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Philosophize This!

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.

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Episode #033 ... Spinoza pt. 1 - From Baruch to Benedicto

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 really to blame for the violent acts that are committed on its behalf, and find out why Spinoza was exiled from his community and forced to live a life of solitude. Finally, we read excerpts from Spinoza’s correspondence with his ex-friend Albert Burgh regarding Christianity and find out whose arguments hold the most water (spoiler alert: Spinoza wins). All this and more on the latest episode of Philosophize This! Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)

30mins

26 Aug 2014

Rank #1

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Episode #136 ... Hannah Arendt - The Banality of Evil

Today we discuss the work of Hannah Arendt. 

29mins

31 Oct 2019

Rank #2

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Episode #065 ... Mary Wollstonecraft

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 Wollstonecraft challenged societal conventions and why she believed that women were essentially slaves to their husbands during her time. Finally, we consider the behavioral conditioning that is perpetuated by society even today and think about how we enact change when we’re not satisfied with the results. All this and more on the latest episode of Philosophize This! Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)

22mins

7 Sep 2015

Rank #3

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Episode #060 ... Kant pt. 5 - The Sublime

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 throughout history. Next, we discuss several anecdotes from people who have experienced the sublime and why one described it as “an agreeable kind of horror.” Finally, we discuss how the sublime relates to beauty and question some commonly made assumptions about ugliness. All this and more on the latest episode of Philosophize This! Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)

30mins

1 Jun 2015

Rank #4

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Episode #073 ... How To Win An Argument Pt. 1

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. :)

29mins

1 Dec 2015

Rank #5

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Episode #072 ... Insecurity

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. :)

33mins

18 Nov 2015

Rank #6

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Episode #067 ... What Hegel Was Saying!

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. :)

22mins

21 Sep 2015

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Episode #063 ... Kant pt. 8 - Limits of Knowledge

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 the world in contrast to the world as it actually exists and what limits this imposes on our ability to know. Finally, we learn why Kant believed in god, human souls, and free will, and the important distinction he made between two types of faith-based thinking. All this and more on the latest episode of Philosophize This! Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)

28mins

1 Jul 2015

Rank #8

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Episode #029 ... Descartes pt. 2 - See episode description

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. :)

28mins

16 Jul 2014

Rank #9

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Episode #090 ... Nietzsche pt. 1 - God is dead and so is Captain Morgan

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. :)

27mins

26 Aug 2016

Rank #10

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Episode #108 ... The Frankfurt School pt. 1 - Introduction

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. :)

30mins

17 Aug 2017

Rank #11

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Episode #049 ... Adam Smith pt. 2 - The Tip of the Iceberg of Wealth

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. Next, we ask ourselves what determines a nation’s wealth, which leads us to a discussion of Mercantilism and its various pitfalls. Finally, we learn about Adam Smith’s response to Mercantilism and how his ideas relate back to the two cities from the beginning of the episode. All this and more on the latest episode of Philosophize This! Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)

29mins

27 Jan 2015

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Episode #087 ... Sartre and Camus pt. 2

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. :)

23mins

14 Jul 2016

Rank #13

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Episode #089 ... Simone De Beauvoir - The Second Sex

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. :)

30mins

17 Aug 2016

Rank #14

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Episode #100 ... Heidegger pt. 1 - Phenomenology and Dasein

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 for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)

31mins

14 Apr 2017

Rank #15

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Episode #027 ... Thomas Hobbes pt. 2

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. :)

29mins

1 Jul 2014

Rank #16

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Episode #022 ... Blast off to the Renaissance!

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 economic and political crisis that was ultimately the catalyst for a paradigm shift in philosophical thought. We also learn about the Humanist philosopher Erasmus, who, unlike the philosophers we’ve discussed on recent episodes, did not think that fusing faith and reason was a very good idea. It was much simpler than that. All this and more on the latest episode of Philosophize This! Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)

26mins

13 May 2014

Rank #17

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Episode #121 ... Michel Foucault pt. 1

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. :)

34mins

15 Aug 2018

Rank #18

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Episode #106 ... Simone De Beauvoir pt. 2 - The Ethics of Ambiguity

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. :)

24mins

19 Jul 2017

Rank #19

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Episode #050 ... Are You Left Or Right?

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 terms are not as simple as they may first seem. Next, we discuss the opposing viewpoints of Edmund Burke and Thomas Paine on how society should progress and implement change. Finally, we think about how their ideas relate to modern issues and consider whether or not their positions are mutually exclusive. All this and more on the latest episode of Philosophize This! Support the show on Patreon! www.philosophizethis.org for additional content. Thank you for wanting to know more today than you did yesterday. :)

26mins

7 Feb 2015

Rank #20