History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps

By Peter Adamson

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 Jul 4, 2018
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Peter Adamson, Professor of Philosophy at the LMU in Munich and at King's College London, takes listeners through the history of philosophy, "without any gaps". www.historyofphilosophy.net

Episode Date
HoP 314 - Katerina Ierodiakonou on Byzantine Commentaries
30:45

A chat about commentaries on Aristotle from Byzantium with guest Katerina Ierodiakonou.

Dec 16, 2018
HoP 313 - Queen of the Sciences - Anna Komnene and her Circle
20:43

Princess Anna Komnene makes good use of her political retirement by gathering a circle of scholars to write commentaries on Aristotle.

Dec 02, 2018
HoP 312 - Past Masters - Byzantine Historiography
19:43

The larger meaning of history in the chronicles written by Michael Psellos, Michael Attaleiates, Anna Komnene, and Niketas Choniates.

Nov 18, 2018
HoP 311 - The Elements of Style - Rhetoric in Byzantium
19:38

Psellos and other experts in rhetoric explore how this art of persuasion relates to philosophy.

Nov 04, 2018
HoP 310 - Purple Prose - Byzantine Political Philosophy
23:50

Byzantine political thought from the time of Justinian down to the Palaiologos dynasty wrestles with the nature and scope of imperial power.

Oct 21, 2018
HoP 309 - Hooked on Classics - Italos and the Debate over Pagan Learning
19:57

The trial of John Italos and other signs of Byzantine disquiet with the pagan philosophical tradition.

Oct 07, 2018
HoP 308 - Dominic O'Meara on Michael Psellos
31:50

Dominic O'Meara speaks to Peter about Michael Psellos, focusing especially on his political philosophy.

Sep 23, 2018
HoP 307 - Consul of the Philosophers - Michael Psellos
17:20

Michael Psellos and his attitude towards pagan philosophy and the political life.

Sep 09, 2018
Bonus Episode - Glenn Adamson on Material Intelligence
31:21

Peter's twin brother Glenn Adamson discusses the philosophical implications of craft.

Aug 11, 2018
HoP 306 - Collectors’ Items - Photius and Byzantine Compilations
19:43

Photius, “the inventor of the book review,” and other Byzantine scholars who preserved ancient learning.

Jul 29, 2018
HoP 305 - Andrew Louth on John of Damascus
29:43

Peter is joined by Andrew Louth for a discussion of John of Damascus and his theological use of philosophy.

Jul 15, 2018
HoP 304 - Behind Enemy Lines - John of Damascus
19:39

John of Damascus helps to shape the Byzantine understanding of humankind and the veneration of images, despite living in Islamic territory.

Jul 01, 2018
HoP 303 - Don’t Picture This - Iconoclasm
21:25

Is it idolatry to venerate an icon of a saint, or of Christ? The dispute leads the Byzantines to ponder the relation between an image and its object.

Jun 17, 2018
HoP 302 - On the Eastern Front - Philosophy in Syriac and Armenian
21:05

Eastern Christian philosophy outside of Constantinople, focusing on translation and exegesis in the languages of Syriac and Armenian.

Jun 03, 2018
HoP 301 - The Empire Strikes Back - Introduction to Byzantine Philosophy
23:20

We begin to look at the third tradition of medieval philosophy, in which the heritage of classical antiquity is preserved and debated by the Byzantines.

May 20, 2018
HoP 300b - The Relevance of Medieval Philosophy Today
01:13:06

Peter King, Catarina Dutilh Novaes, and Russ Friedman discuss their approaches to medieval philosophy, and its contemporary relevance.

May 06, 2018
HoP 300a - The Relevance of Ancient Philosophy Today
01:21:29

Rachel Barney, Christof Rapp, and Mark Kalderon join Peter to discuss the importance of ancient philosophy for today's philosophers.

Apr 22, 2018
HoP 299 - Robert Pasnau on Substance in Scholasticism
30:05

Bob Pasnau joins Peter to discuss ideas about substance from Aquinas down to the time of Locke, Leibniz and Descartes.

Apr 08, 2018
Africana Philosophy Announcement
02:17

New paperbacks and a new series!

Apr 06, 2018
HoP 298 - Renaissance Men - Ramon Llull and Petrarch
21:59

The Renaissance ideals of humanism and universal science flourish already in the medieval period, in the works of Petrarch and Ramon Llull.

Mar 25, 2018
HoP 297 - The Prague Spring - Scholasticism Across Europe
20:46

New ideas and and new universities in Italy and greater Germany including Vienna and Prague, where Jan Hus carries on the radical ideas of Wyclif.

Mar 11, 2018
HoP 296 - Morning Star of the Reformation - John Wyclif
19:09

John Wyclif refutes nominalism and inspires the Lollard movement, which anticipated Reformation thought with its critique of the church.

Feb 25, 2018
HoP 295 - The Most Christian Doctor - Jean Gerson
20:44

Jean Gerson’s role in the political disputes of his day, the spread of lay devotion and affective mysticism, and the debate over the Romance of the Rose initiated by Christine de Pizan.

Feb 11, 2018
HoP 294 - Isabel Davis on Sexuality and Marriage in Chaucer
31:49

Peter is joined by Isabel Davis to discuss marriage, sex and chastity in Chaucer, focusing on the Wife of Bath's speech.

Jan 28, 2018
HoP 293 - The Good Wife - Gender and Sexuality in the Middle Ages
23:24

Medieval attitudes towards homosexuality, sex and chastity, and the status of women. Authors discussed include Aquinas, Catherine of Siena, and Chaucer.

Jan 14, 2018
HoP 292 - Say it With Poetry - Chaucer and Langland
20:03

Philosophical themes in Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales” and “Troilus and Criseyde,” as well as Langland’s “Piers Plowman.”

Dec 31, 2017
HoP 291 - Alle Maner of Thyng Shall be Welle - English Mysticism
18:48

Julian of Norwich’s Shewings and the Cloud of Unknowing lay out challenging paths to knowledge of, and union with, God.

Dec 17, 2017
HoP 290 - Martin Pickavé on Emotions in Medieval Philosophy
29:14

Martin Pickavé returns to the podcast to talk about theories of the emotions in Aquinas, Scotus and Wodeham.

Dec 03, 2017
HoP 289 - A Wing and a Prayer - Angels in Medieval Philosophy
20:46

Be surprised by how many philosophical problems arise in connection with angels (how many can dance on the head of a pin is not one of them).

Nov 19, 2017
HoP 288 - Men in Black - The German Dominicans
19:45

Dietrich of Freiberg, Berthold of Moosburg, John Tauler and Henry Suso explore Neoplatonism and mysticism.

Nov 05, 2017
HoP 287 - Down to the Ground - Meister Eckhart
18:37

The scholastic and mystic Meister Eckhart sets out his daring speculations about God and humankind in both Latin and German.

Oct 22, 2017
HoP 286 - On the Money - Medieval Economic Theory
21:35

Changing ideas about money, just price, and usury, up to the time of Buridan, Oresme, and Gregory of Rimini.

Oct 08, 2017
HoP 285 - Dominik Perler on Medieval Skepticism
28:59

The medievals were too firm in their beliefs to entertain skeptical worries, right? Don't be so sure, as Peter learns from Dominik Perler.

Sep 24, 2017
HoP 284 - Seeing is Believing - Nicholas of Autrecourt’s Skeptical Challenge
22:04

The debate between Nicholas of Autrecourt and John Buridan on whether it is possible to achieve certain knowledge.

Aug 13, 2017
HoP 283 - Jack Zupko on John Buridan
32:22

Peter speaks to Jack Zupko about John Buridan's secular and parsimonious approach to philosophy.

Jul 30, 2017
HoP 282 - Portrait of the Artist - John Buridan
20:29

The hipster’s choice for favorite scholastic, John Buridan, sets out a nominalist theory of knowledge and language, and explains the workings of free will.

