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Podcast Profile: Why Theory

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170 episodes
2017 to 2024
Median: 77 minutes
Collection: Philosophy


Description (podcaster-provided):

Why Theory brings continental philosophy and psychoanalytic theory together to examine cultural phenomena.


Themes and summary (AI-generated based on podcaster-provided show and episode descriptions):

➤ Continental philosophy • Psychoanalytic theory • Cultural analysis • Film studies • Literary forms • Political implications • Psychoanalytic concepts • Major philosophical works • Modern cultural phenomena

This podcast titled "Why Theory" merges continental philosophy and psychoanalytic theory to scrutinize various cultural phenomena. The content recurring throughout the episodes reflects an intellectual engagement with both classic and contemporary philosophical and psychoanalytic ideas, often linking these theoretical frameworks to modern cultural and societal issues.

A prominent theme in the podcast is the application of psychoanalytic theories, particularly those of Freud and Lacan, to diverse subjects. Discussions frequently delve into Lacanian concepts such as "suture," "extimacy," "symbolic castration," and "objet a," presenting intricate examinations of how these theories illuminate aspects of culture, film, and literature. The podcast often bridges the gap between theoretical discourse and practical analysis, bringing philosophical ideas to bear on popular culture, cinema, and historical texts. Films, whether contemporary like "Oppenheimer" and "Barbie," or classics such as "Blue Velvet" and "Metropolis," are subjects of detailed interpretation where theoretical concepts are unpacked.

Episodes also explore significant works of Western philosophy. Discussions cover major texts and figures, including Immanuel Kant's "Critique of Pure Reason," Jean-Paul Sartre's "Being and Nothingness," René Descartes' "Discourse on Method," Nietzsche's "Beyond Good and Evil," and more recent thinkers like Alain Badiou and Slavoj Zizek.

Additionally, the podcast examines specific genres, societal constructs, and political ideologies, offering episodes on subjects such as the modernist novel, the prequel narrative form, science fiction cinema, and the western genre. The hosts draw connections between philosophical and psychoanalytic analysis and contemporary issues, including discussions on racism, political enjoyment, technological impact, and the dynamics of debt within capitalist society.

Overall, "Why Theory" is characterized by its in-depth theoretical analysis, expansive coverage of philosophical and psychoanalytic thought, and its endeavor to link these ideas to cultural, cinematic, and social phenomena.


