Linsenmayer. With the release of The Matrix Resurrections, we talk through the franchise as a whole. What made the first one remarkable, and does that a bar that any sequel can reach? We talk through the choices that fed into the new film, why people don't seem to care about their matrix families, the endless fight scenes, and more.  For more, visit prettymuchpop.com. Hear bonus content for this episode at patreon.com/prettymuchpop or by subscribing via Apple Podcasts to the Mark Lintertainment Channel. Sponsors: Find a great doctor fast via the free Zocdoc app at zocdoc.com/PMP. Lower your monthly credit payments at upstart.com/PRETTY.

    PEL Presents (SUB)TEXT: False Roles and Fictitious Selves in "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 2, 2022 60:11

    In the late 19th century, the "New Woman" was a term coined by Henry James for a particular kind of feminist who demanded freedom of behavior, dress, education, and sexuality. Out of that paradigm came The Awakening, a novel that scandalized critics upon its publication with its tale of New Orleans society wife Edna Pointellier, who tries to throw off the shackles of society's expectations for women and follow her own passions. What might the novel have in common with a fairy tale? How do Edna's artistic ambitions frustrate her role as a wife and mother? And do Edna's efforts to cast off her so-called "fictitious self"; and live honestly constitute a triumph or a tragedy? Wes & Erin discuss Kate Chopin's 1899 novel. Subscribe: (sub)Text won't always be in the PEL feed, so please subscribe to us directly: Apple | Spotify | Android | RSS Bonus content: The conversation continues on our after-show (post)script. Get this and other bonus content at by subscribing at Patreon or directly on the Apple Podcasts app.

    PREMIUM-Ep. 284: Mark Twain's Philosophy of Human Nature (Part Two)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2021 10:53

    Continuing on "What Is Man" (1905). We work through Twain's metaphors for human nature, say what he means by "instinct," contemplate his notion of identity and why he thinks you are apparently different from your body-machine, and gauge the practical upshot of his stances. If you're not hearing the full version of this part of the discussion, sign up via one of the options described at partiallyexaminedlife.com/support.

    PEL Presents PMP#112: Class Critiques in Squid Game, Succession, etc.

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 25, 2021 52:23

    Popular shows have commented on wealth inequality by showing how dire the situation is for the poor and/or how disconnected and clueless the rich are. How effective is this type of social commentary? Mark is joined by philosopher and NY Times writer Lawrence Ware, novelist and writing professor Sarahlyn Bruck, and educator with a rhetoric doctorate Michelle Parrinello-Cason. For more, visit prettymuchpop.com. Hear bonus content for this episode at patreon.com/prettymuchpop or by subscribing via Apple Podcasts to the Mark Lintertainment Channel. Sponsors: Find a great doctor fast via the free Zocdoc app at zocdoc.com/PMP. Get 20% off your first box of cool Bespoke Post stuff at BoxofAwesome.com (use code pretty) at Lower your monthly credit payments at upstart.com/PRETTY.

    PEL Presents PvI#23: Things Mean Things w/ Tommy Maranges (aka Philosophy Bro)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 25, 2021 47:13

    Can we have an entertaining discussion inspired by Aristotle's most boring book? Bill leads Mark and our guest Tommy through some let's-describe-what's-in-an-imaginary-room exercises.  Mark philosophizes at partiallyexaminedlife.com. Bill improvises (and teaches) at chicagoimprovstudio.com. Hear more Philosophy vs. Improv. Support the podcast to get all our post-game discussions and other bonus stuff. Sponsor: Learn about St. John's College at sjc.edu/improv.

