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Philosophy Podcast Playlists

Existentialism, curated by Skye Cleary

#Series  Episode
1. podcast imageKate Kirkpatrick on the life and work of Simone de Beauvoir
17 minutes
In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast, Kate Kirkpatrick, author of a new biography of Beauvoir, Becoming Beauvoir, discusses the relationship between the life and work of Simone de Beauvoir. Beauvoir is often portrayed as applying Jean-Paul Sartre's existentialism to the condition of women. Is this a fair assessment? We are grateful for support from the Marc Sanders Foundation.
2. podcast imageAmia Srinivasan on What is a Woman?
20 minutes
'What is a woman?' may seem a straightforward question, but it isn't. Feminist philosophers from Simone de Beauvoir onwards have had a great deal to say on this topic. Amia Srinivasan gives a lucid introduction to some of the key positions in this debate in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. She is talking to Nigel Warburton.
3. podcast imageYOLO Apologetics
44 minutes
Drake coined “YOLO,” short for “you only live once” in 2011, and then later apologized for all the douchiness it subsequently engendered. But the spirit is ancient, and cross-cultural, speaking deeply to the kind of decision-making that is supposed to make for the good life. It seems to be saying that risk and spontaneity should be valued above prudence and planning. Is that true? This week we take calls from listeners about their YOLO stories. We follow two college buddies who venture into the Malaysian j...
4. podcast imageChristopher Janaway on Nietzsche on Morality
14 minutes
Friedrich Nietzsche's The Genealogy of Morality provides a radical view of the origins of our values. Nigel Warburton interviews Christopher Janaway about this important book in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.
5. podcast imageSebastian Gardner on Sartre on Bad Faith
15 minutes
Jean-Paul Sartre's notion of Bad Faith lies at the core of his existentialist classic Being and Nothingness. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Sebastian Gardner explains what Sartre meant by Bad Faith.
6. podcast image#045 Failure With Jean-Paul Sartre and Olivia Goldhill
36 minutes
How Existentialism Can Help Us Fail Better
7. podcast imageEpisode 108: Mariam Thalos discusses freedom
36 minutes
This episode is about the labels we use to categorize ourselves and whether it's possible to create our own labels.
8. podcast imageClare Carlisle on Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling
13 minutes
Soren Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling retells and interprets the story of Abraham and Isaac. In Kierkegaard's hands the story becomes a model for the human predicament. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Clare Carlisle provides an interesting overview of some of Kierkegaard's themes in this book.