Philosophize This!

Philosophize This!

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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.


#131 … Gramsci - Cultural Hegemony
May 22 • 24 min
Today we discuss the work of Antonio Gramsci. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
#130 … Dewey and Lippman on Democracy
Apr 29 • 21 min
Today we talk about a famous debate from the early 20th century.
#129 … Gilles Deleuze pt. 5 - Difference
Mar 15 • 22 min
Today we continue our discussion on the work of Deleuze. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
#128 … Gilles Deleuze pt. 4 - Flows
Mar 15 • 22 min
Today we continue our discussion on the work of Deleuze. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
#127 … Gilles Deleuze pt. 3 - Anti-Oedipus
Feb 6 • 29 min
Today we continue our discussion on the work of Gilles Deleuze. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
#126 … Gilles Deleuze pt. 2 - Immanence
Dec 22, 2018 • 22 min
Today we continue our discussion on the work of Deleuze. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
#125 … Gilles Deleuze pt. 1 - What is Philosophy?
Dec 7, 2018 • 22 min
Today we begin our discussion on Gilles Deleuze with a special thanks to Felix Guatarri. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
#124 … Simulacra and Simulation
Oct 24, 2018 • 30 min
Today we begin our discussion of Jean Baudrillard’s book Simulacra and Simulation. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
#123 … Michel Foucault pt. 3 - Power
Sep 23, 2018 • 21 min
Today we talk about the work of Michel Foucault. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
#122 … Michel Foucault pt. 2 - The Order of Things
Sep 23, 2018 • 22 min
Today we talk about the work of Michel Foucault. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
#121 … Michel Foucault pt. 1
Aug 14, 2018 • 34 min
Today we begin talking about the work of Michel Foucault. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
#120 … Logical Positivism
Jul 26, 2018 • 26 min
Today we talk about Logical Positivism. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
#119 … Derrida and Words
Jun 24, 2018 • 20 min
Today we begin our discussion on the work of Jacques Derrida. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
#118 … A Basic Look At Postmodernism
May 21, 2018 • 23 min
Today we begin a lengthy conversation on the critiques of Postmodernism. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
#117 … Structuralism and Mythology pt. 2
Mar 18, 2018 • 26 min
Today we continue to talk about the projects of Structuralism. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
#116 … Structuralism and Mythology pt. 1
Mar 18, 2018 • 27 min
Today we begin talking about the initial projects of Structuralism. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
#115 … Structuralism and Context
Jan 28, 2018 • 32 min
Today we talk about the origins of Structuralism. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
#114 … The Frankfurt School pt. 7 - The Great Refusal
Dec 23, 2017 • 38 min
Today we talk about Herbert Marcuse’s concepts of The Great Refusal and The New Sensibility. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
#113 … The Frankfurt School pt. 6 - Art As A Tool For Liberation
Dec 1, 2017 • 23 min
Today we talk about the revolutionary potential of Art through the eyes of Herbert Marcuse. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
#112 … The Frankfurt School pt. 5 - Civilization
Nov 6, 2017 • 29 min
Today we continue our discussion of Marcuse’s work Eros and Civilization. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
#111 … The Frankfurt School pt. 4 - Eros
Oct 20, 2017 • 26 min
Today we talk about Freud’s views on civilization and the first half of Marcuse’s response to them. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did…
#110 … The Frankfurt School pt. 3 - The Culture Industry
Sep 6, 2017 • 28 min
Today we talk about an important chapter from The Dialectic of Enlightenment entitled The Culture Industry. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did…
#109 … The Frankfurt School pt. 2 - The Enlightenment
Aug 25, 2017 • 25 min
Today we talk about the Frankfurt School critique of enlightenment style thinking and Herbert Marcuse’s book One Dimensional Man. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know…
#108 … The Frankfurt School pt. 1 - Introduction
Aug 16, 2017 • 30 min
Today we talk about The Frankfurt School. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
#107 … Simone De Beauvoir pt .3 - Responsibility
Jul 28, 2017 • 26 min
Today we talk about part three of Simone De Beauvoir’s work The Ethics of Ambiguity. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
#106 … Simone De Beauvoir pt. 2 - The Ethics of Ambiguity
Jul 19, 2017 • 24 min
Today we talk about the first half of The Ethics of Ambiguity by Simone De Beauvoir. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
