The Partially Examined Life Philosophy Podcast

The Partially Examined Life Philosophy Podcast

Published by: Mark Linsenmayer
392 Episodes | First Released: May 11 '09
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 even to have read the text we're talking about to (mostly) follow and (hopefully) enjoy the discussion. For links to the texts we discuss and other info, check out www.partiallyexaminedlife.com.
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Alba White
Jul 3
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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19Americanmuscle90
Oct 14 '18
Rating:   4
Good philosophy. Bad politics.

Made it a couple dozen episodes in. Really liked the discussions on philosophy but was absolutely turned of by the politics. One of the host, can’t recall his name and really don’t want, was especially notorious for putting up straw man type arguments. I wish they would keep their politics to themselves and just discuss philosophy. Seeing how they cannot I have rated them two stars and will delete them out of my library. Their political leanings do not matter to me but I also did not start listening to a philosophy podcast to hear politics.

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StevenEtien
Aug 19 '18
Rating:   10
Mixed bag

Insightful at times, while tedious an equal number of times. At least the guys have acute neurons and frenzied funny-ons firing simultaneously.

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