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Podcast Profile: Dissecting Philosophy with Dr McDonald

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140 episodes
2019 to 2021
Median: 42 minutes
Collection: Philosophy


Description (podcaster-provided):

Dr Andrew McDonald with several years of teaching experience at the University of Dundee takes listeners through a close reading of philosophical texts that allow us to delve into a deeper understanding of them. It is friendly to those new to philosophy and gives easy to understand examples throughout.


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

➤ Heidegger’s Being and Time • Marx's Communist Manifesto • Marcuse's One Dimensional Man • Debord's Society of the Spectacle • Arendt's The Origins of Totalitarianism • Nietzsche's Birth of Tragedy • Aristotle's Metaphysics

This podcast, "Dissecting Philosophy with Dr. McDonald," is an educational series focusing on an in-depth analysis of significant philosophical texts and ideas. Presented by Dr. Andrew McDonald, who brings several years of teaching experience from the University of Dundee, the show seeks to offer a thoughtful and accessible exploration of philosophical concepts. It is particularly designed to be friendly for those new to philosophy, using clear examples to illustrate complex ideas.

The episodes often revolve around detailed discussions of specific chapters from major works in philosophy. For example, recent episodes dive into Herbert Marcuse's "One Dimensional Man," where Dr. McDonald meticulously examines themes from each chapter, such as one-dimensional language, the perpetual struggle within science, and the role of the intellectual life. Listeners are also taken through earlier works like Guy Debord's "Society of the Spectacle," with topics ranging from the history of the spectacle to modern-day implications of commodification and globalisation.

Additionally, the podcast includes special episodes that delve into other significant philosophical explorations, like Nietzsche's "The Birth of Tragedy," examining the dynamics between the Apollonian and Dionysian perspectives. There are also episodes dedicated to the intricate examinations of Aristotle’s metaphysics and Hannah Arendt's "The Origins of Totalitarianism," touching on issues such as total domination, propaganda, and totalitarian organisation. This suggests a thematic interest in how philosophical ideas can intersect with social, political, and cultural phenomena.

Moreover, the show includes interviews with other scholars, offering diverse perspectives on various philosophical ideas. These interviews explore the relevance of historical texts like Marx and Engel's "The Communist Manifesto," discussing concepts of the proletariat, bourgeoisie, and communism.

Each episode invites listeners to deepen their understanding, offering nuanced discussions that cater to both newcomers and those more familiar with philosophical discourse. This comprehensive examination of texts encourages an ongoing dialogue about the continued relevance and impact of philosophical thought in contemporary society.