Episodes:
Episode Image Suture
2024-Jul-09
73 minutes
Episode Image Extimacy
2024-Jun-23
73 minutes
Episode Image Prequel
2024-Jun-11
74 minutes
Episode Image Modernist Novel
2024-May-27
77 minutes
Episode Image Endings
2024-May-11
85 minutes
Episode Image Parallax View
2024-Apr-28
72 minutes
Episode Image Seminar 11
2024-Apr-13
86 minutes
Episode Image Seminar 7
2024-Mar-30
88 minutes
Episode Image Critique Of Pure Reason -- Introduction
2024-Mar-16
78 minutes
Episode Image Blue Velvet
2024-Mar-03
79 minutes
Episode Image Critique Of Pure Reason -- Preface
2024-Feb-18
80 minutes
Episode Image Symbolic Castration
2024-Feb-05
91 minutes
Episode Image Dialectical Reversal
2024-Jan-22
75 minutes
Episode Image Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations
2024-Jan-08
70 minutes
Episode Image Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus
2023-Dec-24
85 minutes
Episode Image 1980s Christmas
2023-Dec-12
82 minutes
Episode Image Discourse on Method
2023-Nov-26
68 minutes
Episode Image Envy
2023-Nov-13
72 minutes
Episode Image Science Fiction Cinema
2023-Nov-02
95 minutes
Episode Image Monadology
2023-Oct-12
78 minutes
Episode Image The Prince
2023-Oct-01
74 minutes
Episode Image Surplus Enjoyment
2023-Sep-16
76 minutes
Episode Image Surplus Value
2023-Sep-02
78 minutes
Episode Image Oppenheimer
2023-Aug-19
81 minutes
Episode Image Barbie
2023-Aug-05
90 minutes
Episode Image Creative Writers & Daydreaming
2023-Jul-22
79 minutes
Episode Image Uncanny
2023-Jul-10
74 minutes
Episode Image Poststructuralism
2023-Jun-24
77 minutes
Episode Image Tribute to Mari Ruti
2023-Jun-12
71 minutes
Episode Image Succession
2023-May-29
84 minutes
Episode Image Bottle Episode
2023-May-28
83 minutes
Episode Image Beyond Good and Evil
2023-May-15
76 minutes
Episode Image The Racist Fantasy
2023-Apr-30
74 minutes
Episode Image Twitter
2023-Apr-16
73 minutes
Episode Image The Radical Western
2023-Mar-31
95 minutes
Episode Image Western
2023-Mar-18
90 minutes
Episode Image Critique of Dialectical Reason
2023-Mar-05
87 minutes
Episode Image Analysis Terminable & Interminable
2023-Feb-18
80 minutes
Episode Image Negation
2023-Feb-05
76 minutes
Episode Image Being and Nothingness Side B
2023-Jan-23
80 minutes
Episode Image Being and Nothingness Side A
2023-Jan-08
80 minutes
Episode Image Misfit Christmas
2022-Dec-21
79 minutes
Episode Image Debt
2022-Dec-10
72 minutes
Episode Image Enjoyment Right & Left
2022-Nov-26
82 minutes
Episode Image Technology
2022-Nov-12
79 minutes
Episode Image Love
2022-Oct-29
91 minutes
Episode Image Badiou
2022-Oct-15
73 minutes
Episode Image Event
2022-Oct-02
77 minutes
Episode Image Neurosis
2022-Sep-17
81 minutes
Episode Image Hegel's Absolute Knowing
2022-Sep-04
80 minutes
Episode Image Hegel's Religion
2022-Aug-20
76 minutes
Episode Image Screwball Comedy
2022-Aug-06
87 minutes
Episode Image Mourning and Melancholia
2022-Jul-23
87 minutes
Episode Image Wild Psychoanalysis
2022-Jul-09
80 minutes
Episode Image Abortion Theory
2022-Jun-25
80 minutes
Episode Image Quilting Point
2022-Jun-11
82 minutes
Episode Image Seminar 3
2022-May-29
84 minutes
Episode Image Hamlet
2022-May-14
91 minutes
Episode Image Streaming
2022-May-01
75 minutes
Episode Image The Woman Doesn't Exist (Aphorism 8)
2022-Apr-17
72 minutes
Episode Image Film Noir
2022-Apr-03
81 minutes
Episode Image Dualism & Multiplicity
2022-Mar-19
75 minutes
Episode Image Mystic Writing Pad
2022-Mar-06
74 minutes
Episode Image Beyond the Pleasure Principle
2022-Feb-20
71 minutes
Episode Image Superhero Film
2022-Feb-07
74 minutes
Episode Image Hegel's Spirit
2022-Jan-22
80 minutes
Episode Image Metalanguage (Aphorism 7)
2022-Jan-08
77 minutes
Episode Image The Christmas Film
2021-Dec-23
78 minutes
Episode Image Casablanca
2021-Dec-12
81 minutes
Episode Image Retroactivity
2021-Nov-27
74 minutes
Episode Image Id
2021-Nov-14
75 minutes
Episode Image Ego
2021-Oct-31
71 minutes
Episode Image Superego
2021-Oct-17
79 minutes
Episode Image Dialectic of Enlightenment
2021-Oct-03
76 minutes
Episode Image Introduction to Biopower
2021-Sep-19
78 minutes
Episode Image Heidegger and Hegel
2021-Sep-05
74 minutes
Episode Image Breaking Bad
2021-Aug-22
79 minutes
Episode Image Twin Peaks The Return
2021-Aug-09
93 minutes
Episode Image Four Discourses
2021-Jul-25
77 minutes
Episode Image Read My Desire, Pt. 3: Sex, Difference, Relation
2021-Jul-12
101 minutes
Episode Image Read My Desire, Pt. 2: Democracy, Anxiety, Film Noir
2021-Jun-27
87 minutes
Episode Image Graduate School
2021-Jun-27
92 minutes
Episode Image Read My Desire, Pt. 1: Gaze and Excess
2021-Jun-13
78 minutes
Episode Image Sublime Object of Ideology
2021-May-30
83 minutes
Episode Image Alexandre Kojeve
2021-May-17
84 minutes
Episode Image Psychoanalysis & Narrative
2021-May-02
78 minutes
Episode Image Alienation
2021-Apr-18
69 minutes
Episode Image Hegel's Reason
2021-Apr-04
81 minutes