Jul 16, 2017
HoP 281 - Monica Green on Medieval Medicine
37:26

An interview with Monica Green reveals parallels between medicine and philosophy in the middle ages.

Jul 02, 2017
HoP 280 - Get to the Point - Fourteenth Century Physics
20:49

Ockham, Buridan, Oresme and Francis of Marchia explore infinity, continuity, atomism, and the impetus involved in motion.

Jun 18, 2017
HoP 279 - Quadrivial Pursuits - the Oxford Calculators
21:52

Bradwardine and other thinkers based at Oxford make breakthroughs in physics by applying mathematics to motion.

Jun 04, 2017
HoP 278 - Sara Uckelman on Obligations
43:17

Sara Uckelman soundly defeats Peter in the medieval logical game of "obligations."

May 21, 2017
HoP 277 - Trivial Pursuits - Fourteenth Century Logic
19:40

The scholastics discuss the ambiguity of terms, the nature of logical inference, and logical paradoxes, and play the game of “obligations.”

May 07, 2017
HoP 276 - Back to the Future - Foreknowledge and Predestination
20:33

Scotus, Ockham, and Bradwardine ask how we can be free if God knows and chooses the things we will do in the future.

Apr 23, 2017
HoP 275 - Keeping it Real - Responses to Ockham
20:04

Walter Burley flies the flag for realism against Ockham and other nominalists.

Apr 09, 2017
HoP 274 - Susan Brower-Toland on Ockham's Philosophy of Mind
29:21

An interview with Susan Brower-Toland covering Ockham's views on cognition, consciousness, and memory.

Mar 26, 2017
HoP 273 - What Do You Think? - Ockham on Mental Language
21:43

How the language of thought relates to spoken and written language, according to William of Ockham.

Mar 12, 2017
HoP 272 - A Close Shave - Ockham’s Nominalism
20:32

Ockham trims away the unnecessary entities posited by other scholastics.

Feb 26, 2017
HoP 271 - Do As You’re Told - Ockham on Ethics and Political Philosophy
19:17

William of Ockham on freedom of action and freedom of thought.

Feb 12, 2017
HoP 270 - Render unto Caesar - Marsilius of Padua
22:17

In his book Defender of the Peace, Marsilius of Padua develops new theories of representative government, rights, and ownership.

Jan 29, 2017
Democracy and the History of Philosophy
13:31

Peter muses on recent political events in light of the history of philosophy.

Jan 21, 2017
HoP 269 - Our Power is Real - The Clash of Church and State
19:22

Giles of Rome and Dante on the rival claims of the church and secular rulers.

Jan 15, 2017
HoP 268 - To Hell and Back - Dante Alighieri
20:12

Italy’s greatest poet Dante Alighieri was also a philosopher, as we learn from his Convivio and of course the Divine Comedy.

Jan 01, 2017
HoP 267 - After Virtue - Marguerite Porete
20:22

Marguerite Porete is put to death for her exploration of the love of God, The Mirror of Simple Souls.

Dec 18, 2016
HoP 266 - Tom Pink on the Will
32:03

A conversation with Tom Pink about medieval theories of freedom and action.

Dec 04, 2016
HoP 265 - Time of the Signs - the Fourteenth Century
20:45

An introduction to philosophy in the 14th century, focusing on two big ideas: nominalism and voluntarism.

