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Beginner friendly if listened to in order! For anyone interested in an educational podcast about philosophy where you don't need to be a graduate-level philosopher to understand it. In chronological order, the thinkers and ideas that forged the world we live in are broken down and explained.

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Episode #001 ... Presocratic Philosophy - Ionian

June 6th, 2013

49:20

Today we discussed the "Out of Africa" theory, the adversity of early humans, the term "Pre-Socratic", the first philosopher Thales, the meanest philosopher Heraclitus and Democritus, the godfather of the theory of …

Episode #002 ... Presocratic Philosophy - Italian

June 15th, 2013

36:34

Today we talk about why philosophy is taken for granted, the crazed cult leader of ancient Greek philosophy, Pythagoras, the annoying dark cloud of …

Episode #003 ... Socrates and the Sophists

June 23rd, 2013

39:32

This week we talk about the prosperity of athens and how it led to the rise and ideas of a group of philosopher teachers called the Sophists, we tied up some loose ends and helped put all that we've learned in the last …

Episode #004 ... Plato

July 1st, 2013

45:01

In this week's episode, we learn about Plato's "Symposium", which you might think of as philosophy's version of fan fiction. We also learn about Plato's "Theory of Forms" and ask ourselves what makes a tree, well, a …

Episode #005 ... Aristotle Pt. 1

July 14th, 2013

38:13

This week we talk about various different applications of Aristotle's ethics in modern life. We discuss making a "plan" for your life, the underlying similarities between all human desires and the best way to live life. 

Episode #006 ... Aristotle Pt. 2

July 26th, 2013

37:45

On this episode of the podcast, we continue learning about Aristotle, a man who created the first system of biological classification, the first …

Episode #007 ... Daoism

August 10th, 2013

39:38

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Episode #008 ... Confucianism

October 29th, 2013

40:24

On this episode of the podcast, we learn about Confucius, a man whose ideas impacted China and eastern philosophy for thousands of years after his death. We find out how Confucius went from being the poor, friendless …

Episode #009 ... The Buddha

November 11th, 2013

43:56

On this episode of the podcast, we learn about the life of Siddhartha Gautama and his Heisenberg-esque transformation into Buddha. We learn how Buddha left a lifestyle of being fed grapes and being fanned with palm …

Episode #010 ... The Hellenistic Age Pt. 1 - Epicurus

November 24th, 2013

47:00

This week on the podcast, we shift our focus back to Western philosophy. On this episode, we learn about Epicureanism—one of four schools of thought …

Episode #011 ... The Hellenistic Age Pt. 2 - The Early Stoa and the Cynics

December 7th, 2013

41:00

This is the first of two episodes on Stoicism; in this episode, we learn about stoic physics and logic. We learn how the Stoics would likely react if …

Episode #012 ... The Hellenistic Age Pt. 3 - Hallmarks of Stoic Ethics

December 20th, 2013

48:50

On this episode of the podcast, we continue our discussion of Stoicism, this time focusing on ethics. We learn about the three most noteworthy contributors to Stoic ethics--a crippled slave, a statesman, and the emperor …

Episode #013 ... The Hellenistic Age Pt. 4 - Skepticism

January 5th, 2014

46:16

On this episode of the podcast, we continue our study of the Hellenistic Age, this time focusing on Skepticism. We find out how Pyrrho used Skepticism to endure surgery without anesthesia, and learn why you can never …

Episode #014 ... The Hellenistic Age Pt. 5 - A Race To The Dark Ages

January 18th, 2014

43:42

On this episode of the podcast, we discuss Middle Platonism and the Race to the Dark Ages. We learn how Philo of Alexandria reconciled Judaism with Plato's vision of God as a master craftsman, and find out how this …

Episode #015 ... A Period of Transition - Plotinus

February 13th, 2014

37:15

On this episode of the podcast, we learn about Plotinus, a Neo-Platonist philosopher who lived in Rome during "the crisis of the third century.” We discuss the difference between religion and philosophy and question …

Episode #016 ... Saint Augustine

February 28th, 2014

29:18

On this episode of the podcast, we discuss St. Augustine, a philosopher who is known for merging the ideas of Neoplatonism and Christianity. We learn how an unsuspecting child led St. Augustine to devote his life to …

Episode #017 ... Boethius

March 26th, 2014

23:34

On this episode of the podcast, we learn about the medieval neoplatonist philosopher Boethius. We find out how he came to be wrongly convicted of treason and subsequently sentenced to death, and how this led him to …

Episode #018 ... Avicenna

April 4th, 2014

25:40

On this episode of the podcast we learn about Avicenna, an Arabic philosopher who is most known for his “Flying Man” thought experiment. We discuss the mind-body connection (or lack thereof) and ask ourselves what …

