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Theory & Philosophy

New Episodes Every Saturday at 4AM ET! This channel is dedicated to the distribution of ideas so that they be made accessible to anyone. Some key theoretical domains that this channel explores, but that is not limited to, include Feminism, Gender and Queer theory, Post-Structuralism, Structuralism, Psychoanalysis, Marxism, Rhetoric, Epistemology, Ontology, and Phenomenology. Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/theoryandphilosophy Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIq2xNjGAof0cCUaKbco6HQ

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Gilles Deleuze & Félix Guattari's "A Thousand Plateaus" Chapter 13: "Apparatus of Capture" (Part 1/2)

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/theoryandphilosophy In this episode, I'm joined by Curtis Allen, PhD candidate in Theory and Criticism, whose work focuses on the work of Deleuze and Wittgenstein. We discuss the implications of this complicated plateau by expounding upon Deleuze & Guattari's theorization of the relationship between the war machine and the state.

1hr 4mins

21 Sep 2019

Rank #1

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Jean Baudrillard's "Simulacra & Simulation" (Part 1/2)

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/theoryandphilosophy In this episode, I delve into Baudrillard's most famous work, "Simulacra & Simulation." In this episode, I do my best to clarify some misconceptions that I often encounter regarding what Baudrillard is doing in this text. Some of these include the explicit relationship between simulation and the media, the divide between reality and simulation, and Baudrillard's thoughts of "real" suffering

40mins

21 Sep 2019

Rank #2

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Gilles Deleuze & Félix Guattari's "Anti-Oedipus" (Chapter 1/4)

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/theoryandphilosophy In this episode, I begin my dissection of Deleuze and Guattari's Anti-Oedipus, an enigmatic book to say the least. In this chapter we're presented with their conception of desiring-machines that opposes the totalizing framework of the Oedipal complex.

45mins

21 Sep 2019

Rank #3

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Jean Baudrillard's "For a Critique of the Political Economy of the Sign" (First Half)

In this episode, I begin my presentation of Jean Baudrillard's For a Critique of the Political Economy of the Sign. In it he begins his transition from an object-oriented Marxism toward a post-structuralist interested in the authority that signs have over our lives.  Link to Patreon (For those whom can afford it): https://www.patreon.com/theoryandphilosophy/overview

1hr 5mins

19 Sep 2019

Rank #4

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Michel Foucault's "Discipline & Punish" (Part 1/2)

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/theoryandphilosophy Follow me on instagram: @theory_and_philosophy In this episode, I present the first half of Foucault's seminal Discipline & Punish. In this half he sketches a firm distinction between a model of juridical punishment that mobilizes torture as a deterrent to criminality and a model predicated on surveillance as a deterrent to criminality. 

57mins

14 Dec 2019

Rank #5

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Michel Foucault's "The History of Sexuality Vol. 1" (Part 2/2)

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/theoryandphilosophy In this episode, I continue my exploration of Foucault's seminal text. It is here that he presents an eloquent account of biopolitics and biopower in the maintenance and control of populations.

52mins

21 Sep 2019

Rank #6

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Theodor Adorno's "The Culture Industry" (Part 1/2)

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/theoryandphilosophy                                                           Podbean: https://theoretician.podbean.com/                                                               Instagram: @theory_and_philosophy                                                                               Paypal: paypal.me/theoryphilosophy In this episode, I present the first three chapter of Theodor Adorno's "The Culture Industry." Adorno levels a strong critique against mass culture here, highlighting the effects of alienation under advanced industrial capitalism Timestamps: Ch. 3: The Culture Industry Reconsidered (Beginning) Ch. 1: On the Fetish Character in Music and the Regression of Listening (11:50) Ch 2: The Schema of Mass Culture (26:41)

46mins

18 Apr 2020

Rank #7

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Jean Baudrillard's "Forget Foucault"

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/theoryandphilosophy In this episode, I dissect Baudrillard's "Forget Foucault." I try to trace Baudrillard's criticism in his own terms, while simultaneously supplementing his analysis with my own understanding in an effort to fill in some of the blanks

1hr 4mins

21 Sep 2019

Rank #8

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Herbert Marcuse's "One-Dimensional Man" (Part 1/2)

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/theoryandphilosophy In this episode, I turn my attention to the Frankfurt school giant, Herbert Marcuse and his "One-Dimensional Man." Marrying Marxism with Freudian psychoanalysis, Marcuse constructs an eloquent challenge to the tenets of late capitalism as relevant today as it was in the mid-twentieth century.

51mins

21 Sep 2019

Rank #9

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Herbert Marcuse's "An Essay on Liberation"

Patreon:https://www.patreon.com/theoryandphilosophy In this episode, I present Marcuse's radical idea of a new sensibility, a utopian ideal to combat late Capitalism.

