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  1. Hello everyone! I am an amateur philosopher, and love pondering the vast questions that sometimes have no defined answers, and sometimes have too many defined answers. I have tried my hand at reading various philosophers, Plato, Nietzsche, Aristotle, Jung, Humes, and whatever else I come across. The only problem is that I am generally a pretty slow reader. For this reason, I have found podcasts to be incredibly useful. Podcasts march along at a steady pace, and are laid out to hold your attention till the end. If anyone else has trouble finishing a book within a month, I would recommend the podcasts listed below; the History of Philosophy Without any Gaps. -This podcast does an excellent job of clearly laying out, as close as possible, all the philosophical theories that have existed through the whole world since philosophy began. This is a great podcast for people who are getting interested in philosophy and don't know where to start. It is also a great resource for people who know some philosophy, but would really like to know more of the history behind their favorite philosophical theories. Though the narrator can be a bit dry in his explanation, he does a great job of going in depth on the thoughts of the philosopher, the reactions of other philosophers, the relevant culture of the time, and why the idea is important to the progression of philosophy. Philosophy for our Times -A podcast held by the institute of art and ideas. This is my favorite philosophy podcast, as they usually discuss current topics that I am really interested in. The layout of the podcast is the most professional I have come across as well, so it has been consistently a great source of information. The layout of the podcast generally follows this progression: 1. The topic is introduced with some key reasons why the topic is controversial. 2. The speakers are introduced. The speakers are usually world leaders in their field, which is relevant to the topic. 3. The speakers give an opening statement, summarizing why they take a certain position on the proposed topic. 4. The host picks some key part of the heard arguments, and questions people about that specific part, allowing for rebuttals and more in depth discussion. etc. The reason I love this podcast is because it brings leading minds together to discuss a single topic. From these well researched individuals, you get to hear very nuanced positions and see well fleshed out sides to an argument. There have been many times I started the podcast with an initial position on a topic and switched my position on the topic by the end of the episode. I would recommend this podcast for anyone who likes to think deeply about current topics like biological determinism versus free will, post modernism, physics influence on world perception and it's merits, moral philosophy, and much more. Intelligence Squared Debate - Intelligence squared is a company in support of civil discourse. They create podcasts that allow for people to voice their opinions in full, so that hopefully their side of the argument is more understood. Intelligence squared debate is very similar to philosophy for our times (PFOT), in that they bring in leaders of a certain field to discuss a certain topic. The difference is that the layout is designed to be more like speech and debate, than a discussion. Like PFOT, each speaker has an initial statement on the topic, then a rebuttal. However, the topic is posed as a resolution, 'fast food is detrimental to United States Citizens', on which the debaters must say why the are for or against the resolution. Afterwards the mediator then breaks in to two or three subtopics of the specific debate. Each debater gives a closing statement, then opens up to questions from the audience. This podcast provides the same benefit as philosophy for our times, but the topics are not always critical, the debates are not always as well held, and the atmosphere is more competitive. Those are the main three I am subscribed to. If anyone has thoughts about these podcasts, or recommendations for other podcasts to listen to, I would love to hear your reply!
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