The Partially Examined Life Philosophy Podcast
The Partially Examined Life is a podcast by some guys who were at one point set on doing philosophy for a living but then thought better of it. Each episode, we pick a short text and chat about it with some balance between insight and flippancy. You don't have to know any philosophy, or even to have read the text we're talking about to (mostly) follow and (hopefully) enjoy the discussion. For links to the texts we discuss and other info, check out We also feature episodes from other podcasts by our hosts to round out your partially examined life, including Pretty Much Pop (, covering all media), Nakedly Examined Music (, deconstructing songs), Philosophy vs. Improv (, fun with performance skills and philosophical ideas), and (sub)Text (, looking deeply at lit and film). Learn about more network podcasts at

The first chunk of our new after-the-episode discussion, featuring Stephen West from Philosophize This! and Mark Linsenmayer. This is a 20-min preview of a 72-min discussion that can be found in full on our Free Stuff for Citizens page.

Direct download: PREVIEW-PEL_Ep109_Japers_Aftershow_1-25-15.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 12:50am CDT

On Karl Jaspers's "On My Philosophy" (1941), featuring comedian/actor/director/author Paul Provenza

Direct download: PEL_ep_109_12-29-14.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:55pm CDT

Mark Linsenmayer introduces Karl Jaspers's existentialist tract, "On My Philosophy." (1941)
Direct download: PEL_Precog_for_ep109.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 8:16am CDT

On Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, and Strategies (2014) with the author. What can we predict about, and how can we control in advance, the motivations of the entity likely to result from eventual advances in machine learning? Also with guest Luke Muehlhauser.

Direct download: PEL_ep_108_12-7-14.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:26pm CDT