Nov 20, 2016
HoP 264 - Giorgio Pini on Scotus on Knowledge
30:33
Peter hears about Duns Scotus' epistemology from expert Giorgio Pini.
Nov 06, 2016
HoP 263 - One in a Million - Scotus on Universals and Individuals
24:18
Scotus explains how things can share a nature in common while being unique individuals.
Oct 23, 2016
HoP 262 - On Command - Scotus on Ethics
21:37
Scotus argues that morality is a matter of freely choosing to follow God’s freely issued commands.
Oct 09, 2016
HoP 261 - To Will or Not to Will - Scotus on Freedom
20:10
Scotus develops a novel theory of free will and, along the way, rethinks the notions of necessity and possibility.
Sep 25, 2016
HoP 260 - Once and for All - Scotus on Being
20:32
Duns Scotus attacks the proposal of Aquinas and Henry of Ghent that being is subject to analogy.
Sep 11, 2016
HoP 259 - Richard Cross on Philosophy and the Trinity
26:05
Medieval discussions of the Trinity charted new metaphysical territory, as we see in this interview with Richard Cross.
Jul 31, 2016
HoP 258 - Here Comes the Son - The Trinity and the Eucharist
20:30
Philosophy is pushed to its limits to provide rational explanations of two Christian theological doctrines.
Jul 17, 2016
HoP 257 - Martin Pickave on Henry of Ghent and Freedom
27:26
An interview with Martin Pickavé on voluntarism in Henry of Ghent.
Jul 03, 2016
HoP 256 - Frequently Asked Questions - Henry of Ghent
20:48
Henry of Ghent, now little known but a leading scholastic in the late 13th century, makes influential proposals on all the debates of his time.
Jun 19, 2016
HoP 255 - Andreas Speer on Medieval Aesthetics
32:41
Does medieval art tell us anything about medieval theories of aesthetics? Peter finds out from Andreas Speer.
Jun 05, 2016
HoP 254 - Love, Reign Over Me - The Romance of the Rose
22:46
Sex, reason, and religion in Jean de Meun’s completion of an allegory of courtly love, the Roman de la Rose.
May 22, 2016
HoP 253 - Let Me Count the Ways - Speculative Grammar
21:01
The “modistae” explore the links between language, the mind, and reality.
May 08, 2016
HoP 252 - Neverending Story - the Eternity of the World
22:21
Aquinas, Bonaventure, and the so-called “Latin Averroists” take up the question of whether the universe has always existed, and settle once and for all which comes first, the chicken or the egg.
Apr 24, 2016
HoP 251 - Masters of the University - “Latin Averroism"
23:27
Did Siger of Brabant and Boethius of Dacia, who have been called “Latin Averroists” and “radical Aristotelians,” really embrace a doctrine of “double truth”?
Apr 10, 2016
HoP 250 - Q&A
41:17
Peter answers listener questions on the nature of philosophy and the podcast series.
Mar 27, 2016
HoP 249 - Paris When it Sizzles - the Condemnations
21:27
Two rounds of condemnations at Paris declare certain philosophical teachings as heretical. But what were the long term effects?
Mar 13, 2016
HoP 248 - Scott MacDonald on Aquinas
28:06
Scott MacDonald joins Peter to discuss Thomas Aquinas' views on human knowledge.
Feb 28, 2016
HoP 247 - Onward, Christian Soldiers - Just War Theory
21:59
Aquinas follows medieval legal thinkers in defining the conditions under which war may be justified, and proposes his famous doctrine of double effect.
Feb 14, 2016
HoP 246 - What Pleases the Prince - The Rule of Law
24:11
Natural law and political legitimacy in thirteenth century thinkers up to and including Thomas Aquinas.
Jan 31, 2016
HoP 245 - What Comes Naturally - Ethics in Albert and Aquinas
20:56
Natural and supernatural virtue and happiness in Thomas Aquinas and his teacher, Albert the Great.
Jan 17, 2016
HoP 244 - Everybody Needs Some Body - Aquinas on Soul and Knowledge
19:38
Thomas Aquinas makes controversial claims concerning the unity of the soul and the empirical basis of human knowledge.
Jan 03, 2016
HoP 243 - The Ox Heard Round the World - Thomas Aquinas
22:21
An introduction to Thomas Aquinas, his views on faith and reason, and his famous “five ways” of proving God’s existence.
Dec 20, 2015
HoP 242 - Therese Cory on Self-Awareness in Albert and Aquinas
33:34
Therese Cory tells Peter what Albert the Great and Thomas Aquinas thought about self-awareness.
Dec 06, 2015
HoP 241 - The Shadow Knows - Albert the Great’s Metaphysics
18:43
Albert the Great’s theory of being and his attempt to explain what changes in the human mind when we come to see God in the afterlife.
Nov 22, 2015
HoP 240 - Animal, Vegetable, Mineral - Albert the Great’s Natural Philosophy
20:18
Albert the Great earns his nickname “universal doctor” by devoting himself to the whole of nature, from geology and botany to the study of human nature.
Nov 08, 2015
HoP 239 - Catarina Dutilh Novaes on Medieval Logic
33:25
Was medieval logic "formal"? Peter finds out from Catarina Dutilh Novaes.
Oct 25, 2015
HoP 238 - Binding Arbitration - Robert Kilwardby
21:57
Robert Kilwardby is infamous for his ban on teaching certain philosophical ideas at Oxford, yet made contributions in logic and on the soul.
Oct 11, 2015
HoP 237 - Begin the Beguine - Hadewijch and Mechthild of Magdeburg
21:58
Two Beguine authors, Hadewijch and Mechthild of Magdeburg, deploy the tropes of courtly love in vernacular writings about their mystical experiences.
Sep 27, 2015
Indian Philosophy Announcement!
04:25
New feed for Philosophy in India: http://hopwag2.podbean.com/feed/
Sep 19, 2015
HoP 236 - None for Me, Thanks - Franciscan Poverty
21:53
Bonaventure and Peter Olivi respond to critics of the Franciscan vow of poverty, in a debate which produced new ideas about economics and rights.
Aug 09, 2015
HoP 235 - Juhana Toivanen on Animals in Medieval Philosophy
24:57
Medieval ideas about what animals do and do not have in common with humans, and how we should treat them.
Aug 02, 2015
HoP 234 - Your Attention Please - Peter Olivi
23:49
Peter Olivi proposes that awareness occurs not through passively being affected by things, but by actively paying attention to them.
Jul 26, 2015
HoP 233 - Stairway to Heaven - Bonaventure
22:11
Bonaventure argues that human knowledge depends on an illumination from God.
Jul 19, 2015
HoP 232 - Charles Burnett on Magic
30:58
Charles Burnett tells Peter about the role of magic in medieval intellectual life.
Jul 12, 2015
HoP 231 - Origin of Species - Roger Bacon
22:48
Roger Bacon extols the power of science based on experience and uses a general theory of "species" to explain light and vision.
Jul 05, 2015
HoP 230 - A Light That Never Goes Out - Robert Grosseteste
19:46
Translator, scientist and theologian Robert Grosseteste sheds light on the cosmos, human understanding, and the rainbow.
Jun 28, 2015
HoP 229 - Do the Right Thing - Thirteenth Century Ethics
19:24
The scholastics explore Aristotle’s ethical teaching and the concept of moral conscience.
Jun 21, 2015
HoP 228 - It's All Good - The Transcendentals
23:28
Philip the Chancellor introduces the transcendentals, a key idea in medieval metaphysics and aesthetics.
Jun 14, 2015
HoP 227 - Stayin’ Alive - Thirteenth Century Psychology
21:21
John Blund and William of Auvergne draw on Aristotle and Avicenna to argue that the soul is immaterial and immortal.
Jun 07, 2015
HoP 226 - Full of Potential - Thirteenth Century Physics
22:07
Richard Rufus and anonymous commentators on Aristotle explore the nature of motion, time, infinity and space.
May 31, 2015
HoP 225 - No Uncertain Terms - Thirteenth Century Logic
23:28
The terminist logicians William of Sherwood and Peter of Spain classify the various ways that language can relate to the world.
May 24, 2015
HoP 224 - Kent Emery on Institutions of Learning
28:16
Kent Emery joins Peter to discuss the effects of monastic and university culture on medieval philosophy.
May 17, 2015
HoP 223 - Straw Men - The Rise of the Universities
22:04
The emergence of universities in Paris, Oxford, Bologna and elsewhere provide the main setting for medieval philosophy in the 13th century and beyond.
May 10, 2015
HoP 222 - Rediscovery Channel - Translations into Latin
23:44
Greek and Arabic sources are rendered into Latin in a translation movement that will revolutionize medieval philosophy.
May 03, 2015
HoP 221 - Leading Light - Hildegard of Bingen
22:22
The life, visions, political intrigues and scientific interests of Hildegard of Bingen.
Apr 26, 2015
HoP 220 - Caroline Humfress on the Roots of Medieval Law
34:29
