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Podcast Profile: Philosophize This!

podcast imageTwitter: @iamstephenwest (followed by 53 philosophers)
Site: philosophizethis.org
172 episodes
2013 to present
Average episode: 29 minutes
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Categories: Monologue (Non-Course)

Podcaster's summary: 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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List Updated: 2022-Dec-04 12:36 UTC. Episodes: 172. Feedback: @TrueSciPhi.

Episodes
2022-Nov-21 • 38 minutes
Episode #172 ... Simone Weil - Attention
Today we begin some general discussions in the direction of the thought of Simone Weil and tell some stories from her life.
2022-Nov-01 • 41 minutes
Episode #171 ... Guy Debord - The Society of the Spectacle
Today we talk about a famous call to action by the philosopher Guy Debord.
2022-Sep-23 • 39 minutes
Episode #170 ... Albert Camus - The Fall
Today we explore some of the themes discussed in The Fall by Albert Camus. :)
2022-Aug-20 • 29 minutes
Episode #169 ... Bruno Latour - We Have Never Been Modern
Today we cover thought provoking pieces of an early work by a great philosopher named Bruno Latour. Hope you love it.
2022-Jul-13 • 43 minutes
Episode #168 ... Introduction to an Ethics of Care
Today we begin discussing an Ethics of Care. @iamstephenwest on twitter for updates. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2022-Jun-25 • 27 minutes
Episode #167 ... Jose Ortega - Revolt of the Masses
Today we continue talking about the work of Ortega. This time about his book Revolt of the Masses. Twitter - @iamstephenwest for updates Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2022-Jun-01 • 30 minutes
Episode #166 ... Jose Ortega - Circumstance
Today we begin talking about the work of Jose Ortega Y Gasset.
2022-Apr-30 • 28 minutes
Episode #165 ... Ralph Waldo Emerson - Nature and Other Things
Today we continue our discussion of Emerson.
2022-Apr-22 • 34 minutes
Episode #164 ... Ralph Waldo Emerson - Self Reliance
Today we talk about Emerson and his essay about self reliance.
2022-Mar-02 • 30 minutes
Episode #163 ... The Creation of Meaning - Escape From Evil
Today we continue talking about the work of Ernest Becker.
2022-Jan-25 • 27 minutes
Episode #162 ... The Creation of Meaning - The Denial of Death
Today we begin talking about the work of Ernest Becker.
2022-Jan-15 • 32 minutes
Episode #161 ... Karl Popper - The Open Society and Its Enemies
Today we talk about a famous book from the work of Karl Popper.
2022-Jan-05 • 36 minutes
Episode #160 ... The Creation of Meaning - Kierkegaard - Silence, Obedience and Joy
Today we discuss the work of Soren Kierkegaard. His famous work The Lily of the Field and The Bird of The Air.
2021-Nov-10 • 29 minutes
Episode #159 ... The Creation of Meaning - Nietzsche - Amor Fati
Today we continue our discussion on the creation of meaning.
2021-Oct-05 • 31 minutes
Episode #158 ... The Creation of Meaning - Nietzsche - The Ascetic Ideal
Today we look at the creation of meaning through the work of Nietzsche.
2021-Sep-01 • 25 minutes
Episode #157 ... The Creation of Meaning - Beauvoir
Today we talk about the creation of meaning.
2021-Aug-10 • 29 minutes
Episode #156 ... Emil Cioran part 2 - Failure and Suicide
Today we continue talking about Cioran.
2021-Jul-08 • 23 minutes
Episode #155 ... Emil Cioran - Absurdity and Nothingness
Today we begin our discussion on Emil Cioran.
2021-Jun-22 • 21 minutes
Episode #154 ... Pragmatism and Truth
Today we discuss Pragmatism.
2021-Apr-01 • 25 minutes
Episode #153 ... The Frankfurt School - Walter Benjamin pt. 2 - Distraction
Today we continue talking about Walter Benjamin.
2021-Mar-19 • 24 minutes
Episode #152 ... The Frankfurt School - Walter Benjamin pt. 1
Today we begin discussing the work of Walter Benjamin.