Episode #019 ... Three Islamic Truths

April 14th, 2014

31:11

On this episode of the podcast, we discuss the nature of truth and examine it through the lenses of three Islamic philosophers who each had a different approach to truth seeking. We first discuss Al Kindi and what he …

Episode #020 ... Two Medieval Approaches To God

April 24th, 2014

34:24

On this episode of the podcast, we discuss the concept of God from a philosophical perspective. We first broaden our definition of God by recalling …

Episode #021 ... One God - St. Thomas Aquinas

May 5th, 2014

25:54

On this episode of the podcast, we learn about the Christian Aristotelean philosopher St. Thomas Aquinas. We begin by examining a song by The Postal Service which sets the stage for a discussion about how often humans …

Episode #022 ... Blast off to the Renaissance!

May 13th, 2014

26:25

On this episode of the podcast, we begin learning about the Renaissance. We first discuss the Black Death, a bacterial plague that wiped out 30-60% …

Episode #023 ... Machiavelli

May 20th, 2014

25:06

On this episode of the podcast, we discuss The Protestant Reformation and Machiavellianism. We begin by examining what it was like to live during the …

Episode #024 ... Montaigne

June 4th, 2014

26:50

On this episode of the podcast, we learn about Michel de Montaigne. We first discuss how a case of 16th century road rage led to a near-death experience which ironically helped Montaigne overcome his fear of dying. …

Episode #025 ... A Scientific Method For Your Life!

June 10th, 2014

28:26

On this episode of the podcast, we learn about Francis Bacon, a 16th century English philosopher. We first discuss what it meant to pursue knowledge during the time Francis Bacon lived and why he thought that scientific …

Episode #026 ... Thomas Hobbes pt. 1 - The Social Contract

June 17th, 2014

29:12

On this episode of the podcast, we learn about Thomas Hobbes. We first ask ourselves what it would be like to live in a society with no laws or …

Episode #027 ... Thomas Hobbes pt. 2

July 1st, 2014

28:18

On this episode of the podcast, we continue our discussion of Thomas Hobbes. 


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Episode #028 ... Rene Descartes pt. 1 - Context

July 9th, 2014

26:51

On this episode of the podcast, we begin learning about Rene Descartes. First, we find out why the entire human race can be compared to the loud, obnoxious guy at a party who thinks he’s smarter than everyone else. …

Episode #029 ... Descartes pt. 2 - See episode description

July 16th, 2014

26:51

The audio file for this episode was lost years ago. There is a transcript available on the website: www.philosophizethis.org


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Episode #030 ... Descartes pt. 3 - God Exists

August 5th, 2014

24:19

On this episode of the podcast we conclude our three-part installment on Rene Descartes. First we discuss what the concept of God meant to Descartes. Then we discuss why the concept of God was crucial for his system to …

Episode #031 ... Pascal's Wager

August 12th, 2014

27:20

On this episode of the podcast, we begin our discussion of Blaise Pascal by examining Pascal's Wager. We begin by hearkening back to last week's episode and imagine Pascal as Descartes' wingman in a door-to-door …

Episode #032 ... Blaise Pascal pt. 2 - +EV your way to success!!

August 19th, 2014

28:34

On this episode of the podcast we continue our discussion of Blaise Pascal, this time focusing on his assertion that man is “the supreme paradox of creation.” First, we learn about Pascal’s early life and feel …

Episode #033 ... Spinoza pt. 1 - From Baruch to Benedicto

August 26th, 2014

26:53

On this episode of the podcast, we learn about Baruch De Spinoza. We find out why it was not only life-threatening to have an unpopular opinion …

Episode #034 ... Spinoza pt. 2 - Force of Nature

September 2nd, 2014

27:24

On this episode of the podcast, we continue learning about Spinoza, this time focusing on his concept of God. We begin by asking ourselves whether or …

Episode #035 ... John Locke pt. 1

September 9th, 2014

30:28

On this episode of the podcast, we begin learning about John Locke. First, we ask ourselves whether or not we own our bodies and what other things we are entitled to simply by virtue of being born. Next, we consider …

Episode #036 ... John Locke pt. 2 - The Blank Slate

September 15th, 2014

28:38

On this episode of the podcast, we continue our discussion of John Locke. We first admire how brave Locke was to share his ideas during a time when dissent earned you the privilege of being drawn and quartered …

Episode #037 ... Leibniz pt. 1 - A Million Points of Light

September 23rd, 2014

32:00

On this episode of the podcast, we begin our discussion of Gottfried Leibniz. First, we find out what important invention created a riff between Leibniz and Isaac Newton. Next, we learn about Leibniz’s theory of Monads …

