PREVIEW-Ep. 274: Schelling on Self-Consciousness (Part Two)

Subscribe to get Part 2 of this episode in its entirety. Citizens can get it here. Concluding our treatment of Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling’s System of Transcendental Idealism (1800), Parts 1 and 2. Start with part one. This preview (and the full episode) delves further into what exactly the "self" is in Schelling's foundational act of self-consciousness. It can't  Continue Reading …

NEM#152: Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket) Builds His Capacity

Glen led smooth alt rock legends Toad the Wet Sprocket from '88 to '97 through six albums, has released 7 often folky solo albums (and 3 more Toad albums since their reunion) since then plus various side projects. We discuss "Old Habits Die Hard" by Toad (a 2020 single), "Leaving Oldtown" from his latest solo release, Swallowed by the New (2016), and "One Wind Blows" from  Continue Reading …

Pretty Much Pop #100: Directing Comedies w/ Heather Fink

What makes for a good comedy film or show? Funny people reading (or improvising) funny lines, right? WRONG?  Mark, Erica, Brian, are joined by Heather Fink to discuss the role of the director in making a comedy (or anything else) actually good. Heather has directed for TV, film, and commercials and spent a lot of time doing sound (a boom operator or sound utility) for  Continue Reading …

Ep. 274: Schelling on Self-Consciousness (Part One)

Subscribe to get Part 2 of this episode. Listen to a preview. Hear this part ad-free. On Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling’s System of Transcendental Idealism (1800), Parts 1 and 2. This continues from Ep. 273 and features Mark, Wes, and Seth. Sponsors: Visit Wondrium.com/PEL for a free month's access to the full Great Courses Plus library and more. Get free 30-day  Continue Reading …

Ep. 274: Schelling on Self-Consciousness (Part Two for Supporters)

Concluding our treatment of Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling’s System of Transcendental Idealism (1800), Parts 1 and 2. Start with part one. What sort of self is created in the singular act of self-consciousness that according to Schelling grounds all knowledge? It can't be your personality, or the thing that makes all of your various experiences uniquely yours, because  Continue Reading …

Ep. 274: Schelling on Self-Consciousness (Part One for Supporters)

On Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling’s System of Transcendental Idealism (1800), Parts 1 and 2. This continues from Ep. 273 and features Mark, Wes, and Seth. If you're an idealist, and so think that all existence is somehow in our minds, then the key to any knowledge whatsoever would have to be an understanding of the mind. Schelling thought in particular that in the act of  Continue Reading …

Pretty Much Pop #99: The Music of Your Youth w/ Jon Lamoreaux (The Hustle podcast)

What long-term effects do songs that we're exposed to early have on our adult tastes? As children we (hopefully) learn to love music, but then our critical faculties and peer pressure kick in, and many early influences become unacknowledged or transformed into guilty pleasures. Is the generation gap in musical taste really just due to how styles change over time (and we old  Continue Reading …

PEL Nightcap Mid July 2021

Recorded June 22, 2021. Wes is on vacation, Dylan is late. Mark and Seth start with some discussion of our former guest Lynda Olman's book called Sins against Science: The Scientific Media Hoaxes of Poe, Twain, and Others and her perhaps coming back to talk about feminist philosophy of science or more generally standpoint epistemology. Just as an update on the critical race  Continue Reading …

PREVIEW-Ep. 273: Friedrich Schelling’s Foundationalist Idealism (Part Two)

Subscribe to get Part 2 of this episode in its entirety. Citizens can get it here. Continuing from part one on the introduction of Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling’s System of Transcendental Idealism (1800). This preview continues our exploration of Schelling on the mind-world relation: The only thing that explains the apparent harmony between the world and our  Continue Reading …