    PEL Presents NEM#162: Ray Benson (Asleep at the Wheel): Texas Swing for Half a Hundred Years

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2021 59:24

    Ray started Asleep at the Wheel in 1969 and has put out 26 albums of original tunes and classic covers while touring constantly. We discuss the title track from Half a Hundred Years (2021), "Pedernales Stroll" from Keepin' Me Up Nights (1990), and "Am I High" from The Wheel (1977). Intro: "The Letter (That Johnny Walker Read)" from Texas Gold (1975). Closer: "The Road Will Hold Me Tonight" feat. Emmylou Harris and Willie Nelson, recorded in the early 80s but only released now on the new album. Learn more at asleepatthewheel.com. Hear more Nakedly Examined Music. Like our Facebook page. Support us on Patreon. Sponsors: Gift one annual membership and g Gift one annual membership and get one free at MasterClass.com/examined. Get 3 months free of Amazon Music Unlimited at Amazon.com/nempod.

    Ep. 284: Mark Twain's Philosophy of Human Nature (Part One)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 45:58

    On "What Is Man" (1905). Twain describes a person as a machine. We have no free will and always act to win our own self-approval. This was a bleak enough picture that the essay was not printed until after Twain's death. Part two of this episode is only going to be available to you if you sign up at partiallyexaminedlife.com/support or via Apple Podcasts. Sponsors: Find a doctor fast with the free Zocdoc app at zocdoc.com/PEL. Get 20% off your first box off cool stuff from Bespoke Post at boxofawesome.com (code pel). Have a donation to charity of up to $250 matched through givewell.org/PEL. Learn about St. John's College at sjc.edu/pel.

    PEL Presents (SUB)TEXT: The Pain of Anonymity in “It's a Wonderful Life” (1946)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 18, 2021 56:07

    Though sometimes accused of a sentimentality dubbed “Capracorn,” Frank Capra's films are clear-eyed about the suffering of the everyman. A quintessential director of the Great Depression and World War II eras, Capra expressed better than most the desperation at the heart of a young country's ambitions. And as a chronicler of his age's disillusionment and alienation, he joined an American cultural landscape stretching back to Hawthorne, Melville, and Twain. How is George Bailey, a purveyor of the American dream, representative of the anonymyzing terror of 20th century society? And how might Christmas, rather than providing merely the heart-warming scaffolding for Capra's tale, form an integral part of his message? Wes & Erin discuss the 1946 holiday classic, “It's a Wonderful Life.” Thanks to our sponsor for this episode, NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Aspiring filmmakers and screenwriters can learn more about their online courses at tischpro.smashcut.com/subtext. Subscribe: (sub)Text won't always be in the PEL feed, so please subscribe to us directly: Apple | Spotify | Android | RSS Bonus content: The conversation continues on our after-show (post)script. Get this and other bonus content at by subscribing at Patreon or directly on the Apple Podcasts app. Follow (sub)Text: Twitter | Facebook | Website Thanks to Nick Ketter for the audio editing on this episode.

    PEL Presents NEM#161: Chuck Prophet Is On the Couch

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2021 59:39

    Chuck joined Green on Red as guitarist in 1985 and has released 15 solo albums of tuneful guitar rock since 1990, touring constantly and doing a lot of co-writing. We discuss "Womankind" from The Land That Time Forgot (2020), "Your Skin" from Bobby Fuller Died for Your Sins (2017), "Castro Halloween" from Temple Beautiful (2012). We conclude by listening to "Wish Me Luck" from Night Surfer(2014). Intro: "Summertime Thing" from No Other Love (2002). For more see chuckprophet.com. Hear more Nakedly Examined Music. Like our Facebook page. Support us on Patreon. Sponsors: Gift one annual membership and get one free at MasterClass.com/examined. Upgrade your showering at nebia.com/nem (code NEM). Hear Eddie Vedder on I Am Mine at audible.com/Vedder.

    Philosophy vs. Improv #21: Sentient Garage

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 54:14

    The scene is its own entity. What else might be its own entity? Can a machine that passes the Turing test know what it's like to be a bat? We bring in emotions from irrelevant contexts, and we keep hearing them long after they're gone. Mark philosophizes at partiallyexaminedlife.com. Bill improvises (and teaches) at chicagoimprovstudio.com. Hear more Philosophy vs. Improv. Support the podcast to get all our post-game discussions and other bonus stuff. Sponsor: Learn about St. John's College at sjc.edu/improv.

