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Drunken Philosophy

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Dan has a degree in Philosophy. Connor has a degree in High School. Together they have a bit of a drinking problem. Each week they explore the work of a new philosopher or a new philosophical idea and do their best to learn something before getting distracted.

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Dan has a degree in Philosophy. Connor has a degree in High School. Together they have a bit of a drinking problem. Each week they explore the work of a new philosopher or a new philosophical idea and do their best to learn something before getting distracted.

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142 Ratings
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Love you Dan and Connor

By allll the names are taken - Apr 02 2020
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Bummed to hear the guys are going on hiatus but at least you can listen to 300 eps of consistently hilarious and usually intellectually stimulating riffing on drinking, philosophy, and anything else in the world

goodest a podcast can get

By OSCOW - Oct 27 2018
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Billy Backflips and the CEO of Laughs at is again.

iTunes Ratings

142 Ratings
Average Ratings
112
8
3
4
15

Love you Dan and Connor

By allll the names are taken - Apr 02 2020
Read more
Bummed to hear the guys are going on hiatus but at least you can listen to 300 eps of consistently hilarious and usually intellectually stimulating riffing on drinking, philosophy, and anything else in the world

goodest a podcast can get

By OSCOW - Oct 27 2018
Read more
Billy Backflips and the CEO of Laughs at is again.
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Drunken Philosophy

Latest release on Apr 02, 2020

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Dan has a degree in Philosophy. Connor has a degree in High School. Together they have a bit of a drinking problem. Each week they explore the work of a new philosopher or a new philosophical idea and do their best to learn something before getting distracted.

Rank #1: #172 - Jacques Lacan

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It only took 172 episodes for this podcast to devolve into a low-budget therapy session. This week, Connor and Dan take a look at the psychoanalysis of Jacques Lacan, specifically his theory about the Mirror Phase and symbolic order of consciousness. This is some heady stuff, ladies and germs, but your hosts are trying their best. Also, Connor takes old people down a peg, we get to hear what your hosts want to be when they grow up, and they once again discuss the importance of language. Good stuff!

Aug 09 2017

1hr 3mins

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Rank #2: #4 - Asceticism v Hedonism

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Connor and Dan discuss the philosophy of asceticism vs hedonism.

Apr 23 2014

37mins

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Rank #3: #40 - Maurice Merleau-Ponty

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Connor and Dan discuss the philosophy of Maurice Merleau-Ponty.

Jan 07 2015

44mins

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Rank #4: #153 - Alan Watts and Everything

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There's a new hot little video game out on the market and maybe you've heard of it. It's called Everything and, wouldn't you know it, it's semi-related to philosophy! Specifically, the philosophy of the rascal guru himself Mr. Alan Watts. This week, Connor and Dan get in touch with the everything that exists inside every individual. They're stripping themselves of their egos and their submerging their consciousness into the ocean of the universe. It's no surprise that mushrooms are discussed at length.

Mar 29 2017

49mins

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Rank #5: #215 - Baudrillard And The Gulf War

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Remember the first Gulf War? No you don't! At least, not according to French postmodern philosopher Jean Baudrillard, who wrote a series of essays during and after the Gulf War explaining why it wasn't happening. At least, it wasn't happening the way we all thought it was. It has something to do with simulacra and hyperreality and a bunch words none of us understand, but Connor and Dan try their damnedest in this new ep of Drunken Philosophy! Enjoy!

Jun 06 2018

51mins

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Rank #6: #289 - Nihilism and (ugh) Black Pill Philosophy

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Based off the suggestion of a listener, Connor and Dan reluctantly dig into the modern, hate-fueled nihilism that seems to be dominating a certain subsection of the internet. But first, they give a brief refresher course on nihilism in general and discuss whether any of it has any validity.

Nov 06 2019

42mins

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Rank #7: #219 - Alan Watts and Death

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Let's talk about death, baby. Let's talk about you and me (dying)!" That's right all you Salt n Pepa fans, this week on Drunken Philosophy Connor and Dan are talking death. Their spiritual guide on this journey is none other than Alan Watts, the rascal guru of the SF Bay Area. If you're afraid of dying and wish you could live forever, this may be the podcast you need to hear. Also, if you're into sex magic, we talk about that again...

Jul 04 2018

51mins

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Rank #8: #138 - Rene Girard

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Do we form our own desires or do we simply copy them from someone else? Did you actually want those fajitas or did that sizzling platter just trick you into thinking so? Both those questions (mostly the second) are answered on this week's episode! Connor and Dan discuss the social philosophy of Rene Girard, mimetic desire, and the scapegoat mechanism. 

Dec 14 2016

48mins

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Rank #9: #130 - Taoism

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This week your hosts are going with the flow as they take a deep dive into the philosophy and religion of Taoism (or Daoism if you're a stickler). Connor and Dan take some broad swipes at the differences between Eastern and Western society, and ponder what it would be like to live a slower, more relaxed life like Lao Tzu. Also discussed: Connor's rap battles on Chatroulette, Zombie movies, and getting called by the wrong name.

Oct 12 2016

45mins

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Rank #10: #114 - Judith Butler

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Connor and Dan discuss the philosophy of Judith Butler.

