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The Partially Examined Life

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The Partially Examined Life

The Partially Examined Life

Mark Linsenmayer

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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 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.We also feature episodes from other podcasts by our hosts to round out your partially examined life, including Pretty Much Pop (prettymuchpop.com, covering all media), Nakedly Examined Music (nakedlyexaminedmusic.com, deconstructing songs), and (sub)Text (lit, film, psychoanalysis). Learn about more network podcasts at partiallyexaminedlife.com.

Latest Episodes

Ep. 236: Judith Butler Interview: "The Force of Nonviolence"

On The Force of Nonviolence: An Ethico-Political Bind (2020). What is it to be nonviolent in political activity? Most ethics allow for self-defense, but Judith has a problem with defining "self" as well as "violence," and offers a full critique of the individualism that underlies typical Western approaches to both ethics and politics. Mark, Seth, and Wes interview Judith about these issues and the connection to Gender Trouble. End song: "Dancing with Death," discussed on Nakedly Examined Music #111 with Marty Willson-Piper. Sponsor: Visit thegreatcoursesplus.com/PEL for a free month of The Great Courses Plus. Get this episode ad-free with a PEL Citizenship. Please support PEL!

64 MIN3 d ago
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Ep. 236: Judith Butler Interview: "The Force of Nonviolence"

Ep. 235: Judith Butler's "Gender Trouble" (Part Three)

Concluding "Gender Trouble" (1990), with just Mark, Wes, and Seth going carefully through pt I, sec v: "Identity, Set, and the Metaphysics of Substance," and pt III, sec iv: "Subversive Bodily Acts: Bodily Inscriptions, Performative Subversions." Start with part one or get the unbroken, ad-free Citizen Edition. Please support PEL! End song: "I'm a Boy" by Lys Guillorn as interviewed for Nakedly Examined Music #44. Please support the fight against leukemia at partiallyexaminedlife.com/cancer.

67 MIN1 w ago
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Ep. 235: Judith Butler's "Gender Trouble" (Part Three)

Pretty Much Pop #31: Robin Williams' Celebrity Struggles w/ Dave Itzkoff

Dave the New York Times culture reporter joins Mark, Erica, and Brian to consider issues raised by his 2018 biography Robin: What is with our f'ed up relation to celebrity, and what are strategies that celebrities use to deal with that asymmetric relationship to the world? Plus, Joaquin Phoenix, interview technique, the value of interviews, and more. For more, visit prettymuchpop.com. Hear bonus content for this episode at patreon.com/prettymuchpop. This podcast is part of the Partially Examined Life network and is curated by openculture.com.

50 MIN2 w ago
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Pretty Much Pop #31: Robin Williams' Celebrity Struggles w/ Dave Itzkoff

Ep. 235: Judith Butler's "Gender Trouble" (Part Two)

EMore Gender Trouble (1990) with Jennifer Hansen. We get into the metaphysics of substance (is gender an attribute that a person has, or is there a better way to describe the situation?), performatives, Beauvoir vs. Irigaray on femininity, and the available mechanisms for changing gender norms. Start with Part One or get the full, ad-free Citizen Edition now so that you don't have to wait for Part Three. Please support PEL! Sponsor: Visit feals.com/PEL for premium CBD; become a member and get 50% off and free shipping.

68 MIN2 w ago
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Ep. 235: Judith Butler's "Gender Trouble" (Part Two)

Pretty Much Pop #30: Why Every Film Will Win the Oscar! (A Debate)

The 2020 Academy Awards are imminent (or maybe past, if you're hearing this later; it's fine!). Mark, Erica, and Brian, each argue in favor of three of the best picture nominees: that it should win, or maybe just will win. What is it to be an Oscar winner as opposed to the type of film that people actually like? For more, visit prettymuchpop.com. Hear bonus content for this episode at patreon.com/prettymuchpop. This podcast is part of the Partially Examined Life network and is curated by openculture.com.

53 MIN3 w ago
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Pretty Much Pop #30: Why Every Film Will Win the Oscar! (A Debate)

Ep. 235: Judith Butler's "Gender Trouble" (Part One)

EOn Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (1990). Is gender socially constructed, and if so, how? Butler describes gender not as an essential quality of a person, but as "performed," as habits of acting in certain ways in accordance with customs. Her idea of social construction is so totalizing that even biological sex itself is constructed. With guest Jennifer Hansen. This is part 1 of 3, but you don't need to wait. Get the full Citizen Edition now. Please support PEL!

51 MIN3 w ago
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Ep. 235: Judith Butler's "Gender Trouble" (Part One)

Pretty Much Pop #29: Martin Scorsese the Auteur w/ Colin Marshall

We consider The Irishman in the context of Scorsese's body of work and the styles and themes that his films tend to exhibit. Writer/podcaster Colin Marshall joins Mark, Erica, and Brian to talk about connecting with Scorsese's sensibility and their status as "art films." Plus S's use of music, comments on Marvel, CGI age alternation, and more. For more, visit prettymuchpop.com. Hear bonus content for this episode at patreon.com/prettymuchpop. This podcast is part of the Partially Examined Life network and is curated by openculture.com.

