I've sent out a few mass e-mails to graduate philosophy departments of late, and wanted to send out a special welcome to any new folks checking out the site.
What you have undoubtedly come for is the podcast itself; you can see just the podcast episodes via this filter, but really should start with episode 1, or better yet, our introductory, special content-free episode 0. Don't worry; our recording quality gets better after the first 5 episodes or so.
This here blog is our way of blowing off steam between podcasts, filling in some of the gaps, and covering information that doesn't fit easily into our podcast format or which may not actually be of interest to enough of the podcasters to go ahead and include. It's also our primary discussion forum, so I encourage you new or otherwise previously non-participating folks to post a reply to this message and introduce yourselves.
Lastly (and this message goes to both veterans and newbies here), I should say that somewhere close to half of our episodes involve a guest participant, and we're always on the lookout for people who might have some extra experience and insight into some particular area of philosophy to potentially come on and talk with us, or at the very least help us figure out what exactly to read by a figure you'd like to hear us talk about. So, for instance, specialists in contemporary Continental philosophy, philosophy of mind, Eastern philosophy, philosophy of some particular science, political philosophy, Middle Ages philosophy, ancient philosophy, aesthetics, theology... really, just about anything... are encouraged to reply here or send me an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you think you might be interested in participating. Note that by "specialists" I just mean someone with maybe slightly more knowledge/interest in this area than we have, not a professional dedicated to that sub-field.
Thanks for your interest.
(I don't actually have to point out that the welcome flowers are ironic, do I? Or are they?)
I’m not philosophy student, but I’ve been listening to your podcast while walking to school. You guys keep me company, and I’ve enjoyed almost every episode so far. I’m curious about Sartre’s work, and I was hoping you would do an episode about him soon.
I’m a philosophy undergrad student in community college who will be transferring to (hopefully) UCLA or Berkeley next Fall.
I spent a lot of time deciding what I wanted to study in college, as I wasn’t too keen on doing something simply because it would make me money. I took an introductory philosophy class a couple years back and had a really great instructor that really conveyed the material in an accessible way; so much so that I decided to major in it.
However, after running my mouth about ethical issues and various things I’ve studied in classes to friends and girlfriends, I’ve quickly driven them all nuts and have naturally looked to the internet to hopefully find some forum of discussion. I’ve found your podcast to be really enlightening and exactly the kind of discussion I need to be hearing in my life right now. Hopefully I can find some people in my lectures to introduce it to.
Like a true philosopher, I’ve jabbered on too long. Thanks guys!
Mark Linsenmayer says
Welcome, guys. @Noah: Sartre was planned to be just after Heidegger (which has already been recorded and will be posted in maybe 2 weeks), but we need a break from those difficult Continental texts, so it’ll come some time w/in the next several episodes.
@Jason: thanks for spreading the word, sir!