    PREMIUM-Ep. 283: Alain Badiou on Love (Part Two)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 10:47

    Continuing on "What Is Love?" (1992). We consider B's account of love as resolution of a paradox: The positions of man and woman in no way overlap, yet all truth is generic, i.e. accessible to everyone. Love makes it happen! If you're not hearing the full version of this part of the discussion, sign up via one of the options described at partiallyexaminedlife.com/support.

    PEL Presents PMP #111: Our Beatles Love-Fest

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 12, 2021 56:05

    Mark is joined by musician David Brookings, Gig Gab host Dave Hamilton, and OpenCulture writer Colin Marshall to discuss Peter Jackson's documentary Get Back and the enduring popularity of The Beatles. For more, visit prettymuchpop.com. Hear bonus content for this episode at patreon.com/prettymuchpop or by subscribing via Apple Podcasts to the Mark Lintertainment Channel. Sponsors: Book a top-rated doctor by getting the Zocdoc ad at Zocdoc.com/PMP. Get a loan to lower your monthly payments at Upstart.com/PRETTY. Get 20% off your first Box of Awesome from Bespoke Post at boxofawesome.com, code PRETTY. Get 15% off your next gift at uncommongood.com/PMP.

    PEL Presents PvI#20: The "Other" Story w/ Jenny Hansen

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 11, 2021 50:18

    What is "othering"? Why did Bill get such a bad grade? Is it because of his feather quill pen? Our first real philosophy professor guest joins us for some office hours and anti-vaxxer drama. Mark philosophizes at partiallyexaminedlife.com. Bill improvises (and teaches) at chicagoimprovstudio.com. Hear more Philosophy vs. Improv. Support the podcast to get all our post-game discussions and other bonus stuff. Sponsors: Visit betterhelp.com/improv to be matched with a licensed, professional therapist. Learn about St. John's College at sjc.edu/improv.

    PEL Presents (SUB)TEXT: Attachments "Die Hard" at Nakatomi Tower

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 11, 2021 53:16

    It's a Christmas movie, some say, and in the end the holiday classic “Let it Snow” plays over the credits. But what counts as snow in the final scenes is a confetti of smoke, debris, and millions of dollars of bearer bonds, not to mention the Euro-villain who tried to steal them. These descend from the blasted-out upper floor of a skyscraper onto a scene of total destruction. Worse, it all happens in Los Angeles. Is Die Hard actually a Christmas movie? And what is a Christmas movie, anyway? Wes & Erin try to figure out if there's anything like a yuletide miracle in this story about the violent defense of marriage and family against materialism, globalism, status, and other forces of social dissolution. Thanks to our sponsor for this episode, NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Aspiring filmmakers and screenwriters can learn more about their online courses at tischpro.smashcut.com/subtext. Subscribe: (sub)Text won't always be in the PEL feed, so please subscribe to us directly: Apple | Spotify | Android | RSSBonus content: The conversation continues on our after-show (post)script. Get this and other bonus content at by subscribing at Patreon. Follow (sub)Text: Twitter | Facebook | WebsiteThanks to Nick Ketter for the audio editing on this episode.

    Ep. 283: Alain Badiou on Love (Part One)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 51:04

    On "What Is Love," which is ch. 11 of Conditions (1992). We see what it means to call love a "truth procedure": It's a new way of seeing, through the eyes of the Two, not the merger of two souls or the loving of god through another. Does B's pseudo-mathematical language about this make sense? Part two of this episode is only going to be available to you if you sign up at partiallyexaminedlife.com/support or via Apple Podcasts. Get it now or listen to a preview. Sponsors: Get your first bag of coffee free and $5 off your bundle at DrinkTrade.com/pel (code pel). Get a free month's access to a vast library of guided meditations at Headspace.com/PEL. Get connected with a licensed therapist at betterhelp.com/partially. Get 20% off your first box off cool stuff from at boxofawesome.com (code pel). Have a donation to charity of up to $250 matched through givewell.org/PEL.