A discussion about Roman law and its reception in the medieval period, with ancient law expert Caroline Humfress.
Apr 19, 2015
HoP 219 - Law and Order - Gratian and Peter Lombard
22:12
Gratian and Peter Lombard help bring scholasticism to maturity by systematizing law and theology.
Apr 12, 2015
HoP 218 - Two Swords - Early Medieval Political Philosophy
22:13
The “Investiture Contest” between church and state and the first major work of medieval political philosophy, John of Salisbury’s Policraticus.
Apr 05, 2015
HoP 217 - Andrew Arlig on Parts and Wholes
29:16
Andrew Arlig joins Peter to discuss medieval discussions of mereology (the study of parts and wholes).
Mar 28, 2015
HoP 216 - One of a Kind - Gilbert of Poitiers on Individuation
22:30
Gilbert of Poitiers proposes a unique way to explain how each individual is the individual it is.
Mar 22, 2015
HoP 215 - The Medieval Podcasters
01:01:11
In this special episode, Peter chats with the hosts of the History of the Crusades, History of Byzantium, and British History podcasts.
Mar 15, 2015
HoP 214 - The Good Book - Philosophy of Nature
19:13
As early medieval science blossoms, Bernard Silvestris and Alan of Lille personify Nature in their philosophical prose-poems.
Mar 08, 2015
HoP 213 - On the Shoulders of Giants - Philosophy at Chartres
22:08
The controversial role of Chartres in the philosophical Renaissance of the twelfth century.
Feb 27, 2015
HoP 212 - Like Father, Like Son - Debating the Trinity
22:40
Discussion, debate and denunciation of philosophical attempts to explain the Trinity in Abelard, Richard of St Victor and Bernard of Clairvaux.
Feb 22, 2015
HoP 211 - Learn Everything - the Victorines
23:21
Hugh of Saint Victor and other scholars of the same abbey combine secular learning with spirituality.
Feb 15, 2015
HoP 210 - John Marenbon on Peter Abelard
27:34
John Marenbon returns to the podcast to discuss Abelard's views on necessity and freedom..
Feb 08, 2015
HoP 209 - It’s the Thought that Counts - Abelard’s Ethics
21:11
Peter Abelard sets out an innovative ethical theory that identifies intentions as the core of moral life.
Feb 01, 2015
HoP 208 - Get Thee to a Nunnery - Heloise and Abelard
19:13
Peter Abelard and Heloise prove themselves to be fascinating thinkers as well as star-crossed lovers.
Jan 25, 2015
HoP 207 - All or Nothing - The Problem of Universals
23:11
Abelard and other logicians of the 12th century argue over the status of universals: are they words or things?
Jan 18, 2015
HoP 206 - Eileen Sweeney on Anselm
24:20
Anselm expert Eileen Sweeney discusses his approach to philosophy and the devotional aspect of his works.
Jan 11, 2015
HoP 205 - Somebody's Perfect - Anselm's Ontological Argument
19:39
The most famous argument in medieval philosophy is Anselm's proof of God's existence. But how is it supposed to work?
Jan 04, 2015
HoP 204 - A Canterbury Tale - Anselm's Life and Works
19:40
Anselm offers more than his famous ontological argument, including a subtle account of human freedom.
Dec 28, 2014
HoP 203 - Virgin Territory - Peter Damian on Changing the Past
20:12
Peter Damian takes up a question with surprising philosophical implications: can God restore virginity to a woman who has lost it?
Dec 21, 2014
HoP 202 - Philosophers Anonymous - the Roots of Scholasticism
22:51
Little-known authors prepare the way for scholasticism with glosses on logic, metaphysical debate, and a poem about a cat.
Dec 13, 2014
HoP 201 - Stephen Gersh on Medieval Platonism
30:50
Stephen Gersh (who was Peter's doctoral advisor!) joins him to discuss the sources and influence of Platonism in the Middle Ages.
Dec 05, 2014
HoP 200 - Jill Kraye and John Marenbon on Medieval Philosophy
38:53
We celebrate reaching episode 200 with a special double interview on the problem of defining medieval philosophy.
Nov 29, 2014
HoP 199 - Much Ado About Nothing - Eriugena's Periphyseon
22:17
Eriugena delves into the Greek tradition to produce his masterpiece of metaphysics and theology, the Periphyseon.
Nov 22, 2014
HoP 198 - Grace Notes - Eriugena and the Predestination Controversy
22:09
John Scotus Eriugena debates free will with his rival Gottschalk, arguing that God predestines the saved but not the damned.
Nov 16, 2014
HoP 197 - Charles in Charge - The Carolingian Renaissance
20:57
Alcuin leads a resurgence of interest in philosophy and the liberal arts at the court of Charlemagne.
Nov 09, 2014
HoP 196 - Arts of Darkness - Introduction to Medieval Philosophy
20:02
Peter launches the series of podcasts on philosophy in medieval Latin Christendom with a look ahead at what’s to come.
Nov 03, 2014
HoP 195 - Anke von Kügelgen on Contemporary Islamic Thought
44:12
Anke von Kügelgen joins Peter to discuss developments over the last century or so, including attitudes towards past thinkers like Avicenna, Averroes and Ibn Taymiyya.
Oct 26, 2014
HoP 194 - Iran So Far - After Ṣadrā
22:45
From Sabzawārī in the 19th century to Seyyed Hossein Nasr today, Iranian thinkers promote and respond to the thought of Mullā Ṣadrā.
Oct 19, 2014
HoP 193 - All for One and One for All - Muḥammad 'Abdūh and Muḥammad Iqbāl
23:13
Muḥammad 'Abdūh and Muḥammad Iqbāl challenge colonialism and the traditional religious scholars of Islam.
Oct 12, 2014
HoP 192 - The Stronger Sex - Women Scholars and Islam
22:41
Fatema Mernissi and others challenge the long-standing (but not complete) exclusion of women from the intellectual traditions of Islam.
Oct 06, 2014
HoP 191 - The Young Ones: Encounters with European Thought
24:43
18th and 19th century intellectuals in India and the Ottoman empire, from Shāh Walī Allāh to the Young Turks, continue Islamic traditions and grapple with European science.
Oct 03, 2014
HoP 190 - Turkish Delights - Philosophy under the Ottomans
22:15
Kātib Çelebi defends cigarettes and coffee, in just one of several philosophical and religious debates in the Ottoman empire.
Aug 24, 2014
HoP 189 - Subcontinental Drift - Philosophy in Islamic India
23:55
Ideas spread to Mughal India from Iran, and prince Dārā Shikūh seeks to unite the wisdom of the Upanishads with the Koran.
Aug 17, 2014
HoP 188 - Sajjad Rizvi on Mulla Sadra
00:00
Sajjad Rizvi talks to Peter about Mullā Ṣadrā's views on eternity, God's knowledge and the afterlife.
Aug 10, 2014
HoP 187 - Return to Sender - Mulla Sadra on Motion and Knowledge
21:21
Mullā Ṣadrā proposes that all things are like sharks: in constant motion.
Aug 03, 2014
HoP 186 - To Be, Continued - Mulla Sadra on Existence
22:08
Mullā Ṣadrā, greatest thinker of early modern Iran, unveils his radical new understanding of existence.
Jul 27, 2014
HoP 185 - Follow the Leader - Philosophy under the Safavids
24:23
Philosophy in Safavid Iran, and a look back at earlier philosophy among Shiites.
Jul 20, 2014
HoP 184 - Robert Wisnovsky on Commentary Culture
30:28
Robert Wisnovsky joins Peter to discuss the enormous body of unstudied philosophical commentaries in the later Eastern Islamic world.
Jul 13, 2014
HoP 183 - Family Feud - Philosophy at Shiraz
22:09
The roots of the Safavid philosophical tradition in some rather ill-tempered debates at Shīrāz.
Jul 06, 2014
HoP 182 - Aftermath - Philosophy and Science in the Mongol Age
21:44
Philosophy and science survive and even thrive through the coming of the Mongols.
Jun 29, 2014
HoP 181 - By the Book - Ibn Taymiyya
21:13
The controversial jurist Ibn Taymiyya sets forth an originalist theory of law and a searching criticism of the philosophers’ logic.
Jun 22, 2014
HoP 180 - Proof Positive - The Logical Tradition
22:33
Later Islamic logicians try to solve the Liar Paradox and take on the advances of Avicenna's logic.
Jun 16, 2014
HoP 179 - Mohammed Rustom on Philosophical Sufism
37:26
Peter is joined by Mohammed Rustom in a discussion about Sufi authors including Ibn 'Arabī and Rūmī
Jun 08, 2014
HoP 178 - Eyes Wide Shut - Rumi and Philosophical Sufism
22:36
The Persian poet Rūmī and mystical philosopher al-Qūnawī carry on the legacy of Sufism.
Jun 01, 2014
HoP 177 - To Be or Not to Be - Debating Avicenna’s Metaphysics
21:43
Avicenna’s distinction between essence and existence triggers a running debate among philosophers and theologians.
May 24, 2014
HoP 176 - A Man for all Seasons - al-Tusi
23:19
Naṣīr al-Dīn al-Ṭūsī’s controversial career sees him adopt and then abandon Ismāʿīlism, team up with the Mongols, and offer a staunch defense of Avicenna.
May 18, 2014