Jun 22 2016

56mins

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Rank #11: #122 - Logical Positivism

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Why isn't philosophy more like science? What would we gain and what would we lose? Who let all these nerds into our cool club? This week we're discussing Logical Positivism, a popular movement in America in the 1950s which sought to cut the bullshit out of philosophy. Also, Dan drinks a homemade Manhattan, Connor screws up his diet on the first day, and they both debate the state of modern journalism to the enjoyment of no one! Don't forget to subscribe!

Aug 17 2016

51mins

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Rank #12: #67 - Private Language

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Connor and Dan discuss the philosophy of private language.

Jul 29 2015

47mins

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Rank #13: #151 - Chomsky vs Foucault

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This week Connor and Dan take on two master debaters. You know them, you love them, it's Chomps and the Frenchman. In 1971, these two titans of thought sat down on Dutch television to debate the existence of human nature. Almost 45 years later, two drunk guys are sitting on a podcast trying to parse out what the hell they were talking about. Other topics discussed: sub-genres of sex, being born on a soccer field, and potentially racist terms from the Vietnam War.

Mar 15 2017

59mins

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Rank #14: #78 - Compatibilism

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Connor and Dan discuss the philosophy of compatibilism.

Oct 14 2015

53mins

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Rank #15: #298 - George Orwell

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In a slight break from format, Connor and Dan spend a little time with a literary great who wasn't afraid of voicing his political and philosophical opinions. George Orwell's legacy stretches from 9th grade English classrooms all the way to the halls of Congress, but do people have the right idea about him? We'll find out! Also, spoilers for Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty Four. You should have read them by now.

Jan 08 2020

35mins

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Rank #16: #34 - Plato's Symposium

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Connor and Dan discuss the philosophy of Plato's Symposium.

Nov 26 2014

56mins

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Rank #17: #180 - Roland Barthes

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Connor and Dan are back from their little movie excursion to discuss the semiotic philosophy of Roland Barthes. They're talking signs, they're talking signifiers, they're talking Che Guevara t-shirts and bottles of red wine, baby! Also, they get into the individual's relationship with art while Connor preheats his oven for way too long. Enjoy!

Oct 04 2017

41mins

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Rank #18: #59 - Solipsism

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Connor and Dan discuss the philosophy of solipsism.

Jun 03 2015

49mins

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Rank #19: #205 - Susan Sontag On Photography

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But a podcast has at least two thousand words in it so that means it's worth at least two pictures. What's the exchange rate here? What's going on?... This week, Connor and Dan discuss Susan Sontag's collection of essays called On Photography. They explore the idea that photographs convince us that we're expanding our reality when really we're limiting it. They also take a moment to complain about social media and Dan gives his assessment of the entire James Bond franchise.

Mar 28 2018

49mins

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Rank #20: #74 - Transcendentalism

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Connor and Dan discuss the philosophy of transcendentalism. 

Sep 16 2015

1hr 3mins

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#310.5 - Going On Hiatus

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A very special episode of Drunken Philosophy. 

Apr 02 2020

7mins

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#310 - Diogenes

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In addition to being the patron saint of cynicism, the ancient Greek philosopher Diogenes is basically the patron saint of Drunken Philosophy. He was famous for living in an overturned wine barrel on the streets of Athens and generally thumbing his nose at the educated citizens of that old world metropolis. This week, Connor and Dan investigate Diogenes' whole deal and see if he had anything worth while to say. 

Apr 01 2020

43mins

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#309 - Liberty, Harm, and a Ride on the Bus

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This week, Connor and Dan break quarantine in order to venture into the land of make believe. It's thought experiment time! Should people be free to do harmless actions? What if they're really gross? What if I'm just trying to get to work and they're being really gross? These are the pressing questions answered on this week's episode (sort of).

Mar 25 2020

51mins

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#308 - Jean Gebser, Structures of Consciousness

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Are we approaching end times or just a monumentally shift in the way we understand the world? If you were to ask European poet, philosopher, and student of culture Jean Gebser he would emphatically say it was the latter. This week, Connor and Dan discuss Gebser's various structures of consciousness to see where we've been, where we are, and where we're going.

Mar 18 2020

39mins

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#307 - Henri Bergson, Time and Free Will

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This episode is going to require some imagination, some creativity, and some intuition on the part of the listener. Connor and Dan aren't quite sure they understand what Henri Bergson is talking about, but they like the cut of his jib and they like the way he makes them feel. Sometimes that's good enough.

Mar 11 2020

41mins

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#306 - Bertrand Russell

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The time has come to finally get analytical on this podcast and, in order to do so, Connor and Dan head straight to the source: The father of analytic philosophy, Bertrand Russell. We're talking logic, we're talking math, and we're talking paradoxes. But we're also talking about an anti-war atheist who managed to hang around on this Earth for a century. Pretty neat guy!

Mar 04 2020

43mins

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#305 - Problems in Quantum Physics

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Where my science-heads at? This week, Connor and Dan do their best to wade through the murky waters of quantum theory and modern physics to see what kind of philosophical conundrums they can kick up. What will they find? An excuse to talk about the '90s TV show 'Sliders' of course!

