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Why Theory

Todd McGowan & Ryan Engley
TV & Film

Why Theory brings continental philosophy and psychoanalytic theory together to examine cultural phenomena.

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Latest Episodes

Ryan and Todd begin a series of discussions about the classical Hollywood genres with the screwball comedy, a genre that centers on the sexual antagonism. They look at the film that kicks off the genre, It Happened One Night, as well as the high poin... more

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9 days ago

Ryan and Todd are joined for the episode by James Godley, who recently organized a conference on mourning and the pandemic, entitled "In the Wake of the Plague" (which one can access here: https://sites.dartmouth.edu/wake-of-the-plague/), to discuss ... more

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23 days ago

Ryan and Todd analyze Freud's essay "Wild Psychoanalysis" and delve into the problem of treating symptoms with knowledge rather than addressing the enjoyment that they offer. Even though this is a minor Freud essay, it provides one of the pillars for... more

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a month ago

Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars from 632 ratings
  • Stimulating, substantive discussions in every episode. The hosts have great rapport and they are clearly passionate about what they do. They successfully make some very abstract theory fun and engaging, showing how it can apply to a wide range of topics in media, culture, and politics.

    Podcast Addict
    5
    xolotlll
    3 months ago
  • Great Podcasy!

    This is one of the most informative podcasts out there!

    Apple Podcasts
    5
    tourage
    Canada3 months ago
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    5
    Benjamin Siciliano
    United States3 months ago
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    Apple Podcasts
    5
    goodluckjonboy
    United States3 months ago
  • Just excellent

    The episodes I’ve listened to anyway. I keep my ears pretty open. And I hear things here that I want to talk to people about that I don’t hear anywhere else.

    Apple Podcasts
    5
    kat8478493
    United States3 months ago

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