#105 … Sartre and Camus pt. 6 - The Self
Jul 9, 2017 • 26 min
Today a cloudy, muddled brain weary from fighting off sickness talks about Sartre’s view on the self. Thank you for your patience. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know…
#104 … Sartre and Camus pt. 5 - Consciousness is Freedom
Jun 1, 2017 • 29 min
Today we talk about Sartre’s view of consciousness and the notion of radical freedom. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
#103 … Sartre and Camus pt. 4 - The Quest For Certainty
May 24, 2017 • 32 min
Today we tell a story from the history of philosophy in an attempt to prepare us for understanding the Phenomenology of Sartre. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more…
#102 … Heidegger pt. 3 - Authenticity
May 12, 2017 • 31 min
Today we talk about Martin Heidegger and his concept of Authenticity. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
#101 … Heidegger pt. 2 - Science and Technology
Apr 30, 2017 • 26 min
Today we discuss Martin Heidegger and his views on Modern Technology. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
#100 … Heidegger pt. 1 - Phenomenology and Dasein
Apr 14, 2017 • 31 min
Today we begin our discussion of the philosophy of Martin Heidegger by looking at his roots in Phenomenology and his revolutionary concept of Dasein. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you…
#099 … Schopenhauer pt. 2 - Ethics
Mar 29, 2017 • 22 min
Today we talk about the ethics of Arthur Schopenhauer. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
#098 … Schopenhauer pt. 1 - Metaphysics and Love
Mar 14, 2017 • 22 min
Today we begin our discussion on Arthur Schopenhauer. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
#097 … Wittgenstein ep. 1
Mar 1, 2017 • 25 min
Today we talk about Ludwig Wittgenstein. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
#096 … Is Ayn Rand A Philosopher?
Jan 20, 2017 • 24 min
Today we talk about Ayn Rand. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
#095 … Are you living in a simulation?
Dec 29, 2016 • 26 min
Today we discuss the famous paper by Nick Bostrom about the probability that we are living in a simulation. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did…
#094 … A Look at Suffering
Nov 23, 2016 • 29 min
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. Support the show on Patreon!…
#093 … Nietzsche pt. 4 - Love
Nov 5, 2016 • 26 min
Today we look at the concept of love from several different angles in an attempt to better understand our own thoughts on love. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more…
#092 … Nietzsche pt. 3 - Thus Spoke Zarathustra
Oct 4, 2016 • 29 min
Today we talk about Nietzsche’s famous work Thus Spoke Zarathustra. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
#091 … Nietzsche pt. 2 - The Will to Power
Sep 20, 2016 • 27 min
Today we talk about Nietzsche, the concept of the Will to Power and the dangers of predatory buffalos. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did…
#090 … Nietzsche pt. 1 - God is dead and so is Captain Morgan
Aug 26, 2016 • 27 min
Today we begin our discussion on the work of Friedrich Nietzsche. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
#089 … Simone De Beauvoir - The Second Sex
Aug 16, 2016 • 30 min
Today we discuss the revolutionary work of Simone De Beauvoir entitled: The Second Sex Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
#088 … Sartre and Camus pt. 3 - The Great Debate
Jul 27, 2016 • 26 min
Today we talk about the great post WW2 debate between Sartre and Camus. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
#087 … Sartre and Camus pt. 2
Jul 14, 2016 • 23 min
Today we talk about the philosopher Albert Camus. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
#086 … Sartre and Camus pt. 1 - Freedom
Jun 28, 2016 • 23 min
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. Support the show on…
#085 … Peter Singer on Effective Altruism
Jun 21, 2016 • 24 min
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. Support the show on Patreon!…
#084 … William James on Truth
Jun 14, 2016 • 26 min
Today we take a look at William James and his work on the concept of Truth. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
#083 … Henry David Thoreau
Jun 4, 2016 • 27 min
Today we take a look at Henry David Thoreau’s views on the individual, society and civil disobedience. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did…
#082 … Austrians and Marx
May 26, 2016 • 25 min
Today we talk about various classic critiques of Marx’s economics made by the Austrian School of Economics. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did…
#081 … Capitalism vs. Communism
May 11, 2016 • 24 min
Today we talk about Karl Marx and his famous critiques of Capitalism. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
#80 … Feuerbach on Religion
May 3, 2016 • 28 min
