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Beginner friendly if listened to in order! For anyone interested in an educational podcast about philosophy where you don't need to be a graduate-level philosopher to understand it. In chronological order, the thinkers and ideas that forged the world we live in are broken down and explained.

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Today we go into a deeper explanation of ideology and dialectics. Liberal democratic capitalism is featured as a special guest. Hope you enjoy it! :) Sponsors: Nord VPN: https://www.NordVPN.com/philothis Better Help: https://www.BetterHelp.com/PHILTHIS LMNT: https://www.DrinkLMNT.com/philo Thank you so much for listening! Could never do this without your help.  Website: https://www.philosophizethis.org/ Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/philosophizethis  Social: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/philosophizethispodcast X: https://twitter.com/iamstephenwest Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/philosophizethisshow
As we regularly do on this program-- we engage in a metamodernist steelmanning of different philosophical positions. Hopefully the process brings people some joy. Today we go from ideology, to New Atheism vs Creationism, to Aristotle, to Thomas Nagel, to Phillip Goff's new book called Why? The Purpose of the Universe. Sponsors: Better Help: https://www.BetterHelp.com/PHILTHIS EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal ➼ https://nordvpn.com/philothis Try it risk-free now with a 30-day money-back guarantee! Thank you so much for listening! Could never do this without your help.  Website: https://www.philosophizethis.org/ Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/philosophizethis  Social: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/philosophizethispodcast X: https://twitter.com/iamstephenwest Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/philosophizethisshow
Today we give an introduction to the thinking of Slavoj Zizek-- at least as much as is possible in ~35 mins. The goal is for this to be a primer for the rest of the series. Thank you so much for listening! Could never do this without your help.  Sponsors: AG1: https://www.DrinkAg1.com/philo Better Help: https://www.BetterHelp.com/PHILTHIS LMNT: https://www.DrinkLMNT.com/philo Website: https://www.philosophizethis.org/ Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/philosophizethis  Social: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/philosophizethispodcast X: https://twitter.com/iamstephenwest Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/philosophizethisshow
Today we talk more about anarchism. Sponsors: Better Help: https://www.BetterHelp.com/PHILTHIS Factor: http://www.FactorMeals.com/pt50 Thank you so much for listening! Could never do this without your help.  Website: https://www.philosophizethis.org/ Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/philosophizethis  Social: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/philosophizethispodcast X: https://twitter.com/iamstephenwest Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/philosophizethisshow
Today we answer some questions about the potential security risks of an anarchist society. Sponsors: https://www.DrinkLMNT.com/philo https://www.BetterHelp.com/PHILTHIS https://www.DrinkAg1.com/philo Thank you so much for listening! Could never do this without your help.  Website: https://www.philosophizethis.org/ Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/philosophizethis  Social: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/philosophizethispodcast X: https://twitter.com/iamstephenwest Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/philosophizethisshow
Today we talk about some of the work of Murray Bookchin. We talk about anarchism as a historical trend in human thought that keeps recurring. Then we talk about the superficiality of typical approaches to being environmentally conscious. We talk about Futurism and the hope of colonizing other planets. We talk about Artificial Intelligence and why people sometimes don't feel like celebrating its arrival. Sponsors: Better Help: https://www.BetterHelp.com/PHILTHIS NordVPN: https://www.NordVPN.com/philothis Get more: Website: https://www.philosophizethis.org/ Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/philosophizethis Philosophize This! Clips: https://www.youtube.com/@philosophizethisclips   Be social: X: https://twitter.com/iamstephenwest Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/philosophizethispodcast TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@philosophizethispodcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/philosophizethisshow Thank you for making the show possible. 🙂
Today we talk about some common misconceptions about Anarchism, the weaknesses of traditional government structures, a possible alternative way of cooperating and whether or not the government is the hierarchy we should be focusing on. Sponsors: NordVPN - https://www.NordVPN.com/PHILOTHIS Rocket Money - https://www.RocketMoney.com/PT GiveWell - https://www.GiveWell.org (mention Philosophize This! at checkout) Get more: Website: https://www.philosophizethis.org/ Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/philosophizethis Philosophize This! Clips: https://www.youtube.com/@philosophizethisclips   Be social: Twitter: https://twitter.com/iamstephenwest Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/philosophizethispodcast TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@philosophizethispodcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/philosophizethisshow Thank you for making the show possible. 🙂