    PEL Presents NEM#160: John McCutcheon Learns the Lessons of Folk

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 71:01

    John has released 45 albums since 1975 of original folk, traditional folk, children's music (garnering six Grammy nominations for those), and instrumentals: He is fluent on guitar, banjo, violin, dulcimer, and more. His songs very often tell stories, and we discuss several of those: "Atonement" from Bucket List (2021), "Soup" from Wintersongs (1995), and "Water from Another Time" from Gonna Rise Again (1987). We end by listening to "The Night John Prine Died" from Cabin Fever: Songs from Quarantine (2020). Intro: "Christmas in the Trenches" from Winter Solstice (1984). For more, see folkmusic.com. Hear more Nakedly Examined Music. Like our Facebook page. Support us on Patreon. Sponsors: Gift one annual membership and get one free at MasterClass.com/examined. Get 3 months free of Amazon Music Unlimited at Amazon.com/nempod.

    PREMIUM-Ep. 282: Alain Badiou: What Is Philosophy? (Part Two)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 12:07

    Continuing on Conditions, "The (Re)turn of Philosophy Itself." What makes philosophy possible? The four "conditions," i.e. mathematics, politics, art, and love, generate the truths, and philosophy is the pincers that gather these together in thought. But how exactly? If you're not hearing the full version of this part of the discussion, sign up via one of the options described at partiallyexaminedlife.com/support.

    PEL Presents PMP#110: The Dune Franchise Tries Again

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 50:40

    Mark is joined by Brian Hirt, Erin Conrad, and Brian Casey to discuss the new film, the old ones, and the book series. Is it really adaptable given the deep lore and the vast time jumps? For more, visit prettymuchpop.com. Hear bonus content for this episode at patreon.com/prettymuchpop or by subscribing via Apple Podcasts to the Mark Lintertainment Channel. Sponsors: Book a top-rated doctor by getting the Zocdoc ad at Zocdoc.com/PMP. Get a loan to lower your monthly payments at Upstart.com/PRETTY.

    PEL Presents PvI#18: Utopias w/ Jill Bernard and Michelle Gilliam

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2021 50:08

    Featuring TWO guest improvisers, Jill, co-founder of HUGE Theater and her friend Michelle, owner of Improv MKE. Bill and our guests each start a scene to explore something of what utopia might amount to, and of course how it will inevitably go bad. Could there be some single utopia for everyone? Mark philosophizes at partiallyexaminedlife.com. Bill improvises (and teaches) at chicagoimprovstudio.com. Hear more Philosophy vs. Improv. Support the podcast to get all our post-game discussions and other bonus stuff. Sponsors: Visit betterhelp.com/improv to be matched with a licensed, professional therapist. Learn about St. John's College at sjc.edu/improv.

    Ep. 282: Alain Badiou: What Is Philosophy? (Part One)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 55:08

    On Conditions (1992), Ch. 1 "The (Re)turn of Philosophy Itself." Against post-structuralists who deny Truth, Badiou argues that truths are generated by the truth conditions (politics, art, love, and science/math) which philosophy then thinks into a unified vision. Part two of this episode is only going to be available to you if you sign up at partiallyexaminedlife.com/support or via Apple Podcasts. Get it now or listen to a preview. Sponsors: Get connected with a licensed therapist at betterhelp.com/partially. Get 20% off your first box off cool stuff from at boxofawesome.com (code pel). Learn about St. John's College at sjc.edu/pel. Have a donation to charity of up to $250 matched through givewell.org/PEL.

    PEL Presents PMP#109: Dueling in Film

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2021 56:48

    In light of the release of The Last Duel, we talk about the trope of the honor-resolving duel in movies and TV. Mark and guest co-host Dylan Casey from PEL are joined by Clif Mark, host of the Good in Theory podcast. We touch on The Duelists, A Knight's Tale, The Duelist and The Duel (two 2016 films), Dune, Hamilton, and philosophers like Hegel and Nietzsche. For more, visit prettymuchpop.com. Hear bonus content for this episode at patreon.com/prettymuchpop or by subscribing via Apple Podcasts to the Mark Lintertainment Channel. Sponsors: Get 20% off your first box from Bespoke Post at boxofawesome.com. (code pretty). Get 15% off your next gift at uncommongoods.com/PMP. Use the code "Pretty" at Nebia.com/pretty to get 10% off a superior shower experience.

