Theory & Philosophy
What is Symbolic Exchange? | Jean Baudrillard | Keyword

What is Symbolic Exchange? | Jean Baudrillard | Keyword

March 4, 2021

In this episode, I provide an introduction to Jean Baudrillard's notion of "Symbolic Exchange."

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Søren Kierkegaard’s “The Sickness unto Death”

Søren Kierkegaard’s “The Sickness unto Death”

February 27, 2021

In this episode, I present Søren Kierkegaard's "Sickness onto Death," a necessary follow-up to "The Concept of Anxiety."

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My Patreon Philosophy

My Patreon Philosophy

February 23, 2021

Just wanted to briefly share my approach to Patreon for anyone who has thought of contributing!

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Søren Kierkegaard’s “The Concept of Anxiety” (Part 2/2)

Søren Kierkegaard’s “The Concept of Anxiety” (Part 2/2)

February 20, 2021

In this episode, I present the second half of Søren Kierkegaard's "The Concept of Anxiety," which, when coupled with "Sickness Unto Death" that I will present in a couple of weeks, presents a good introduction to Kierkegaard's existential philosophy.

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What is Hungry Listening? | Dylan Robinson | Keyword

What is Hungry Listening? | Dylan Robinson | Keyword

February 17, 2021

In this episode, I'm joined by Dr. Ryan Shuvera to discuss Stó:lō writer, Dylan Robinson's writing on "Hungry Listening." While neither Ryan nor I are equipped to fully comprehend nor extrapolate on the significance of this term, we try to provide a basic introduction to the situation it is meant to describe: colonial listening experiences.

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Søren Kierkegaard’s “The Concept of Anxiety” (Part 1/2)

Søren Kierkegaard’s “The Concept of Anxiety” (Part 1/2)

February 13, 2021

In this episode, I present the first half of Søren Kierkegaard's "The Concept of Anxiety," which, when coupled with "Sickness Unto Death" that I will present in a couple of weeks, presents a good introduction to Kierkegaard's existential philosophy.

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The Chomsky/Foucault Debate

The Chomsky/Foucault Debate

February 10, 2021

In this episode, I try to explain and simplify the Chomsky/Foucault debate. If you want to support me, you can do that with these links:

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Immanuel Kant’s “What is Enlightenment?”

Immanuel Kant’s “What is Enlightenment?”

February 6, 2021

In this short episode, I explain Immanuel Kant's "What is Enlightenment?"

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The Medium is the Message | Marshall McLuhan | Keyword

The Medium is the Message | Marshall McLuhan | Keyword

February 3, 2021

In this episode, I explain what Marshall McLuhan means by "The Medium is the Message."

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bell hooks’ “Eating the Other”

bell hooks’ “Eating the Other”

January 30, 2021

In this episode, I present the seminal "Eating the Other." Here hooks explores the implications of cultural appropriation and racism in globalised capitalism.

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How I got into Theory and Philosophy

How I got into Theory and Philosophy

January 27, 2021

*Had to re-upload this because previous file was broken*

Hi all, got lots of people asking about how I got into this stuff so I just thought I'd share my super banal story, lol.

Peterson essay: https://politikon.iapss.org/index.php/politikon/article/view/11

Thesis: https://ir.lib.uwo.ca/etd/5780/ 

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Michel Foucault’s “My Body, This Paper, This Fire”

Michel Foucault’s “My Body, This Paper, This Fire”

January 23, 2021

In this episode, I present Michel Foucault's "My Body, This Paper, This Fire" which is Foucault's response to Jacques Derrida's critique of "Madness & Civilization."

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What is Cruel Optimism? | Lauren Berlant | Keyword

What is Cruel Optimism? | Lauren Berlant | Keyword

January 20, 2021

In this episode, I try to explain what Lauren Berlant means by "cruel optimism."

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Jacques Derrida’s “Cogito and the History of Madness”

Jacques Derrida’s “Cogito and the History of Madness”

January 16, 2021

In this episode, I tackle Jacques Derrida's "Cogito and History of Madness" which is Derrida's critique of Michel Foucault's use of René Descartes.

