Mark, Wes, Dylan, Seth, and Brian Wilson continue working through the text, considering Sunzi’s strategies and assumptions, and how these might (or might not) apply to competing in the business world.
Mark, Wes, Dylan and Seth continue the discussion on The Tyranny of Merit to talk further about how social values can and do change, and whether these changes can be engineered in the way that Sandel seems to want. This preview includes a couple of exchanges from near the beginning to give you a flavor of what to expect.
Did you like our discussion of Leibniz’s Theodicy? One and all can hear a bit more on the metaphysical status of evil and about the multi-layered character of will. Plus, an extra political Nightcap discussion only for members of our member community.
Jeff and Brian are joined by Dr. Andrea Radasanu, Acting Director of the University Honors Program at Northern Illinois University, to discuss Thucydides “History of the Peloponnesian War,” specifically the Athenian plague and Pericles funeral oration.
Hey folks, Seth here. I’ll be in Portland, Oregon on Saturday, January 25th visiting my undergraduate alma mater – Reed College – talking about a podcast project I’m sponsoring. The event is open to the public and I’d like to invite any PEL fans in the area to swing by. I’d love to meet any listeners and will be happy Continue Reading …
We also discuss the themes which Nathan, Laura, Jennifer and Daniel each found to be what resonated most: the circularity of time, memory, loss, humanity, and the caution the novel leaves us with about living life.
Despite its many obvious shortcomings, the human mind is a remarkably productive generator of categories—from the Linnaean system of taxonomy to two drinkers in a bar arguing over India Pale Ales, and indeed the person sitting next to them who complains to the bartender about “hipsters” taking over his favorite bar. This natural proclivity to set out a number of Continue Reading …
I wanted to remind you if you’re a fan of the podcast to go to the iTunes store and leave us a nice rating or a review. I noticed that we now for the first time have a 4 1/2 star overall average instead of a 5 star one. I think this is not uncommon when one’s exposure gets large Continue Reading …
Have you gotten lost in our 200+ episodes? Don’t quite know where to dive into our back catalog? Due to several people nagging me over email in recent years, I’ve finally updated our Episodes by Topic page to carry us through the present day. This includes new tabs dedicated to the philosophy of language and to psychology, which we’ve now Continue Reading …
Yes, our episode 173 was not perfect. Maybe we can do a follow-up? Maybe you can help make that happen. Or maybe you think it was fine and we should all just move on.
Seth will speak at the Inaugural Houston Community College Philosophy and Humanities Conference Fri. Nov. 4, 5:30pm in Houston, on “Reason, Memory, Habit and Discourse in the Age of On-Demand Content.” Admission is free, and you should attend. Meet and greet Seth afterwards at the conference reception.
Grab your hats: PEL will be doing a live recording at Brown University on October 27, 2016.
Wes Alwan will be at STOICON 2016, an annual meeting of people interested in exploring Stoicism as a philosophy of life. You should come too.
As the heat of summer is causing me to spend as much time trying to stay cool as is humanly possible (and hopefully you as well, dear reader), we want to let you know about some of the upcoming Not School seminars that you can enjoy whilst pondering some of life’s more existential issues (such as: mojito or bud light lime).
Everybody’s out “America-ing” this weekend, but we want to take a moment from your patriotic revelry to remind you of some of our PEL Not School seminars coming up in July.
We recently kicked off a survey to get feedback from you folks about what we are doing well and what you would like to see us improve. We also asked for some demographic and behavioral data to satisfy our corporate sponsor overlords. With typical PEL Citizen and Fan aplomb you responded in numbers to our request. I’d like to share Continue Reading …
Want to keep up with the reading? Go check out the new page: www.partiallyexaminedlife.com/upcoming, which now and for the foreseeable future will list the readings for future episodes as soon as we’ve got them finalized.
It’s February! Time to check out the Citizens’ Forum and Not School proposals.
Happy New Year! Nathan Hanks brings us up to date on January’s Not School offerings for PEL Citizens. And if you’re not a Citizen yet, what better way to start the year than by making a commitment to your intellectual health?
Avis! The 2016 PEL wall calendar is for sale here. This is no mere concept, rather it is a physical object like your body on which you can inscribe words, images and – if you are creative – power relations. I myself used our galley proof as a canvas for a History of My Sexuality. It was just the right size… This year Continue Reading …