Today we talk about the philosophy of Giorgio Agamben. Human rights, a political tactic to dehumanize groups that has been growing in popularity, governments declaring states of emergency and how the concept of potential may in fact be a unifying force. https://www.philosophizethis.org Sponsors: Hello Fresh: https://www.HelloFresh.com/ptfree Better Help: https://www.BetterHelp.com/PHILTHIS
Today we talk about the lessons found in the ancient Greek play titled Hecuba. We talk about the great Stoic ethicists Epictetus, Seneca and Marcus Aurelius. We talk about Martha Nussbaum and her work looking to infuse classical Stoic ideas with all that we've learned in the sciences over thousands of years. We talk about compassion. Shame and guilt. Her capabilities approach. It's a whole lot of fun for the whole family. :) SPONSORS: Better Help: https://www.BetterHelp.com/PHILTHIS AG1: https://www.drinkAG1.com/philo
Today we talk about the disappearance of rituals, truth, community, communication, public spaces and talk about the importance sometimes of being an idiot. Hope you love it! :)   Sponsor: Better Help https://www.BetterHelp.com/PHILTHIS   Get more: Website: https://www.philosophizethis.org/ Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/philosophizethis Philosophize This! Clips: https://www.youtube.com/@philosophizethisclips   Be social: Twitter: https://twitter.com/iamstephenwest Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/philosophizethispodcast TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@philosophizethispodcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/philosophizethisshow   Thank you for making the show possible. 🙂
Today we talk about positive power, neoliberalism, narcissism as a reaction to modern life, how technology makes isolation easier, and some tactics to find peace in the digital panopticon.    Thanks for supporting the podcast by checking out our sponsors: Better Help: https://www.betterhelp.com/PHILTHIS LMNT: https://www.DrinkLMNT.com/PHILO   Get more: Website: https://www.philosophizethis.org/ Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/philosophizethis   Be social: Twitter: https://twitter.com/iamstephenwest Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/philosophizethispodcast TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@philosophizethispodcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/philosophizethisshow   Thank you for making the show possible. 🙂
On today's episode we talk about the upsides of a surveillance state. The ongoing social dilemma of freedom vs security. The value of privacy. States of exception. And Deleuze's Postscript on Societies of Control.  Sponsor:  Rocket Money - https://www.RocketMoney.com/PT   Get more: Website: https://www.philosophizethis.org/ Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/philosophizethis Philosophize This! Clips: https://www.youtube.com/@philosophizethisclips   Be social: Twitter: https://twitter.com/iamstephenwest Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/philosophizethispodcast TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@philosophizethispodcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/philosophizethisshow   Thank you for making the show possible. 🙂
Today we talk about Jeremy Bentham's concept of the Panopticon. Michel Foucault's comparison to society in 1975. The historical role of intelligence as a justification for dominance. The anatomy of free will, and how a digital world may systematically limit our free will without us knowing it.    Thank you to the sponsors of this episode:  LMNT - www.drinkLMNT.com/PHILO Better Help - www.betterhelp.com/PHILTHIS   Get more: Website: https://www.philosophizethis.org/ Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/philosophizethis Philosophize This! Clips: https://www.youtube.com/@philosophizethisclips   Be social: Twitter: https://twitter.com/iamstephenwest Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/philosophizethispodcast TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@philosophizethispodcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/philosophizethisshow   Thank you for making the show possible. 🙂
Today we talk about the revolutionary potential of generative AI. For better or worse.    Support the podcast by checking out our sponsors: Better Help - https://www.betterhelp.com/PHILTHIS LMNT - https://www.drinkLMNT.com/PHILO    Get more: Website: https://www.philosophizethis.org/ Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/philosophizethis Philosophize This! Clips: https://www.youtube.com/@philosophizethisclips   Be social: Twitter: https://twitter.com/iamstephenwest Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/philosophizethispodcast
Get more: Website: https://www.philosophizethis.org/ Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/philosophizethis Philosophize This! Clips: https://www.youtube.com/@philosophizethisclips   Be social: Twitter: https://twitter.com/iamstephenwest Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/philosophizethispodcast TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@philosophizethispodcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/philosophizethisshow   Thank you for making the show possible. 🙂
Today we discuss ideas from John Searle and Noam Chomsky and consider several questions surrounding machine intelligence.  Get more: Website: https://www.philosophizethis.org/ Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/philosophizethis Philosophize This! Clips: https://www.youtube.com/@philosophizethisclips   Be social: Twitter: https://twitter.com/iamstephenwest Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/philosophizethispodcast TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@philosophizethispodcast
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Today we talk about one theory of consciousness known as Panpsychism.   www.philosophizethis.org www.patreon.com/philosophizethis
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Michael Bianchi