    PEL Presents (SUB)TEXT: Mad as Hell in "Network" (1976)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 55:08

    Diana Christensen is a television executive in search of an angry show—something that articulates the rage of the average viewer. In Howard Beale, failed newscaster turned mad-as-hell prophet, she seems to get exactly what she's looking for. Yet in doing so, she reduces political and social discontent to a form of entertainment focused on generating audience excitement and television ratings. Wes & Erin discuss the 1976 film Network, which seems to suggest that with the advent of mass media, acts of anti-establishment defiance tend to be incorporated by the systems they oppose. Subscribe: (sub)Text won't always be in the PEL feed, so please subscribe to us directly: Apple | Spotify | Android | RSS Bonus content: The conversation continues on our after-show (post)script. Get this and other bonus content at by subscribing at Patreon. Follow (sub)Text: Twitter | Facebook | Website Thanks to Nick Ketter for the audio editing on this episode.

    PREMIUM-Ep. 281: Paul Feyerabend's Anarchist Philosophy of Science (Part Two)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 13:02

    Continuing on Against Method (1975) about the non-rational progress of science. Given that according to F., epistemological conformity can't proceed by an appeal to reason, how does it proceed? Through indoctrination, propaganda, and coercion, even when our goal is to encourage freedom and rationality. If you're not hearing the full version of this part of the discussion, sign up via one of the options described at partiallyexaminedlife.com/support.

    PEL Presents NEM#159: Steve Bartek (Oingo Boingo) Is a Writer, Not Just an Arranger

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2021 61:35

    Steve is best known as guitarist/arranger for Oingo Boingo through their eight albums from 1981-1995 and for following its leader Danny Elfman into a life creating movie soundtracks. However, his activity as composer goes all the way back to the late '60s. We discuss "Tango" by jackiO from their self-titled album (2019), "The Wake" and "Checking Out/Streets of Managu" from his soundtracks to Guilty as Charged (1991) and The Art of Travel (2008), and "Rainy Day Mushroom Pillow" by Strawberry Alarm Clock from Incense and Peppermints (1967). Outro: "Nothing to Feel" by Fejj from Alive (1979) Intro: the title track to Dead Man's Party by Oingo Boingo (1985). Hear more Nakedly Examined Music. Like our Facebook page. Support us on Patreon. Sponsor: Upgrade your showering at nebia.com/nem (code NEM).

    Ep. 281: Paul Feyerabend's Anarchist Philosophy of Science (Part One)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 56:27

    On Against Method (1975). In dialogue with Lakatos, Feyerabend claimed that scientific progress can not be explained rationally, so how does it progress? Is F. just arguing against the possibility of any philosophy of science? Part two of this episode is only going to be available to you if you sign up at partiallyexaminedlife.com/support or via Apple Podcasts. Get it now or listen to a preview. Sponsors: Get connected with a licensed therapist at betterhelp.com/partially. Get a free month of Great Courses lectures and lots of other great content at Wondrium.com/PEL. Get a free month's access to a vast library of guided meditations at Headspace.com/PEL. Get your first bag of coffee free and $5 off your bundle at DrinkTrade.com/pel (code pel).

    PEL Presents PMP/NEM: The Music of Your Youth w/ Jon Lamoreaux

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2021 56:07

    To what degree to our childhood favorites persist into adulthood? Are we doomed to love the songs of our generation best? What causes the generation gap in musical tastes? Your host Mark Linsenmayer, plus Pretty Much Pop regulars Erica Spyres and Brian Hirt, and Jon, the host of The Hustle Podcast, share their nostalgia and discuss "guilty pleasures," the different pre-critical stages at which songs burrow themselves into our brains, aging pop stars, film soundtracks, and more. For more Pretty Much Pop, visit prettymuchpop.com. Hear bonus content for this episode at patreon.com/prettymuchpop. Hear more Nakedly Examined Music. Like our Facebook page. Support us on Patreon. Sponsor: Get 15% off an annual membership at MasterClass.com/examined.