HoP 175 - Bright Ideas - Illuminationism
22:09
The Illuminationists carry on Suhrawardī’s critique of “Peripatetic” philosophy and wonder if they will be reborn as giraffes.
May 11, 2014
HoP 174 - Leading Light - Suhrawardi
23:25
Suhrawardī, founder of the Illuminationist (ishrāqī) tradition, proposes a metaphysics of light on the basis of his theory of knowledge by presence
May 04, 2014
HoP 173 - For the Sake of Argument - Fakhr al-Din al-Razi
22:48
The hugely influential Fakhr al-Dīn al-Rāzī weaves Avicenna and Islamic theology into complex dialectical treatments of time, God, the soul, and ethics.
Apr 27, 2014
HoP 172 - All Things Considered - Abu l-Barakat al-Baghdadi
21:22
Abū l-Barakāt al-Baghdādī makes up his own mind about physics and the soul, and along the way inaugurates a new style of doing philosophy.
Apr 19, 2014
HoP 171 - Golden Ages - The Later Eastern Traditions
23:55
An introduction to later developments in philosophical theology, sufism, and Illuminationism, focusing on the reception and critique of Avicenna.
Apr 13, 2014
HoP 170 - Gad Freudenthal on Jewish Philosophy and Science
33:05
Leading scholar of medieval Jewish thought Gad Freudenthal joins Peter in a concluding episode on Andalusian thought.
Apr 06, 2014
HoP 169 - A Matter of Principles - Albo and Abravanel
22:27
Joseph Albo and Isaac Abravanel critique Maimonides’ attempt to lay down foundations for the Jewish law.
Mar 30, 2014
HoP 168 - Chariot of Fire - Kabbalah
24:01
The rich symbolism of the Zohar and the spiritual practices of Abraham Abluafia feature in the mystical movement known as Kabbalah.
Mar 23, 2014
HoP 167 - When Bad Things Happen to Good People - Suffering in Jewish Philosophy
22:51
The Book of Job provokes Saadia, Maimonides, Ibn Tibbon and Gersonides to reflect on why God allows suffering.
Mar 16, 2014
HoP 166 - Tamar Rudavsky on Gersonides and Crescas
29:12
Tamar Rudavsky joins Peter to talk about the two great medieval Jewish thinkers after Maimonides: Gersonides and Crescas.
Mar 09, 2014
HoP 165 - Neither the Time Nor the Place - Hasdai Crescas
24:01
Ḥasdai Crescas shows Aristotelian physics who’s boss, by defending alternative conceptions of time, place and infinity.
Mar 02, 2014
HoP 164 - Man and Superman - Gersonides and the Jewish Reaction to Averroes
21:54
The super-commentator Gersonides and other Jews digest the ideas of Averroes.
Feb 23, 2014
HoP 163 - Burnt Offerings - The Maimonides Controversy
22:06
Maimonides’ works provoke a bitter dispute among Jews in France and Spain over the relation of philosophy to Judaism.
Feb 16, 2014
HoP 162 - Sarah Stroumsa on Maimonides
26:56
Maimonides as a "Mediterranean thinker": Peter is joined by Sarah Stroumsa.
Feb 08, 2014
HoP 161 - He Moves in Mysterious Ways - Maimonides on Eternity
20:47
Maimonides tries to settle the eternity of the world debate by declaring a draw.
Feb 02, 2014
HoP 160 - The Great Eagle - Maimonides
20:11
The great Jewish philosopher and legal scholar Maimonides, and the ideas in his Mishneh Torah and Guide for the Perplexed.
Jan 26, 2014
HoP 159 - With All Your Heart - Ethics and Judaism
20:32
Baḥya Ibn Paquda and Maimonides explore the ethical dimension of the Jewish scriptures and legal tradition.
Jan 19, 2014
HoP 158 - Born Under a Bad Sign - Freedom and Astrology in Jewish Philosophy
22:55
Abraham Ibn Ezra, Ibn Daud and Maimonides consider the philosophical implications of astrology as science flourishes in the Jewish culture of Andalusia.
Jan 12, 2014
HoP 157 - Choosing My Religion - Judah Hallevi
23:35
Judah Hallevi argues that Judaism has a better claim to belief than philosophy, Christianity, or Islam.
Jan 05, 2014
HoP 156 - Sarah Pessin on Jewish Neoplatonism
30:38
Peter chats with Sarah Pessin about the Neoplatonism of Jewish philosophers such as Isaac Israeli, Ibn Gabirol, and Maimonides.
Dec 29, 2013
HoP 155 - Matter over Mind - Ibn Gabirol
23:18
Neoplatonism returns in Ibn Gabriol, who controversially holds that everything apart from God has both matter and form.
Dec 22, 2013
HoP 154 - The Philosophy of History - Ibn Khaldun
24:19
The historian Ibn Khaldūn applies the methods of philosophy to understand the rise and fall of political regimes.
Dec 15, 2013
HoP 153 - A Matter of Taste – Ibn Arabi and Mysticism
25:06
Sufism, the mystical tradition of Islam, collides with philosophy in the work of Ibn ʿArabī.
Dec 08, 2013
HoP 152 - Richard Taylor on Averroes
29:08
Averroes scholar Richard C. Taylor joins Peter to talk about Averroes' views on the relation between Islam and philosophy.
Dec 01, 2013
HoP 151 - Single Minded - Averroes on the Intellect
23:35
Averroes defends the rather surprising notion that all of mankind shares a single intellect.
Nov 24, 2013
HoP 150 - Charles Burnett and Dag N Hasse on Arabic Latin Translations
00:00
A special 150th double interview episode on the transmission of philosophy from Arabic into Latin.
Nov 17, 2013
HoP 149 - Back to Basics - Averroes on Reason and Religion
24:20
An introduction to “the Commentator” Averroes, and his defense of philosophy in the Decisive Treatise.
Nov 09, 2013
HoP 148 - Fantasy Island - Ibn Bajja and Ibn Tufayl
23:41
Intellect and alienation in Ibn Bājja and Ibn Ṭufayl, author of the philosophical desert island castaway tale “Ḥayy Ibn Yaqẓān.”
Nov 03, 2013
HoP 147 - Laying Down the Law – Ibn Hazm and Islamic Legal Theory
26:31
The development of Islamic law and jurisprudence (fiqh), and the many-sided output of the legal theorist Ibn Ḥazm.
Oct 27, 2013
HoP 146 - Philosophy's Reign in Spain - Andalusia
22:20
The flowering of philosophy among Muslims and Jews in al-Andalus (Muslim-controlled Spain and Portugal).
Oct 20, 2013
HoP 145 - Frank Griffel on al-Ghazali
23:55
Why did al-Ghazālī judge "the philosophers" to be apostates? Peter finds out from Frank Griffel.
Oct 13, 2013
HoP 144 - Miracle Worker - al-Ghazali against the Philosophers
22:45
In his “Incoherence of the Philosophers,” al-Ghazālī attacks Avicenna’s theories about the eternity of the universe and insists on the possibility of miracles.
Oct 06, 2013
HoP 143 - Special Delivery - al-Ghazali
22:27
Al-Ghazālī’s search for truth leads him to philosophy, Asharite theology, and ultimately the mystical tradition of Sufism.
Sep 29, 2013
HoP 142 - Dimitri Gutas on Avicenna
29:52
Peter talks to Dimitri Gutas about Avicenna's sources, philosophical methods, and influence.
Sep 22, 2013
HoP 141 - Into Thin Air - Avicenna on the Soul
21:38
With his Flying Man argument, Avicenna explores self-awareness and the relation between soul and body.
Sep 15, 2013
HoP 140 - By All Means Necessary - Avicenna on God
23:07
Avicenna’s proof of the Necessary Existent is ingenious and influential; but does it amount to a proof of God’s existence?
Aug 04, 2013
HoP 139 - By the Time I Get to Phoenix - Avicenna on Existence
20:55
Avicenna revolutionizes metaphysics with groundbreaking ideas about necessity and contingency, and his new distinction between essence and existence.
Jul 28, 2013
HoP 138 - The Self-Made Man - Avicenna's Life and Works
22:51
Despite a tumultuous life, Avicenna manages to become the most influential of all medieval philosophers.
Jul 21, 2013
HoP 137 - God Willing – the Asharites
23:40
Al-Ash‘arī puts his stamp on the future of Islamic theology by emphasizing God’s untrammeled power and freedom.
Jul 14, 2013
HoP 136 - Farhad Daftary on the Ismailis
26:00
Peter is joined by Farhad Daftary, a leading expert on the Shiite group known as the Ismā'īlīs.
Jul 07, 2013
HoP 135 - Undercover Brothers – Philosophy in the Buyid Age
26:11
Miskawayh, al-‘Amiri, al-Tawhidi, the Brethren of Purity and Ismaili missionaries bring together philosophy with Persian culture, literature and Islam.
Jun 30, 2013
HoP 134 - Balancing Acts - Arabic Ethical Literature
22:22
Drawing on Galen and Aristotle, philosophers from al-Kindi to Miskawayh compose ethical works designed us to achieve health in soul, as well as body.
Jun 23, 2013
HoP 133 - Strings Attached - Music and Philosophy
28:09
Peter turns DJ, with some actual music interspersed with discussion about theories of music in Arabic philosophical texts.
Jun 16, 2013
HoP 132 - Eye of the Beholder - Theories of Vision
22:00
Ibn al-Haytham draws on the tradition of geometrical optics to explain the mystery of human eyesight.
Jun 09, 2013
HoP 131 - Deborah Black on al-Farabi's Epistemology
30:46