Episode #038 ... Leibniz pt. 2 - The Best of All Possible Worlds

October 2nd, 2014

26:18

On this episode of the podcast, we continue our discussion of Gottfried Leibniz. First, we delve more into the feud between Leibniz and Isaac Newton, which we briefly mentioned last week. Next, we ask ourselves why God …

Episode #039 ... The Limits of Empiricism

October 8th, 2014

26:57

On this episode of the podcast, we explore the idea of reality and how our senses prevent us from perceiving its true nature. First, we launch a smear campaign against human eyes and their limitations. Next, we discuss …

Episode #040 ... Superstition

October 16th, 2014

49:15

On this episode of the podcast, we explore superstition in its various forms and examine the ways Berkeley and Voltaire tried to eliminate it in …

Episode #041 ... Belief

November 4th, 2014

36:23

On this episode of the podcast, we discuss the many facets of belief. We start out by discussing two major complications that belief brings to the …

Episode #042 ... Optimism

November 12th, 2014

28:23

On this episode, we explore the benefits and drawbacks of optimism. First, we examine the various motivations for pessimism, and hear what Winston Churchill, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Marcus Aurelius have to say about …

Episode #043 ... Tolerance

November 21st, 2014

27:42

On this episode of the podcast, we examine the true implications of tolerance and intolerance. First, we ask ourselves the inception-esque question …

Episode #044 ... Slavery

December 2nd, 2014

36:26

On this episode of the podcast, we revisit the topic of belief, this time focusing on the ramifications of the beliefs we hold. First, we ask …

Episode #045 ... Rousseau Government pt. 1

December 15th, 2014

26:52

On this episode of the podcast, we examine the origins of government and discuss several opinions on how to construct the best system. First, we imagine that we’re stranded on an island and are forced to devise a system …

Episode #046 ... Rousseau pt. 2 - Democracy, Aristocracy or Monarchy?

January 2nd, 2015

29:26

On this episode of the podcast, we continue last week's thought experiment about creating a society from scratch on a deserted island. First, we find out how building a society is similar to making cupcakes, in the …

Episode #047 ... Rousseau pt. 3 - The General Will

January 10th, 2015

24:53

On this episode of the podcast, we continue our desert island thought experiment, this time focusing on the general will of the people. First, we examine several interpretations of what "the general will of the people" …

Episode #048 ... Adam Smith pt. 1 - Specialization

January 18th, 2015

23:13

On this episode of the podcast we begin our discussion of Adam Smith.


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Episode #049 ... Adam Smith pt. 2 - The Tip of the Iceberg of Wealth

January 27th, 2015

29:07

On this episode of the podcast, we continue our discussion of Adam Smith. First, we look at two towns with the same name on opposite sides of the US-Mexico border, and consider why their residents have such markedly …

Episode #050 ... Are You Left Or Right?

February 7th, 2015

26:08

On this episode of the podcast, we discuss the contrasting political philosophies of Edmund Burke and Thomas Paine. First, we find out the origin of …

Episode #051 ... David Hume pt. 1

February 25th, 2015

29:58

On this episode of the podcast, we talk about David Hume! First, we learn about Hume’s ‘is’ versus ‘ought’ distinction and how not being mindful of …

Episode #052 ... David Hume pt. 2 - Design

March 5th, 2015

29:28

On this episode of the podcast, we continue our discussion of David Hume. This time, we focus on Hume's response to the Teleological Argument, which …

Episode #053 ... David Hume pt. 3 - Custom

March 16th, 2015

23:58

On this episode of the podcast we talk about David Hume's thoughts on the soul, the self and how "custom is the great guide of human life." All this …

Episode #054 ... Hume pt. 4 - Art

March 27th, 2015

29:57

On this episode of the podcast, we discuss Hume’s views on taste and find out whether or not all of our opinions about art are equally valid. First, we compare the poetry of Shakespeare and Shel Silverstein, the music …

Episode #055 ... Interview on Hume with Massimo Pigliucci

April 1st, 2015

30:14

On this episode of the podcast, Massimo Pigliucci calls in to help tie together some loose ends in our overview of David Hume. Massimo is a professor of philosophy at City University of New York. He is the author of the …

Episode #056 ... Kant pt. 1 - An Introduction to the Introduction

April 22nd, 2015

25:56

On this episode of the podcast, we begin our discussion of Immanuel Kant. We first examine the historical context Kant was born into and consider the challenges philosophy was faced with, thanks to David Hume. We also …

