The Partially Examined Life

The Partially Examined Life

Published by: Mark Linsenmayer
426 Episodes | First Released: May 11 '09
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city of pod
May 4
Rating:   10
Very good

Stretches me all the way to the limit.

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r.m.lankford
Apr 11
Rating:   10
A great listen.

Thoroughly enjoyable. Interesting content.

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Jook 92
Jan 30
Rating:   10
Thoughtful

A great podcast that covers philosophy from A to Z and offers views from different perspectives. I always enjoy listening.

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Orininc
Dec 30 '19
Rating:   4
Really gone downhill

2 stars still because Seth at least has continued to grow. But only 2 stars because the others, Wes especially, have become stuck in a self-satisfied and pro-status-quo laziness.

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Dawg14
Nov 12 '19
Rating:   10
Best thing on the Internet

Thanks for your many years of doing this, guys. Truly a public service. And the B crew on Pretty Much Pop and the podcasts about music, literature, etc. are a welcome addition.

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Alba White
Jul 3 '19
Rating:   4
Bro indeed

At last, what no one has been asking for - bros who are into philosophy. To the bros, liking philosophy doesn’t redeem painful rambling. Definitely doesn’t make you funny.

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Dave Hamilton
Jun 13 '19
Rating:   10
My favorite philosophy podcast

Mark, Seth, and Wes are able to take these super-heady topics and keep them super-heady, all the while making things accessible. They’re like your best nerdy friends nitpicking things with one another yet making you feel welcome at the same time. Clearly these veteran podcasters know what they’re doing, and that's why they’ve been able to do this for so long. Give it a listen, you'll love it!

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Eventhorizon022
Mar 19 '19
Rating:   10
I've loved listening...

to this podcast since about episode 20. The range of topics do a great job of spanning the "classics", as well as current projects that impact modern life. Besides the guys themselves being awesome, they are always generous with all of their guests. Simply one of the best podcasts available.

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newton314159
Mar 10 '19
Rating:   2
Lack of insight

I only listened to the first 30 minutes of the episode on the Nichomachean Ethics. The speakers did not actually start discussing the work until the 9 minute mark, choosing instead to chat with one another about unrelated topics during that time. The primary speaker spoke only vaguely about Aristotle’s arguments, suggesting a lack of familiarity with the text. He did however give off the impression of someone who truly enjoys listening to himself talk. A second and third speaker did seem to have some knowledge of the work but again seemed to only speak vaguely about the text. The episode failed to identify Aristotle’s bridge between happiness and moral virtue. Lacking was a development of Aristotle’s argument that happiness is attained through moral virtue (rather than through the whims of fortune [health/wealth]) because something as noble as happiness could not be subject to fate, but rather must be grounded in one’s own free expression of will. As Aristotle writes, “To entrust to chance what is greatest and most noble would be a very defective arrangement.” Maybe the speakers could reread the text in advance and identify key passages to discuss?

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spawnjosias
Mar 5 '19
Rating:   10
Best philosophy podcast

I don’t want to sound very over dramatic , but the recent episode on suicide gave me a lot of perspective. I have 2 siblings that took the decision & just hearing on your different opinions was very insightful. Thank you very much. I remain a huge fan.

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sanchasey
Feb 23 '19
Rating:   10
Host needs to shut his hole

I absolutely loved this podcast after just hearing one episode, ep. 12. One thing though, the host (I think) needs to quit cracking totally dumb and unnecessary jokes while guests are reading from texts. He really confused me and took concepts out of their context by doing this constantly, and I didn’t take him seriously. It felt like the others didn’t either. So yeah, definitely will listen again after hearing this but I hope I don’t have to be dealing with this every episode so far.

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CollinFromAtlanta
Feb 5 '19
Rating:   4
Seth’s voice

So incredibly inconsistent. Immature to say the least. Host disrespectful to guest. Seth ruined this show for me. Too analytical

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ersmed
Jan 8 '19
Rating:   10
Best in depth Philosophy Podcast by non-Philosophers,

When I want a shorter fantastic review of an ancient philosopher, I go with Philosophize This!, when I want to wade all the way in to the deep end, PEL is a great choice. The interaction of 3 hosts who clearly enjoy each others company is particularly nice. At the same time they never look at any big topic or philosopher with the same lense. Great stuff.

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TrentonNZ
Oct 29 '18
Rating:   10
Really nice

I appreciate the discussion, great way to build information.

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KLearned1
Oct 28 '18
Rating:   10
Just found you!

I’m so happy to have just stumbled on your podcast at this late hour. A 2am ping pong match on modernity and enlightenment was just what I needed. Unfortunately, you guys are so good I won’t be falling asleep anytime soon.

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