By Todd McGowan & Ryan Engley
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Why Theory brings continental philosophy and psychoanalytic theory together to examine cultural phenomenon.
||Explicit(Neo)liberalism||In this episode, Ryan and Todd debate the politic…||11/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDas Ding (with Guest Host Rick Boothby)||Quick note: This episode was distance recorded in…||11/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitRupture||In this episode, Todd and Ryan discuss the theore…||10/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSurveillance, Punishment, Crime||On this episode, Todd and I discuss the interrela…||10/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDialectics||In this episode, Todd and I discuss dialectics (a…||10/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDesire & Drive||In this episode, Todd and I work through two of p…||9/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPolitical Enjoyment||On this episode, Todd and I discuss enjoyment in …||8/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMaster Signifier||Thanks for tuning in to Why Theory. On this episo…||8/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Universal and The Particular||In this episode, Todd and Ryan theorize the unive…||7/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWhere to Start 3: Heidegger, Badiou, Agamben, Butler, Derrida||On this episode, Todd and Ryan discuss the follow…||7/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSports: Ideology, Enjoyment, Contradiction||Just in time for the World Cup to have already st…||6/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWhere to Start/ Where Not to Start 2: Hegel, Marx, Fanon, Deleuze, Foucault||Discussed in this episode: Hegel, Marx, Fanon, De…||5/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWhere to Start/ Where Not to Start||Thanks for joining us on Why Theory. In this epis…||5/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCGI, Anxiety, The Last Jedi||As Freud famously said to Jung upon their arrival…||4/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 8: The Oscars||On this episode, Todd and I discuss the Oscars. W…||2/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 7: Ideology||On this episode, Todd and I discuss ideology and …||2/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 6: Seriality||On this episode, Todd gives me the floor to discu…||1/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 5: Lubitsch/ To Be or Not to Be||In this episode, Todd and Ryan discuss Ernst Lubi…||12/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 4: Fake News||In this episode of Why Theory, a podcast that bri…||12/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitLACK 2017: Social Tie, Universality, Plus, Arrival||In this "state of the theory" podcast, Todd and R…||11/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 2: Blade Runner 2049||In this episode, Todd and Ryan discuss Denis Vill…||10/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 1: Theories of Comedy||In this first episode, Todd and Ryan stamp out a …||10/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Exactly What I Was Looking For
Really great podcast. I was in need of a social theory primer and I got that and so much more. Genuinely informative and entertaining. Keep up the good work!
There is no other podcast I look forward to more than Why Theory. I wish they would release episodes more consistently, but the level of quality of each episode is probably the reason why they take a while. The chemistry between McGowan and Engley is great. They’re such clear and clever thinkers. If you’re into psychoanalytic theory and continental philosophy tied together with politics, this podcast is on point!
The answer to what podcasting was lacking is finally here
Easily one of the most engaging podcasts I’ve listened to in a long time. I’ve followed McGowan’s work for several years, and this podcast matches the clarity, precision, and engagement of his written work.
McGowan is a former professor of mine, so perhaps I’m biased. But with that said, if you want to understand how psychoanalysis and critical theory work, then listen to Why Theory.