Deborah Black joins Peter to talk about al-Farabi's innovations concerning knowledge and certainty.

Jun 02, 2013
HoP 130 - State of Mind - al-Farabi on Religion and Politics
00:00
Al-Fārābī combines Islam and Greek sources to present the ideal ruler as a philosopher who is also a prophet.
May 26, 2013
HoP 129 - The Second Master - al-Farabi
24:07
Peter begins to look at the systematic rethinking of Hellenic philosophy offered by al-Farabi, focusing on his logic and metaphysics.
May 19, 2013
HoP 128 - Aristotelian Society - the Baghdad School
24:01
A group of mostly Christian philosophers transpose the practices of antique Aristotelian philosophy to 10th century Baghdad.
May 12, 2013
HoP 127 - Peter E Pormann on Medicine in the Islamic World
26:55
A double dose of Peters, as Pormann joins Adamson to discuss medicine and philosophy in the Islamic world.
May 05, 2013
HoP 126 - High Five - al-Razi
00:00
The doctor and philosopher Abu Bakr al-Razi sets out a daring philosophical theory involving five eternal principles: God, soul, matter, time and place.
Apr 28, 2013
HoP 125 - Reasoned Belief - Saadia Gaon
22:57
Saadia Gaon draws on Greek philosophy and Islamic theology to provide a rational account of Jewish belief.
Apr 21, 2013
HoP 124 - The Chosen Ones - Judaism and Philosophy
23:45
The roots of Jewish philosophy in the Islamic world, focusing on the Rabbinic background in the Mishnah and Talmud, and the thought of early figures like Isaac Israeli.
Apr 14, 2013
HoP 123 - Philosopher of the Arabs - al-Kindi
22:02
Al-Kindī uses Hellenic materials to discuss the eternity of the world, divine attributes, and the nature of the soul.
Apr 07, 2013
HoP 122 - Founded in Translation - From Greek to Syriac and Arabic
22:54
Greek philosophy and science make their way into the Islamic world via Syriac and Arabic translations and interpretations.
Mar 30, 2013
HoP 121 - This is a Test - the Mutazilites
26:15
A first look at the philosophical contributions of Islamic theology (kalām) and its political context, focusing on the Muʿtazilites Abū l-Hudhayl and al-Naẓẓām.
Mar 24, 2013
HoP 120 - The Straight Path - Philosophy in the Islamic World
22:53
The rise of Islam creates a new context for philosophy not only among Muslims, but also Jews and Christians.
Mar 16, 2013
HoP 119 - John Marenbon on Boethius
25:53
John Marenbon joins Peter to discuss Boethius' solution to the problem of divine foreknowledge.
Mar 10, 2013
HoP 118 - Fate, Hope and Clarity - Boethius
21:40
Boethius ushers in the medieval age with expert works on Aristotle, subtle treatises on theology, and the Consolation of Philosophy, written while he awaited execution.
Mar 03, 2013
HoP 117 - Born Again - Latin Platonism
23:30
Apuleius, Victorinus, Martianus Cappella, Macrobius and Calcidius present and interpret Platonic teachings for readers of Latin.
Feb 24, 2013
HoP 116 - Charles Brittain on Augustine's On the Trinity
26:12
In a final episode on Augustine, Charles Brittain joins Peter to discuss On the Trinity.
Feb 17, 2013
HoP 115 - Me, Myself and I - Augustine on Mind and Memory
21:46
In On the Trinity Augustine explores the human mind as an image of God.
Feb 09, 2013
HoP 114 - Sarah Byers on Augustine's Ethics
29:55
Peter speaks with Sarah Byers about the Stoic influence on Augustine's ethics and theory of action.
Feb 03, 2013
HoP 113 - Heaven and Earth - Augustine’s City of God
23:20
In his City of God Augustine traces the histories and philosophical underpinnings of two “cities,” one devoted to worldly glory, the other to heavenly bliss.
Jan 27, 2013
HoP 112 - Help Wanted - Augustine on Freedom
22:54
Augustine defends free will, but rejects the Pelagian claim that we can be good without God's help.
Jan 20, 2013
HoP 111 - Papa Don't Teach - Augustine on Language
22:18
Augustine argues that words are signs, but not signs that can bring us to knowledge.
Jan 13, 2013
HoP 110 - Life and Time - Augustine's Confessions
21:48
In the Confessions Augustine weaves autobiography with reflections on the nature of God, man, and time.
Jan 06, 2013
HoP 109 - Spreading the Word - the Latin Church Fathers
23:51
Tertullian, Lactantius, Jerome and Ambrose use and abuse Hellenic philosophy.
Dec 30, 2012
HoP 108 - George Boys-Stones on the Greek Church Fathers
25:02
George Boys-Stones joins Peter to discuss philosophy in the Bible and the Greek Fathers.
Dec 23, 2012
HoP 107 - Practice Makes Perfect - Christian Asceticism
24:10
Christian ascetics like Antony, Macrina and Evagrius create a new ethical ideal by pushing the human capacity for self-control to its limits.
Dec 16, 2012
HoP 106 - Double or Nothing - Maximus the Confessor
22:32
The early Byzantine thinker Maximus uses Aristotle to defend the orthodox view of Christ's two natures
Dec 09, 2012
HoP 105 - Naming the Nameless - the Pseudo-Dionysius
22:15
A mysterious author calling himself Dionysius fuses Neoplatonism with Christianity
Dec 02, 2012
HoP 104 - Let's Talk Turkey - the Cappadocians
22:59
Basil of Caesarea, his brother Gregory of Nyssa, and Gregory of Nazianzus use philosophy to help the poor and to defeat their theological opponents
Nov 25, 2012
HoP 103 - Fall and Rise - Origen
24:52
Origen of Alexandria weaves Platonic ideas into new and controversial theological ideas
Nov 17, 2012
HoP 102 - Please Accept Our Apologies - the Greek Church Fathers
24:23
Irenaeus, Clement and Justin Martyr consider the relevance of philosophy for Christianity
Nov 11, 2012
HoP 101 - Father Figures - Introduction to Ancient Christian Philosophy
23:24
An overview of what the Church Fathers contributed to ancient philosophy
Nov 04, 2012
HoP 100 - Michael Trapp and Caroline Humfress on Ancient Culture and Philosophy
38:30
A special double interview celebrates reaching 100 episodes by looking at the cultural status of philosophy in the ancient world
Oct 28, 2012
HoP 099 - Richard Sorabji on the Commentators
27:50
Richard Sorabji joins Peter to discuss the ancient commentators on Aristotle
Oct 21, 2012
HoP 098 - For a Limited Time Only - John Philoponus
23:01
John Philoponus refutes Aristotle’s and Proclus’ arguments for the eternity of the universe, and develops new ideas in physics.
Oct 14, 2012
HoP 097 - A Tale of Two Cities - The Last Pagan Philosophers
25:19

