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Episode 204: The Bhagavad Gita’s Hindu Theology (Part Two)

2 hours 16 min ago
More on this classic text by (perhaps) Vyasa, with guest Shaan Amin. Should we acquire good karma or behave "beyond good and evil"? How can everything be Krishna while Krishna is also the an element of virtue we're supposed to pursue? How does this compare with Stoicism? Plus, behold Krishna unveiled and be freaked out! Listen to part one first or get the full, unbroken, ad-free Citizen Edition. Please support PEL and get the 2019 PEL Wall Calendar! End song: "Om Hari Om 1" by Tim Jordan Kirtan feat. Michael Manring. Hear Michael on Nakedly Examined Music #31. Sponsors: Visit thegreatcoursesplus.com/PEL and explore Peter Singer's http://thelifeyoucansave.org/pel.

NEM#87: Chris Cacavas Fronts His Depression

December 9, 2018 - 22:06
Chris rose to fame on keys for Arizona's country punks Green on Red from '81-'87 and has since then been fronted 12 albums while doing session keyboard work. We discuss "Pale Blonde Hell" by Chris Cacavas and Junkyard Love from Pale Blonde Hell (1994), "Do Me No Favors" from Anonymous (1997), and "Don't Think Twice" from Bumbling Home from the Star (2002). We listen to "I Won't Feel Well" from Love's Been Re-Discontinued (2013). Opening music: The title track from Green on Red's Gravity Talks. For more, see chris-cacavas.com. Hear more Nakedly Examined Music. Like our Facebook page. Support us on Patreon.

Episode 204: The Bhagavad Gita’s Hindu Theology (Part One)

December 3, 2018 - 17:26
On the classic Hindu text (ca. the 3rd century B.C.E.), part of the Indian Epic poem Mahabharata, attributed to Vyasa, using Keya Maitra's 2018 translation/commentary. What is it to live wisely? What grounds duty? Listen as the supreme God Krishna convinces archer hero Arjuna that it's OK for him to kill his relatives because, you know, reincarnation and determinism and caste-related duties. Lots of metaphysical complications! With guest Shaan Amin. Don't wait for part two! Get the full, unbroken, ad-free Citizen Edition now. Please support PEL. Get the 2019 PEL Wall Calendar! Sponsors: Visit thegreatcoursesplus.com/PEL and explore Peter Singer's http://thelifeyoucansave.org/pel.

Phi Fic #25 “At the Mountains of Madness” by H. P. Lovecraft

November 28, 2018 - 23:25
“I could not help feeling that they were evil things -- mountains of madness whose farther slopes looked out over some accursed ultimate abyss."--Join Nathan, Laura with Mark Linsenmeyer, Daniel Johnson and Jennifer Tejada as we follow HP Lovecraft up the Mountain and discover where true madness lies!

Episode 203: Kristeva vs. Lovecraft on Horror and Abjection (Part Two)

November 26, 2018 - 12:00

Concluding on Julia Kristeva's Powers of Horror (1980) and focusing on H.P. Lovecraft's "The Call of Cthulhu" (1928). Does Lovecraft's presentation of nameless terror capture (or improve upon) what Kristeva means by "abjection"?

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A Philosophical Horror Story: Chaucer’s “The Pardoner’s Tale”

November 23, 2018 - 12:00
Chaucer's philosophical exploration of human nature takes a dark turn in "The Pardoner's Tale," a greedy man's proud confession of his own corruption.

Combat & Classics #26: Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher”

November 20, 2018 - 12:00
What is the relationship between the natural world and the human world? In this belated Halloween episode, Lise, Jeff, and Brian discuss Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Fall of the House of Usher.” Get more C&C on the PEL site or at combatandclassics.org.

Constellary Tales #3: Ray Bradbury’s “There Will Come Soft Rains,” Guest Tex Thompson

November 20, 2018 - 03:07
A smart house outlasts humanity in Ray Bradbury's 1950 short story "There Will Come Soft Rains." Also: Tex Thompson describes the annual "experience camp" for authors, Writers in the Field. Get more Constellary Tales podcasts, and read original sf in the magazine (Issue no. 1 is now online) at constellary.com.

Episode 203: Kristeva vs. Lovecraft on Horror and Abjection (Part One)

November 19, 2018 - 20:07

More on Julia Kristeva's Powers of Horror (1980) plus H.P. Lovecraft's "The Call of Cthulhu" (1928).

What is the object of fear? Mark, Seth, and Dylan get clearer on Kristeva's view of the establishment and loss of the integrity of the self, what the "object" of abjection is, and what this all might have to do with feminism.

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PEL Music: Lucy Lawless Sings “The Other,” Plus “1984” and More (Earn a 1-on-1 with Mark)

November 18, 2018 - 16:41
Hear the new Mark Lint song featuring your favorite PEL guest on lead vocals. ...And other witty and pleasurable tunes! Support the effort and earn a full hour chatting directly about philosophy with your practically human PEL host!

PREVIEW-Ep 202 Follow-Up: Close Reading of Kristeva’s “Approaching Abjection”

November 18, 2018 - 16:17

Mark takes a very close look at pages 1–4 of the first chapter of On Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection (1980) as a supplement to episode 202.

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NEM#86: Seth Swirsky Provides Instant Pleasure

November 18, 2018 - 03:54

Seth Swirsky was a highly successful staff songwriter for over 20 years, and has put out three solo albums and three albums as The Red Button since 2004. He's a huge Beatles fan and has released a Beatles documentary Beatles Stories and has multiple books about psychology and baseball.