    PEL Presents PvI#17: The Imitation Game (with Toaster)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 6, 2021 46:50

    Riffing on resemblance. Eventually invoking the spirit of a toaster. Mark is wrong: the God Emperor of Dune can't drink water at all, just dried food. Mark philosophizes at partiallyexaminedlife.com. Bill improvises (and teaches) at chicagoimprovstudio.com. Hear more Philosophy vs. Improv. Support the podcast to get all our post-game discussions and other bonus stuff. Sponsors: Visit betterhelp.com/improv to be matched with a licensed, professional therapist. Learn about St. John's College at sjc.edu/improv.

    PEL Presents (SUB)TEXT: Autonomy and Incest in Sophocles's “Oedipus Rex”

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 66:07

    His first claim to fame was the solution to  a riddle that earned him a kingdom by sheer force of intellect. His second was a doomed attempt to escape the particularly gruesome fates of patricide and incest. With his first act, Oedipus saved the city of Thebes from the sphinx; with his second, he afflicted it with a plague. In his retelling of this myth, Sophocles reflects on the competing claims of three paths to knowledge: reason, revelation, and experience. Why can't Oedipus's brilliant mind save him from the enactment of a prophecy? Why might we be most vulnerable to the fate we're most determined to avoid? Can we truly be free, or are our attempts to transcend the limitations of character central to its pathologies? Wes & Erin discuss Sophocles' Oedipus Rex. Subscribe: (sub)Text won't always be in the PEL feed, so please subscribe to us directly: Apple | Spotify | Android | RSS Bonus content: The conversation continues on our after-show (post)script. Get this and other bonus content at by subscribing at Patreon. Follow (sub)Text: Twitter | Facebook | Website Thanks to Nick Ketter for the audio editing on this episode.

    PREMIUM-Ep. 280: Imre Lakatos on Scientific Progress (Part Two)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 9:41

    Continuing on "Falsification and the Methodology of Scientific Research Programmes" (1970). We distinguish various kinds of falsificationism and give more details about Lakatos' concept of a scientific research program. If you're not hearing the full version of this part of the discussion, sign up via one of the options described at partiallyexaminedlife.com/support.

    PEL Presents PMP#108: Board Game Ideology

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 57:14

    As board games are becoming increasingly popular with adults, we ask: What's the relationship between a board game's mechanics and its narrative? Does the "message" of a board game matter? Mark is joined by game designer Tommy Maranges, educator Michelle Parrinello-Cason, and ex-philosopher Al Baker to talk about re-skinning games, designing player experiences, play styles, game complexity, and more. For more, visit prettymuchpop.com. Hear bonus content for this episode at patreon.com/prettymuchpop or by subscribing via Apple Podcasts to the Mark Lintertainment Channel. Sponsors: Get 20% off your first box of cool guy stuff from Bespoke Post at boxofawesome.com. (code pretty). Book a top-rated doctor by getting the Zocdoc ad at Zocdoc.com/PMP. Get 15% off your next gift at uncommongoods.com/PMP. Get a loan to lower your monthly payments at Upstart.com/PRETTY.

    Ep. 280: Imre Lakatos on Scientific Progress (Part One)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 58:42

    On "Falsification and the Methodology of Scientific Research Programmes" (1970). In what way is scientific progress rational? Lakatos splits the difference between Popper and Kuhn to argue that some scientific research programs are more progressive than others, meaning that they make dramatic, unexpected predictions. Part two of this episode is only going to be available to you if you sign up at partiallyexaminedlife.com/support or via Apple Podcasts. Get it now or listen to a preview. Sponsors: Get connected with a licensed therapist at betterhelp.com/partially. Get 20% off your first box off cool stuff from at boxofawesome.com (code pel). Save $15 off your first month of thicker hair at nutrafol.com (code PEL). Learn about St. John's College at sjc.edu/pel.

