Rank #1: #276 - Appreciating Non-Western Philosophy
It's easy to stay in your own philosophical bubble and only ever learn about things from people who look and talk like you. But, as Connor and Dan learn in this loosey-goosey episode, there is an inherent value in learning about philosophy from other cultures, countries, and times. "But how do we do it?" you might be asking. Listen and find out you dummy! (Note: Apologies for the slightly worse audio quality this week. We recorded in slightly different locations and it didn't work!)
Rank #2: #40 - Maurice Merleau-Ponty
Connor and Dan discuss the philosophy of Maurice Merleau-Ponty.
Rank #3: #80 - Philosophy of Success
Connor and Dan discuss the philosophy of success.
Rank #4: #205 - Susan Sontag On Photography
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.
Rank #5: #275 - Philosophy of Leisure
With all that science mumbo jumbo out of the way, Connor and Dan turn their attention to something they're much more interested in: Leisure time, baby! But we're not just talking about vacation here. Save that for the parrot heads. We're talking about the genuine pursuit of genuine interests. Take a break! It's important! (Note: Sorry about the slightly worse audio quality this week. We recorded in different locations and it didn't work!)
Rank #6: #151 - Chomsky vs Foucault
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.
Rank #7: #172 - Jacques Lacan
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!
Rank #8: #1 - Myth
Dan and Connor discuss the philosophy of myth.
Rank #9: #180 - Roland Barthes
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!
Rank #10: #100 - Connor's Big Quiz
Connor takes a big quiz!
Rank #11: #2 - Hell Is Other People
Connor and Dan discuss the idea that hell is other people.
Rank #12: #165 - Jacques Derrida
Time to put on your hard hats boys and girls, because this week we're talking about deconstruction! Specifically, Connor and Dan discuss French philosopher Jacques Derrida (AKA Dr. Jack Dorito) who is the father of deconstruction. They take on binaries and ideologies and all the terribly comfortable things we take for granted without ever examining. Also discussed, ska podcasts, adults on scooters, and 70s talk shows. Enjoy!
Rank #13: #215 - Baudrillard And The Gulf War
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!
Rank #14: #191 - Frantz Fanon
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After years of thinking about it, Connor and Dan decided it's finally time to end colonialism. In that vein, they decided to learn about French Caribbean philosopher and psychiatrist Frantz Fanon. They discuss how language can be wielded as a tool of oppression and Connor tells everyone what "the magic page" is. Enjoy!
Rank #15: #79 - Eternal Recurrence
Connor and Dan discuss the philosophy of eternal recurrence.
Rank #16: #196 - Derrida, Of Hospitality
Hospitality is important. Especially when you're looking to get another round of drinks. Oh, wait, that might just be hospitality workers. Regardless, this week Connor and Dan discuss Jacques Derrida's lectures Of Hospitality in which he discusses the concept of hospitality and the moral obligation we have to foreigners in need, through the lens of deconstruction. Elon Musk, if you're listening, this one is for you (this may make more sense if you listen to the episode).
Rank #17: #130 - Taoism
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.
Rank #18: #189 - Kierkegaard (feat. Andy from The Panpsycast)
Connor and Dan are nearing 200 episodes, so they figured it was about time they had on a guest who knows what they hell they are talking about. Andy from The Panpsycast joins our two regular hosts from all the way across the pond to discuss their old pal Soren Kierkegaard, his thoughts on Christianity, individualism, and how to be a professional sad-sack. It's a good ep! If you enjoy it, definitely check out Andy's podcast and keep listening to Drunken Philosophy because he will certainly be back!
Rank #19: #124 - Objectivism
Featuring special guest Sean Fissel! As the election draws nearer, this podcast can't help but get political. So this week, Connor and Dan are discussing the darling of the fiscally conservative and champion of the free market, Ayn Rand. Specifically her philosophy Objectivism and why we hate it. Speaking of objective, this podcast isn't that, so if you really love Ayn Rand or libertarianism you may not enjoy it. Or you could love it! Maybe you're just a weirdo like that! Who are we to judge!
Rank #20: #69 - Hedonism
Connor and Dan discuss the philosophy of hedonism.