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Derrida vs. Foucault

Derrida vs. Foucault

January 12, 2021

In this episode, I prepare for what will follow for the next two weeks: an elaboration on the conflict between Derrida and Foucault on the topic of mad-identified people.

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Sherene Razack’s “The Body as Placeless: Memorializing Colonial Power”

Sherene Razack’s “The Body as Placeless: Memorializing Colonial Power”

January 9, 2021

In this episode, I present Sherene Razack's "The Body as Placeless: Memorializing Colonial Power," a very important text exploring the ongoing colonization of Indigenous bodies in Canada.

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Slavoj Žižek’s “First as Tragedy, Then as Farce”

Slavoj Žižek’s “First as Tragedy, Then as Farce”

January 2, 2021

In this episode, I present Slavoj Žižek's "First as Tragedy, Then as Farce." I'm hard on Žižek here, but in any case this text serves as a good introduction to his philosophy.

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Criticizing “Conspiracism” (Rosenblum and Muirhead)

Criticizing “Conspiracism” (Rosenblum and Muirhead)

December 19, 2020

Something a little different this week (don't worry, this won't be a trend). I just thought I would upload a talk I gave that relates to my dissertation work. Specifically, I argue here about the limitations of Nancy L. Rosenblum and Russell Muirhead notion of "conspiracism" in their book, A Lot of People are Saying.

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What are Conspiracy Panics? | Jack Z. Bratich | Keyword

What are Conspiracy Panics? | Jack Z. Bratich | Keyword

December 16, 2020

In this episode, I take a little detour through my own research to present Jack Z. Bratich's idea of "conspiracy panics."

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Michel Foucault’s “What is an Author?”

Michel Foucault’s “What is an Author?”

December 12, 2020

In this episode, I present Michel Foucault's brilliant but complicated essay, "What is an Author?"

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What is the Social? | Hannah Arendt | Keyword

What is the Social? | Hannah Arendt | Keyword

December 8, 2020

In this episode, I present Hannah Arendt's notion of the "social."

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Gilles Deleuze’s “Postscript on the Societies of Control”

Gilles Deleuze’s “Postscript on the Societies of Control”

December 5, 2020

In this episode, I cover Gilles Deleuze's short essay, "Postscript on the Societies if Control." I'm pretty hard on Deleuze here, and am therefore very open to alternative views about what Deleuze is doing here!

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What is The Public Sphere? | Jürgen Habermas | Keyword

What is The Public Sphere? | Jürgen Habermas | Keyword

December 1, 2020

In this episode, I explain what Jürgen Habermas means by the "public sphere."

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Jacques Derrida’s “Of Grammatology” (Part 2/2)

Jacques Derrida’s “Of Grammatology” (Part 2/2)

November 28, 2020

In this episode, I continue my two-part presentation of "Of Grammatology," Jacques Derrida's inaugural text to place him among the ranks of Foucault, Bourdieu, Lefebvre, Deleuze and others.

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What is Ideology? | Louis Althusser | Keyword

What is Ideology? | Louis Althusser | Keyword

November 25, 2020

In this episode, I explain Ideology according to Louis Althusser.

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Jacques Derrida’s “Of Grammatology” (Part 1/2)

Jacques Derrida’s “Of Grammatology” (Part 1/2)

November 21, 2020

In this episode, I begin my two-part presentation of "Of Grammatology," Jacques Derrida's inaugural text to place him among the ranks of Foucault, Bourdieu, Lefebvre, Deleuze and others.

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What is Biopolitics? | Michel Foucault | Keyword

What is Biopolitics? | Michel Foucault | Keyword

November 19, 2020

In this episode, I present what Michel Foucault means by biopolitics and biopower.

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Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s “On the Origin of Language”

Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s “On the Origin of Language”

November 14, 2020

I present Jean-Jacques Rousseau's "On the Origin of Language" as a preliminary reading for Jacques Derrida's "Of Grammatology" premiering next week!

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What is Deconstruction? | Jacques Derrida | Keyword

What is Deconstruction? | Jacques Derrida | Keyword

November 10, 2020

In this episode, I try to explain provide an introduction to Deconstruction.