Episode Image Feminism & Psychoanalysis with Mari Ruti
2021-Mar-21
79 minutes
Episode Image Screen Memories
2021-Mar-07
72 minutes
Episode Image Civilization and Its Discontents
2021-Feb-22
86 minutes
Episode Image Jouissance
2021-Feb-06
80 minutes
Episode Image Lacan's Seminar 2
2021-Jan-24
93 minutes
Episode Image Domestic Terrorism
2021-Jan-10
78 minutes
Episode Image Tenet
2021-Jan-02
78 minutes
Episode Image Popular Music
2020-Dec-21
93 minutes
Episode Image German Idealism
2020-Dec-09
92 minutes
Episode Image Hegel's Self-Consciousness
2020-Nov-24
75 minutes
Episode Image Election Special
2020-Nov-08
71 minutes
Episode Image Deleuze after Guattari
2020-Nov-02
91 minutes
Episode Image Deleuze Before Guattari
2020-Oct-19
78 minutes
Episode Image Deleuze with Guattari
2020-Oct-05
99 minutes
Episode Image Imaginary
2020-Sep-20
73 minutes
Episode Image Symbolic Order
2020-Sep-06
77 minutes
Episode Image The Real
2020-Aug-23
74 minutes
Episode Image Lacan's Seminar 1
2020-Aug-09
78 minutes
Episode Image Aura
2020-Jul-26
77 minutes
Episode Image Competing Universalities
2020-Jul-14
81 minutes
Episode Image Interpassivity
2020-Jun-28
77 minutes
Episode Image Big Other (Aphorism 6)
2020-Jun-14
74 minutes
Episode Image Capitalism & Racism
2020-Jun-03
69 minutes
Episode Image Hegel's Consciousness
2020-May-23
73 minutes
Episode Image Oedipus Complex
2020-May-09
75 minutes
Episode Image Missing Signifier
2020-Apr-24
71 minutes
Episode Image Zaddy Fascism
2020-Apr-18
69 minutes
Episode Image Penis Envy
2020-Apr-04
70 minutes
Episode Image Coronavirus and Its Discontents
2020-Mar-21
77 minutes
Episode Image Unconscious (Aphorism 5)
2020-Mar-11
74 minutes
Episode Image Kant and Freedom
2020-Feb-23
80 minutes
Episode Image Mirror Stage
2020-Feb-08
85 minutes
Episode Image New Materialisms
2020-Jan-23
74 minutes
Episode Image Psychoanalysis and Aesthetics
2020-Jan-08
79 minutes
Episode Image objet a
2019-Dec-24
97 minutes
Episode Image Psychoanalysis and Existentialism
2019-Dec-07
77 minutes
Episode Image Hegel and Race
2019-Nov-18
72 minutes
Episode Image Defending Freud (side B)
2019-Nov-07
71 minutes
Episode Image Defending Freud (side A)
2019-Oct-23
71 minutes
Episode Image Psychoanalysis and Capitalism
2019-Oct-09
75 minutes
Episode Image Psychoanalysis and Disability
2019-Sep-20
75 minutes
Episode Image Mad Men
2019-Sep-01
84 minutes
Episode Image Incels, Misogyny, and Castration
2019-Aug-14
81 minutes
Episode Image Signifier Vs. Sign (Aphorism 4)
2019-Jul-30
87 minutes
Episode Image Contradiction
2019-Jul-08
83 minutes
Episode Image An Afternoon with Slavoj Zizek -- Hegel
2019-Jun-24
98 minutes
Episode Image An Afternoon with Slavoj Zizek -- Lacan
2019-Jun-10
82 minutes
Episode Image An Afternoon with Slavoj Zizek -- Marx
2019-May-29
81 minutes
Episode Image Immediacy
2019-May-14
70 minutes
Episode Image A Signifier for the Left
2019-May-07
76 minutes
Episode Image Us
2019-Apr-20
83 minutes
Episode Image Cynicism (Aphorism 3)
2019-Apr-05
69 minutes
Episode Image Conspiracy Theories
2019-Mar-21
76 minutes
Episode Image Sexuation (Aphorism 2)
2019-Mar-04
70 minutes
Episode Image Ethics of Psychoanalysis (Aphorism 1)
2019-Feb-10
74 minutes
Episode Image Psychoanalysis and Racism
2019-Jan-26
74 minutes
Episode Image Preface to Hegel's Phenomenology
2019-Jan-08
74 minutes
Episode Image Secular Morality
2018-Dec-30
71 minutes
Episode Image Theoretically Christmas (side B)
2018-Dec-16
74 minutes
Episode Image Theoretically Christmas (side A)
2018-Dec-12
73 minutes
Episode Image (Neo)liberalism
2018-Nov-21
77 minutes
Episode Image Das Ding
2018-Nov-12
70 minutes
Episode Image Rupture
2018-Oct-29
81 minutes
Episode Image Surveillance, Punishment, Crime
2018-Oct-12
72 minutes
Episode Image Dialectics
2018-Oct-05
65 minutes
Episode Image Desire & Drive
2018-Sep-15
62 minutes
Episode Image Political Enjoyment
2018-Aug-31
66 minutes
Episode Image Master Signifier
2018-Aug-16
66 minutes
Episode Image The Universal and The Particular
2018-Jul-27
56 minutes
Episode Image Where to Start 3: Heidegger, Badiou, Agamben, Butler, Derrida
2018-Jul-14
63 minutes
Episode Image Sports: Ideology, Enjoyment, Contradiction
2018-Jun-17
58 minutes
Episode Image Where to Start 2: Hegel, Marx, Fanon, Deleuze, Foucault
2018-May-18
68 minutes
Episode Image Where to Start 1: The Psychoanalytic Theorists
2018-May-09
88 minutes
Episode Image CGI, Anxiety, The Last Jedi
2018-Apr-19
74 minutes
Episode Image The Oscars in 2018 and Beyond
2018-Feb-28
71 minutes
Episode Image Ideology
2018-Feb-01
62 minutes
Episode Image Seriality
2018-Jan-09
65 minutes
Episode Image Ernst Lubitsch's To Be or Not to Be
2017-Dec-26
55 minutes
Episode Image Fake News
2017-Dec-05
56 minutes
Episode Image LACK 2017: Social Tie, Universality, Plus, Arrival
2017-Nov-11
73 minutes
Episode Image Blade Runner 2049
2017-Oct-23
83 minutes
Episode Image Theories of Comedy
2017-Oct-23
67 minutes