Episode #057 ... Kant pt. 2 - The Actual Introduction

May 11th, 2015

23:06

On this episode of the podcast we continue our discussion of Kant, this time focusing on his contributions to the debate between rationalism and empiricism . We begin by reviewing the major points of contention between …

Episode #058 ... Kant pt. 3 - Deontology vs Consequentialism

May 20th, 2015

26:59

On this episode of the podcast, we continue our discussion of Kant, this time focusing on ethics. We begin with a thought experiment that calls into …

Episode #059 ... Kant pt. 4 - Categorical Trolley Cars

May 28th, 2015

27:22

On this episode of the podcast, we analyze the infamous Trolley Car Problem and think about it in relation to Kant’s categorical imperative. First, …

Episode #060 ... Kant pt. 5 - The Sublime

June 1st, 2015

30:28

On this episode of the podcast, we attempt to tackle the elusive concept of the sublime. We begin by clarifying everything the sublime is NOT, and then attempt to pin it down by considering a common motif that is has …

Episode #061 ... Kant pt. 6 - What is Enlightenment?

June 14th, 2015

26:35

On this episode of the podcast, we discuss Kant’s answer to the question “What is enlightenment?” We begin by recounting the story of how Kant came to answer this question in the first place and why this was an …

Episode #062 ... Kant pt. 7 - Suicide

June 23rd, 2015

32:52

On this episode of the podcast, we discuss the morality of suicide. We begin by questioning our own biases and assumptions about suicide and where they come from. Next, we examine suicide from a Christian perspective by …

Episode #063 ... Kant pt. 8 - Limits of Knowledge

July 1st, 2015

28:20

On this episode of the podcast, we discuss Kant’s views on the limits of human knowledge. First, we ask ourselves why we seek knowledge at all and whether there will ever be an endpoint to our search for it. Next, we …

Episode #064 ... Interpreting Interpretations

August 19th, 2015

20:29

On this episode of the podcast, we discuss Hermeneutics, or “the art of avoiding misunderstanding.” First, we meet Johnny--a disgruntled Philosophize This! listener who is bored and frustrated by episodes about …

Episode #065 ... Mary Wollstonecraft

September 7th, 2015

22:28

On this episode of the podcast, we discuss the feminist philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft. First, we learn about the unexpected origin of The Royal …

Episode #066 ... Hegel pt. 1 - Introduction

September 14th, 2015

18:47

Today we begin our discussion on the work of Hegel.

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Episode #067 ... What Hegel Was Saying!

September 21st, 2015

21:43

We continue our unfortunately abridged discussion on Hegel from last episode. 

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Episode #068 ... On Moodiness

October 6th, 2015

21:43

On this episode we talk about one angle of the complex subject known to us all as: moodiness.

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Episode #069 ... An Appeal To Reason

October 12th, 2015

29:47

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Episode #070 ... Off Moodiness

October 20th, 2015

22:26

On this episode we talk about several outlooks on negative emotions. 

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Episode #071 ... Is Killing Animals For Food Morally Justifiable?

November 1st, 2015

28:37

Today we talk about whether killing animals for food is morally justifiable.

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Episode #072 ... Insecurity

November 18th, 2015

32:56

On this episode of the podcast we talk about insecurity.

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Episode #073 ... How To Win An Argument Pt. 1

December 1st, 2015

28:42

Today we take a look at several common logical fallacies and how to spot them.

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Episode #074 ... Hegel Returns

December 17th, 2015

26:53

Today we talk about an overview of Hegel and what is truly important about his work. 

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Episode #075 ... How To Win An Argument Pt. 2

December 21st, 2015

23:53

Today we answer listener questions clarifying How To Win An Argument Pt. 1 and discuss several other common logical fallacies, how to spot them and …

Episode #076 ... Hegel's God

December 31st, 2015

24:10

Today we talk about Hegel and a unique possibility of what God could be. 

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Episode #077 ... Marx and Kierkegaard on Religion pt. 1

January 17th, 2016

24:13

Today we discuss Marx, his views on religion as a means of oppression, and his connection to Hegel's Dialectic. 

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Episode #078 ... Marx and Kierkegaard on Religion pt. 2

January 27th, 2016

23:03

Today we talk about Soren Kierkegaard and his views on the function and value of religion. 

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Episode #079 ... Kierkegaard on Anxiety

March 23rd, 2016

21:27

On this episode of the podcast we talk about Kierkegaard's views on anxiety. 

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Episode #80 ... Feuerbach on Religion

May 3rd, 2016

28:02

On this episode we talk about Ludwig Feuerbach and his (occasionally) controversial views on the origins of religion.