55 MINJAN 30
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Pretty Much Pop #29: Martin Scorsese the Auteur w/ Colin Marshall

Ep. 234: Beauvoir on Romance in "The Second Sex" (Part Two)

Concluding Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex (1949): "The Woman in Love" and "Myths" with guest Jennifer Hansen. We continue on the ailments of women under patriarchy as well as the existential problems that we're all subject to. Are we doomed to isolation, or does existentialism allow for intimacy? Is marriage in "bad faith"? We also talk narcissism, abjection, and the film Marriage Story. Start with part 1 or get the Citizen Edition. Please support PEL! End song: "Easier than Leaving" by Michaela Anne, interviewed on Nakedly Examined Music #114. Please contribute to the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society through Mina Linsenmayer's campaign at partiallyexaminedlife.com/cancer.

58 MINJAN 27
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Ep. 234: Beauvoir on Romance in "The Second Sex" (Part Two)

Pretty Much Pop #28: The Alpha Female Trope w/ Margaret Colin

What's the deal with images of powerful women in media? The trope of the tough-as-nails boss-lady who may or may not have a heart of gold has evolved a lot over the years, but it's difficult to portray such a character unobjectionably. Margaret was a lead in Independence Day and The Devil's Own, is a mainstay on Broadway, and has appeared on TV roles like the mother of the Gossip Girl and as an unscrupulous newscaster on the final seasons of VEEP. She leads Mark, Erica, and Brian through an instructive tour through her career playing assertive women. For more, visit prettymuchpop.com. Hear bonus content for this episode at patreon.com/prettymuchpop. This podcast is part of the Partially Examined Life network and is curated by openculture.com.

42 MINJAN 23
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Pretty Much Pop #28: The Alpha Female Trope w/ Margaret Colin

Ep. 234: Beauvoir on Romance in "The Second Sex" (Part One)

On Simone De Beauvoir’s The Second Sex (1949): "The Woman in Love" and "Myths" with guest Jennifer Hansen. What is love under patriarchy? We all want to achieve solidity in another's eyes, but the Othered woman wants to live through the man, and the man sees the woman as his rejected corporeal character. Party time! Don't wait for part two; get the full, ad-free, unbroken Citizen Edition now! Please support PEL! Sponsors: Visit thegreatcoursesplus.com/PEL for a free trial of The Great Courses Plus Video Learning Service. Visit Keeps.com/EXAMINED for a free month of hair loss medication. Please consider contributing to the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society through Mina Linsenmayer's campaign; see partiallyexaminedlife.com/cancer.

52 MINJAN 20
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Ep. 234: Beauvoir on Romance in "The Second Sex" (Part One)

Latest Episodes

Ep. 236: Judith Butler Interview: "The Force of Nonviolence"

On The Force of Nonviolence: An Ethico-Political Bind (2020). What is it to be nonviolent in political activity? Most ethics allow for self-defense, but Judith has a problem with defining "self" as well as "violence," and offers a full critique of the individualism that underlies typical Western approaches to both ethics and politics. Mark, Seth, and Wes interview Judith about these issues and the connection to Gender Trouble. End song: "Dancing with Death," discussed on Nakedly Examined Music #111 with Marty Willson-Piper. Sponsor: Visit thegreatcoursesplus.com/PEL for a free month of The Great Courses Plus. Get this episode ad-free with a PEL Citizenship. Please support PEL!

64 MIN3 d ago
Comments
Ep. 236: Judith Butler Interview: "The Force of Nonviolence"

Ep. 235: Judith Butler's "Gender Trouble" (Part Three)

Concluding "Gender Trouble" (1990), with just Mark, Wes, and Seth going carefully through pt I, sec v: "Identity, Set, and the Metaphysics of Substance," and pt III, sec iv: "Subversive Bodily Acts: Bodily Inscriptions, Performative Subversions." Start with part one or get the unbroken, ad-free Citizen Edition. Please support PEL! End song: "I'm a Boy" by Lys Guillorn as interviewed for Nakedly Examined Music #44. Please support the fight against leukemia at partiallyexaminedlife.com/cancer.

67 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Ep. 235: Judith Butler's "Gender Trouble" (Part Three)

Pretty Much Pop #31: Robin Williams' Celebrity Struggles w/ Dave Itzkoff

Dave the New York Times culture reporter joins Mark, Erica, and Brian to consider issues raised by his 2018 biography Robin: What is with our f'ed up relation to celebrity, and what are strategies that celebrities use to deal with that asymmetric relationship to the world? Plus, Joaquin Phoenix, interview technique, the value of interviews, and more. For more, visit prettymuchpop.com. Hear bonus content for this episode at patreon.com/prettymuchpop. This podcast is part of the Partially Examined Life network and is curated by openculture.com.