2021-Feb-06 • 26 minutes
Episode #151 ... The Frankfurt School - Erich Fromm on Freedom
Today we continue our discussion of the work of Erich Fromm.
2021-Jan-31 • 23 minutes
Episode #150 ... The Frankfurt School - Erich Fromm on Love
Today we discuss Erich Fromm and his work The Art of Loving.
2021-Jan-05 • 26 minutes
Episode #149 ... On Media pt. 2 - Marshall McLuhan
Today we discuss the work of Marshall McLuhan.
2020-Dec-14 • 25 minutes
Episode #148 ... On Media pt. 1 - Manufacturing Consent
Today we discuss the 1988 work of Chomsky and Herman entitled Manufacturing Consent.
2020-Nov-10 • 24 minutes
Episode #147 ... Being and Becoming
Today we discuss the ancient philosophical debate of being and becoming.
2020-Oct-20 • 25 minutes
Episode #146 ... Bergson on Laughter pt. 2 - Vitalism
Today we continue our discussion on the work of Henri Bergson.
2020-Sep-19 • 23 minutes
Episode #145 ... Bergson on Laughter pt. 1 - History
Today we begin our discussion on the work of Bergson.
2020-Jun-29 • 24 minutes
Episode #144 ... Max Weber - Iron Cage
Today we discuss some of the work of Max Weber in preparation for an upcoming series.
2020-Apr-30 • 25 minutes
Episode #143 ... Jürgen Habermas pt. 1 - The Public Sphere
Today we begin our discussion of the work of Jürgen Habermas.
2020-Apr-15 • 29 minutes
Episode #142 ... Richard Rorty
Today we begin our discussion of the work of Richard Rorty.
2020-Mar-28 • 24 minutes
Episode #141 ... Isaiah Berlin pt. 2 - Pluralism and Culture
Today we continue talking about the work of Isaiah Berlin.
2020-Mar-11 • 23 minutes
Episode #140 ... Isaiah Berlin pt. 1 - Pluralism
Today we begin discussing the work of Isaiah Berlin.
2020-Feb-12 • 23 minutes
Episode #139 ... Friedrich Von Hayek - The Road to Serfdom
Today we begin our discussion of the work of Friedrich Hayek.
2020-Jan-21 • 23 minutes
Episode #138 ... Robert Nozick - The Minimal State
Today we begin our discussion of the work of Robert Nozick.
2019-Dec-30 • 29 minutes
Episode #137 ... John Rawls - A Theory of Justice
Today we discuss the work of John Rawls.
2019-Oct-31 • 29 minutes
Episode #136 ... Hannah Arendt - The Banality of Evil
Today we discuss the work of Hannah Arendt.
2019-Oct-08 • 26 minutes
Episode 135 ... Leo Strauss - Ancients vs. Moderns
Today we talk about the work of Leo Strauss.
2019-Aug-07 • 26 minutes
Episode #134 ... Consequences of Reason
Today we talk about the growing dissatisfaction with Enlightenment Reason during the early 20th century.
2019-Jul-01 • 22 minutes
Episode #133 ... Carl Schmitt on Liberalism pt. 2
Today we continue our discussion of the work of Carl Schmitt. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2019-Jul-01 • 24 minutes
Episode #132 ... Carl Schmitt on Liberalism pt. 1
Today we begin our discussion on the work of Carl Schmitt. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2019-May-22 • 25 minutes
Episode #131 ... Gramsci - Cultural Hegemony
Today we discuss the work of Antonio Gramsci. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2019-Apr-30 • 22 minutes
Episode #130 ... Dewey and Lippman on Democracy
Today we talk about a famous debate from the early 20th century.
2019-Mar-16 • 22 minutes
Episode #129 ... Gilles Deleuze pt. 5 - Difference
Today we continue our discussion on the work of Deleuze. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2019-Mar-16 • 23 minutes
Episode #128 ... Gilles Deleuze pt. 4 - Flows
Today we continue our discussion on the work of Deleuze. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2019-Feb-07 • 30 minutes
Episode #127 ... Gilles Deleuze pt. 3 - Anti-Oedipus
Today we continue our discussion on the work of Gilles Deleuze. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2018-Dec-22 • 23 minutes
Episode #126 ... Gilles Deleuze pt. 2 - Immanence
Today we continue our discussion on the work of Deleuze. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2018-Dec-08 • 23 minutes
Episode #125 ... Gilles Deleuze pt. 1 - What is Philosophy?