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Episode #081 ... Capitalism vs. Communism

May 11th, 2016

24:03

Today we talk about Karl Marx and his famous critiques of Capitalism.

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Episode #082 ... Austrians and Marx

May 26th, 2016

25:25

Today we talk about various classic critiques of Marx's economics made by the Austrian School of Economics.

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Episode #083 ... Henry David Thoreau

June 4th, 2016

25:20

Today we take a look at Henry David Thoreau's views on the individual, society and civil disobedience. 

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Episode #084 ... William James on Truth

June 14th, 2016

26:28

Today we take a look at William James and his work on the concept of Truth.

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Episode #085 ... Peter Singer on Effective Altruism

June 21st, 2016

23:49

Today we talk about the great Peter Singer, his views on the unique moral obligations that we face as members of modern society and how we might …

Episode #086 ... Sartre and Camus pt. 1 - Freedom

June 29th, 2016

22:57

Today's episode is the first installment of a series on the great Cold War era thinkers Sartre and Camus. Today we lay the foundations for the line …

Episode #087 ... Sartre and Camus pt. 2

July 14th, 2016

23:09

Today we talk about the philosopher Albert Camus.

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Episode #088 ... Sartre and Camus pt. 3 - The Great Debate

July 27th, 2016

26:01

Today we talk about the great post WW2 debate between Sartre and Camus. 

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Episode #089 ... Simone De Beauvoir - The Second Sex

August 17th, 2016

30:15

Today we discuss the revolutionary work of Simone De Beauvoir entitled: The Second Sex

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Episode #090 ... Nietzsche pt. 1 - God is dead and so is Captain Morgan

August 26th, 2016

27:14

Today we begin our discussion on the work of Friedrich Nietzsche. 

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Episode #091 ... Nietzsche pt. 2 - The Will to Power

September 21st, 2016

27:41

Today we talk about Nietzsche, the concept of the Will to Power and the dangers of predatory buffalos. 

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Episode #092 ... Nietzsche pt. 3 - Thus Spoke Zarathustra

October 4th, 2016

29:24

Today we talk about Nietzsche's famous work Thus Spoke Zarathustra. 

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Episode #093 ... Nietzsche pt. 4 - Love

November 6th, 2016

26:43

Today we look at the concept of love from several different angles in an attempt to better understand our own thoughts on love. 

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Episode #094 ... A Look at Suffering

November 24th, 2016

29:08

Today we look at the concept of suffering from multiple different angles including the philosopher Fyodor Dostoyevsky and the movement in …

Episode #095 ... Are you living in a simulation?

December 30th, 2016

26:21

Today we discuss the famous paper by Nick Bostrom about the probability that we are living in a simulation. 

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Episode #096 ... Is Ayn Rand A Philosopher?

January 20th, 2017

24:10

Today we talk about Ayn Rand. 

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Episode #097 ... Wittgenstein ep. 1

March 1st, 2017

25:42

Today we talk about Ludwig Wittgenstein. 

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Episode #098 ... Schopenhauer pt. 1 - Metaphysics and Love

March 14th, 2017

22:34

Today we begin our discussion on Arthur Schopenhauer.

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Episode #099 ... Schopenhauer pt. 2 - Ethics

March 29th, 2017

22:14

Today we talk about the ethics of Arthur Schopenhauer.

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Episode #100 ... Heidegger pt. 1 - Phenomenology and Dasein

April 14th, 2017

30:42

Today we begin our discussion of the philosophy of Martin Heidegger by looking at his roots in Phenomenology and his revolutionary concept of Dasein. 

Episode #101 ... Heidegger pt. 2 - Science and Technology

April 30th, 2017

25:46

Today we discuss Martin Heidegger and his views on Modern Technology. 

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Episode #102 ... Heidegger pt. 3 - Authenticity

May 12th, 2017

31:14

Today we talk about Martin Heidegger and his concept of Authenticity. 

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Episode #103 ... Sartre and Camus pt. 4 - The Quest For Certainty

May 24th, 2017

31:07

Today we tell a story from the history of philosophy in an attempt to prepare us for understanding the Phenomenology of Sartre. 

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Episode #104 ... Sartre and Camus pt. 5 - Consciousness is Freedom

June 1st, 2017

29:16

Today we talk about Sartre's view of consciousness and the notion of radical freedom. 

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Episode #105 ... Sartre and Camus pt. 6 - The Self

July 9th, 2017

26:29

Today a cloudy, muddled brain weary from fighting off sickness talks about Sartre's view on the self. Thank you for your patience.

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Episode #106 ... Simone De Beauvoir pt. 2 - The Ethics of Ambiguity

July 19th, 2017

24:08

Today we talk about the first half of The Ethics of Ambiguity by Simone De Beauvoir. 