Episodes:
Episode 122| Herbert Marcuse One Dimensional Man | One Dimensional Philosophy
2021-Nov-01
51 minutes
Episode 121| Herbert Marcuse One Dimensional Man | Science and the Perpetual Struggle
2021-Oct-25
50 minutes
Episode 120| Herbert Marcuse One Dimensional Man | Philosophy, The Search for Truth and the Privileging of the Intellectual Life
2021-Oct-18
67 minutes
Episode 119| Herbert Marcuse One Dimensional Man | One Dimensional Language
2021-Oct-11
50 minutes
Episode 118| Herbert Marcuse One Dimensional Man l The Artist and Culture in PreIndustrial Society and in 1960s Society
2021-Oct-04
66 minutes
Episode 117| Herbert Marcuse One Dimensional Man l From Marx's Industrial Society to 1960s Society
2021-Sep-27
37 minutes
Episode 116| Herbert Marcuse One Dimensional Man l Totalitarianism and One Dimensional Thought
2021-Sep-20
42 minutes
Episode 115| Guy Debord Society of the Spectacle l Urbanism and Detournement
2021-Sep-13
36 minutes
Episode 114| Guy Debord Society of the Spectacle l Time and the Spectacle
2021-Sep-06
38 minutes
Episode 113| Guy Debord Society of the Spectacle l A History of The Spectacle
2021-Aug-30
32 minutes
Episode 112| Guy Debord Society of the Spectacle l The Spectacle and Globalisation, Politics, Celebrities and Banality
2021-Aug-23
40 minutes
Episode 111| Guy Debord Society of the Spectacle l Commodities as a Spectacle
2021-Aug-16
36 minutes
Episode 110| Guy Debord Society of the Spectacle l The Spectacle
2021-Aug-09
32 minutes
Special Episode 18| Nietzsche's Birth of Tragedy| Socrates' Removal of the Dionysian
2021-Aug-02
27 minutes
Special Episode 17| Nietzsche's Birth of Tragedy| Apollonian and Dionysian Art
2021-Jul-26
38 minutes
Episode 109| Interview with Frank Ruda l The Relevance of The Communist Manifesto
2021-Jul-19
66 minutes
Episode 108| Interview with Frank Ruda l How Do We Think Like The Proletariat?
2021-Jul-12
67 minutes
Episode 107| Interview with Frank Ruda l Part 3 of The Communist Manifesto
2021-Jul-05
62 minutes
Episode 106| Interview with Frank Ruda l Marx and Engel's Ideas of The Bourgeoisie, The Proletariat And Communism
2021-Jun-28
61 minutes
Episode 105| Interview with Frank Ruda l Marx and Engel's Use of History and The Bourgeoisie
2021-Jun-21
35 minutes
Episode 104| Interview with Frank Ruda l Reading Marx and His Relation to Hegel
2021-Jun-14
62 minutes
Special Episode 16| Aristotle's Metaphysics| Problems with Plato
2021-Jun-07
33 minutes
Special Episode 15| Aristotle's Metaphysics| Problems with the PreSocratics
2021-May-31
28 minutes
Episode 103| Hannah Arendt's The Origins of Totalitarianism l Ideology and Terror Part 2
2021-May-24
29 minutes
Episode 102| Hannah Arendt's The Origins of Totalitarianism l Ideology and Terror
2021-May-17
29 minutes
Episode 101| Hannah Arendt's The Origins of Totalitarianism l 3 Steps To Total Domination
2021-May-10
35 minutes
Episode 100| Hannah Arendt The Origins of Totalitarianism | Concentration Camps
2021-May-03
40 minutes
Episode 99| Hannah Arendt The Origins of Totalitarianism | A Surveillance Society
2021-Apr-26
40 minutes
Episode 98| Hannah Arendt The Origins of Totalitarianism | Tracking And Hunting Down Enemies
2021-Apr-19
37 minutes
Episode 97| Hannah Arendt The Origins of Totalitarianism | Problems With The Totalitarian State
2021-Apr-12
48 minutes
Episode 96| Hannah Arendt The Origins of Totalitarianism | The Creation of The Totalitarian State
2021-Apr-05
41 minutes
Episode 95| Hannah Arendt The Origins of Totalitarianism | Permanent Revolution
2021-Mar-29
55 minutes
Episode 94| Hannah Arendt The Origins of Totalitarianism | Lies and Fanaticism
2021-Mar-22
46 minutes
Episode 93| Hannah Arendt The Origins of Totalitarianism | Leaders' Rise to Power, Tyrants and Secret Societies
2021-Mar-15
49 minutes