45mins

26 Sep 2019

Rank #10

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Michel Foucault's "The History of Sexuality Vol.1" (Part 1/2)

Patreon:https://www.patreon.com/theoryandphilosophy In this episode, I begin my exploration of Foucault's brilliant exploration of that slippery concept called sexuality. In this one, I present Foucault's move away from the repressive hypothesis to theorize the way that the proliferation of sexuality marks the contemporary oppressive strategy.

1hr 4mins

21 Sep 2019

Rank #11

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Gilles Deleuze's "Cinema 1: The Movement Image" (Part 1/3)

Follow Christina on Twitter and Instagram: @celloburke                                                          Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/theoryandphilosophy                                                    Instagram: @theory_and_philosophy In this episode, I'm joined by Christina, PhD candidate at the Center for the Study of Theory and Criticism at the University of Western Ontario, to systematically dissect Gilles Deleuze's "Cinema 1: The Movement Image." This is an enigmatic book, treading the line between philosophy and film theory, while never committing to one nor the other. This episode covers the preface up to the 2nd commentary on Bergson.

29mins

22 Feb 2020

Rank #12

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Judith Butler's "Gender Trouble" (Part 1/2)

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/theoryandphilosophy Note: *I discuss performativity at beginning and end of next episode!* In this episode, I take on Butler's "Gender Trouble," a seminal text in the fields of feminism and post-structuralism. Butler argues that some strands of feminist thought mistakenly attribute a transcendental significance to the idea of 'woman' that fails to account for the modes of discourse/power that construct that identity.

52mins

21 Sep 2019

Rank #13

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G.W.F. Hegel's "Phenomenology of Spirit" (Part 1/4)

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/theoryandphilosophy In the first episode of this four part series, I turn my attention to G.W.F. Hegel's "Phenomenology of Spirit," a text as necessary to read as it is difficult to read. This episode specifically tackles the chapters: "Preface" (beginning); "Introduction" (34:50); and "Consciousness" comprised of the sub-chapters "Sense-Certainty" (38:45), "Perception" (49:50), and "Understanding" (57:10). In these chapters, he begins by outlining what he hopes his project to accomplish, and then moves into delineating exactly how human consciousness moves through various phases on the way to Absolute Spirit.

1hr 7mins

25 Jan 2020

Rank #14

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Jean Baudrillard's "America"

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/theoryandphilosophy In this episode, I tackle Jean Baudrillard's "America." This book came out of Baudrillard's travels to America where he observed the desolate nothingness that was the American hologram.

46mins

21 Sep 2019

Rank #15

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Sara Ahmed's "Queer Phenomenology"

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/theoryandphilosophy In this episode, I turn my attention to Sara Ahmed's "Queer Phenomenology." This book can be regarded as Ahmed's attempt to perform a queering of phenomenology while simultaneously sketching what a queer phenomenology might look like. To do this, she traverses through the phenomenological tradition to craft her own version of phenomenology and then apply them to the domains of race and sexuality.

59mins

21 Sep 2019

Rank #16

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Friedrich Nietzsche's "The Birth of Tragedy" (Part 1/2)

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/theoryandphilosophy In this episode, I take a stab at Nietzsche (in)famous inaugural text, "The Birth of Tragedy." It is here that he tries to trace the history of tragedy (and art more generally) to the Ancient Greeks. Specifically, as the product of the tension between the gods Apollo and Dionysus.

54mins

22 Sep 2019

Rank #17

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Hannah Arendt's "The Human Condition" (Part 1/2)

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/theoryandphilosophy In this episode, I'm joined by Andrew Woods, PhD candidate in Theory & Criticism, to explore the implications of Arendt's seminal text, The Human Condition. We gloss over a number of key ideas pertaining to the development of the social; the end of excellence; and the alienating effects of mass society

57mins

21 Sep 2019

Rank #18

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Gilles Deleuze's "Cinema 1: The Movement Image" (Part 3/3)

Follow Christina on Twitter and Instagram: @celloburke                                                        Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/theoryandphilosophy                                                Instagram: @theory_and_philosophy In this episode, I'm joined by Christina, PhD candidate at the Center for the Study of Theory and Criticism at the University of Western Ontario, to systematically dissect Gilles Deleuze's "Cinema 1: The Movement Image." This is an enigmatic book, treading the line between philosophy and film theory, and never committing to one nor the other. This episode covers from the "Action-Image" chapter to the end.

51mins

7 Mar 2020

Rank #19

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Jacques Lacan's "L'étourdit" (Part 1/3)

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/theoryandphilosophy                                                  Podbean: https://theoretician.podbean.com/ In this episode, I'm joined by Ben, PhD candidate in Theory & Criticism, to discuss one of Jacques Lacan's most enigmatic texts, "L' étourdit." This first episode contextualizes Lacan's thought and establishes a necessary base from which to explore "L' étourdit."

1hr

9 Nov 2019

Rank #20