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Episode #107 ... Simone De Beauvoir pt .3 - Responsibility

July 29th, 2017

25:43

Today we talk about part three of Simone De Beauvoir's work The Ethics of Ambiguity. 

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Episode #108 ... The Frankfurt School pt. 1 - Introduction

August 17th, 2017

29:36

Today we talk about The Frankfurt School. 

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Episode #109 ... The Frankfurt School pt. 2 - The Enlightenment

August 26th, 2017

25:35

Today we talk about the Frankfurt School critique of enlightenment style thinking and Herbert Marcuse's book One Dimensional Man. 

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Episode #110 ... The Frankfurt School pt. 3 - The Culture Industry

September 7th, 2017

27:49

Today we talk about an important chapter from The Dialectic of Enlightenment entitled The Culture Industry. 

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Episode #111 ... The Frankfurt School pt. 4 - Eros

October 20th, 2017

25:00

Today we talk about Freud's views on civilization and the first half of Marcuse's response to them. 

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Episode #112 ... The Frankfurt School pt. 5 - Civilization

November 6th, 2017

29:31

Today we continue our discussion of Marcuse's work Eros and Civilization. 

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Episode #113 ... The Frankfurt School pt. 6 - Art As A Tool For Liberation

December 2nd, 2017

22:58

Today we talk about the revolutionary potential of Art through the eyes of Herbert Marcuse.

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Episode #114 ... The Frankfurt School pt. 7 - The Great Refusal

December 23rd, 2017

37:52

Today we talk about Herbert Marcuse's concepts of The Great Refusal and The New Sensibility. 

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Episode #115 ... Structuralism and Context

January 28th, 2018

32:05

Today we talk about the origins of Structuralism.

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Episode #116 ... Structuralism and Mythology pt. 1

March 18th, 2018

27:33

Today we begin talking about the initial projects of Structuralism. 

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Episode #117 ... Structuralism and Mythology pt. 2

March 18th, 2018

26:30

Today we continue to talk about the projects of Structuralism. 

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Episode #118 ... A Basic Look At Postmodernism

May 21st, 2018

22:44

Today we begin a lengthy conversation on the critiques of Postmodernism. 

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Episode #119 ... Derrida and Words

June 25th, 2018

20:29

Today we begin our discussion on the work of Jacques Derrida. 

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Episode #120 ... Logical Positivism

July 27th, 2018

26:11

Today we talk about Logical Positivism. 

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Episode #121 ... Michel Foucault pt. 1

August 15th, 2018

34:19

Today we begin talking about the work of Michel Foucault. 

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Episode #122 ... Michel Foucault pt. 2 - The Order of Things

September 24th, 2018

21:46

Today we talk about the work of Michel Foucault. 

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Episode #123 ... Michel Foucault pt. 3 - Power

September 24th, 2018

21:09

Today we talk about the work of Michel Foucault. 

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Episode #124 ... Simulacra and Simulation

October 25th, 2018

30:24

Today we begin our discussion of Jean Baudrillard's book Simulacra and Simulation.

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Episode #125 ... Gilles Deleuze pt. 1 - What is Philosophy?

December 8th, 2018

22:29

Today we begin our discussion on Gilles Deleuze with a special thanks to Felix Guatarri. 

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Episode #126 ... Gilles Deleuze pt. 2 - Immanence

December 22nd, 2018

22:33

Today we continue our discussion on the work of Deleuze. 

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Episode #127 ... Gilles Deleuze pt. 3 - Anti-Oedipus

February 7th, 2019

29:24

Today we continue our discussion on the work of Gilles Deleuze. 

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Episode #128 ... Gilles Deleuze pt. 4 - Flows

March 16th, 2019

22:17

Today we continue our discussion on the work of Deleuze. 

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Episode #129 ... Gilles Deleuze pt. 5 - Difference

March 16th, 2019

22:07

Today we continue our discussion on the work of Deleuze. 

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Episode #130 ... Dewey and Lippman on Democracy

April 30th, 2019

21:38

Today we talk about a famous debate from the early 20th century. 

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Episode #131 ... Gramsci - Cultural Hegemony

May 22nd, 2019

24:45

Today we discuss the work of Antonio Gramsci. 

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Episode #132 ... Carl Schmitt on Liberalism pt. 1

July 1st, 2019

22:55

Today we begin our discussion on the work of Carl Schmitt. 

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Episode #133 ... Carl Schmitt on Liberalism pt. 2

July 1st, 2019

22:20

Today we continue our discussion of the work of Carl Schmitt. 