    PEL Presents PvI#16: The Legend of Kermit's Gold w/ Tim Sniffen

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2021 49:33

    Do you believe in miracles? If doctors believed in miracles, would they just let surgeries finish themselves? Do assumptions of a logical universe make it not just unjustified by psychologically impossible for us to really believe in miracles? Read about our VERY FIRST guest, Tim Sniffen at timsniffen.com. Mark philosophizes at partiallyexaminedlife.com. Bill improvises (and teaches) at chicagoimprovstudio.com. Hear more Philosophy vs. Improv. Support the podcast to get all our post-game discussions and other bonus stuff. Sponsors: Visit betterhelp.com/improv to be matched with a licensed, professional therapist. Learn about St. John's College at sjc.edu/improv.

    PEL Presents (Sub)Text: Gender Opera in "Tootsie"

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 59:34

    How do you become the many you truly are? Try becoming the woman you aren't. While Michael Dorsey can take the blame for his desperate transformation into Dorothy Michaels, it's she who gets the credit for making him a better man. How are gender dynamics reflected in our relationships to ourselves? When are we staying true to ourselves, and when are we just acting out a role for others? Wes & Erin discuss Sydney Pollack's 1982 film, “Tootsie." Subscribe: (sub)Text won't always be in the PEL feed, so please subscribe to us directly: Apple | Spotify | Android | RSS Bonus content: The conversation continues on our after-show (post)script. Get this and other bonus content at by subscribing at Patreon. Follow (sub)Text: Twitter | Facebook | Website Thanks to Nick Ketter for the audio editing on this episode.

    PREMIUM-Ep. 279: Aristotle's "Categories" of Being (Part Two)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 9:38

    Continuing on the Categories, considering artifacts, social construction in cutting up the world, different kinds of properties, and more. If you're not hearing the full version of this part of the discussion, sign up via one of the options described at partiallyexaminedlife.com/support.

    PEL Presents PMP#107: Cult Bands and Cultish Fans

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 54:01

    Mark Linsenmayer is joined by Tim Quirk of Too Much Joy, Aaron David Gleason, and Chris Sunami to talk about what makes a cult band. We touch on artists like Tom Waits, Velvet Underground, Big Star, XTC, and The Cure. For more, visit prettymuchpop.com. Hear bonus content for this episode at patreon.com/prettymuchpop or by subscribing via Apple Podcasts to the Mark Lintertainment Channel. Sponsors: Get a loan to lower your monthly payments at Upstart.com/PRETTY. Use the code "Pretty" at Nebia.com/pretty to get 10% off a superior shower experience (excludes pre-orders).

    PEL Presents NEM#158: Dar Williams: Songs as Thought Processes

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2021 68:01

    Dar has released 11 albums on labels since 1993 of highly literate, introspective folk-pop songs. We discuss "Berkeley" (and listen to "Today and Everyday") from I'll Meet You Here (2021), "Empty Plane" from Emerald (2015), and " Are You Out There" from End of the Summer (1997). Intro: "As Cool As I Am" from Mortal City (1996). For info see darwilliams.com. Hear more Nakedly Examined Music. Like our Facebook page. Support us on Patreon. Sponsor: Get 15% off an annual membership at MasterClass.com/examined. 

    NEM#157: DEVO's Gerald V. Casale: Guises of Social Critique

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2021 63:43

    Jerry is DEVO's co-frontman and chief philosopher. They've released nine albums since 1978. His solo career has been sporadic, with a release as Jihad Jerry & the Evildoers in 2006 and a few singles. We discuss his new song and video "I'm Gonna Pay U Back," and one of those Jihad Jerry tracks (that album now reissued to include the new track) "The Owl," and the 1979-recorded Devo track "Fountain of Filth" (released on Hardcore Devo Vol. 2). We conclude by listening to his 2016 single "It's All Devo." Intro: "Whip It" by Devo from Freedom of Choice (1980). For more see geraldvcasale.com. Hear more Nakedly Examined Music. Like our Facebook page. Support us on Patreon. Sponsors: Save 10% on Nebia shower stuff by using code nem at nebia.com/nem (excludes pre-order products). Get 3 months free of Amazon Music Unlimited at Amazon.com/nempod.