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Gloria Anzaldúa’s “Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza”

Gloria Anzaldúa’s “Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza”

November 7, 2020

In this episode, I present Gloria Anzaldúa's "Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza," a seminal text not only for Chicana and Latina feminism, but for all of us.

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What is Ressentiment? | Friedrich Nietzsche | Keyword

What is Ressentiment? | Friedrich Nietzsche | Keyword

November 3, 2020

In this episode, I provide an introduction to Friedrich Nietzsche's term, Ressentiment.

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Adrienne Rich’s “Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence”

Adrienne Rich’s “Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence”

October 31, 2020

In this episode, I present Adrienne Rich's "Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence" where she outlines the necessity to move beyond the assumed naturality of heterosexual couplings that limit women's possibilities at home, at work, and with their own bodies.

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What is Commodity Fetishism? | Karl Marx | Keyword

What is Commodity Fetishism? | Karl Marx | Keyword

October 27, 2020

In this episode, I outline what Karl Marx means with the term, "Commodity Fetishism."

(*Note* At around 15:30 I meant to say Smith and Ricardo, not Marx and Ricardo).

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Gilles Deleuze & Félix Guattari’s “A Thousand Plateaus” (Part 4/4)

Gilles Deleuze & Félix Guattari’s “A Thousand Plateaus” (Part 4/4)

October 24, 2020

In this episode, I conclude my presentation of A Thousand Plateaus covering ch. 12, "1227: Treatise on Nomadology:--The War Machine" (0:00), and ch. 14, "The Smooth and the Striated" (39:14). 

Chapters 11 and 13 I did separately, and the conclusion is more of a summary and so I don't expand upon it here. 

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My Top Theory/Philosophy Books (As of 2020)

My Top Theory/Philosophy Books (As of 2020)

October 20, 2020

Hey all! Got lots of questions about my favorite books/recommendations so here they are!

(*Note*: Fleur Jaeggy is Swiss, not Italian; she just wrote in Italian.)

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Gilles Deleuze & Félix Guattari’s “A Thousand Plateaus” (Part 3/4)

Gilles Deleuze & Félix Guattari’s “A Thousand Plateaus” (Part 3/4)

October 17, 2020

In this episode, I continue A Thousand Plateaus, looking at ch. 8, "1874: Three Novellas or, 'What Happened" (0:00), ch. 9, "1933" Micropolitics and Segmentarity" (18:00), and ch. 10, "1730: Becoming-Intense, Becoming-Animal,-Becoming-Imperceptible..." (36:15). 

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Baudrillard vs. Deleuze & Guattari

Baudrillard vs. Deleuze & Guattari

October 14, 2020

In this episode, I present some of the disagreements between the work of Baudrillard and Deleuze/Guattari.

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Gilles Deleuze & Félix Guattari’s “A Thousand Plateaus” (Part 2/4)

Gilles Deleuze & Félix Guattari’s “A Thousand Plateaus” (Part 2/4)

October 10, 2020

In this episode, I continue presenting A Thousand Plateaus, covering chapter 4: "Nov. 20, 1923: Postulates of Linguistics" (0:00), chapter 5: "587 B.C.-70 A.D.: On Several Regimes of Signs" (25:15), chapter 6: "Nov. 28, 1947: How do you Make Yourself a Body Without Organs?" (43:25), and chapter 7: "Year One: Faciality" (53:18). 

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Dialectic | Plato, Kant, Hegel, Marx | Keyword

Dialectic | Plato, Kant, Hegel, Marx | Keyword

October 7, 2020

In this episode, I present what the "dialectic" is. I present its variations across the history of philosophy from Plato to Marx to supply you with the most holistic presentation that I am capable of presenting at this moment.

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Gilles Deleuze & Félix Guattari’s “A Thousand Plateaus” (Part 1/4)

Gilles Deleuze & Félix Guattari’s “A Thousand Plateaus” (Part 1/4)

October 3, 2020

In this episode, I begin my presentation of Gilles Deleuze & Félix Guattari's A Thousand Plateaus by covering chapter 1, "Introduction: Rhizome" (0:00), chapter 2, "1914: One or Severeal Wolves?" (15:25) and chapter 3, "10,000 B.C.: The Geology of Morals (Who Does the Earth Think it is?)" (24:12).

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