On this episode we talk about Ludwig Feuerbach and his (occasionally) controversial views on the origins of religion. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you…
#079 … Kierkegaard on Anxiety
Mar 22, 2016 • 22 min
On this episode of the podcast we talk about Kierkegaard’s views on anxiety. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
#078 … Marx and Kierkegaard on Religion pt. 2
Jan 27, 2016 • 25 min
Today we talk about Soren Kierkegaard and his views on the function and value of religion. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
#077 … Marx and Kierkegaard on Religion pt. 1
Jan 16, 2016 • 27 min
Today we discuss Marx, his views on religion as a means of oppression, and his connection to Hegel’s Dialectic. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you…
#076 … Hegel’s God
Dec 31, 2015 • 24 min
Today we talk about Hegel and a unique possibility of what God could be. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
#075 … How To Win An Argument Pt. 2
Dec 21, 2015 • 24 min
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. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional…
#074 … Hegel Returns
Dec 17, 2015 • 27 min
Today we talk about an overview of Hegel and what is truly important about his work. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
#073 … How To Win An Argument Pt. 1
Dec 1, 2015 • 29 min
Today we take a look at several common logical fallacies and how to spot them. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
#072 … Insecurity
Nov 18, 2015 • 33 min
On this episode of the podcast we talk about insecurity. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
#071 … Is Killing Animals For Food Morally Justifiable?
Nov 1, 2015 • 29 min
Today we talk about whether killing animals for food is morally justifiable. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
#070 … Off Moodiness
Oct 20, 2015 • 23 min
On this episode we talk about several outlooks on negative emotions. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
#069 … An Appeal To Reason
Oct 12, 2015 • 31 min
Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
#068 … On Moodiness
Oct 6, 2015 • 22 min
On this episode we talk about one angle of the complex subject known to us all as: moodiness. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
#067 … What Hegel Was Saying!
Sep 21, 2015 • 22 min
We continue our unfortunately abridged discussion on Hegel from last episode. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
#066 … Hegel pt. 1 - Introduction
Sep 14, 2015 • 19 min
Today we begin our discussion on the work of Hegel. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
#065 … Mary Wollstonecraft
Sep 7, 2015 • 22 min
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…
#064 … Interpreting Interpretations
Aug 19, 2015 • 20 min
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…
#063 … Kant pt. 8 - Limits of Knowledge
Jul 1, 2015 • 28 min
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…
#062 … Kant pt. 7 - Suicide
Jun 23, 2015 • 33 min
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…
#061 … Kant pt. 6 - What is Enlightenment?
Jun 14, 2015 • 27 min
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…
#060 … Kant pt. 5 - The Sublime
Jun 1, 2015 • 30 min
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…
#059 … Kant pt. 4 - Categorical Trolley Cars
May 28, 2015 • 27 min
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”….
#058 … Kant pt. 3 - Deontology vs Consequentialism
May 20, 2015 • 27 min
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…
#057 … Kant pt. 2 - The Actual Introduction
May 11, 2015 • 25 min
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…
#056 … Kant pt. 1 - An Introduction to the Introduction
Apr 22, 2015 • 26 min
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…
#055 … Interview on Hume with Massimo Pigliucci
Mar 31, 2015 • 30 min
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…
#054 … Hume pt. 4 - Art
Mar 27, 2015 • 30 min
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…
#053 … David Hume pt. 3 - Custom
Mar 15, 2015 • 24 min
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! Support the show on Patreon!…
#052 … David Hume pt. 2 - Design
Mar 4, 2015 • 29 min
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…
#051 … David Hume pt. 1
Feb 25, 2015 • 30 min
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…
#050 … Are You Left Or Right?
Feb 6, 2015 • 26 min
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…
#049 … Adam Smith pt. 2 - The Tip of the Iceberg of Wealth
Jan 26, 2015 • 29 min
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….
#048 … Adam Smith pt. 1 - Specialization
Jan 17, 2015 • 24 min
On this episode of the podcast we begin our discussion of Adam Smith. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
#047 … Rousseau pt. 3 - The General Will
Jan 10, 2015 • 25 min
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…
#046 … Rousseau pt. 2 - Democracy, Aristocracy or Monarchy?