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Episode #134 ... Consequences of Reason

August 7th, 2019

25:49

Today we talk about the growing dissatisfaction with Enlightenment Reason during the early 20th century. 

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Episode 135 ... Leo Strauss - Ancients vs. Moderns

October 8th, 2019

25:54

Today we talk about the work of Leo Strauss. 

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Episode #136 ... Hannah Arendt - The Banality of Evil

October 31st, 2019

29:10

Today we discuss the work of Hannah Arendt. 

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Episode #137 ... John Rawls - A Theory of Justice

December 30th, 2019

27:25

Today we discuss the work of John Rawls. 

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Episode #138 ... Robert Nozick - The Minimal State

January 21st, 2020

23:02

Today we begin our discussion of the work of Robert Nozick. 

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Episode #139 ... Friedrich Von Hayek - The Road to Serfdom

February 12th, 2020

23:12

Today we begin our discussion of the work of Friedrich Hayek. 

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Episode #140 ... Isaiah Berlin pt. 1 - Pluralism

March 11th, 2020

22:33

Today we begin discussing the work of Isaiah Berlin. 

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Episode #141 ... Isaiah Berlin pt. 2 - Pluralism and Culture

March 28th, 2020

23:14

Today we continue talking about the work of Isaiah Berlin. 

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Episode #142 ... Richard Rorty

April 15th, 2020

28:59

Today we begin our discussion of the work of Richard Rorty. 

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Episode #143 ... Jürgen Habermas pt. 1 - The Public Sphere

April 30th, 2020

25:15

Today we begin our discussion of the work of Jürgen Habermas. 

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Episode #144 ... Max Weber - Iron Cage

June 29th, 2020

23:58

Today we discuss some of the work of Max Weber in preparation for an upcoming series. 

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Episode #145 ... Bergson on Laughter pt. 1 - History

September 19th, 2020

23:31

Today we begin our discussion on the work of Bergson. 

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Episode #146 ... Bergson on Laughter pt. 2 - Vitalism

October 20th, 2020

25:22

Today we continue our discussion on the work of Henri Bergson. 

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Episode #147 ... Being and Becoming

November 10th, 2020

22:49

Today we discuss the ancient philosophical debate of being and becoming. 

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Episode #148 ... On Media pt. 1 - Manufacturing Consent

December 14th, 2020

24:43

Today we discuss the 1988 work of Chomsky and Herman entitled Manufacturing Consent. 

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Episode #149 ... On Media pt. 2 - Marshall McLuhan

January 5th, 2021

26:18

Today we discuss the work of Marshall McLuhan. 

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Episode #150 ... The Frankfurt School - Erich Fromm on Love

January 31st, 2021

22:12

Today we discuss Erich Fromm and his work The Art of Loving. 

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Episode #151 ... The Frankfurt School - Erich Fromm on Freedom

February 6th, 2021

25:36

Today we continue our discussion of the work of Erich Fromm. 

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Episode #152 ... The Frankfurt School - Walter Benjamin pt. 1

March 19th, 2021

23:38

Today we begin discussing the work of Walter Benjamin. 

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Episode #153 ... The Frankfurt School - Walter Benjamin pt. 2 - Distraction

April 1st, 2021

24:26

Today we continue talking about Walter Benjamin. 

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Episode #154 ... Pragmatism and Truth

June 22nd, 2021

20:43

Today we discuss Pragmatism.

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Episode #155 ... Emil Cioran - Absurdity and Nothingness

July 8th, 2021

23:06

Today we begin our discussion on Emil Cioran. 

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Episode #156 ... Emil Cioran part 2 - Failure and Suicide

August 10th, 2021

28:43

Today we continue talking about Cioran. 

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Episode #157 ... The Creation of Meaning - Beauvoir

September 1st, 2021

24:35

Today we talk about the creation of meaning. 

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Episode #158 ... The Creation of Meaning - Nietzsche - The Ascetic Ideal

October 5th, 2021

30:46

Today we look at the creation of meaning through the work of Nietzsche. 

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Episode #159 ... The Creation of Meaning - Nietzsche - Amor Fati

November 10th, 2021

29:10

Today we continue our discussion on the creation of meaning.

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Episode #160 ... The Creation of Meaning - Kierkegaard - Silence, Obedience and Joy

January 5th, 2022

36:16

Today we discuss the work of Soren Kierkegaard. His famous work The Lily of the Field and The Bird of The Air. 

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Episode #161 ... Karl Popper - The Open Society and Its Enemies

January 15th, 2022

32:08

Today we talk about a famous book from the work of Karl Popper.

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Episode #162 ... The Creation of Meaning - The Denial of Death

January 25th, 2022

26:16

Today we begin talking about the work of Ernest Becker. 