Episode 92| Hannah Arendt The Origins of Totalitarianism | Sympathisers, Party Members, and the Totalitarian Regime's Fictional World
2021-Mar-09
54 minutes
Episode 91| Hannah Arendt The Origins of Totalitarianism | The Masses' Psychology and the Nazi's Antisemitism
2021-Mar-01
59 minutes
Episode 90| Hannah Arendt The Origins of Totalitarianism | Indoctrination, Science and Prophecy
2021-Feb-24
49 minutes
Episode 89| Hannah Arendt The Origins of Totalitarianism | The Removal of Hypocrisy, 20th Century Art and the Holocaust
2021-Feb-15
66 minutes
Episode 88| Hannah Arendt The Origins of Totalitarianism | WWI and The Origins of the Masses
2021-Feb-08
50 minutes
Episode 87| Hannah Arendt The Origins of Totalitarianism | Psychology and the Difference Between Totalitarianism and Dictatorships
2021-Feb-01
42 minutes
Episode 86| Hannah Arendt The Origins of Totalitarianism | Lenin, Stalin and the Atomisation of Society
2021-Jan-25
57 minutes
Episode 85| Hannah Arendt The Origins of Totalitarianism | The Indifferent Mass and Propaganda
2021-Jan-18
44 minutes
Episode 84| Camus The Fall Part 2 |Clamence Reveals His Game
2021-Jan-11
34 minutes
Episode 83| Camus The Fall Part 1 | Meeting Jean Baptiste Clamence
2021-Jan-04
43 minutes
Special Episode 14| Kobe Bryant Mamba Mentality | Kobe Bryant's Philosophy for Greatness
2020-Dec-28
45 minutes
Episode 82| Camus The Plague Part 5 | Life After The Plague
2020-Dec-21
60 minutes
Episode 81| Camus The Plague Part 4 | Forks in the Road
2020-Dec-14
64 minutes
Episode 80| Camus The Plague Part 3 | The Horror of Banality
2020-Dec-07
68 minutes
Episode 79| Camus The Plague Part 2 | A Psychology of Lockdown and an Ethics of Decency
2020-Nov-30
62 minutes
Episode 78| Camus The Plague Part 1 | Camus and Covid-19
2020-Nov-23
56 minutes
Episode 77| Camus Create Dangerously | Creativity and Taking A Risk
2020-Nov-16
70 minutes
Special Episode 13| Plato's Phaedo | Plato's Purpose of Philosophy
2020-Nov-09
59 minutes
Episode 76| Zarathustra Part 4 General Discussion| What Would It Be Like To Accept The Death of God?
2020-Nov-02
66 minutes
Special Episode 12| Plato's Meno Part 2| Plato's Theory of Knowledge
2020-Oct-29
67 minutes
Episode 75| Zarathustra The Sign | The Lion, Newness and Change
2020-Oct-26
51 minutes
Special Episode 11| Plato's Meno Part 1| Achieving Clarity
2020-Oct-22
48 minutes
Episode 74| Zarathustra The Intoxicated Song Sections 7-12 | Love and the Eternal Return
2020-Oct-19
55 minutes
Special Episode 10| Plato's Apology | The Socratic Method and The Athenian Law Court
2020-Oct-15
73 minutes
Episode 73| Zarathustra The Intoxicated Song Sections 1-6 | Intoxicated by Happiness and Contentment
2020-Oct-12
51 minutes
Special Episode 9| Plato on Greek Oration and Plato's Style | The Art of Persuasion and Achieving Consensus
2020-Oct-08
62 minutes
Episode 72| Zarathustra The Donkey Festival | Idols, Consumer Society and New Seasonal Holidays
2020-Oct-05
66 minutes
Special Episode 8| Parmenides | There Can Be Only One
2020-Oct-01
63 minutes
Episode 71| Zarathustra The Awakening | In Praise of Donkeys
2020-Sep-28
45 minutes
Special Episode 7| The Pre-Socratics and Heraclitus | Early Philosophy and The Importance of Novelty
2020-Sep-22
45 minutes
Episode 70| Zarathustra Among the Daughters of the Desert |A European Mindset
2020-Sep-20
36 minutes
Episode 69| Zarathustra The Song of Melancholy and Of Science |Animals, Ethics and Courage
2020-Sep-07
66 minutes
Episode 68| Zarathustra The Higher Men Sections 15-20 | The Joy and Necessity of Laughter
2020-Aug-31
55 minutes
Episode 67| Zarathustra The Higher Men Sections 7-14 | Getting out of a Creative Slump
2020-Aug-24
50 minutes
Episode 66| Zarathustra The Last Supper and The Higher Men Sections 1-6 | Diets, The Mob and Critical Thinking
2020-Aug-17
54 minutes