Today we begin our discussion on Gilles Deleuze with a special thanks to Felix Guatarri. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2018-Oct-25 • 30 minutes
Episode #124 ... Simulacra and Simulation
Today we begin our discussion of Jean Baudrillard's book Simulacra and Simulation. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2018-Sep-24 • 21 minutes
Episode #123 ... Michel Foucault pt. 3 - Power
Today we talk about the work of Michel Foucault. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2018-Sep-24 • 23 minutes
Episode #122 ... Michel Foucault pt. 2 - The Order of Things
Today we talk about the work of Michel Foucault. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2018-Aug-15 • 34 minutes
Episode #121 ... Michel Foucault pt. 1
Today we begin talking about the work of Michel Foucault. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2018-Jul-27 • 26 minutes
Episode #120 ... Logical Positivism
Today we talk about Logical Positivism. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2018-Jun-25 • 21 minutes
Episode #119 ... Derrida and Words
Today we begin our discussion on the work of Jacques Derrida. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2018-May-21 • 23 minutes
Episode #118 ... A Basic Look At Postmodernism
Today we begin a lengthy conversation on the critiques of Postmodernism. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2018-Mar-18 • 27 minutes
Episode #117 ... Structuralism and Mythology pt. 2
Today we continue to talk about the projects of Structuralism. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2018-Mar-18 • 28 minutes
Episode #116 ... Structuralism and Mythology pt. 1
Today we begin talking about the initial projects of Structuralism. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2018-Jan-28 • 32 minutes
Episode #115 ... Structuralism and Context
Today we talk about the origins of Structuralism. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2017-Dec-23 • 39 minutes
Episode #114 ... The Frankfurt School pt. 7 - The Great Refusal
Today we talk about Herbert Marcuse's concepts of The Great Refusal and The New Sensibility. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2017-Dec-02 • 23 minutes
Episode #113 ... The Frankfurt School pt. 6 - Art As A Tool For Liberation
Today we talk about the revolutionary potential of Art through the eyes of Herbert Marcuse. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2017-Nov-06 • 30 minutes
Episode #112 ... The Frankfurt School pt. 5 - Civilization
Today we continue our discussion of Marcuse's work Eros and Civilization. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2017-Oct-20 • 26 minutes
Episode #111 ... The Frankfurt School pt. 4 - Eros
Today we talk about Freud's views on civilization and the first half of Marcuse's response to them. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2017-Sep-07 • 28 minutes
Episode #110 ... The Frankfurt School pt. 3 - The Culture Industry
Today we talk about an important chapter from The Dialectic of Enlightenment entitled The Culture Industry. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2017-Aug-26 • 26 minutes
Episode #109 ... The Frankfurt School pt. 2 - The Enlightenment
Today we talk about the Frankfurt School critique of enlightenment style thinking and Herbert Marcuse's book One Dimensional Man. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2017-Aug-17 • 30 minutes
Episode #108 ... The Frankfurt School pt. 1 - Introduction
Today we talk about The Frankfurt School. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2017-Jul-29 • 27 minutes
Episode #107 ... Simone De Beauvoir pt .3 - Responsibility
Today we talk about part three of Simone De Beauvoir's work The Ethics of Ambiguity. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2017-Jul-19 • 24 minutes
Episode #106 ... Simone De Beauvoir pt. 2 - The Ethics of Ambiguity
Today we talk about the first half of The Ethics of Ambiguity by Simone De Beauvoir. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2017-Jul-09 • 27 minutes
Episode #105 ... Sartre and Camus pt. 6 - The Self
Today a cloudy, muddled brain weary from fighting off sickness talks about Sartre's view on the self. Thank you for your patience. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2017-Jun-01 • 29 minutes