We discuss his heavily covered and sound-tracked tune "Love Is a Beautiful Thing"; you'll hear the version by Al Green from Don't Look Back (1993), then "Matchbook Cover" from Seth's album Watercolor Day (2010) and "Picture" by The Red Button from As Far as Yesterday Goes (2011). The end suite is "Shine/Circles and Squares/Go" from his album Circles and Squares (2016). Intro music is from the title track to Instant Pleasure (2004). For more, see seth.com.

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Episode 202: Julia Kristeva on Disgust, Fear, and the Self (Part Two)

November 12, 2018 - 12:00

Continuing on Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection, ch. 1 and 2. We try to get clearer on Kristeva's talk of "object," the relationship between language and abjection, how Kristeva is advancing on Freud, how to be a mom that allows a kid to separate in a healthy way, and how abjection plays into religion and writing.

Listen to part one first, or get the unbroken, ad-free Citizen Edition, and don't miss Mark's Close Reading, available to Citizens and $1+ Patreon members. Please support PEL!

End song: "Eyes of Fire" by Jill Freeman, as discussed on Nakedly Examined Music #28.

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PhiFic #24 “Ulysses” by James Joyce

November 6, 2018 - 12:00
Every life is in many days, day after day. We walk through ourselves, meeting robbers, ghosts, giants, old men, young men, wives, widows, brothers-in-love, but always meeting ourselves. –Ulysses For our discussion of this historically difficult but wholly worthwhile classic, Nathan, Laura, and Daniel are joined by Phillip Cherny. It was recorded for our original Not School group, long before that group evolved into a podcast. Hear more Phi Fic discussions at PhiFicPodcast.com.

Episode 202: Julia Kristeva on Disgust, Fear and the Self (Part One)

November 5, 2018 - 15:39
On Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection (1980), ch. 1 and 2. Kristeva writes about "abjection," where we violently reject things like corpses, bodily wastes and other fluids, and the Lovecraftian unnameable that lurks at the edge of our awareness. Her book is also all about the self, suggesting modifications to Freud's Oedipal complex and Lacan's mirror-stage story. With guest Kelley Citrin. Don't wait for part 2! Get the unbroken, ad-free Citizen Edition now, as well as Mark's Close Reading, which we've made available to Patreon supporters at the $1 level. Please support PEL! Sponsors: Visit fin.com/pel to try a virtual assistant for free. Visit thegreatcoursesplus.com/PEL for a one-month free trial of The Great Courses Plus Video Learning Service.

PREVIEW-Ep 201 Marcus Aurelius’s “Meditations” (Part Three)

November 5, 2018 - 14:37
Mark and Seth get further into the specifics of Marcus's metaphysics and how this is supposed to relate to behavior. Can his directives really come solely "from reason" as he claims? How does this interact with the behaviors that we pursue "by nature," i.e., without conscious deliberation required? Seth is concerned with how individualistic the philosophy is. Mark is concerned that if you discard the metaphysics (as modern skeptics largely do), why should you expect the rest of the philosophy to be coherent? Become a supporter to get the full discussion.

What Does It Mean for a Thing to Be “A Thing”?

November 5, 2018 - 13:00
Despite its many obvious shortcomings, the human mind is a remarkably productive generator of categories—from the Linnaean system of taxonomy to two drinkers in a bar arguing over India Pale Ales, and indeed the person sitting next to them who complains to the bartender about “hipsters” taking over his favorite bar. This natural proclivity to set out a number of Continue Reading …

Combat & Classics #25: Aristotle’s Politics, Part 3

October 30, 2018 - 12:00
What is slavery? What does slavery have to do with the household or the state? Brian, Lise, and Jeff dig deeper into the Politics in part 3 of their discussion of this series. Get more C&C on the PEL site or at combatandclassics.org.

Episode 201: Marcus Aurelius’s Stoicism with Ryan Holiday (Part Two)

October 29, 2018 - 16:12
More on The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius (ca. 180 CE) plus Ryan's The Daily Stoic (2016). We talk Stoicism as "pre-mourning," love of fate, the divine plan, political ethics, ethical models, and overwriting your brain with the Stoic operating system. Hear part 1 first, or get the full, unbroken Citizen Edition, as well as the follow-up discussion. Please support PEL! End song: "Any Way the Wind Blows" by MIR; listen to Mark talk with Asif Illyas on Nakedly Examined Music #33. Help us plan our 10th Anniversary show by taking our planning survey.

NEM#85: John Etheridge (Soft Machine) Is For Everything!

October 27, 2018 - 06:06
John is an amazing guitarist who started in the late 60s British blues boom, had his first compositions set to tape with Darryl Way's Wolf in the early 70s, then joined the latter line-ups of jazz-prog legends Soft Machine (replacing Alan Holdsworth) in the late 70s. He's collaborated with luminaries like violinist Stéphane Grappelli, guitar great John Williams, and Andy Summers from The Police, and released eight solo albums prior to teaming up with former members of Soft Machine for another six albums. We discuss "One Glove" by Soft Machine from Hidden Details (2018), his rendition of Rodgers and Hart's "My Romance" from I Didn’t Know (2004), and "Venerable Bede" from Ash (1994). We conclude by listening to "Blue Breeze" by John Etheridge and Vimala Rowe from Out of the Sky (2015). Intro/outro from "Huffin'" by Soft Machine from Alive and Well - Recorded in Paris (1978). For more, visit john-etheridge.com Hear more Nakedly Examined Music. Like our Facebook page. Support us on Patreon.

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