Episode 65| Zarathustra The Greeting | Creating a New Child Like Foundation
2020-Aug-10
44 minutes
Episode 64| Zarathustra At Noontide | Happiness is the Little Things in Life
2020-Aug-03
43 minutes
Episode 63| Zarathustra The Shadow | Existential Crisis
2020-Jul-27
48 minutes
Episode 62| Zarathustra The Voluntary Beggar |Living the Good Life in Nature with Cows
2020-Jul-20
41 minutes
Episode 61| Zarathustra The Ugliest Man | A Conversation With The Murderer of God
2020-Jul-13
46 minutes
Episode 60| Zarathustra Retired From Service | The Death of God
2020-Jul-06
53 minutes
Episode 59| Zarathustra The Sorcerer | The Strawman of Greatness
2020-Jun-29
51 minutes
Episode 58| Zarathustra The Leech | The Manipulation of Opinions
2020-Jun-22
41 minutes
Episode 57| Zarathustra The Cry of Distress and Conversation with Kings| Nihilism, Falsity and Acting
2020-Jun-15
62 minutes
Episode 56| Zarathustra The Honey Offering| Becoming and the Self
2020-Jun-08
28 minutes
Episode 55| Zarathustra Part 3 General Summary| The Eternal Return and Creating Our Self
2020-Jun-01
32 minutes
Episode 54| Zarathustra The Seven Seals| Time and Fragility
2020-May-25
39 minutes
Episode 53| Zarathustra The Second Dance| Life, the World and Cracking the Whip
2020-May-18
30 minutes
Episode 52| Zarathustra The Great Longing| Creativity and Longing for Acceptance
2020-May-11
30 minutes
Episode 51| Zarathustra The Convalescent |Cruelty, Music and the Eternal Return
2020-May-04
39 minutes
Episode 50| Zarathustra Old and New Law Tables Sections 23 - 30| Relationships, Morality and Anthropology
2020-Apr-27
48 minutes
Episode 49| Zarathustra Old and New Law Tables Sections 17 - 22| Parasites and Success
2020-Apr-20
49 minutes
Episode 48| Zarathustra Old and New Law Tables Sections 11 - 16| History and Liberation
2020-Apr-17
40 minutes
Episode 47| Zarathustra Old and New Law Tables Sections 6 - 10| Good and Evil, Ethics and Flux
2020-Apr-06
42 minutes
Episode 46| Zarathustra Old and New Law Tables Sections 1 - 5| Towards New Ideas
2020-Mar-30
37 minutes
Episode 45| Zarathustra The Spirit of Gravity| Finding Our Own Way
2020-Mar-23
35 minutes
Episode 44| Zarathustra Three Evil Things |Sensuality, Lust For Power And Selfishness
2020-Mar-16
35 minutes
Episode 43| Zarathustra The Homecoming |Philosophy and Misanthropy
2020-Mar-09
23 minutes
Episode 42| Zarathustra The Apostates |Belief Without Religion
2020-Mar-02
36 minutes
Episode 41| Zarathustra Mount of Olives and Passing By |Hardship, Veils and Critical Analysis
2020-Feb-24
35 minutes
Episode 40| Zarathustra The Virtue That Makes Small |Striving for Excellence
2020-Feb-17
38 minutes
Episode 39| Zarathustra Involuntary Bliss and Before Sunrise |Care for Ourselves and Chance
2020-Feb-10
44 minutes
Episode 38| Zarathustra The Vision and The Riddle |Courage and the Eternal Return
2020-Feb-03
29 minutes
Episode 37| Zarathustra The Wanderer |Knowledge as Mountain Climbing
2020-Jan-27
28 minutes
Episode 36| Zarathustra Part 2 General Discussion
2020-Jan-20
32 minutes
Special Episode 6| Rene Descartes Meditation Three| God and Establishing The Metaphysical Foundation
2020-Jan-14
84 minutes
Episode 35| Zarathustra Manly Prudence and the Stillest Hour |Affirming Our Flaws and Rejecting Idolatry
2020-Jan-13
42 minutes
Episode 34| Zarathustra Redemption |Challenges of Self Improvement
2020-Jan-06
33 minutes
Episode 33| Zarathustra The Prophet |Schopenhauer and Laughter
2020-Jan-03
27 minutes
Episode 32| Zarathustra Great Events| The Importance of The Little Things
2019-Dec-23
39 minutes
Episode 31| Zarathustra Scholars and Poets| Thinking and Creating Dangerously
2019-Dec-16
36 minutes
Episode 30| Zarathustra Immaculate Perception |Breaking Ideality
2019-Dec-09
20 minutes
Episode 29| Zarathustra Land of Culture | Problems in The Present