Julian the Apostate and the philosophers of Athens and Alexandria try to keep pagan philosophy alive in the late Roman empire

Oct 07, 2012
HoP 096 - Dominic O'Meara on Neoplatonism
28:37
Dominic O'Meara speaks with Peter about political philosophy and mathematics in Neoplatonism
Sep 30, 2012
HoP 095 - Anne Sheppard on Ancient Aesthetics
24:23
Anne Sheppard joins Peter to discuss aesthetics from Plato to Proclus
Sep 23, 2012
HoP 094 - The Platonic Successor - Proclus
23:40
Proclus displays late Neoplatonism in all its glory
Sep 16, 2012
HoP 093 - Pythagorean Theorems - Iamblichus
23:58
Iamblichus fuses Platonism with pagan religious conviction and sets the agenda for Neoplatonism in generations to come.
Sep 08, 2012
HoP 092 - King of Animals - Porphyry
21:31
Porphyry defends vegetarianism and the harmony of Plato and Aristotle
Sep 02, 2012
HoP 091 - James Wilberding on Nature and Neoplatonism
24:30
James Wilberding joins Peter to examine what Plotinus and Porphyry contributed to the philosophy of nature
Aug 26, 2012
HoP 090 - A Decorated Corpse – Plotinus on Matter and Evil
23:01
Plotinus struggles to explain the presence of suffering, evil and ugliness in a world caused by purely good principles – and tells us what role we should play in that world.
Jul 22, 2012
HoP 089 - On the Horizon - Plotinus on the Soul
23:01
For Plotinus, Soul is on the border between the physical and intelligible realms. Can he convince us to identify ourselves with its highest part?
Jul 15, 2012
HoP 088 - Simplicity Itself - Plotinus on the One and Intellect
22:30
Plotinus posits an absolutely transcendent first principle, the One. What is it (or isn’t it), and how does it relate to Intellect?
Jul 08, 2012
HoP 087 - A God is My Co-Pilot - the Life and Works of Plotinus
21:25
Peter introduces Plotinus, the greatest philosopher of late antiquity and the founder of Neoplatonism
Jul 01, 2012
HoP 086 - Serafina Cuomo on Ancient Mathematics
27:52
How did the mathematics of figures like Euclid and Archimides relate to ancient philosophy? Peter finds out in an interview with Serafina Cuomo
Jun 24, 2012
HoP 085 - Sky Writing - Astronomy, Astrology, and Philosophy
22:32
Ptolemy uses philosophy in the service of studying the stars, while philosophers of all persuasions evaluate the widespread practice of astrology.
Jun 17, 2012
HoP 084 - Silver Tongues in Golden Mouths - Rhetoric and Ancient Philosophy
24:25
Themistius, Quintilian, Lucian and other authors tell us about the connections between rhetoric and late ancient philosophy
Jun 10, 2012
HoP 083 - Not Written in Stone – Alexander of Aphrodisias
22:58
Alexander of Aphrodisias writes the greatest ancient commentaries on Aristotle and tries to demolish the Stoic teaching on fate
Jun 03, 2012
HoP 082 - Lost and Found – Aristotelianism after Aristotle
00:00
Peter looks at the history of Aristotelianism up the time of the Roman Empire and the beginning of commentaries on his works
May 27, 2012
HoP 081 - Jan Opsomer on Middle Platonism
24:53
Jan Opsomer helps Peter to understand principles, Plato interpretation, and Plutarch in a wide-ranging discussion of Middle Platonism
May 20, 2012
HoP 080 - Delphic Utterances - Plutarch
22:55
Plutarch was a historian, a priest of Apollo, and a Platonist
May 13, 2012
HoP 079 - To the Lighthouse - Philo of Alexandria
22:20
Philo of Alexandria uses Platonism to understand the Bible of Moses
May 06, 2012
HoP 078 - Middle Men - the Platonic Revival
23:47
Pioneering thinkers Eudorus, Alcinous, and Numenius fuse Pythagoreanism with Platonism and pave the way for Plotinus.
Apr 29, 2012
HoP 077 - Caesarian Section – Philosophy in the Roman Empire
25:24
In late antiquity, Aristotelianism and Platonism made a comeback, and pagan philosophy developed alongside Judaism and Christianity.
Apr 22, 2012
HoP 076 - R.J. Hankinson on Galen
28:16
Jim Hankinson tells Peter about the life, work and philosophical contributions of Galen
Apr 15, 2012
HoP 075 - The Joy of Sects - Ancient Medicine and Philosophy
24:10
Hellenistic doctors discover the nerves and argue about method; Galen passes judgment
Apr 08, 2012
HoP 074 - Tony Long on the Self in Hellenistic Philosophy
28:24
Leading Hellenistic philosophy scholar Tony Long talks to Peter about the self, ethics and politics in the Stoics, Epicureans and Skeptics
Apr 01, 2012
HoP 073 - Healthy Skepticism - Sextus Empiricus
22:13
Sextus Empiricus pushes skepticism to its limits with his uncompromising Pyrrhonism
Mar 25, 2012
HoP 072 - Raphael Woolf on Cicero
28:02
Peter discusses Cicero's method and philosophical allegiances with Raphael Woolf
Mar 18, 2012
HoP 071 - Rhetorical Questions - Cicero
23:08
Cicero, inspired by the skepticism of the New Academy, uses his literary talents to present the wisdom of the Greeks
Mar 11, 2012
HoP 070 - The Know-Nothing Party - the Skeptical Academy
23:39
The Skeptical Academy attacks Stoic claims that certain knowledge is possible
Mar 04, 2012
HoP 069 - Beyond Belief - Pyrrho and Skepticism
22:31
Peter begins to examine ancient Skepticism, beginning with Pyrrho's life and doctrines, or lack thereof
Feb 26, 2012
HoP 068 - John Sellars on the Roman Stoics
27:37
John Sellars joins Peter to discuss the Roman Stoics and their "art of living"
Feb 19, 2012
HoP 067 - The Philosopher King - Marcus Aurelius
23:08
Marcus Aurelius' Meditations are a classic of Stoicism written by the most powerful philosopher who ever lived
Feb 12, 2012
HoP 066 - You Can Chain My Leg - Epictetus
22:02
Epictetus, greatest of the Roman Stoics, tells you how to set yourself free
Feb 05, 2012
HoP 065 - Anger Management - Seneca
22:08
Seneca wields his rhetorically charged Latin to advance Stoic ethical theory
Jan 29, 2012
HoP 064 - David Sedley on Stoicism
27:09
David Sedley discusses the Stoic school and its evolution
Jan 22, 2012
HoP 063 - Like a Rolling Stone - Stoic Ethics
22:25
The Stoic ethical theory insists that perfection is possible, and that moral responsibility is compatible with determinism
Jan 15, 2012
HoP 062 - We Didn’t Start the Fire - the Stoics on Nature
21:22
The Stoic cosmos: suffused with divinity, surrounded by void, and endlessly repeating
Jan 08, 2012
HoP 061 - Nobody’s Perfect - the Stoics on Knowledge
21:46
The Stoics set out and defend an ambitious theory of knowledge, where it is possible to avoid all error
Jan 01, 2012
HoP 060 - Walking on Eggshells - the Stoics on Logic
23:34
Introducing the early Stoics, Zeno, Cleanthes and Chrysippus, and their innovations in logic
Dec 25, 2011
HoP 059 - James Warren on Epicureanism
28:25
James Warren chats with Peter about the pleasures of Epicureanism
Dec 18, 2011
HoP 058 - Reaping the Harvest - Lucretius
22:27
In "On the Nature of Things" Lucretius sets Epicureanism into Latin poetic verse
Dec 11, 2011
HoP 057 - Nothing to Fear - Epicureans on Death and the Gods
22:01
The Epicureans reassure us against the terrors of death and punishment by the gods
Dec 04, 2011
HoP 056 - Am I Bothered? - Epicurean Ethics
22:25
Pleasure is the good, according to Epicurus. But how do we live most pleasantly?
Nov 27, 2011
HoP 055 - The Constant Gardener - Epicurus and his Principles
22:47
Epicurus sets out an empiricist theory of knowledge and atomist physics, in support of hedonism
Nov 20, 2011
HoP 054 - Instant Gratification - the Cyrenaics
21:20
The Cyrenaics, the ultimate pleasure seekers of ancient philosophy
Nov 13, 2011
Filling the Gaps - a Brief History of Nothing
55:11

A recording of Peter's lecture delivered on Oct 25, 2011, at the Arts and Humanities festival on "The Power of Stories" at King's College London.

Nov 09, 2011
HoP 053 - Beware of the Philosopher - the Cynics
22:09
Diogenes and the other Cynics “deface the currency” by exposing the hypocrisy of Greek society.
Nov 06, 2011
HoP 052 - Fighting Over Socrates - the Hellenistic Schools
22:42
Introducing the Stoics, Skeptics, Epicureans and Cynics, the schools of the Hellenistic age
Oct 30, 2011
HoP 051 - The Next Generation - the Followers of Plato and Aristotle
22:40
The Old Academy and Theophrastus carry on the legacy of Plato and Aristotle
Oct 23, 2011
HoP 050 - MM McCabe and Raphael Woolf on Aristotle on Plato
36:54
Peter's colleagues MM McCabe and Raphael Woolf join him for a special 50th episode interview, to discuss Aristotle's reactions to his teacher Plato
Oct 16, 2011
HoP 049 - Stage Directions - Aristotle's Rhetoric and Poetics
20:44
In the Rhetoric and Poetics, Aristotle explores persuasive speech and engages with ancient tragedy
Oct 09, 2011
HoP 048 - Constitutional Conventions - Aristotle's Political Philosophy
21:19
Aristotle's Politics responds to Plato's Republic and sets out its own ideas about the ideal state, the types of political constitution, and the role of women and slaves
Oct 02, 2011
HoP 047 God Only Knows: Aristotle on Mind and God
21:16

Drawing on the De AnimaOn the HeavensPhysics and Metaphysics, Peter tackles Aristotle’s theory of mind and its relation to his theology.

