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Episode 100 – Heidegger pt. 1 – Phenomenology and Dasein

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Martin Heidegger (1889-1976)


On this episode, we take a look at Martin Heidegger and his concept of Dasein. See the full transcript of this episode here.

Martin Heidegger was born in Messkirch, Germany, on September 26, 1889. Messkirch was then a quiet, conservative, religious rural town, and as such was a formative influence on Heidegger and his philosophical thought. In 1909 he spent two weeks in the Jesuit order before leaving (probably on health grounds) to study theology at the University of Freiburg. In 1911 he switched subjects, to philosophy. He began teaching at Freiburg in 1915. In 1917 he married Elfride Petri, with whom he had two sons (Jörg and Hermann) and from whom he never parted (although his affair with the philosopher Hannah Arendt, his student at Marburg in the 1920s, is well-known). (source)

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Episode 99 – Schopenhauer pt. 2 – Ethics


Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)


On this episode, we take a look at the ethics of Arthur Schopenhauer. See the full transcript of this episode here.

Among 19th century philosophers, Arthur Schopenhauer was among the first to contend that at its core, the universe is not a rational place. Inspired by Plato and Kant, both of whom regarded the world as being more amenable to reason, Schopenhauer developed their philosophies into an instinct-recognizing and ultimately ascetic outlook, emphasizing that in the face of a world filled with endless strife, we ought to minimize our natural desires for the sake of achieving a more tranquil frame of mind and a disposition towards universal beneficence. Continue reading Episode 99 – Schopenhauer pt. 2 – Ethics

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Episode 98 – Schopenhauer pt. 1 – Metaphysics and Love

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Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)


On this episode, we take a look at the the metaphysics of Arthur Schopenhauer and touch briefly on his views on love. See the full transcript of this episode here.

Among 19th century philosophers, Arthur Schopenhauer was among the first to contend that at its core, the universe is not a rational place. Inspired by Plato and Kant, both of whom regarded the world as being more amenable to reason, Schopenhauer developed their philosophies into an instinct-recognizing and ultimately ascetic outlook, emphasizing that in the face of a world filled with endless strife, we ought to minimize our natural desires for the sake of achieving a more tranquil frame of mind and a disposition towards universal beneficence. Continue reading Episode 98 – Schopenhauer pt. 1 – Metaphysics and Love

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Episode 97 – Wittgenstein pt. 1

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Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951)


On this episode, we take a look at the the limitations of language as described by Ludwig Wittgenstein. See the full transcript of this episode here.

Considered by some to be the greatest philosopher of the 20th century, Ludwig Wittgenstein played a central, if controversial, role in 20th-century analytic philosophy. He continues to influence current philosophical thought in topics as diverse as logic and language, perception and intention, ethics and religion, aesthetics and culture. Originally, there were two commonly recognized stages of Wittgenstein’s thought—the early and the later—both of which were taken to be pivotal in their respective periods. In more recent scholarship, this division has been questioned: some interpreters have claimed a unity between all stages of his thought, while others talk of a more nuanced division, adding stages such as the middle Wittgenstein and the third Wittgenstein. Continue reading Episode 97 – Wittgenstein pt. 1

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Episode 94 – A Look at Suffering

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Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821–1881)


On this episode, we take a look at the concept of suffering from multiple different angles. See the full transcript of this episode here.

To call Fyodor Dostoevsky a genius may indeed be an understatement. Decade after decade, his literary brilliance continues to capture the hearts and minds of millions. Because of his legacy and intense, storied commentaries on religion, philosophy, and psychology, Dostoevsky may have been one of the most important and influential writers that ever lived. (source)

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Episode 93 – Nietzsche part 4 – Love

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Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900)


On this episode, we take a look at Friedrich Nietzsche and his thoughts on the concept of love. See the full transcript of this episode here.

Friedrich Nietzsche was a German philosopher of the late 19th century who challenged the foundations of Christianity and traditional morality. He was interested in the enhancement of individual and cultural health, and believed in life, creativity, power, and down-to-earth realities, rather than those situated in a world beyond.

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Episode 92 – Nietzsche pt. 3 – Thus Spoke Zarathustra

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Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900)


On this episode, we take a look at Friedrich Nietzsche and his revolutionary work entitled Thus Spoke Zarathustra. See the full transcript of this episode here.

Friedrich Nietzsche was a German philosopher of the late 19th century who challenged the foundations of Christianity and traditional morality. He was interested in the enhancement of individual and cultural health, and believed in life, creativity, power, and down-to-earth realities, rather than those situated in a world beyond.

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Episode 91 – Nietzsche pt. 2 – The Will to Power

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Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900)


On this episode, we take a look at Friedrich Nietzsche and his often misunderstood concept of ‘the will to power.’ See the full transcript of this episode here.

Friedrich Nietzsche was a German philosopher of the late 19th century who challenged the foundations of Christianity and traditional morality. He was interested in the enhancement of individual and cultural health, and believed in life, creativity, power, and down-to-earth realities, rather than those situated in a world beyond.

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Episode 90 – Nietzsche pt. 1 – God is Dead And So Is Captain Morgan

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Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900)


On this episode, we take a look at Friedrich Nietzsche and his views on the role of religion and alcohol as calming influences. See the full transcript of this episode here.

Friedrich Nietzsche was a German philosopher of the late 19th century who challenged the foundations of Christianity and traditional morality. He was interested in the enhancement of individual and cultural health, and believed in life, creativity, power, and down-to-earth realities, rather than those situated in a world beyond.

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Episode 89 – Simone De Beauvoir

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Simone De Beauvoir (1908–1986)


On this episode, we take a look at Simone De Beauvoir and her revolutionary work The Second Sex. See the full transcript of this episode here.

There are some thinkers who are, from the very beginning, unambiguously identified as philosophers (e.g., Plato). There are others whose philosophical place is forever contested (e.g., Nietzsche); and there are those who have gradually won the right to be admitted into the philosophical fold. Simone de Beauvoir is one of these belatedly acknowledged philosophers. Identifying herself as an author rather than as a philosopher and calling herself the midwife of Sartre’s existential ethics rather than a thinker in her own right, Beauvoir’s place in philosophy had to be won against her word.

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