50 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Pretty Much Pop #31: Robin Williams' Celebrity Struggles w/ Dave Itzkoff

Ep. 235: Judith Butler's "Gender Trouble" (Part Two)

EMore Gender Trouble (1990) with Jennifer Hansen. We get into the metaphysics of substance (is gender an attribute that a person has, or is there a better way to describe the situation?), performatives, Beauvoir vs. Irigaray on femininity, and the available mechanisms for changing gender norms. Start with Part One or get the full, ad-free Citizen Edition now so that you don't have to wait for Part Three. Please support PEL! Sponsor: Visit feals.com/PEL for premium CBD; become a member and get 50% off and free shipping.

68 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Ep. 235: Judith Butler's "Gender Trouble" (Part Two)

Pretty Much Pop #30: Why Every Film Will Win the Oscar! (A Debate)

The 2020 Academy Awards are imminent (or maybe past, if you're hearing this later; it's fine!). Mark, Erica, and Brian, each argue in favor of three of the best picture nominees: that it should win, or maybe just will win. What is it to be an Oscar winner as opposed to the type of film that people actually like? For more, visit prettymuchpop.com. Hear bonus content for this episode at patreon.com/prettymuchpop. This podcast is part of the Partially Examined Life network and is curated by openculture.com.

53 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Pretty Much Pop #30: Why Every Film Will Win the Oscar! (A Debate)

Ep. 235: Judith Butler's "Gender Trouble" (Part One)

EOn Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (1990). Is gender socially constructed, and if so, how? Butler describes gender not as an essential quality of a person, but as "performed," as habits of acting in certain ways in accordance with customs. Her idea of social construction is so totalizing that even biological sex itself is constructed. With guest Jennifer Hansen. This is part 1 of 3, but you don't need to wait. Get the full Citizen Edition now. Please support PEL!

51 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Ep. 235: Judith Butler's "Gender Trouble" (Part One)

Pretty Much Pop #29: Martin Scorsese the Auteur w/ Colin Marshall

We consider The Irishman in the context of Scorsese's body of work and the styles and themes that his films tend to exhibit. Writer/podcaster Colin Marshall joins Mark, Erica, and Brian to talk about connecting with Scorsese's sensibility and their status as "art films." Plus S's use of music, comments on Marvel, CGI age alternation, and more. For more, visit prettymuchpop.com. Hear bonus content for this episode at patreon.com/prettymuchpop. This podcast is part of the Partially Examined Life network and is curated by openculture.com.

55 MINJAN 30
Comments
Pretty Much Pop #29: Martin Scorsese the Auteur w/ Colin Marshall

Ep. 234: Beauvoir on Romance in "The Second Sex" (Part Two)

Concluding Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex (1949): "The Woman in Love" and "Myths" with guest Jennifer Hansen. We continue on the ailments of women under patriarchy as well as the existential problems that we're all subject to. Are we doomed to isolation, or does existentialism allow for intimacy? Is marriage in "bad faith"? We also talk narcissism, abjection, and the film Marriage Story. Start with part 1 or get the Citizen Edition. Please support PEL! End song: "Easier than Leaving" by Michaela Anne, interviewed on Nakedly Examined Music #114. Please contribute to the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society through Mina Linsenmayer's campaign at partiallyexaminedlife.com/cancer.

58 MINJAN 27
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Ep. 234: Beauvoir on Romance in "The Second Sex" (Part Two)

Pretty Much Pop #28: The Alpha Female Trope w/ Margaret Colin

What's the deal with images of powerful women in media? The trope of the tough-as-nails boss-lady who may or may not have a heart of gold has evolved a lot over the years, but it's difficult to portray such a character unobjectionably. Margaret was a lead in Independence Day and The Devil's Own, is a mainstay on Broadway, and has appeared on TV roles like the mother of the Gossip Girl and as an unscrupulous newscaster on the final seasons of VEEP. She leads Mark, Erica, and Brian through an instructive tour through her career playing assertive women. For more, visit prettymuchpop.com. Hear bonus content for this episode at patreon.com/prettymuchpop. This podcast is part of the Partially Examined Life network and is curated by openculture.com.

42 MINJAN 23
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Pretty Much Pop #28: The Alpha Female Trope w/ Margaret Colin

Ep. 234: Beauvoir on Romance in "The Second Sex" (Part One)

On Simone De Beauvoir’s The Second Sex (1949): "The Woman in Love" and "Myths" with guest Jennifer Hansen. What is love under patriarchy? We all want to achieve solidity in another's eyes, but the Othered woman wants to live through the man, and the man sees the woman as his rejected corporeal character. Party time! Don't wait for part two; get the full, ad-free, unbroken Citizen Edition now! Please support PEL! Sponsors: Visit thegreatcoursesplus.com/PEL for a free trial of The Great Courses Plus Video Learning Service. Visit Keeps.com/EXAMINED for a free month of hair loss medication. Please consider contributing to the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society through Mina Linsenmayer's campaign; see partiallyexaminedlife.com/cancer.

52 MINJAN 20
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Ep. 234: Beauvoir on Romance in "The Second Sex" (Part One)
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