Episode #104 ... Sartre and Camus pt. 5 - Consciousness is Freedom
Today we talk about Sartre's view of consciousness and the notion of radical freedom. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2017-May-24 • 32 minutes
Episode #103 ... Sartre and Camus pt. 4 - The Quest For Certainty
Today we tell a story from the history of philosophy in an attempt to prepare us for understanding the Phenomenology of Sartre. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2017-May-12 • 31 minutes
Episode #102 ... Heidegger pt. 3 - Authenticity
Today we talk about Martin Heidegger and his concept of Authenticity. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2017-Apr-30 • 26 minutes
Episode #101 ... Heidegger pt. 2 - Science and Technology
Today we discuss Martin Heidegger and his views on Modern Technology. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2017-Apr-14 • 31 minutes
Episode #100 ... Heidegger pt. 1 - Phenomenology and Dasein
Today we begin our discussion of the philosophy of Martin Heidegger by looking at his roots in Phenomenology and his revolutionary concept of Dasein. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2017-Mar-29 • 23 minutes
Episode #099 ... Schopenhauer pt. 2 - Ethics
Today we talk about the ethics of Arthur Schopenhauer. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2017-Mar-14 • 23 minutes
Episode #098 ... Schopenhauer pt. 1 - Metaphysics and Love
Today we begin our discussion on Arthur Schopenhauer. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2017-Mar-01 • 26 minutes
Episode #097 ... Wittgenstein ep. 1
Today we talk about Ludwig Wittgenstein. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2017-Jan-20 • 24 minutes
Episode #096 ... Is Ayn Rand A Philosopher?
Today we talk about Ayn Rand. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2016-Dec-30 • 26 minutes
Episode #095 ... Are you living in a simulation?
Today we discuss the famous paper by Nick Bostrom about the probability that we are living in a simulation. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2016-Nov-24 • 29 minutes
Episode #094 ... A Look at Suffering
Today we look at the concept of suffering from multiple different angles including the philosopher Fyodor Dostoyevsky and the movement in Transhumanism known as The Hedonistic Imperative. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to...
2016-Nov-06 • 27 minutes
Episode #093 ... Nietzsche pt. 4 - Love
Today we look at the concept of love from several different angles in an attempt to better understand our own thoughts on love. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2016-Oct-04 • 30 minutes
Episode #092 ... Nietzsche pt. 3 - Thus Spoke Zarathustra
Today we talk about Nietzsche's famous work Thus Spoke Zarathustra. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2016-Sep-21 • 28 minutes
Episode #091 ... Nietzsche pt. 2 - The Will to Power
Today we talk about Nietzsche, the concept of the Will to Power and the dangers of predatory buffalos. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2016-Aug-26 • 27 minutes
Episode #090 ... Nietzsche pt. 1 - God is dead and so is Captain Morgan
Today we begin our discussion on the work of Friedrich Nietzsche. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2016-Aug-17 • 31 minutes
Episode #089 ... Simone De Beauvoir - The Second Sex
Today we discuss the revolutionary work of Simone De Beauvoir entitled: The Second Sex for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2016-Jul-27 • 27 minutes
Episode #088 ... Sartre and Camus pt. 3 - The Great Debate
Today we talk about the great post WW2 debate between Sartre and Camus. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2016-Jul-14 • 23 minutes
Episode #087 ... Sartre and Camus pt. 2
Today we talk about the philosopher Albert Camus. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2016-Jun-29 • 24 minutes
Episode #086 ... Sartre and Camus pt. 1 - Freedom
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 of thinking known as existentialism and focus on Sartre's view of freedom. for additional...
2016-Jun-21 • 24 minutes
Episode #085 ... Peter Singer on Effective Altruism
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 fulfill the obligations in the most effective manner. for additional content. Thank you for...