2019-Dec-02
25 minutes
Special Episode 5| Rene Descartes Meditation Two| The Mind, Thought and Wax
2019-Nov-26
60 minutes
Episode 28| Zarathustra Self Overcoming and Sublime Men| Psychology of Truth and Problems with Self Superiority
2019-Nov-25
59 minutes
Episode 27| Zarathustra The Dance Song and The Funeral Song| Life, Wisdom and Perseverance
2019-Nov-18
52 minutes
Episode 26| Zarathustra Famous Philosophers and The Night Song| Task of Philosophers and Opinions as Gifts
2019-Nov-11
53 minutes
Special Episode 4| Rene Descartes Meditation One| Doubt, Dreams and the Evil Deceiver
2019-Nov-05
44 minutes
Episode 25| Zarathustra The Rabble and The Tarantulas| Power, Resistance and The Problems of Equality
2019-Nov-04
56 minutes
Episode 24| Zarathustra The Virtuous |Superheroes and Parenting
2019-Oct-28
31 minutes
Episode 23| Zarathustra The Compassionate and The Priests| Psychology of Compassion and Faith vs. Science
2019-Oct-14
47 minutes
Episode 22| Zarathustra The Child with the Mirror and The Blissful Islands| Challenging Our Views and Creativity as Therapy
2019-Oct-07
52 minutes
Special Episode 3| Roland Barthes on Toys, the Poor and the Working Class| Psychology of Toys and the Work Place
2019-Oct-01
38 minutes
Episode 21| Zarathustra Part 1 General Discussion| Child-like Creativity and the Problems of Creation
2019-Sep-30
31 minutes
Special Episode 2| An Introduction to Philosophy| Knowledge and Apprenticeship
2019-Sep-24
16 minutes
Episode 20| Zarathustra Bestowing Virtue | Creativity, Teaching and Personal Development
2019-Sep-23
49 minutes
Episode 19| Zarathustra Voluntary Death | Death and Christ
2019-Sep-16
22 minutes
Episode 18| Zarathustra Adders Bite and Marriage and Children| Debate, Relationships and Raising Children
2019-Sep-11
40 minutes
Episode 17| Zarathustra Way of the Creator and Old and Young Women| Creativity and Women
2019-Sep-02
45 minutes
Episode 16| Zarathustra Love of One's Neighbor| Ethics, Acting and Ideality
2019-Aug-26
23 minutes
Episode 15| Zarathustra Friends and One Thousand and One Goals| Companions, Ethical Principals, Evaluation
2019-Aug-19
44 minutes
Episode 14| Zarathustra Flies of the Marketplace and Chastity| Herd mentality, Actors, Sex drive
2019-Aug-14
39 minutes
Episode 13| Zarathustra War and Warriors and New Idols| Critical thinking, Government, Politicians
2019-Aug-05
38 minutes
Episode 12| Zarathustra Tree On The Mountainside And Preachers Of Death| Creativity, Ideality and Goals
2019-Jul-29
28 minutes
Episode 11| Zarathustra Reading and Writing| Creativity and Style
2019-Jul-22
28 minutes
Episode 10| Zarathustra Joys and Passions and the Pale Criminal |Ethics, Life Coaches and Murder
2019-Jul-15
32 minutes
Episode 9| Zarathustra Despisers of the Body| Instinctual Drives, the Body and the Self
2019-Jul-08
23 minutes
Episode 8| Zarathustra Chairs of Virtue and Afterworldsmen| Psychology, Virtue and the Afterlife
2019-Jul-01
35 minutes
Episode 7| Zarathustra Of The Three Metamorphoses| Burdens, Freedom and the Creation of New Values
2019-Jun-24
24 minutes
Special Episode 1| Roland Barthes on Wrestling| Morality, Suffering and Justice
2019-Jun-17
62 minutes
Episode 6| Zarathustra Prologue General Discussion| Prophecy, Idolatry and A Way of Life
2019-Jun-17
24 minutes
Episode 5| Zarathustra Prologue Sections 9 and 10| Friendship, Revaluation and Reason vs. Desire
2019-Jun-10
24 minutes
Episode 4| Zarathustra Prologue Sections 6, 7 and 8| Buffoons, Knowledge and Living Dangerously
2019-Jun-03
27 minutes
Episode 3| Zarathustra Prologue Sections 4 and 5 Goals, Love and the Ultimate Men
2019-May-24
33 minutes
Episode 2| Zarathustra Prologue Section 3 The Superman
2019-May-20
32 minutes
Episode 1| Zarathustra Prologue Sections 1 and 2| Going Down The Mountain
2019-May-15
25 minutes