    Ep. 279: Aristotle's "Categories" of Being (Part One)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 54:28

    On the Categories (ca. 350 BCE), which purports to describe all the types of entities that exist. We mostly talk about substances, as A's presentation raises interesting questions about, e.g. the status of the species of substance, and the rest of the categories (e.g. quality, quantity, relative) rely on substances existing. So how exactly do these other categories relate to substances, and why does A divide the world the way he does? Part two of this episode is only going to be available to you if you sign up at partiallyexaminedlife.com/support or via Apple Podcasts. Get it now or listen to a preview. Sponsors: Get a free month of Great Courses lectures and lots of other great content at Wondrium.com/PEL. Get a free month's access to a vast library of guided meditations at Headspace.com/PEL.

    PEL Presents PvI#14: Action Idealism!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 43:11

    Are so-called "material objects" really just a scam? These two cut-ups (Bill and Mark) cut up the world in various ways, showing you how to teach, how to act, and how to haggle. Mark philosophizes at partiallyexaminedlife.com. Bill improvises (and teaches) at chicagoimprovstudio.com. Hear more Philosophy vs. Improv. Support the podcast to get our post-game discussion and other bonus stuff.

    (sub)Text: Our Name is Subtext, Podcast of Podcasts. Hear our “Ozymandias” Discussion, Ye Listeners, and Despair!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 57:46

    The land is not just ancient but “antique,” and while many of its artifacts end up as the possessions of distant museums, they may yet be capable of overpowering their audiences. Percy Bysshe Shelley's “Ozymandias” is traditionally taken as an exploration of hubris, and of the obliviating effect of time on power and its pretensions. But the poem also speaks to the power of art to preserve, and how this is accomplished by a hermeneutic collaboration between artist, audience, and subject matter. If there is something alive in the passions reproduced within an artist's inanimate medium, then our creative powers may ultimately not belong to us. Subscribe: (sub)Text won't always be in the PEL feed, so please subscribe to us directly: Apple | Spotify | Android | RSS Bonus content: The conversation continues on our after-show (post)script. Get this and other bonus content at by subscribing at Patreon. Follow (sub)Text: Twitter | Facebook | Website Thanks to Nick Ketter for the audio editing on this episode.

    PREMIUM-Ep. 278: Derrick Bell on the Dynamics of Racism (Part Two)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 10:54

    Continuing on Faces At the Bottom of the Well (1992), with guest Lawrence Ware. We discuss "The Racial Preference Licensing Act" (ch. 3). If you're not hearing the full version of this part of the discussion, sign up via one of the options described at partiallyexaminedlife.com/support.

    PEL Presents PMP#106: Stand-Up Comedy in the Internet Age

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 49:49

    Mark discusses how Internet culture has changed stand-up with three comedians: past guests Rodney Ramsey and Daniel Lobell, plus Dena Jackson. How have YouTube, social media, and virtual spaces changed the way comedians work? We talk about story-telling vs. one-liners, repping your hometown, comedy cliques, surviving negativity, and more. For more, visit prettymuchpop.com. Hear bonus content for this episode at patreon.com/prettymuchpop or by subscribing via Apple Podcasts to the Mark Lintertainment Channel. Sponsors: Use the code "Pretty" at Nebia.com/pretty to get 10% off a superior shower experience. Try The Class X Podcast.

    Ep. 278: Derrick Bell on the Dynamics of Racism (Part One)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 47:08

    On Faces At the Bottom of the Well: The Permanence of Racism (1992), a foundational text in critical race theory that presents thought experiments in the philosophy of law, including "The Space Traders." With guest Lawrence Ware. Part two of this episode is only going to be available to you if you sign up at partiallyexaminedlife.com/support or via Apple Podcasts. Get it now or listen to a preview. Sponsor: Learn about St. John's College at sjc.edu/pel.

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