Sep 25, 2011
HoP 046 - Dominic Scott on Aristotle's Ethics
28:31
Dominic Scott discusses Aristotle's method in his Nicomachean Ethics
Sep 18, 2011
HoP 045 - The Second Self - Aristotle On Pleasure And Friendship
20:39
What place does Aristotle leave for pleasure and friendship in his vision of the good life?
Sep 11, 2011
HoP 044 - The Goldilocks Theory - Aristotle's Ethics
20:23

Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics on happiness and virtue

Sep 03, 2011
HoP 043 - Classified Information - Aristotle's Biology
22:00
In his zoology, Aristotle divides and defines all kinds of animals, and so invents the science of biology
Jul 24, 2011
HoP 042 - Soul Power - Aristotle's De Anima
21:12
Aristotle's theory of soul: its functions and how it relates to the body
Jul 17, 2011
HoP 041 - Richard Sorabji on Time and Eternity in Aristotle
26:24
Richard Sorabji discusses time, eternity and mosquitos in Aristotle's Physics
Jul 10, 2011
HoP 040 - Let's Get Physical - Aristotle's Natural Philosophy
22:16
Aristotle's Physics explains change, time and place with the help of his actuality/potentiality distinction
Jul 03, 2011
HoP 039 - Form and Function - Aristotle's Four Causes
20:19
The four types of explanation: formal, material, efficient and final cause
Jun 26, 2011
HoP 038 - Down To Earth - Aristotle on Substance
20:31
Aristotle's critique of Platonic Forms and defense of his own metaphysics
Jun 19, 2011
HoP 037 - Hugh Benson on Aristotelian Method
26:07
Hugh Benson discusses Aristotle's ideas about arriving at knowledge
Jun 12, 2011
HoP 036 - A Principled Stand - Aristotle's Epistemology
20:14
Knowledge according to Aristotle's Posterior Analytics
Jun 07, 2011
HoP 035 - The Philosopher's Toolkit - Aristotle's Logical Works
20:45
Aristotle's invention of logic in the Organon (especially Categories, On Interpretation, Prior Analytics)
May 30, 2011
HoP 034 - Mr. Know It All - Aristotle's Life And Works
20:47
Aristotle's career, corpus and unparalleled influence
May 23, 2011
HoP 033 - Last Judgments - Plato, Poetry and Myth
21:16
Plato's attack on the poets and his own use of myth in the Republic and other dialogues
May 16, 2011
HoP 032 - Frisbee Sheffield on Platonic Love
25:15
Frisbee Sheffield discusses Plato's erotic dialogues, including the Symposium
May 09, 2011
HoP 031 - Wings of Desire - Plato's Erotic Dialogues
21:59
Love, friendship and philosophy in the Symposium, Phaedrus and Lysis
May 02, 2011
HoP 030 - A Likely Story - Plato's Timaeus
20:50
A divine craftsman makes the cosmos from triangles in Plato's Timaeus
Apr 25, 2011
HoP 029 - What's in a Name? - Plato's Cratylus
19:01
Philosophy of language and Heraclitean flux in Plato's Cratylus
Apr 18, 2011
HoP 028 - Fiona Leigh on Plato's Sophist
25:28
Fiona Leigh discusses Plato's revised theory of Forms in the Sophist
Apr 11, 2011
HoP 027 - Second Thoughts - Plato's Parmenides and the Forms
19:38
The Third Man Argument and other criticisms of Forms in the Parmenides
Apr 04, 2011
HoP 026 - Ain't No Sunshine - The Cave Allegory of Plato's Republic
19:34
The Divided Line, Form of the Good, and Cave in Plato's Republic
Mar 28, 2011
HoP 025 - Soul and The City - Plato's Political Philosophy
20:57

Plato's Republic defends and defines justice at the level of the ideal city and the person

Mar 20, 2011
HoP 024 - Famous Last Words - Plato's Phaedo
19:46
Forms and the immortality of the soul in the Phaedo
Mar 14, 2011
HoP 023 - MM McCabe on Knowledge in Plato
23:32
MM McCabe discusses epistemology and virtue in Plato
Mar 07, 2011
HoP 022 - I Know Because The Caged Bird Sings - Plato's Theaetetus
18:08
Knowledge, relativism, and memory in the Theaetetus
Feb 28, 2011
HoP 021 - We Don't Need No Education - Plato's Meno
17:59
The Meno and Plato's theory of recollection
Feb 21, 2011
HoP 020 - Virtue Meets Its Match - Plato's Gorgias
18:59
Ethics against immoralism in a Socratic masterpiece.
Feb 14, 2011
HoP 019 - Know Thyself - Two Unloved Platonic Dialogues
18:23
Virtue and knowledge in Plato's Charmides and Euthydemus
Feb 07, 2011
HoP 018 - In Dialogue - The Life And Writings Of Plato
19:02
The life, times and dialogues of Plato
Jan 31, 2011
HoP 017 - Raphael Woolf on Socrates
26:46
Raphael Woolf discusses Socrates as presented by Plato
Jan 24, 2011
HoP 016 - Method Man - Plato's Socrates
17:57
Socratic virtue, ignorance and irony in the Platonic dialogues Socrates' claim that no one does wrong willingly
Jan 17, 2011
HoP 015 - Socrates without Plato - the Portrayals of Aristophanes and Xenophon
20:24
Socrates according to the comic poet Aristophanes and the historian Xenophon
Jan 10, 2011
HoP 014 - Making the Weaker Argument the Stronger - the Sophists
20:16
Rhetoric and relativism in Protagoras, Gorgias and other sophists
Jan 03, 2011
HoP 013 - Good Humor Men - the Hippocratics
19:14
Hippocrates and the relation between early Greek medicine and philosophy
Dec 27, 2010
HoP 012 - Malcolm Schofield on the Presocratics
23:04
Malcolm Schofield on Heraclitus, Parmenides and other early Greek philosophers
Dec 20, 2010
HoP 011 - All You Need Is Love, and Five Other Things - Empedocles
16:59
Love, Strife and the four elements in Empedocles
Dec 13, 2010
HoP 010 - Mind Over Mixture - Anaxagoras
19:07
Is everything mixed with everything? Anaxagoras on Mind and the cosmos
Dec 06, 2010
HoP 009 - The Final Cut - Democritus And Leuccipus
18:11
Ancient atomism as a response to Parmenides
Nov 25, 2010
HoP 008 - You Can't Get There From Here - Zeno And Melissus
17:59
Zeno's paradoxes and Melissus develop the Eleatic philosophy
Nov 22, 2010
HoP 007 - The Road Less Traveled - Parmenides
17:43
The father of metaphysics, Parmenides of Elea
Nov 15, 2010
HoP 006 - MM McCabe on Heraclitus
20:54

MM McCabe of King's discusses the fragments of Heraclitus

Nov 08, 2010
HoP 005 - Old Man River - Heraclitus
18:36
Everything changes in the riddling philosophy of Heraclitus
Nov 01, 2010
HoP 004 - The Man With The Golden Thigh - Pythagoras
19:42
Pythagoras and mathematics in ancient philosophy
Oct 25, 2010
HoP 003 - Created In Our Image - Xenophanes Against Greek Religion
19:18
The gods in Homer and Hesiod, and the critique of Xenophanes
Oct 25, 2010
HoP 002 - Infinity and Beyond - Anaximander and Anaximenes
18:28
Two early Pre-Socratics claim that the world is made of air, and the infinite
Oct 25, 2010
HoP 001 - Everything is Full of Gods - Thales
22:01

In this first episode, Peter discusses the goals of the series and Thales, the first Greek philosopher.

Oct 25, 2010