it feels very disingenuous to include anarchocapitalism in a discussion about anarchism. my own issues with anarchism aside it is a leftist philosophy that opposes capitalism - this 'philosophy' is just more Ayn Rand nonsense.

Mar 25th
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mahtab haghshenas

Quite new to my whole understanding of the media and the world ! really helped me leap out of the very frames social media or this modern smartness and productivity obsession has defined.

Mar 17th
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Eric Lesage

i would live to hear Zizek speak to Wittgenstein's later work.

Feb 26th
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Amirahmad Bavand

this file is broken

Feb 17th
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Amirahmad Bavand

file is broken

Feb 17th
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Michael Parkanski

Anacho capitalism is an oxymoron, it was created by right wingers to troll leftists

Feb 10th
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Rass

d..d..d.. did you just say hierarchy? 🦞🦞🦞

Jan 15th
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Newt Ripley

Such an amazing,insightful, mind blowing cast. I'm going to be churning this over for days now. Think I will listen to it a couple more times. p.s. you are on fire lately

Dec 19th
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Zahra Hosseini

I'm Iranian and it took me minutes to find out who's Al Kindi especially Avesena because I haven't heard their names in English 😂

Dec 11th
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Peter

Great stuff, really hits the Spirit of the day. With the rise in authoritarianism. Give us more on this issue

Dec 6th
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Peter

A very clever look at the need to Express our emotions. repression if our feelings can cause us damaged. The stoics over look this. Thanks Steven...

Dec 6th
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Ryan Slot

More Agamben!

Dec 5th
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ramin

Maaan, I'm on Episode 3 and iIloved the rocky transitions. Hope it comes in later episodes

Nov 30th
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Maryam Keshmiri

10

Nov 28th
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JJ

it's a bit shallow, but in this day and age, i couldn't help thinking... what a surprise, martha the female philosopher thinks emotions are more important than the stoic male philosophers. it's pretty obvious generally men value facts and logic and feel smarter, while average women value emotions and feel morally superior.

Nov 27th
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Peter

Mighty stuff! love the Casablanca comparison to George Orwell, I burst out laughing. Steve West as usual is dripping with insights...

Oct 7th
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Sohab Ahmed

the question of whether to punish or not to punish someone will also be causally determined. people won't have the agency to determine whether to punish or not right then and there. the causal chain prior to the sentencing the person will determine what will happen next.

Sep 29th
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Golibjon Burkhonov

So many great insights on AI.⚡

Sep 26th
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Peter

Creative & insightful, funny to. At times it leaves a dry smile on your face that only Steven West can bring. I feel i've increased my market value just by listening 🥳...

Sep 17th
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Ali Delzendeh

Perfecto 👍🏽

Sep 5th
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