2016-Jun-14 • 27 minutes
Episode #084 ... William James on Truth
Today we take a look at William James and his work on the concept of Truth. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2016-Jun-04 • 27 minutes
Episode #083 ... Henry David Thoreau
Today we take a look at Henry David Thoreau's views on the individual, society and civil disobedience. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2016-May-26 • 26 minutes
Episode #082 ... Austrians and Marx
Today we talk about various classic critiques of Marx's economics made by the Austrian School of Economics. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2016-May-11 • 25 minutes
Episode #081 ... Capitalism vs. Communism
Today we talk about Karl Marx and his famous critiques of Capitalism. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2016-May-03 • 28 minutes
Episode #80 ... Feuerbach on Religion
On this episode we talk about Ludwig Feuerbach and his (occasionally) controversial views on the origins of religion. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2016-Mar-23 • 23 minutes
Episode #079 ... Kierkegaard on Anxiety
On this episode of the podcast we talk about Kierkegaard's views on anxiety. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2016-Jan-27 • 25 minutes
Episode #078 ... Marx and Kierkegaard on Religion pt. 2
Today we talk about Soren Kierkegaard and his views on the function and value of religion. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2016-Jan-17 • 27 minutes
Episode #077 ... Marx and Kierkegaard on Religion pt. 1
Today we discuss Marx, his views on religion as a means of oppression, and his connection to Hegel's Dialectic. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2015-Dec-31 • 25 minutes
Episode #076 ... Hegel's God
Today we talk about Hegel and a unique possibility of what God could be. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2015-Dec-21 • 25 minutes
Episode #075 ... How To Win An Argument Pt. 2
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 how to deal with them. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today...
2015-Dec-17 • 28 minutes
Episode #074 ... Hegel Returns
Today we talk about an overview of Hegel and what is truly important about his work. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2015-Dec-01 • 30 minutes
Episode #073 ... How To Win An Argument Pt. 1
Today we take a look at several common logical fallacies and how to spot them. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2015-Nov-18 • 34 minutes
Episode #072 ... Insecurity
On this episode of the podcast we talk about insecurity. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2015-Nov-01 • 29 minutes
Episode #071 ... Is Killing Animals For Food Morally Justifiable?
Today we talk about whether killing animals for food is morally justifiable. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2015-Oct-20 • 23 minutes
Episode #070 ... Off Moodiness
On this episode we talk about several outlooks on negative emotions. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2015-Oct-12 • 32 minutes
Episode #069 ... An Appeal To Reason
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2015-Oct-06 • 22 minutes
Episode #068 ... On Moodiness
On this episode we talk about one angle of the complex subject known to us all as: moodiness. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2015-Sep-21 • 22 minutes
Episode #067 ... What Hegel Was Saying!
We continue our unfortunately abridged discussion on Hegel from last episode. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2015-Sep-14 • 19 minutes
Episode #066 ... Hegel pt. 1 - Introduction
Today we begin our discussion on the work of Hegel. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2015-Sep-07 • 23 minutes
Episode #065 ... Mary Wollstonecraft
On this episode of the podcast, we discuss the feminist philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft. First, we learn about the unexpected origin of The Royal Humane Society and how they assisted Mary Wollstonecraft. Next, we learn about the many ways...
2015-Aug-19 • 21 minutes
Episode #064 ... Interpreting Interpretations
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 philosophers who make unverifiable...
2015-Jul-01 • 29 minutes
Episode #063 ... Kant pt. 8 - Limits of Knowledge
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 discuss our human experience of...
2015-Jun-23 • 33 minutes
Episode #062 ... Kant pt. 7 - Suicide
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 considering the arguments posed...
2015-Jun-14 • 27 minutes
Episode #061 ... Kant pt. 6 - What is Enlightenment?
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 important question to consider at...
2015-Jun-01 • 31 minutes
Episode #060 ... Kant pt. 5 - The Sublime
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 been associated with the sublime...
2015-May-28 • 28 minutes
Episode #059 ... Kant pt. 4 - Categorical Trolley Cars
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, we discuss the value of thought experiments and call into question the concept of “common sense”....
2015-May-20 • 27 minutes
Episode #058 ... Kant pt. 3 - Deontology vs Consequentialism
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 question whether or not lying is morally justifiable if it results in preserving human life. Next, we...
2015-May-11 • 26 minutes
Episode #057 ... Kant pt. 2 - The Actual Introduction
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 the rationalists and empiricists...
2015-Apr-22 • 26 minutes
Episode #056 ... Kant pt. 1 - An Introduction to the Introduction
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 discuss the change in the way...
2015-Apr-01 • 31 minutes
Episode #055 ... Interview on Hume with Massimo Pigliucci
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 best sellers Philosophy of...
2015-Mar-27 • 30 minutes
Episode #054 ... Hume pt. 4 - Art
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 of Beethoven and Skrillex, and...