NEM#151: Cathal Coughlan (Fatima Mansions, Microdisney): Pyschogeographic Tales

Cathal started in Ireland in 1980 with Microdisney, and after five albums with then broke that up to form Fatima Mansions in 1988. After seven albums with them, he started a solo career and has now after a decade-long hiatus (during which he released a few collaborations) has come back with his sixth solo release Song of Co-Acklan. We discuss "Unrealtime" and (in closing) hear  Continue Reading …

Pretty Much Pop #98: The Spirit of Captain America w/ Anthony LeBlanc

What is it for a super-hero to represent America? Though the character created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby in 1941 may have been a way to capitalize on WWII patriotism, it has since been used to ask questions about what it really means to be patriotic and how America's ideals and its reality may conflict. We're of course talking about race, a theme explored by Sam Wilson,  Continue Reading …

Formulated Phrases in “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T. S. Eliot: Part 2

It was T. S. Eliot’s first published poem. Written when he was only in his early 20s, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” rode the crest of the wave of literary Modernism, predated World War I, and presaged an age of indecision and anxiety. The poem is the dramatic interior monologue of the title character, a middle-aged man whose passivity and ambivalence are threaded with  Continue Reading …

Ep. 273: Friedrich Schelling’s Foundationalist Idealism (Part One)

Subscribe to get Part 2 of this episode. Listen to a preview. Hear this part ad-free. On Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling’s System of Transcendental Idealism (1800), introduction, featuring Mark, Wes, Dylan and Seth. What's the relationship between mind and world? Schelling, as a young acolyte of Fichte, thought that our minds produce the world, but also that the  Continue Reading …

Ep. 273: Friedrich Schelling’s Foundationalist Idealism (Part Two for Supporters)

Continuing from part one on the introduction of Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling’s System of Transcendental Idealism (1800). After a detour into psychologism, we're back to mind vs. world: The only thing that explains the apparent harmony between the world and our knowledge of it (and also our will and what we're able to enact in the world via it) is if they somehow come  Continue Reading …

Ep. 273: Friedrich Schelling’s Foundationalist Idealism (Part One for Supporters)

On Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling’s System of Transcendental Idealism (1800), introduction, featuring Mark, Wes, Dylan and Seth. What's the relationship between mind and world? Schelling, as a young acolyte of Fichte, thought that our minds produce the world, but also that the perceiver-world dichotomy comes to us as a single piece, and that "transcendental philosophy"  Continue Reading …

Pretty Much Pop #97: The Girl in the Wooder: Our Mare of Easttown Show!

Insofar as something is a TV hit at all these days, the small-town Pennsylvania murder mystery starring Kate Winslet seems to qualify, but what distinguishes it from the many many other crime dramas on TV? Mark, Erica, and Brian discuss the plot structure, casting, and other creative choices and try to figure out how the show relates to Broadchurch, The Undoing, etc. Should  Continue Reading …

PEL Nightcap Late June 2021

Recorded June 9, 2021. We anticipate our Schelling reading and talk about comedy: Louis CK, Bo Burnham, and Hannah Gadsby. Can music lyrics be poetry? What if you put existing poetry to music? Finally, what's our relationship to owning books? The humor book Mark mentioned is Simon Critchley's On Humor.  Continue Reading …

NEM#150: Josh Caterer (Smoking Popes): Punk + 40s Melodies (+ Occasional Jesus)

Josh formed Chicago-area punk band Smoking Popes in 1991 with his brother Matt, and his other brother Eli joined soon after. They released three albums and several EPs in the 90s then broke up after Josh became a Christian. He then released an album and a half as Duvall and then reformed the Smoking Popes, who have released three new albums since 2008. He's also released some  Continue Reading …

PREVIEW-Ep. 272: Fichte’s Idealist Theology (Part Two)

Subscribe to get Part 2 of this episode in its entirety. Citizens can get it here. Concluding our coverage of The Vocation of Man (1799), Books II and III. This continues from part one of the discussion. This preview gets into the foundations of ethics for Fichte. Conscience serves as the primary datum we as humans receive that might induce us to believe that we're free  Continue Reading …