Jan 2, 2015 • 29 min
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…
#045 … Rousseau Government pt. 1
Dec 14, 2014 • 27 min
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…
#044 … Slavery
Dec 2, 2014 • 36 min
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…
#043 … Tolerance
Nov 20, 2014 • 31 min
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…
#042 … Optimism
Nov 11, 2014 • 29 min
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…
#041 … Belief
Nov 3, 2014 • 40 min
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…
#040 … Superstition
Oct 16, 2014 • 50 min
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…
#039 … The Limits of Empiricism
Oct 8, 2014 • 28 min
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…
#038 … Leibniz pt. 2 - The Best of All Possible Worlds
Oct 1, 2014 • 27 min
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…
#037 … Leibniz pt. 1 - A Million Points of Light
Sep 23, 2014 • 33 min
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…
#036 … John Locke pt. 2 - The Blank Slate
Sep 15, 2014 • 29 min
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…
#035 … John Locke pt. 1
Sep 9, 2014 • 31 min
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…
#034 … Spinoza pt. 2 - Force of Nature
Sep 1, 2014 • 28 min
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….
#033 … Spinoza pt. 1 - From Baruch to Benedicto
Aug 25, 2014 • 30 min
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…
#032 … Blaise Pascal pt. 2 - +EV your way to success!!
Aug 18, 2014 • 29 min
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…
#031 … Pascal’s Wager
Aug 11, 2014 • 28 min
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…
#030 … Descartes pt. 3 - God Exists
Aug 5, 2014 • 25 min
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…
#029 … Descartes pt. 2 - See episode description
Jul 15, 2014 • 28 min
The audio file for this episode was lost years ago. There is a transcript available on the website: www.philosophizethis.org Support the show on Patreon! Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
#028 … Rene Descartes pt. 1 - Context
Jul 8, 2014 • 28 min
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’…
#027 … Thomas Hobbes pt. 2
Jul 1, 2014 • 29 min
On this episode of the podcast, we continue our discussion of Thomas Hobbes. Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)
#026 … Thomas Hobbes pt. 1 - The Social Contract
Jun 16, 2014 • 30 min
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…
#025 … A Scientific Method For Your Life!
Jun 9, 2014 • 29 min
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…
#024 … Montaigne
Jun 3, 2014 • 28 min
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…
#023 … Machiavelli
May 19, 2014 • 26 min
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…
#022 … Blast off to the Renaissance!
May 12, 2014 • 26 min
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…
#021 … One God - St. Thomas Aquinas
May 4, 2014 • 26 min
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…
#020 … Two Medieval Approaches To God
Apr 24, 2014 • 35 min
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,…
#019 … Three Islamic Truths
Apr 13, 2014 • 32 min
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…
#018 … Avicenna
Apr 3, 2014 • 27 min
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…
#017 … Boethius
Mar 26, 2014 • 24 min
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…
#016 … Saint Augustine
Feb 28, 2014 • 30 min
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…
#015 … A Period of Transition - Plotinus
Feb 13, 2014 • 38 min
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…
#014 … The Hellenistic Age Pt. 5 - A Race To The Dark Ages
Jan 18, 2014 • 44 min
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…
#013 … The Hellenistic Age Pt. 4 - Skepticism
Jan 5, 2014 • 47 min
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…
#012 … The Hellenistic Age Pt. 3 - Hallmarks of Stoic Ethics
Dec 20, 2013 • 49 min
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…
#011 … The Hellenistic Age Pt. 2 - The Early Stoa and the Cynics
Dec 6, 2013 • 43 min
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…
#010 … The Hellenistic Age Pt. 1 - Epicurus
Nov 24, 2013 • 47 min
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….
#009 … The Buddha
Nov 10, 2013 • 44 min
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,…
#008 … Confucianism
Oct 29, 2013 • 40 min
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…
#007 … Daoism
Aug 10, 2013 • 40 min
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#006 … Aristotle Pt. 2
Jul 26, 2013 • 39 min
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…
#005 … Aristotle Pt. 1
Jul 14, 2013 • 38 min
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. Support the show on…
#004 … Plato
Jul 1, 2013 • 45 min
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…
#003 … Socrates and the Sophists
Jun 23, 2013 • 40 min
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…
#002 … Presocratic Philosophy - Italian
Jun 15, 2013 • 37 min
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. Support the show on Patreon!…
#001 … Presocratic Philosophy - Ionian
Jun 6, 2013 • 49 min
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. Support the show on…