2015-Mar-16 • 24 minutes
Episode #053 ... David Hume pt. 3 - Custom
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 and more on the latest episode of Philosophize This! for additional content. Thank you for...
2015-Mar-05 • 30 minutes
Episode #052 ... David Hume pt. 2 - Design
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 goes a little something like this: “Look at how perfectly everything works! All of this must have...
2015-Feb-25 • 30 minutes
Episode #051 ... David Hume pt. 1
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 this pitfall can lead us down a dangerous path. Next, we discuss the limitations of science...
2015-Feb-07 • 26 minutes
Episode #050 ... Are You Left Or Right?
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 the terms “left” and “right” in relation to politics, and find out that the meanings of these...
2015-Jan-27 • 30 minutes
Episode #049 ... Adam Smith pt. 2 - The Tip of the Iceberg of Wealth
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 different standards of living....
2015-Jan-18 • 24 minutes
Episode #048 ... Adam Smith pt. 1 - Specialization
On this episode of the podcast we begin our discussion of Adam Smith. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2015-Jan-10 • 25 minutes
Episode #047 ... Rousseau pt. 3 - The General Will
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" actually means. Next, we take an...
2015-Jan-02 • 30 minutes
Episode #046 ... Rousseau pt. 2 - Democracy, Aristocracy or Monarchy?
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 sense that every ingredient...
2014-Dec-15 • 27 minutes
Episode #045 ... Rousseau Government pt. 1
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 to organize ourselves into a...
2014-Dec-02 • 37 minutes
Episode #044 ... Slavery
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 ourselves why we should even attempt to arrive at truth if certainty is impossible, and examine this question...
2014-Nov-21 • 32 minutes
Episode #043 ... Tolerance
On this episode of the podcast, we examine the true implications of tolerance and intolerance. First, we ask ourselves the inception-esque question of how tolerant we should be of intolerance, and find out that the answer may not be as simple as it...
2014-Nov-12 • 30 minutes
Episode #042 ... Optimism
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 optimism. Next, we think about the...
2014-Nov-04 • 40 minutes
Episode #041 ... Belief
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 table. First, absolute certainty is impossible--even certainty about the fact that "certainty is...
2014-Oct-16 • 51 minutes
Episode #040 ... Superstition
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 their work. First, we think about the superstitions we subscribe to in our everyday lives, whether it’s...
2014-Oct-08 • 28 minutes
Episode #039 ... The Limits of Empiricism
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 the difference between deductive...
2014-Oct-02 • 28 minutes
Episode #038 ... Leibniz pt. 2 - The Best of All Possible Worlds
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 sometimes allows Steve Buschemi...
2014-Sep-23 • 34 minutes
Episode #037 ... Leibniz pt. 1 - A Million Points of Light
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 (which are basically the atoms...
2014-Sep-15 • 29 minutes
Episode #036 ... John Locke pt. 2 - The Blank Slate
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 (literally… quartered). Next, we...
2014-Sep-09 • 32 minutes
Episode #035 ... John Locke pt. 1
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 whether its possible to develop a...
2014-Sep-02 • 29 minutes
Episode #034 ... Spinoza pt. 2 - Force of Nature
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 not Stephen’s English bulldog Charlie is part of God, and analyzing the implications of our answer....
2014-Aug-26 • 30 minutes
Episode #033 ... Spinoza pt. 1 - From Baruch to Benedicto
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 during the time Spinoza lived, but also potentially very profitable. We also question whether religion is...
2014-Aug-19 • 30 minutes
Episode #032 ... Blaise Pascal pt. 2 - +EV your way to success!!
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 completely inadequate when we learn...
2014-Aug-12 • 29 minutes
Episode #031 ... Pascal's Wager
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 campaign to convince us to believe in...
2014-Aug-05 • 26 minutes
Episode #030 ... Descartes pt. 3 - God Exists
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 be received well. Finally we...
2014-Jul-16 • 28 minutes
Episode #029 ... Descartes pt. 2 - See episode description
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2014-Jul-09 • 28 minutes
Episode #028 ... Rene Descartes pt. 1 - Context
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. Next, we examine Descartes’...