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Episode #163 ... The Creation of Meaning - Escape From Evil

March 2nd, 2022

29:42

Today we continue talking about the work of Ernest Becker.

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Episode #164 ... Ralph Waldo Emerson - Self Reliance

April 22nd, 2022

33:29

Today we talk about Emerson and his essay about self reliance. 

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Episode #165 ... Ralph Waldo Emerson - Nature and Other Things

April 30th, 2022

27:50

Today we continue our discussion of Emerson. 

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Episode #166 ... Jose Ortega - Circumstance

June 1st, 2022

29:51

Today we begin talking about the work of Jose Ortega Y Gasset. 

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Episode #167 ... Jose Ortega - Revolt of the Masses

June 25th, 2022

26:18

Today we continue talking about the work of Ortega. This time about his book Revolt of the Masses. 

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Episode #168 ... Introduction to an Ethics of Care

July 13th, 2022

42:11

Today we begin discussing an Ethics of Care. Thank you so much for listening! Could never do this without your help. 


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Episode #169 ... Bruno Latour - We Have Never Been Modern

August 20th, 2022

28:40

Today we cover thought provoking pieces of an early work by a great philosopher named Bruno Latour. Hope you love it. 

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Episode #170 ... Albert Camus - The Fall

September 23rd, 2022

38:56

Today we explore some of the themes discussed in The Fall by Albert Camus.

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Episode #171 ... Guy Debord - The Society of the Spectacle

November 1st, 2022

40:32

Today we talk about a famous call to action by the philosopher Guy Debord. 

Episode #172 ... Simone Weil - Attention

November 21st, 2022

37:54

Today we begin some general discussions in the direction of the thought of Simone Weil and tell some stories from her life. 

Episode #183 ... Is ChatGPT really intelligent?

July 22nd, 2023

29:33

Today we discuss ideas from John Searle and Noam Chomsky and consider several questions surrounding machine intelligence. 

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Episode #185 ... Should we prepare for an AI revolution?

August 10th, 2023

38:31

Today we talk about the revolutionary potential of generative AI. For better or worse. 

 

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Episode #186 ... Are we heading for a digital prison? - Panopticon (Foucault, Bentham, Cave)

August 24th, 2023

40:14

Today we talk about Jeremy Bentham's concept of the Panopticon. Michel Foucault's comparison to society in 1975. The historical role of intelligence …

Episode #187 ... How much freedom would you trade for security? (Foucault, Hobbes, Mill, Agamben)

August 31st, 2023

39:07

On today's episode we talk about the upsides of a surveillance state. The ongoing social dilemma of freedom vs security. The value of privacy. States …

Episode #188 ... Achievement Society and the rise of narcissism, depression and anxiety - Byung-Chul Han

September 7th, 2023

35:59

Today we talk about positive power, neoliberalism, narcissism as a reaction to modern life, how technology makes isolation easier, and some tactics …

Episode #189 ... Everything that connects us is slowly disappearing. - Byung Chul Han pt. 2

October 3rd, 2023

32:42

Today we talk about the disappearance of rituals, truth, community, communication, public spaces and talk about the importance sometimes of being an idiot. Hope you love it! :)

 

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Episode #190 ... Are emotions a waste of time? - Neo-Stoicism (Martha Nussbaum)

November 27th, 2023

34:57

Today we talk about the lessons found in the ancient Greek play titled Hecuba. We talk about the great Stoic ethicists Epictetus, Seneca and Marcus Aurelius. We talk about Martha Nussbaum and her work looking to infuse …

Episode #191 ... The modern day concentration camp and the failure of human rights. (Giorgio Agamben)

December 5th, 2023

32:37

Today we talk about the philosophy of Giorgio Agamben. Human rights, a political tactic to dehumanize groups that has been growing in popularity, …

Episode #192 ... Should we overthrow the government tomorrow? - Anarchism pt. 1 (Chomsky, Malatesta)

December 28th, 2023

33:03

Today we talk about some common misconceptions about Anarchism, the weaknesses of traditional government structures, a possible alternative way of …

Episode #193 ...The chief export of the western world is trash. - Anarchism pt. 2 (Bookchin, Social Ecology)

January 9th, 2024

36:12

Today we talk about some of the work of Murray Bookchin. We talk about anarchism as a historical trend in human thought that keeps recurring. Then we talk about the superficiality of typical approaches to being …

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Episode #196 ... The improbable Slavoj Zizek - Part 1

February 24th, 2024

38:17

Today we give an introduction to the thinking of Slavoj Zizek-- at least as much as is possible in ~35 mins. The goal is for this to be a primer for …

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