Feb 26 2020

45mins

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#304 - Leon Trotsky Part 3: Downfall, Exile, and Death

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All things must come to an end, including the brief saga of Leon Trotsky. The once central figure of a global revolution finds himself far from home and with very few friends. But Connor and Dan learn that, much like the other socialists of his ilk, Trotsky wasn't going down without a fight.

Feb 19 2020

37mins

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#303 - Leon Trotsky Part 2: Permanent Revolution

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Continuing their series on Mr. Trotsky, the boys get into the nitty gritty of his particular brand of revolutionary socialism, i.e. Trotskyism. They also discuss Trotsky's military career and the first grumblings of discontent between him and a certain Joseph Stalin.

Feb 12 2020

36mins

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#302 - Leon Trotsky Part 1: From Lev to Leon

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That "Part 1" in the title can only mean one thing. Connor and Dan are diving back into another miniseries, this time on the fiery Russian revolutionary who found himself on the wrong side of the border. This first episode covers Leon Trotsky's early life, his exposure to orthodox Marxism, and hopefully provides a little historical context for listeners not familiar with Russian revolutionary history.

Feb 05 2020

33mins

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#301 - Miyamoto Musashi, Samurai Philosopher

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Inspired by a recent re-watch of Seven Samurai, Dan descends into the dusty tomes of Japan's most notorious swordsman, who, when he wasn't beating guys down with a wooden stick, was scribbling out his unique philosophy and outlook on life. Connor's training begins today. Does he have what it takes to be the best? (Spoiler: he does not)

Jan 29 2020

36mins

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#300 - A Philosophical Tournament

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Happy 300th Episode! In celebration of this truly insane feat they never thought they would accomplish (and maybe shouldn't have), Connor and Dan decide to quit screwing around and finally decide once and for all who the Greatest Philosopher Of All Time is. Make your picks and play along at home!

Jan 22 2020

53mins

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#299 - Slavoj Zizek Returns

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These days, Zizek is a little difficult to ignore. He's a philosophical superstar, he's got manic energy, and he loves talking about movies. It seems only fitting that Connor and Dan dedicate an entire episode to discussing his background and thoughts on ideology and politics.

Jan 15 2020

47mins

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#298 - George Orwell

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In a slight break from format, Connor and Dan spend a little time with a literary great who wasn't afraid of voicing his political and philosophical opinions. George Orwell's legacy stretches from 9th grade English classrooms all the way to the halls of Congress, but do people have the right idea about him? We'll find out! Also, spoilers for Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty Four. You should have read them by now.

Jan 08 2020

35mins

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#297 - Paulo Freire, Critical Pedagogy

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To kick off the new year, Connor and Dan decide to restructure their personal education. And they do so by looking back at the revolutionary pedagogy of Brazilian philosophy Paulo Freire. The first thing Dan should probably learn is how to pronounce his last name!

Jan 01 2020

37mins

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#296 - Daniel Dennett Christmas Spectacular

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Ho, ho, ho! Etc, etc. On this special (decidedly Christian) holiday, Connor and Dan decide to spend some time with one of the Four Horsemen of New Atheism. But they pick the one who happens to look like Santa Claus so it's all good. Regardless, it's time to talk science and religion all at once! Happy Holidays!

Dec 25 2019

35mins

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#295 - Gianni Vattimo, The End of Modernity

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Italian philosopher and politician Gianni Vattimo thinks history is over with. Moreover, he thinks modernity is going out the window with it. This week, Connor and Dan contend with this idea and find themselves strangely comfortable with the uncomfortable nature of postmodernism.

Dec 18 2019

39mins

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#294 - Carl Cohen, Animal Rights

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Attention contrarians, here's an episode for you. This week, Connor and Dan discuss American philosopher Carl Cohen who isn't afraid to piss people off with his thoughts on controversial issues, including animal rights. This is an episode for all you devil's advocates out there or for any vegetarians looking to hone their debate skills.

Dec 11 2019

39mins

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#293 - Jaegwon Kim, Close Enough to Physicalism

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In honor of the recent passing of contemporary philosopher Jaegwon Kim, Connor and Dan discuss the Brown University professor's thoughts on physicalism, the mind-body problem, and the difficult problems of philosophy. It's good stuff! But, as usual, they spend the opening ten minutes alienating everyone and everything.

Dec 04 2019

36mins

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#292 - Averroes

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During the Islamic Golden Age, a learned judge that we know as Averroes flipped the world on its head with his commentaries on Aristotle. Why don't we know more about him? The normal stuff: banishment, book burning, and probably some racism.

Nov 27 2019

39mins

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iTunes Ratings

142 Ratings
Average Ratings
112
8
3
4
15

Love you Dan and Connor

By allll the names are taken - Apr 02 2020
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Bummed to hear the guys are going on hiatus but at least you can listen to 300 eps of consistently hilarious and usually intellectually stimulating riffing on drinking, philosophy, and anything else in the world

goodest a podcast can get

By OSCOW - Oct 27 2018
Read more
Billy Backflips and the CEO of Laughs at is again.