2014-Jul-01 • 30 minutes
Episode #027 ... Thomas Hobbes pt. 2
On this episode of the podcast, we continue our discussion of Thomas Hobbes. for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
2014-Jun-17 • 31 minutes
Episode #026 ... Thomas Hobbes pt. 1 - The Social Contract
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 government, much like the scenario depicted in The Purge. Next, we question whether or not humans are...
2014-Jun-10 • 30 minutes
Episode #025 ... A Scientific Method For Your Life!
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 advancement should be...
2014-Jun-04 • 28 minutes
Episode #024 ... Montaigne
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. Next, we learn why Montaigne valued...
2014-May-20 • 27 minutes
Episode #023 ... Machiavelli
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 Renaissance under the rule of The Church and why the people of that time could have really benefited...
2014-May-13 • 27 minutes
Episode #022 ... Blast off to the Renaissance!
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% of the population of Europe. We examine how the population crisis caused by the Black Death led to an...
2014-May-05 • 26 minutes
Episode #021 ... One God - St. Thomas Aquinas
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 mistake correlation with...
2014-Apr-24 • 36 minutes
Episode #020 ... Two Medieval Approaches To God
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 the multitude of ways that the philosophers we’ve already studied have approached the subject. Next,...
2014-Apr-14 • 32 minutes
Episode #019 ... Three Islamic Truths
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 would have to say about modern day...
2014-Apr-04 • 28 minutes
Episode #018 ... Avicenna
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 becomes of an iPhone if you...
2014-Mar-26 • 25 minutes
Episode #017 ... Boethius
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 write a philosophical text that...
2014-Feb-28 • 30 minutes
Episode #016 ... Saint Augustine
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 Christianity through divine...
2014-Feb-13 • 38 minutes
Episode #015 ... A Period of Transition - Plotinus
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 whether or not JK Rowling stole...
2014-Jan-18 • 45 minutes
Episode #014 ... The Hellenistic Age Pt. 5 - A Race To The Dark Ages
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 relates to building an IKEA...
2014-Jan-05 • 47 minutes
Episode #013 ... The Hellenistic Age Pt. 4 - Skepticism
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 really know if a pomegranate is a...
2013-Dec-20 • 50 minutes
Episode #012 ... The Hellenistic Age Pt. 3 - Hallmarks of Stoic Ethics
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 of Rome--and find out how much...
2013-Dec-07 • 44 minutes
Episode #011 ... The Hellenistic Age Pt. 2 - The Early Stoa and the Cynics
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 faced with a zombie apocalypse and how a shipwreck caused a guy named Zeno to start dabbling in...
2013-Nov-24 • 48 minutes
Episode #010 ... The Hellenistic Age Pt. 1 - Epicurus
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 that were prevalent during the Hellenistic Age, which will be our focus for the next few episodes....
2013-Nov-11 • 44 minutes
Episode #009 ... The Buddha
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 leaves to pursue a life of celibacy,...
2013-Oct-29 • 41 minutes
Episode #008 ... Confucianism
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 son of an ancient Chinese 'Teen...
2013-Aug-10 • 40 minutes
Episode #007 ... Daoism
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2013-Jul-26 • 39 minutes
Episode #006 ... Aristotle Pt. 2
On this episode of the podcast, we continue learning about Aristotle, a man who created the first system of biological classification, the first system of logic, and the first formal scientific method. We find out why Aristotle was anti-women and...
2013-Jul-14 • 39 minutes
Episode #005 ... Aristotle Pt. 1
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. for additional...
2013-Jul-01 • 45 minutes
Episode #004 ... Plato
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 tree. This leads to discussion of...
2013-Jun-23 • 40 minutes
Episode #003 ... Socrates and the Sophists
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 two episodes into context with a...
2013-Jun-15 • 37 minutes
Episode #002 ... Presocratic Philosophy - Italian
Today we talk about why philosophy is taken for granted, the crazed cult leader of ancient Greek philosophy, Pythagoras, the annoying dark cloud of deductive reasoning, Parmenides and the super hero Empedocles. for additional content. Thank you...
2013-Jun-06 • 49 minutes
Episode #001 ... Presocratic Philosophy - Ionian
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 atomism. for additional...